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Just-Right Summer Sides

Looking for the perfect side dish to serve at a cookout or tote to a neighborhood potluck? Try one of our 30 recipes for summer sides ranging from scalloped corn to potato salad.

Squash Ribbons with Parmesan and Crisp Prosciutto

This toss-together recipe from BelGioioso Cheese in Wisconsin makes a pretty side dish in summer, when zucchini and yellow squash abound.

Squash Ribbons with Parmesan and Crisp Prosciutto

German Potato Salad

This old-fashioned potluck dish is served warm.

German Potato Salad

Old-Fashioned Scalloped Corn

Fresh corn blends with canned cream-style corn for a summertime take on this favorite side dish. Toasted and buttered crushed crackers add more texture to the top of the casserole.

Old-Fashioned Scalloped Corn

Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame Seeds

This salad bursts with the flavor of fresh vegetables, cilantro and black beans. The recipe, from a Kettering, Ohio, reader, is loaded with vitamins A and C -- and packs a wallop in fiber, too.

Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame Seeds

Three Ways to Butter Up Sweet Corn

Serve our seasoned butters as a topping for sweet corn, steaks, seafood or burgers. They make a great sauce for vegetables, too.

Three Ways to Butter Up Sweet Corn

Cheddar Tomato Cobbler

Sweet cherry tomatoes and caramelized onions bubble under cheesy cornmeal biscuits. Serve with a crisp lettuce salad for a meat-free harvest supper.

Cheddar Tomato Cobbler 

Squash Ribbons with Parmesan and Crisp Prosciutto

This toss-together recipe from BelGioioso Cheese in Wisconsin makes a pretty side dish in summer, when zucchini and yellow squash abound.

Squash Ribbons with Parmesan and Crisp Prosciutto

Fingerling Potato Salad with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

The addition of fresh haricots verts gives this potato salad fresh-from-the-garden taste. The recipe is from Chicago chef Myk Banas.

Fingerling Potato Salad with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Bread crumbs combine with tender, sweet onion to top this casserole, while low-sodium soup mixes with yogurt for the green bean sauce.

Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

The sweet tomatoes blend with tangy-mellow balsamic vinegar and basil. Serve with some crusty bread to soak up the liquid.

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad

Fresh tomatoes and corn bring summer-fresh flavor to this salad. To make it a meatless main dish, omit the chicken and add two tablespoons of grated cheese per serving.

Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad

Squash and Tomato Bake

Summer squash adds texture to this easy side dish, which combines stewed tomatoes with paprika, garlic, basil and pepper, as well as some melty mozzarella and Parmesan. It goes well with roast chicken or beef.

Squash and Tomato Bake

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Quivey's Grove in Madison, Wisconsin, whips up this version of mashed potatoes that matches plenty of dairy richness with garlic, Parmesan, black pepper and green onion.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Army and Lou's Macaroni and Cheese

This three-cheese specialty comes from Army and Lou's, a soul food eatery on Chicago's South Side.

Army and Lou's Macaroni and Cheese

Calico Bean Bake

A trio of beans goes into this sweet version of baked beans. Ground beef and bacon add a hearty touch.

Calico Bean Bake

Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw

Sesame seeds, ramen noodles, soy sauce, ginger and fresh broccoli give Asian flair to this fresh take on coleslaw.

Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw

On-the-Light Side Potato Salad

This lighter version of traditional potato salad calls for cubed white, red or Yukon gold potatoes mixed with light sour cream and a combination of olive oil, vinegar, garlic and black pepper.

On-the-Light Side Potato Salad

Ham, Cheese and Macaroni Salad

Cubed ham and Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese combine with peas, celery, onion and cherry tomatoes in this creamy salad, a classic potluck dish.

Ham, Cheese and Macaroni Salad

Calico Potatoes

Bacon drippings combine with sizzling onions to give this two-potato side dish an irresistible aroma and flavor.

Calico Potatoes

Sunny Broccoli Salad

A Cleveland reader makes this salad the day ahead and refrigerates the dressing and vegetables separately. When it's time to serve it, she tosses everything together. Bacon, sunflower kernels and raisins make a crunchy and flavorful side dish.

Sunny Broccoli Salad

Fresh Green Tomato Relish

Don't let any hard, unripened tomatoes go to waste! Pile this gingery, sweet-tart relish on brats or hamburgers, or serve it over grilled fish. The relish keeps well in the fridge for 1 week, but if you like, it can be canned for longer storage or to be given as gifts.

Fresh Green Tomato Relish 

24-Hour Tex-Mex Salad

Based on Tex-Mex ingredients, this layered salad can be prepared up to 24 hours in advance. For a fun presentation, assemble individual servings in clear jelly jars, dressing and all, then refrigerate.

24-Hour Tex-Mex Salad

Prairie Potato Bake

Mashed potato balls with a melty cheese center top a stroganoff-type beef mixture. The recipe won first place at a Barnesville, Minnesota, Potato Days contest.

Prairie Potato Bake

Fruity Pasta Salad

Showcase fresh colors and flavors with a combination of honeydew, strawberries, cashews, pasta and snow peas, all mixed with poppy seed dressing.

Fruity Pasta Salad

Neighbor-Pleasing Baked Potato Salad

Lots of cheese, olives and bacon dress up cooked potatoes in this hot-from-the-oven specialty.

More potato salad ideas: German Potato Salad, served warm and flavored with smoky bacon; or Potato Salad for a Crowd, which combines unpeeled red potatoes, cucumbers and radishes in a creamy dressing.

Neighbor-Pleasing Baked Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

Potato Salad for a Crowd

Creamed Corn Casserole

Cream cheese adds extra creaminess to this corn side-dish recipe. Bake in the oven, or follow the slow cooker directions.

Creamed Corn Casserole

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

This make-ahead salad serves a crowd. It's chockfull of veggies, including tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, celery, sweet pepper, onion, and garlic. Substitute fresh mushrooms for canned, if you like.

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

Creamy Potato Casserole

A little chopped ham, wedges of potatoes and a cream cheese-Gruyere sauce fill this comfort food casserole. Crushed bagel chips make a crunchy topping.

Creamy Potato Casserole

As-Good-As-It-Gets Black-Eyed Peas

Smoked sausage and ham flavor this hearty Creole casserole. The recipe comes from a Benton Harbor, Michigan, reader who likes to take the dish to church potlucks. She put her stamp on this family staple handed down from her grandmother. For a spicier meal, substitute hot sausage for the smoked.

As-Good-As-It-Gets Black-Eyed Peas

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs

You'll find a wide variety of potatoes at your farmer's market or supermarket produce section. We play up an assortment of potatoes--such as baby Dutch yellow, fingerlings, baby purple and round red--in this easy-to-fix recipe.

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs

Sweet-Sour Beans

German-style bacon-flavored beans complement beef or pork. The recipe comes from a Sheboygan, Wisconsin, reader.

Sweet-Sour Beans

Garden Corn and Black Bean Salad

This salad bursts with the flavor of fresh vegetables, cilantro and black beans. The recipe, from a Kettering, Ohio, reader, is loaded with vitamins A and C -- and packs a wallop in fiber, too.

Garden Corn and Black Bean Salad

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