12 Barbecue Sides to Wow Your Guests at Your Memorial Day Cookout Slideshow

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12 Barbecue Sides to Wow Your Guests

To help you to become the star of your weekend barbecues, we reached out to our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers to see what their favorite barbecue sides happen to be. From a beer-and-bacon-soaked coleslaw that’s to die for to unique variations on classics like pasta salad and potato salad to an Instagram-worthy watermelon sashimi, these dishes may just outshine those burgers and hot dogs.

Beer and Bacon Sauerkraut

In our humble opinion, no sausage is complete without a healthy side of sauerkraut. Jessica Formicola of Savory Experiments packs tons of flavor into her sauerkraut with two always-welcome additions: bacon and beer.

For the Beer and Bacon Sauerkraut recipe, click here.

Crockpot Bourbon Baked Beans With Bacon

These flavor-packed baked beans from 2 Cookin’ Mamas are “easy, healthy, and chock full of bacon, veggies, molasses, and spices.” You can’t get mad at that.

For the Crockpot Bourbon Baked Beans With Bacon recipe, click here.

Cucumber Radish Salad With Yogurt

Mint and dill are such beautiful, fresh herbs, and Coley Cooks uses them flawlessly in this light, healthy vegetable salad. Eat this with grilled chicken for a plate of food you can feel great about this summer.

For the Cucumber Radish Salad With Yogurt recipe, click here.

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a killer side dish for any barbecue, but you know where it’s even better on a plate? On top of your barbecue. Two Healthy Kitchens agrees, and this recipe is perfect for your burgers, pulled pork, or hot dog.

For the Greek Yogurt Coleslaw recipe, click here.

Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad

According to Girls Can Grill, this salad with fresh kale, creamy goat cheese, and spicy harissa walnuts has something in it for every party guest. The best part? It’s all made on the grill!

For the Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad recipe, click here.

Honey Mustard Green Beans With Pecans

You just have to have something green on your plate to counteract all the hearty salads, big cuts of meat, and ice cream you’ll be eating during cookout season. Little Chef, Big Appetite’s green beans have a hint of honey mustard flavor, helping to make them very welcome at the picnic table.

For the Honey Mustard Green Beans With Pecans recipe, click here.

Old Bay Potato Salad

Old Bay makes everything better. If you’re grilling up a seafood feast, nothing accompanies shrimp or grilled lobster tail better than this side from This Is How I Cook.

For the Old Bay Potato Salad recipe, click here.

Pesto Pasta Salad With Peas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Mission: Food has discovered the secret to a fresh, delicious pasta salad: peas. “Sweet peas and sun-dried tomatoes are great additions to this less-traditional spin on pasta salad. Not only do they both add a burst of color, but they are a perfect pair flavor-wise,” she writes.

For the Pesto Pasta Salad With Peas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe, click here.

Spicy Grilled Mushrooms

These Asian-inspired mushrooms from Souflee Bombay require just four ingredients that you surely already have on hand. They can be served as a side or work as an earthy, spicy topping for your backyard burgers.

For the Spicy Grilled Mushrooms recipe, click here.

Spinach Bacon Mac and Cheese

Savory, salty, cheesy, gooey, and everything else delicious. My Sweet Mission knows no barbecue is complete without the classic mac and cheese.

For the Spinach Bacon Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.

Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

Every plate filled with grilled food needs a hearty scoop of pasta salad to complete it. The Hungry Hutch’s Mediterranean-inspired salad is tangy, salty, and the perfect light accompaniment to hearty grilled meats.

For the Tomato Feta Pasta Salad recipe, click here.

Watermelon Sashimi

A little sweet, a little spicy, totally playful, and beautiful on any plate, this watermelon sashimi from Oat and Sesame is the perfect summertime snack.

For the Watermelon Sashimi recipe, click here.