Fast and Fabulous BBQ Sides

A summer grill-out is nothing without some classic barbecue sides. These BBQ side dish recipes -- including creamy coleslaw, smoky baked beans, and deviled egg pasta salad -- cover all your bases. Plus, each recipe requires only 30 minutes of prep or less!

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    Corn and Cantaloupe Chopped Salad

    Here's a golden BBQ idea: Pair market-fresh corn with candylike cantaloupe. The sweet sunny pair -- dressed in dill and studded with onions -- will take your spread from ordinary to all-star.

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    Tomatillo-Watermelon Salad

    Watermelon slices on a tray are so yesterday. Toss the pink summer fruit into a bowl alongside chopped avocado, cool queso fresco, and juicy tomatillos for a one-of-a-kind side.

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    Pimiento Cheese Poppers

    It's not a party without the poppers! Cream cheese and a swipe of light mayo fluff up the cheddar-based filling while fresh chives and diced pimiento make authentic Southwestern statements.

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    Smoky Black Beans

    What's a BBQ without the beans? Give this party essential a Southwestern spin by pairing it with smoky chorizo, cumin, and adobo-soaked chipotle peppers. A squeeze of lip-puckering lime perks it all up.

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    Baked Root Vegetable Chips

    Stun fellow barbecue-goers by swapping greasy bagged potato chips for a bowl of homemade delights. Simply pop paper-thin slices of sweet potatoes and purple and golden beets into the oven for an earthy, addictive side dish.

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    Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

    A match made in potluck heaven, this fresh salad marries cool macaroni and tangy deviled eggs. Stud the irresistible two-in-one side dish with juicy pickles, red onions, and a smear of Dijon.

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    Grilled Lime Fruit Kabobs

    For a taste of the tropics, thread chopped bananas, peaches, and pineapple onto grill-ready skewers. Once warmed, drizzle and dunk the steamy kabobs in honey and cool bowlfuls of our cinnamon-lime dip.

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    Grilled Asparagus in Dill Butter

    A plate of grilled asparagus will be a refreshing addition to your collection of rich BBQ recipes. Just sprinkle a few stalks with garlic, dill, and cracked black pepper, then toss onto the grill. Shredded Parmesan makes a melty finish.

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    Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

    Turn a box of elbow macaroni and a can of cannellini beans into a gorgeous pasta salad. Purchased pesto gives it a cheerful emerald color while toasty pine nuts add delightful crunch.

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    Banh Mi Bruschetta

    Banh mi is hot right now. Enjoy the trendy Vietnamese sandwich -- complete with ham, soy, crisp carrots, and jalapenos -- side-style by serving on toasted baguette slices.

    Editor's Tip: Love spicy food? Spike the mayo-soy mixture with some Sriracha sauce for extra zing.

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    Creamy BLT Coleslaw

    Every bite of this icy-cool slaw is full of classic BLT flavor -- crispy bacon, juicy cherry tomatoes, and crunchy red and green cabbage. Did we mention the super creamy mayo dressing? This salad is sure to be a BBQ favorite.

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    Indian Garbanzo Bean Salad with Pitas

    Play with the textures and flavors of India at your next barbecue. This easy salad blends meaty garbanzo beans and crunchy veggies with a smoky curry and cumin dressing. Toss pitas onto the grill for a crispy dipper.

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    Summer Vegetable Potato Salad

    Tender new potatoes, juicy tomatoes, and ripe sweet corn taste like summer on a plate. Sweet Dijon dressing, fresh basil, and feta add a little zip to this light salad.

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    Garden Three-Bean Salad with Fresh French Dressing

    This everything-goes tossed salad features edamame, radishes, and a tangy French dressing made with fresh tomatoes.

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    Potato Salad with Country Ranch Dressing

    Complete a summer barbecue with an updated version of traditional potato salad. This recipe combines favorites -- tender potatoes, silky dressing, and roasted vegetables -- with a little zip from a ranch seasoning packet.

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    How to Make Corn Bread

    Corn bread is a classic BBQ side. Follow this video to make a comforting batch of your own.

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    Italian Fruit Salad

    Talk about mouthwatering! With a simple bath of vinegar and honey, this fruity summer salad transforms into an irresistibly fresh dish. Top with chopped basil and serve as a side or a dessert.

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