Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. What does that mean?
That means it's barbecue season, y'all.
Whether you're hosting a shindig, heading to a potluck, or planning a beachy bonfire to celebrate, no Memorial Day weekend is complete without the sides.
(And the grilled meat, of course, but come on, we all know side dishes are the real stars here).
So, if you're tired of bringing Great Aunt Joy's coleslaw to your friends' parties, or you're trying to convince your family that you're not single because you're a horrible cook AND YOU DON'T HAVE A BOYFRIEND BECAUSE YOU'RE WORKING ON YOUR CAREER, OK UNCLE RICHARD?!
Ahem. Well. We have a recipe for you—15 to be exact. Light up that grill and let's get to it!
15 Grilled Romaine Lettuce
Grilled lettuce? Yep. Why not? Get crispy, smoky edges on your wedges with this simple technique. Drizzle with dressing for an easy, unexpected salad.
14 Buffalo Ranch Deviled Eggs
How pretty are these deviled eggs? You can bet they're delicious too, with cool creamy ranch and a dash of hot sauce. Top with blue cheese and chives for that authentic wings-joint flavor.
13 Grilled Vegetable Salad with Giant Croutons
Grilling veggies adds a caramelized sweetness and a lovely smoky flavor you just can't get any other way. Rip up some crusty, day-old bread and make grilled croutons, too. Your family with thank you. Check out the recipe here.
12 Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
Forget the party, just stay home and eat these for dinner. Kidding! Don't do that. Sharing is caring, and these craveable jalapeño poppers will make you the most popular kid at the party. Jalapeño poppers. Popular. Get it? Never mind, move along.
11 Moroccan Watermelon Cucumber Salad
Cool, crunchy, sweet, and a little salty, (thank you, feta!) this salad hits all of the right notes for a BBQ side. Pistachios add an unexpected buttery flavor for a mediterranean take that will definitely turn heads.
10 Grilled Cornbread with Jalepeño Honey Butter
If that string of adjectives doesn't convince you that this cornbread is a thing you need, I don't know what I can do to convince you. Just try it, and thank me later.
9 Simple Seedy Coleslaw
This mayo-free coleslaw is perfect for vegans (or regular people who think mayonnaise is disgusting). Shred your veggies with a mandoline, sprializer, or cheese grater. Or all three. The point is, you're eating the delicious, nutritious rainbow. How great is that?!
8 Strawberry Basil Lemonade
An afternoon outside isn't complete without something yummy to sip on. Luckily, this strawberry basil lemonade exists, and you're going to love it. Add vodka, gin, or rosé for a grown-up version, or top each cup with soda water for a refreshing bubbly mocktail.
7 Grilled Cilantro, Lime, and Paprika Corn on the Cob
Cilantro, lime, and paprika sound like a perfect tastebud-tingling trifecta, don't you think? Use coconut oil as a vegan base for your crazy cornucopia of sexy savoriness . . . or use butter. Your call. Find the recipe here.
6 Bourbon Baked Beans
I think we can agree that beans are the least sexy of all the side dishes. BUT. Add some fresh, sticky-sweet peaches and some smoky, caramel bourbon to the mix? Now we're talking. These baked beans might just change your life.
5 Classic Pasta Salad
Ah, just like Nonna used to make. Or not. I don't know, I've never met your Nonna. At any rate, this pasta salad has soppressata (cured meat!) and bocconcini (tiny balls of cheese!) which obviously makes this the best possible pasta salad. No offense to Nonna.
4 Thai Quinoa Salad
If you're going grain-free this summer, consider this tangy quinoa salad as a tasty alternative to the old family favorites. Peanuts and edamame both bring some yummy protein and fiber to the plate, not to mention superfood darling quinoa. Learn more here.
3 Four Cheese Caprese Mac and Cheese
This stunning mac and cheese is named after a traditional Italian salad so it's got to be healthy, right? That's what I'm going to tell myself while I pile another helping on my plate.
2 Vegan Thai Iced Tea
This thai iced tea recipe says "rum is optional," but if you're spending the holiday weekend with family, we all know rum is necessary. OK, maybe that's a stretch—you could also use vanilla or ginger vodka to round out the flavor profile. Your choice.
1 Avocado Potato Salad
How adorable are these itty bitty potatoes? If you're looking to elevate the traditional potato salad, try making this: a salad with potatoes. Life-changing, right? See the (mayo-free) recipe here.
Cement your domestic goddess status with this crazy delicious recipes, and long live summertime!