7 Stunning Sides for Your Next Cookout

It’s cook-out season and while you may have the grilling all figured out, what cookout side dishes have you planned? There’s just something special about al fresco dining … spreading a gingham tablecloth on the picnic table, firing up the grill, and the happy procession of family and friends carrying trays of dishes, utensils, condiments and picnic-perfect foods to the outdoor dining space.

While the sizzling steak, mouth-watering burger or juicy hot dog on the grill usually takes center stage at these events, what would a cookout be without the tasty cookout side dishes? A hotdog on a bun is a snack. But surround it with potato salad, baked beans and a dessert, and you’ve got a MEAL, man!

If you’re looking for easy-to-prepare, delicious cookout side dishes for YOUR next backyard grill-out or patio picnic, consider these favorite recipes from Tastefully Simple:

Artichoke & Spinach Pasta Salad Cookout Side Dish
Artichoke & Spinach Pasta Salad

From a fan: “Made this for a picnic party and it was a big hit, even among the littles.” 

Ranch Roasted Potatoes Cookout Side Dish
Ranch Roasted Potatoes

Oh this is so good and left overs I made eggs and put over the potatoes the next day! Yummm!” raves one reviewer of these flavorful spuds. 

Try these Smoky Bacon Campfire Beans
Smoky Bacon Campfire Beans

Channel your inner cowboy with this hearty cookout side dish, featuring four varieties of beans, ground beef and bacon, flavored with Smoky Bacon BBQ Sauce. “So good, everyone asked me for my recipe!” one happy cook declared. Make it on the grill or in the oven.

Fire-Roasted Corn on the Cob Cookout Side Dish
Fire-Roasted Corn on the Cob

Why stand over the stove boiling sweet corn when you can make it so simply delicious on the grill? Surprise! The secret ingredient is Ultimate Steak Seasoning, giving it “just enough of a kick but not too spicy,” according to one five-star rater.

Broccoli Salad Cookout Side Dish
Broccoli Salad

“So much flavor without being overly sweet. Even my kids will eat this. Plus, you can’t go wrong when you add bacon!” 

Salsa Bean Salad Cookout Side Dish
Salsa Bean Salad

Maybe you’re more the bean salad type. If so, you’ll never do better than this fresh, colorful and flavor-packed cookout side dish. “This has become one of my favorite and easy go to recipes,” one five-star rater noted. Simply Salsa Mix gives it its zesty twist.

Try this Dill Pickle Potato Salad
Dill Pickle Potato Salad

“It’s perfect for summer!” said a reviewer of this picnic favorite. Made with popular Dill Pickle Dip Mix, it’s the ultimate accompaniment to any grilled entrée.



Berry Lemonlicious Trifle
Berry Lemonlicious Trifle

Maybe a dessert isn’t technically a side, who are we to judge? “I made this recipe, but used raspberries in place of blueberries and it was fantastic! I even won the golden spoon for it at an event!” according to a reviewer.

This summer, when you’re firing up the grill, spare a bit of applause for the super side dishes that make outdoor dining so fresh!