Simple Side Dishes for Summer

Side dishes are designed to complement your meal.  Since summertime meals are traditionally lighter fare due to the warmer temps, try to keep your sides simple so they won’t overwhelm your main entree.  A lot of cooking is done on the grill and when you can, use this method to prepare your side dishes as well!  Most fruit and vegetables can be cooked easily on the grill as long as you keep a close eye on them–remember they cook must faster than meats.  Grilled Onions topped with Warm Gorgonzola & Balsamic Vinegar require a minimum or prep work and are ready in minutes.

Grilled onions (2)

While potatoes are a common side dish for fall and winter, don’t count them out for the summer months.  Yes, you can always rely on the standard potato salad, but check out these Grilled Potato Kebabs w/Lemon Herb Drizzle for a different twist.  Cook them alongside your main course and select your favorite veggies to include on the kebab.

grilled potato kebabs

Corn and tomatoes are two veggies that are plentiful during summer.  Stop by your local farmer’s market or roadside stand and pick up local variety–you’ll be getting the freshest and best tasting selection possible!  Tomatoes are great sliced, topped with some fresh basil and drizzled with a little balsamic vinegar.  Corn can be boiled or wrapped in foil and placed on your grill for about 12-15 minutes–rotate them every few minutes and stick a fork to check for tenderness.  This Roasted Corn & Tomato Summer Salad combines both delicious flavors in one perfect side dish.

roasted corn tomato salad

Just remember when you’re preparing a side dish this summer to use produce that’s in season, it will be at its peak of flavor and keep your selections light.  Think about fresh, healthy options like salads, quiches or veggie tarts.  Save the heavier, comfort-type foods for the cooler weather and minimize the time you have to spend in the kitchen.  Visit Fruits & Veggies–More Matters’  Summer Favorites Board on Pinterest for more ideas.

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