8 Unique BBQ Side Dishes That Will Make You Drool

8 Unique BBQ Side DishesThe fourth of July is only days away, and I have bbq on my mind. Since many of us will be grilling out this coming weekend to celebrate, I thought it would be fun to find some unique bbq side dishes.

I’m sure your barbecues and picnics have the standard side dishes like potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans. Those are favorites for a reason, but there are so many other interesting and special side dishes out there to try. I’ve rounded up 8 unique side dishes that I’m sure will be a hit at your next barbecue, picnic or outdoor party.

1. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

I’m not a potato salad person, at least the mayo version. It’s a weird texture/cold food issue I have. Plus, it’s so obvious. I recently had the most delicious cold sweet potato salad from Whole Foods, and loved it. This roasted sweet potato salad recipe sounds very similar to the one I’ve had, featuring poblano peppers and black beans.

2. Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Rather than your standard rotini pasta salad, a Mediterranean orzo salad makes for an interesting and less expected option. Artichokes, feta, olives and sun dried tomatoes give this dish a fancier feeling, while still being super easy to make.

3. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Roasted asparagus is one of my favorite cooked vegetables. But wrap it in prosciutto and grill it? You had me at prosciutto. Super simple, but I know your family will be impressed when you serve them grilled prosciutto wrapped asparagus.

4. Broccoli Crunch Slaw

Cole slaw is another BBQ staple. Why not change it up with a broccoli slaw? Even more crunch and texture, and you may even sneak this healthy green past your kids.

5. Grilled Corn Fregola

I recently made this grilled corn fregola recipe, which is a super simple but seemingly fancier version of a pasta salad. People will surely ask you what that tiny grain is and you can impart your new knowledge while you enjoy this really fresh, lemony and sweet dish.

6. Honey Cheddar Jalapeno Corn Bread Biscuits

No BBQ is complete without rolls or corn bread. Since everything is better with cheddar, make these corn bread biscuits special with cheddar, honey and jalapeno.

7. Elote (Mexican Corn on the Cob)

Grilled corn on the cob is a delicious picnic staple, but Elote, Mexican grilled corn is even better. It’s spicy, cheesy and full of lime flavor, all of which work so well with the sweet summer corn.

8. Avocado Lime Chickpea Salad

I really like chickpeas. I love them drained out of the can and tossed on top of a salad. When I roast them in the oven, I can eat the whole bunch, but I’ve never used them as the base for a salad. This avocado lime chickpea salad is genius because of just how simple it is. This is definitely a recipe I can’t wait to try.

What is your favorite unique bbq side dish?


  1. We tried the prosciutto wrapped asparagus once. Unfortunately, it’s REALLY salty. Nothing about asparagus to balance that out.

    1. Stacey Freeman says:

      Oooh, good to know. I wonder if a smaller piece of prosciutto would help it? I’ve also seen it done with 2-3 pieces of asparagus and 1 piece of prosciutto—maybe that would help with the salt?

      1. At least. We did 1/2 piece of proscuitto per piece.

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