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The 4 Best Vegetable Sides for a BBQ

The 4 Best Vegetable Sides for a BBQ

Really good vegetable side dishes make all the difference at a BBQ, whether it’s last-minute in the backyard, a bonfire on the beach, or a more elegant dinner party. What sounds expected—slaws, potato salads, pasta salads—can be spectacular and healthy all at once. Great sides also easily expand to feed a crowd, pack nicely, and can be made in advance. We created healthy updates of four classics everyone loves: a chickpea salad with herbs, sweet roasted peppers, and bright red wine vinegar; mustardy potato salad with crisp green beans; crunchy sesame slaw; and grilled corn salad with lots of lime and cilantro.

  • Mustard Potato Salad with Green Beans

    Mustard Potato Salad with Green Beans

    This French-style potato salad is lighter than the mayo-laden deli standard, and it’s got great bright flavor from the mustard, shallot, vinegar, and capers. It’s hearty enough to work alongside a burger but refined enough to be served with a whole grilled fish.

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  • Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

    Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

    This chickpea salad puts any other cold bean salad to shame. The combination of red onion, sumac, and red wine vinegar is addictively savory and bright; it’s hard not to keep going back for more.

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  • Sesame Slaw

    Sesame Slaw

    This light, healthy slaw delivers serious flavor. Toasted sesame oil and rice vinegar make it both sweet and tangy, so it goes well with…just about anything.

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  • Grilled Corn Salad

    Grilled Corn Salad

    The perfect way to take advantage of summer corn, this recipe balances its sweetness with smoky poblano and spicy jalapeño peppers, plus tangy lime juice.

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