Though burgers, dogs and kebabs tend to take spotlight at annual Memorial Day celebrations, it just isn't a barbecue without those trusty salad side dishes.
From rich, creamy potato salads to crunchy and light bulgur or green bean chops, these trusty sides provide the perfect contrast to meaty barbecue dishes. And while they are meant to be eaten with a main course, many of these hearty salads can stand up for themselves on their own. I won't try to deny the fact that I've spent many barbecues eating only side dishes, filling up on the array of salads before the meats are even cooked.
It is easy to get distracted by burger buying before a cook-out, but we're here to help you remember the importance of the side.
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We've put together our 10 favorite summer sides just in time for barbecue season. Read on for the recipes and be sure to tell us your favorite salads in the comments below.
Smoked Gouda and Penne Pasta Salad
Italian Pasta Salad
Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Arugula, Pine Nuts and Herb Dressing
Summer Rice Salad with Feta, Citrus and Mint
Country Potato Salad
Three Mustard Potato Salad
Roasted Potato Salad with Shaved Fennel & Salsa Verde
Summer Chopped Salad with Quick-Pickled Vegetables
Corn and Orzo Salad with Cucumber-Feta Dressing
Bulgur and Green Bean Salad