You’ve got your grass-fed beef burgers ready to go, but what about barbecue side dishes?
In our minds, sides are just as important as the main course, since they tend to be filled with veggies (and flavor!). In fact, you could totally just make a ton of these for a fully plant-based pool party.
Whether they’re the main event or accompaniments, all are filled with nutrient-dense, flavorful ingredients to guarantee a healthy, delicious spread.
9 Simple Healthy Barbecue Side Dishes
Simple Slim Slaw
With five ingredients and five minutes, you’ll have a yummy slaw that skips the creamy, fattening dressing in favor of flavorful Dijon and vinegar.
Spicy Roasted Zucchini and Corn
Throw these two supremely summery vegetables together with a little cayenne for a kick.
Berry Quinoa Salad
You probably always go savory with your quinoa, but adding fresh berries and peaches (and greens, of course!) is a totally novel, delicious way to go.
Cucumber Salad with Chickpeas and Broccoli Rabe
Your typical cucumber-tomato salad gets an upgrade with the addition of nutrient-dense broccoli rabe. This is also great for vegetarians who are skipping the hot dogs, since it includes chickpeas for protein.
Pineapple Cucumber Lime Salad
Pineapple and cukes might sound like a strange combo, but they’re actually a perfect sweet-and-savory pair. Both are light and hydrating, and the lime adds a zesty touch.
Corn and Tomato Salad with Pine Nuts
Especially in August, hit up a farmers’ market and both corn and tomatoes will be at their peak. Since this recipe is simple, it spotlights their fresh, natural deliciousness, with just a little added zest and crunch.
Fresh Mozzarella and Farro Salad
Everyone loves a good grain-based side dish, and this one pairs nutty farro with the classic, crowd-pleasing tomato-basil-mozzarella combo.
Raw Rainbow Salad
If you’re looking to add some color to your spread, definitely opt for this salad made with purple cabbage, red peppers, orange carrots, greens, and more.
Grilled Prosciutto Jalapeno Poppers
Forget deep-fried, cream cheese-filled jalapeño poppers. These peppers wrapped up with goat cheese in delicious prosciutto and thrown on the grill may be the perfect party food.