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20 Salads to Make Your BBQ Suddenly Awesome

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All the summer salads you’ll need for the best BBQ ever. 


When people think BBQ, they immediately picture the big slabs of meat that are front and center on the dinner table. Sure, there’ll be sides, but the mind’s eye goes directly to the juicy, fragrant ribs, drumsticks or whatever. 

Well… bye! That’s not how we do things. Those side salads can shine too! Here are 20 salads that’ll make your barbeque an insta-success.


1. Zesty Potluck Pasta Salad

Zesty Potluck Pasta Salad

If you like a little tangy kick, this pasta salad was born out of a food dream just for you. It’s hearty enough to be a strong side dish and flavorful enough to be worth the space on your buffet table.


2. Turkey Chutney Pasta Salad

Turkey Chutney Pasta Salad

The mango chutney, curry powder and golden raisins give this pasta salad a prize-winning twist. The sour cream? Well, that gives it my heart.


3. Bloody Mary Shrimp And Pasta Salad

Bloody Mary Shrimp And Pasta Salad

This salad has vodka in it. I feel like that’s all I need to write.


4. Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Tomato Pasta Salad

Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Tomato Pasta Salad

Prosciutto is like the champagne of cured meats. It immediately classes up the joint.


5. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Come on. Wouldn’t this be great on a plate next to some wings? I mean. Right?


6. Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp Salad

Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp Salad

Since you’ll already have the grill out, throw some watermelon slices on that thang. It’s basically the most summery thing you could possibly do. The only thing more summer would be grilling while having a water gun fight.


7. Grilled Zucchini Ribbon and Kale Salad

Grilled Zucchini Ribbon and Kale Salad

Zucchini ribbons look chic, while being an easy low carb option at the same time. It’s the supermodel of BBQ salads.


8. Summer Layered Chicken Salad

Summer Layered Chicken Salad

I like layering salads. Even though it all comes out in the same spoonful, the presentation is so pretty and clean.


9. Creamy Potato Salad

Creamy Potato Salad

Potato salad forever! Potato salad is life!


10. Antipasto Curly Pasta Salad

Antipasto Curly Pasta Salad

This pasta salad has all the best parts of a classic chopped salad: artichoke hearts, olives, cheese and salami. It’s a hearty prize-winning recipe that’ll please a crowd with ease.


11. Layered Summer Fruits With Creamy Lime Dressing

Layered Summer Fruits With Creamy Lime Dressing

What’s a potluck without a fruit salad? Fortunately, you’ll never have to know the answer to that question, because this recipe will be there for you every time.


12. Rainbow Salad In A Glass

Rainbow Salad In A Glass

These individually portioned salads bring a bunch of bright color to your table and are easy to grab while socializing like the butterfly you are.


13. Chicken Parmesan Pasta Salad

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Salad

The cucumber and tomato in this recipe keep it bright and fresh tasting, with all the hints of summer loving up on your palette.


14. Greek Tossed Pasta Salad

Greek Tossed Pasta Salad

Feta makes everything betta… is what I would say if I was trying to be cheesy…


15. Layered Mexican Party Salad

Layered Mexican Party Salad

It’s like the salad version of a layered taco dip and I am more than okay with that.


16. Quinoa with Black Beans

Quinoa with Black Beans

This salad packs a lot of protein and could be a good option for your vegetarian friend who will skip the grilled meats. The corn and cilantro give it a southwestern flair that’ll stop hunger in its tracks.


17. Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

I like a little heat in my food on hot summer days. This pasta salad brings the spice with green chilies and chunky salsa. It’ll make that cool beverage so much more worth it!


18. Easy Asian Cabbage Salad

Easy Asian Cabbage Salad

This salad has the texture of a good, crisp coleslaw, but with that zesty ginger flavor to turn up the awesome a little.


19. Grilled Balsamic-Chicken Salad

Grilled Balsamic-Chicken Salad

Balsamic is so versatile. You can serve it on ice cream. You can glaze with it. You can mix it up into vinaigrette. In this case, you serve it with chicken, strawberries and greens for a summer salad that’s sure to slay.


20. Tri-berry Spinach Salad

Tri-berry Spinach Salad

You know what they say. If at first you don’t succeed, tri, tri again.


For more great outdoor party ideas, check out our grilling recipes!

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