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The grill might be the star at a cookout, but no BBQ is complete without a few bright summer salads. Here, 12 of my favorites for backyard gatherings. (Bonus: you can make them all ahead of time!)
With crisp sweet corn, scallions and fresh basil, this summery corn salad is ideal for a party.
This Southern-style broccoli salad with bacon, Cheddar and crunchy almonds is ideal for a picnic or BBQ.
This refreshing, sweet, and tangy cucumber salad is the perfect light side when grilling or picnicking.
This make-ahead and festive black bean salad is a huge crowd-pleaser. Perfect for a summer cookout!
In this German potato salad, the typical American mayo dressing is replaced with pickled onions and a tangy vinaigrette. It is addictively good!
This flavor-packed black bean shrimp salad is the perfect light weeknight dinner. It also screams summer potluck!
Simple but packed with flavor, Israeli salad is a standard accompaniment to most Israeli meals, even breakfast!
This make-ahead black bean and corn salad is a real crowd-pleaser. Bonus: it doubles as a dip!
Inspired by California Pizza Kitchen’s recipe, this Thai crunch salad with peanut dressing is wildly addictive!
Zesty pesto, green peas, pine nuts, and mozzarella pearls make a flavorful and pretty pasta salad.
Cool and crunchy, this flavorful Asian slaw is a delicious way to eat your colors!
My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.