Got the grill fired up? Make your sides too! Choose from these delicious grilled side dishes to whip up while you cook the main.
Got your grill fired up? It’s not just for the main meal: you can use it for side dishes too! There are so many tasty grilled side dishes, starting with classics like veggie kabobs and corn on the cob. But there are lots more adventurous options, too! Try grilling an entire Caesar salad (including the lettuce!), or even crisp wedges of garlic bread. With so many ideas to choose from, let’s get cooking!
Here's a classic and colorful grilled side dish: Veggie Kabobs! Here are all the ideal vegetables to choose for skewers, and the best simple seasoning blend. These summer veggies come out cooked to perfection! It’s the ideal summer side dish for a grilled dinner.
Got a load of summer corn? The grill is the absolute best way to cook it, in our opinion. Sure, you can make it boiled on the stovetop. But grilling infuses a charred, smoky flavor that’s absolutely irresistible. Here are the three best methods for this delightful grilled side dish.
Need a killer grilled side dish? Enter: Grilled Garlic Bread! There’s nothing quite like bread for soaking up the charred, smoky flavor of the grill. It's a savory and delicious side dish that’s fantastic for any summer meal.
Are you ready for the best grilled side dish to hit your plate? Grilled Caesar salad. Wait, grilled lettuce? Yes, grilled romaine has a smoky undertone that makes it is irresistible. Top it with this delicious homemade Caesar dressing.
If you love a great big potato topped with all the fixin’s, this one’s for you. Here’s how to make a baked potato on the grill! It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Grab a few potatoes, wrap them in foil and bake them up whole. The method works beautifully, and these spuds are easy to throw on while you grill up the main course. It’s summer entertaining at its finest!
Take one bite of these Grilled Tomatoes it’s true magic: smoky, pure sweet tomato, with a melt-in-your-mouth quality that makes you immediately want to shout how delicious they are. These grilled tomatoes work as a side dish or appetizer for a grilled dinner. Drizzle with olive oil and top with fresh herbs, and it’s the very best summer treat you could imagine.
You absolutely must try these grilled sweet potatoes! Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, they’ve got a little smoky char to the flavor and are absolutely delicious! Roasted sweet potatoes are tender and moist, but these grilled potatoes are something altogether different. Cut into wedges, they’re the perfect grilled side dish for dinner al fresco.
A favorite grilled side dish over here? Elote, aka Mexican grilled corn. The smoky sweet corn kernels slathered in an irresistibly sauce is the epitome of the season for us. So here’s another fabulous way to eat the same flavors: this Elote Corn Salad! It’s absolutely irresistible, pairing grilled corn with a tangy sauce and bursts of salty cheese.
Turns out, grilling asparagus might be the very best way to cook it! It’s easy and requires only a few ingredients. And it comes out incredible: tender and charred, with a hint of smoke. Spritz it with lemon juice for a little brightness, and it’s a fresh and healthy grilled side dish you won’t be able to stop eating!
The savory, meaty flavor of mushrooms is made even more perfect by one thing: grilling them! Of all of the grilled vegetables, these fungi might be the very best. You can get big flavor with no marinating time: just toss them with olive oil, lemon juice and herbs. Throw them on skewers and grill until tender, and they’re one of the best grilled side dishes: hands down.
Have you tried the revelation that is grilled broccoli? This is one of our top grilled side dishes: the grill transforms this tasty veggie to be crisp tender and charred, with a hint of smoke. Cook it simply with olive oil, salt, and lemon juice, and it’s a fantastic side for any grilled dinner.
Turns out, the grill is the ideal way to cook this green beans! Take a bite and it’s tender, with a burst of sweet, tangy, salty and charred flavor. Honestly, they’re just as addicting as French fries!
Here’s how to make a summer meal in no time: grilled peppers and onion! Fire up your grill for the main event, and toss these babies on the side. These colorful veggies transform into the most incredibly flavorful side dish: they’re tender, charred, smoky, and sweet all at once.
Last up in our grilled side dishes...Grilled Avocado! Yes, this magical green fruit just got even more magical! Grilling an avocado infuses a smoky flavor into every bite: and turns the bottom a bright green color! Eat it plain, or stuff it with pico de gallo or this tasty Black Bean and Corn Salad.
More grill recipes
Summertime is grill season, and there’s nothing better than infusing that smoky, charred flavor into just about everything. Here are a few more ideas to bring to your table:
½ teaspoon each* garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, smoked paprika, and kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Optional: lemon wedges
Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees).
If using wooden skewers, soak them at least 20 minutes.
Chop the onion into large pieces. Cut bell peppers into chunks. Slice the zucchini into rounds 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch thick. Add the sliced veggies to a bowl with the whole mushrooms and tomatoes toss everything with the olive oil, spices, and salt.
Skewer the vegetables and place each skewers on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with a few more pinches kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Place the skewers directly on the grill. Grill 10 to 12 minutes until tender and blackened, turning every few minutes. If desired, spritz with lemon wedges before serving.
*You can also brush the skewers generously with BBQ sauce or teriyaki sauce before grilling, and then again after grilling.
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More summer recipes
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