Just-Right Summer Sides
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.
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.
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.
Sweet cherry tomatoes and caramelized onions bubble under cheesy cornmeal biscuits. Serve with a crisp lettuce salad for a meat-free harvest supper.
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.
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.
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.
The sweet tomatoes blend with tangy-mellow balsamic vinegar and basil. Serve with some crusty bread to soak up the liquid.
Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad
Shredded chicken makes this gorgeous salad hearty enough to serve on its own for dinner.
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.
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.
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.
Calico Bean Bake
This recipe blurs the line between baked beans and chili. It's great for feeding a crowd.
Mississippi Corn Bread Salad
Layers of corn bread, bacon and veggies ensure a flavor-packed salad that adds plenty of color to a potluck table.
Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw
Sesame seeds, ramen noodles, soy sauce, ginger and fresh broccoli give Asian flair to this fresh take on coleslaw.
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.
Broccoli-Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
A classic veggie mix meets potatoes in this recipe, which calls for adding fresh or frozen broccoli florets and cheddar cheese to creamy mashed potatoes.
Nuts and fruit add crunch and color to cabbage tossed in a homemade vinaigrette. This beautiful twist on traditional coleslaw is best served right away for maximum crispness, but it will hold for up to 24 hours.
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.
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.
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.
Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad
Combine two potluck staples to create this yummy potluck salad. Expect classic deviled egg flavor with a little zing from the Dijon-style mustard and salty pickled onions.
Easy baked bean fix-ups
Pop the top on a can, and give summer's easiest barbecue side new personality with these simple baked bean mix-ins. Go saucy: Barbecue sauce. Go sweet: Pineapple tidbits. Go meaty: Diced ham. Go smoky: Smoked paprika.
Creamed Corn Casserole
Cream cheese adds extra creaminess to this corn side-dish recipe. Bake in the oven, or follow the slow cooker directions.
Sicilian Potato and Green Bean Salad
Lemon-olive oil dressing balances fresh Mediterranean flavors in this potluck salad. Make it a main dish by adding one 7-ounce can tuna (drained).
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.
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.
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.
German-style bacon-flavored beans complement beef or pork. The recipe comes from a Sheboygan, Wisconsin, reader.