Barbecue season is upon us and it’s blazing hot outdoors, so I have actually assembled a choice of my preferred basic side meal recipes. The very best part? You will not require to switch on the oven for a single one. Hooray!

You’ll discover enjoyable, crisp, cooling side meals listed below. All of the dishes are vegetarian (numerous are vegan and/or gluten complimentary too), so they’re especially potluck-friendly. No matter your own dietary choices, these dishes will cancel much heavier fare and refurbish your plate.

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This simple quinoa salad is perfect for packed lunches!

1) Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach and Quinoa Salad

Gluten complimentary and vegan

” This is an excellent dish! I have actually made it two times for 2 various groups, and everybody likes it. It’s simple, and alternative components can be utilized, so there can be range each time it’s made.”– Karen

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2) Jessica’s Marinated Chickpeas

Gluten complimentary

” I ‘d need to state this is among the very best chickpea salads I have actually ever made! Sweet, hot and tasty. So flavourful.”– Carley

This simple, herbed red potato salad recipe will be a hit at your next potluck! The light, creamy sauce is mayo-free, and this recipe is vegan!

3) Herbed Red Potato Salad (no mayo!)

Gluten complimentary and vegan

” This potato salad was tasty! I like that it does not have mayo in it. I took a huge bowl to a regional project rally and cookout. I discovered that a great deal of individuals brought potato salad, however my own was the only empty bowl at the end of the night. Thanks for an excellent dish.”– Carolyn

best cucumber salad recipe

4) Gaby’s Cucumber Salad

Gluten complimentary and vegan

” oh my goodness. this salad is SO addicting! I made a 4 individual serving and my hubby and I consumed the entire thing up. We included some arugula and radishes to make it more of a supper salad with a side of protein.”– Jaime

This hot pink slaw is totally irresistible, thanks to—surprise—coconut! If you like coconut, you're going to love this nutrient-dense slaw/side salad.

5) Hot Pink Coconut Slaw

Gluten complimentary and quickly vegan

” This was tasty! We devoured everything. Our 3-year-old even stated “Num, num!”, and she is not typically a big cabbage fan.”– Amanda

The best quinoa salad recipe, made with chickpeas, red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, parsley and lemon! This healthy quinoa salad is sure to be a hit. (gluten free, vegetarian, vegan)

6) Favorite Quinoa Salad

Gluten complimentary and vegan

” I was shocked to read this dish and recognize that I take place to have all of the components in my cooking area! I whipped it up today and it is so tasty. Certainly going to make this once again!”– Jenna

Enjoy this Southwestern black bean salad recipe all week long! It's colorful and bursting with nutrients.

7) Fresh Black Bean Salad

Gluten complimentary and vegan

” I saw this in my inbox today … waited since it looked so excellent! Got welcomed to a day of boating and beaching and believed this would be fantastic to take. It is tasty which was prior to I even put it in the refrigerator! Thank you for this!”– Bethany

This green bean salad recipe is epic! Learn the best way to cook green beans, and get the recipe at

8) Green Bean Salad with Toasted Almonds & Feta

Gluten complimentary and possibly vegan

” I made the green bean salad tonight for supper. My hubby and I enjoyed it. Never ever would have believed including the basil would offer such an intriguing twist of taste. Love your cookbook and all the dishes you share. Thank you!”– Kim

My favorite chickpea salad recipe with carrots, dill and celery. So easy to make!

9) Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Dill

Gluten complimentary and vegan

” Made this tonight for lunch for the week. I have actually currently consumed a lot of it and do not believe it will even make it to Monday. So excellent, Kate. Took your guidance and included a little additional sherry vinegar.”– Heather

This Thai-flavored quinoa salad recipe is colorful, crisp and delicious! It's also vegan and gluten free.

10) Crunchy Thai Peanut & Quinoa Salad

Gluten complimentary and vegan

” I’m usually not a huge fan of peanut sauce, however I believe that’s just since I have actually never ever had a great one– wow! I was virtually licking the bowl I utilized to make it! Thanks for another excellent dish, Kate. This will be my basic lunch dish for the indefinite future.”– Alyssa

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11) Favorite Broccoli Salad

Gluten complimentary and quickly vegan

” Sooooo excellent! My hubby and I feasted on an entire batch of this for supper (And I typically dislike raw broccoli) I made 2nd batch right now and put it in the refrigerator to marinade for tomorrow!”– Rachel

This Greek lentil salad recipe is fresh, delicious and simple to make!

12) Greek Lentil Salad

Gluten complimentary and quickly vegan

” Love the salad. I like all the various components, so I understood I would enjoy. The technique was if my 13yo and her pal would like it. Success. My child desires me to make it more, and her pals mom has actually requested the dish. Certainly going to be on our summertime menu from here on out.”– Dave

Crisp Apple & Kohlrabi Salad

13) Crispy Apple & Kohlrabi Salad

Gluten complimentary and quickly vegan

” I made this salad last night ahead of time, and included the toasted seeds and cheese (gruyere) at serving time. It’s so tasty! I likewise traded the tarragon for mint. I will utilize this dish whenever I get kohlrabi in my CSA box. Thanks!”– Erin

French carrot salad recipe

14) French Carrot Salad

Gluten complimentary and quickly vegan

” I simply wished to let you understand just how much I enjoyed the French Carrot Salad. It was so simple to make and the salad dressing is simply fantastic. Thank you a lot for sharing these fantastic, healthy dishes!”– Yvette

Incredible celery salad recipe with dates, almonds and Parmesan -

15) Celery Salad with Dates, Almonds and Parmesan

Gluten complimentary and quickly vegan

” Kate, another huge thank you. This celery salad is tasty and something I would never ever have actually considered myself. The toasted almonds and dates were excellent! I likewise effectively cut the dish to a bachelor size. Keep those salads coming!”– Dhyan

healthy slaw recipe

16) Basic Seedy Slaw

Gluten complimentary and vegan

” Made this for our very bowl celebration and it was a success, specifically for my boy who dislikes mayo. I didn’t alter a thing on the dish and it was actually excellent! Thank you!”– Leslie

Take advantage of ripe summer fruit to make this simple summer fruit salad! Peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and balsamic vinegar make the best fruit salad.

17) Summer Season Fruit Salad

Gluten complimentary and vegan

” I’m not overemphasizing when I state this was the very best fruit salad I have actually ever had. Thanks a lot for the dish!”– Melanie

More resources you may value: 13 make-ahead breakfast dishes, 16 dishes that load well for lunch and 20 basic weeknight suppers. You can shop my important cooking area devices here. Do not forget to follow us on Pinterest for a stable stream of dish motivation!

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