From potato salad and coleslaw to dipping sauces, pasta salads, and pimento cheese, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite side dishes that will ensure that you get invited to every barbecue this summer!

Southern Potato Salad

Potato Salad. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.
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This Southern Potato Salad is made with Hard-Boiled Eggs and Pickles and is a summertime favorite. It has a creamy, flavorful mayonnaise dressing and is topped with Creole Seasoning for a perfect finishing touch. It’s the star of every cookout.

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Raising Cane’s Style Coleslaw

Coleslaw. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

This Creamy Southern Coleslaw recipe is one of my favorite side dishes. The sweet, tangy dressing combined with the fresh, crunchy cabbage is so simple yet so flavorful. It reminds me of the coleslaw from Raising Cane’s or KFC!

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Copycat Raising Cane’s Sauce

Cane’s Sauce. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

This Copycat Raising Cane’s Sauce Recipe tastes JUST LIKE the original and is perfect for chicken tenders, fries, and burgers. It is tangy, creamy, peppery, and so addicting. Get the Recipe: Copycat Raising Cane’s Sauce

Cowboy Caviar

Redneck Caviar. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

Cowboy Caviar is a Southern Dip and Side Dish made with fresh vegetables, flavorful beans, & a delicious vinegar dressing. It’s the perfect dish to bring to a party because it can sit out at room temperature (at least for a little while) without spoiling.

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Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing

Pasta Salad. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

This Pasta Salad is a bite from my childhood. It is overflowing with vegetables and reminds me of summer and grilling with my parents. It is light enough for a hot day, goes great with burgers, and is bursting with so much flavor.

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Deviled Eggs with Diced Pickles

Deviled Eggs. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

With fluffy, tangy, and creamy filling in perfectly-cooked hard-boiled eggs, this Easy Deviled Egg Recipe will be your new favorite side or appetizer. Perfect for a party, these deviled eggs are quick and easy to make and are a crowd-pleaser.

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Tomato & Cucumber Pasta Salad

Tomato and Cucumber Pasta Salad. Image Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

This Whole Wheat Pasta Salad Recipe is loaded with fresh summer vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes and is coated in a deliciously zesty Italian dressing. Made with whole wheat pasta, it is a filling summer side dish.

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Blue Cheese & Bacon Salad

Royal Street Salad. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

With crispy romaine lettuce, crunchy bacon, and blue cheese in a flavorful, zesty homemade dressing, this Royal Street Salad is a perfect summer side dish!

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Crispy Fried Okra

Crispy Fried Okra. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

This Fried Okra is dredged in buttermilk and breaded in a flour & cornmeal coating that’s loaded with flavor. This Southern Popcorn is fried until crispy in peanut oil to make an addictive Southern appetizer, snack, or side dish.

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Copycat Big Mac Burger Sauce

Big Mac Sauce. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

Big Mac Sauce is the perfect balance of tangy, creamy, and slightly sweet flavors, all coming together to create a taste sensation like no other. This legendary condiment is the secret behind McDonald’s iconic Big Mac, and now you can enjoy a homemade version in the comfort of your own kitchen.

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Fried Corn on the Cob

Fried Corn on the Cob. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

Deep-Fried Corn on the Cob is a delicious twist on a classic summer favorite. This Southern-style dish is made by coating fresh corn on the cob in a Cajun-seasoned batter and then deep-frying it to golden perfection.

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Rancharoni Macaroni Salad

Rancharoni Macaroni Salad. Image Credit: Ramshackle Pantry.

Want to bring something a little different to your next potluck or picnic, but still is tasty and reachable enough for almost everybody to enjoy? This Rancharoni Macaroni Salad mashes up a classic macaroni dish with tasty Ranch goodness to drop this easy-to-make flavor explosion on your next party.

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Crockpot Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Hashbrown Casserole. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

Crockpot Hash Browns cooked in creamy chicken soup, sour cream, and a shredded cheese mixture are slow-cooked to perfection. These Slow Cooker Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes are the perfect side to any dish!

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Classic Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

This creamy, peppery, Homemade Pimento Cheese is a classic Southern recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. With its blend of shredded cheddar cheese, mayo, and diced pimentos, this versatile spread is not only a delicious sandwich filling but it’s also a crowd-pleasing dip for crackers and veggies or a flavorful topping for burgers.

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Southern Style Collard Greens

Collard Greens. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

If you’re looking for the Best Collard Greens Recipe, look no further. This classic southern side dish features tender collard greens, cooked to perfection, southern style, with savory bacon, onions, a ham hock, and garlic. Trust me – once you try these greens, you’ll never need another recipe again.

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Crack Pretzels

Crack Pretzels. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

“Crack” Pretzels are aptly named for their addictive quality. You can’t have just one! They have a ton of ranch flavor but also have a little spice, a little garlic, and a subtly warm cinnamon undertone. They are the perfect snack for a party!

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Southern Fried Squash & Zucchini

Fried Squash or Zucchini. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

Southern Fried Squash is a summer delicacy. Fresh yellow squash and zucchini are dredged in buttermilk, breaded with flour and cornmeal, and fried until they are golden brown and crispy. It is such a delicious way to cook summer squash and is the perfect summer side dish.

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Southern Cornbread

Southern Cornbread. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

This Classic Southern Cornbread Recipe combines simple yellow cornmeal and buttermilk, bringing out the naturally sweet flavor of corn – without adding sugar. Cooked in a cast iron skillet with bacon drippings or butter – it will please even the toughest critics.

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Ranch Chex Party Mix

Ranch Chex Mix. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

Ranchy Chex Party Mix is a delicious twist on a family favorite called “Crack Pretzels” that covers all the bases – salty, crunchy, cheesy – and addicting. It’s the perfect party snack so bring a bowl to your next picnic.

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Quick Pickled Red Onions

Quick Pickled Onions. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

Quick Pickled Red Onions are the perfect finishing touch for so many recipes. They can perfectly balance out a salty or spicy dish – and are the perfect top for a burger. And a bonus, they are so quick and easy to make!

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Bourbon Candied Pecans

Bourbon Candied Pecans. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

Sweet and Spicy Candied Bourbon Pecans are salty, sweet, and, well, just a little bit spicy. The taste of bourbon is very subtle, but it gives these pecans the perfect amount of something extra to make them so delicious and addicting. I bring them to every party!

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Garlic Toast

Garlic Toast. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

This Super Simple Garlic Bread Recipe is packed with garlic flavor, rich buttery goodness, and perfectly crispy bread that is tender and fluffy inside. Best of all, it can be whipped up in just 10 minutes!

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Crispy Dill Fridge Pickles

Fridge Pickles. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

These Dill Pickles are salty, crunchy, and perfectly delicious. They are quick to make and are stored in the fridge, so there’s no canning required. They are perfect to bring to a barbeque for everyone to add to their burgers!

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Jiffy Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

Creamed corn, corn niblets, and sour cream baked into sweet, moist cornbread, this Corn Pudding Recipe is delicious enough for any holiday dinner. Not only does it bring you back to your southern roots, but it’s so quick and easy to whip up!

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Patriotic Deviled Eggs

Patriotic Deviled Eggs. Image Credit: Hungry Happenings.

Surprise your party guests by serving these Deviled Egg Star Pops. Each bite-sized, star-shaped, hard-boiled egg is decorated with a creamy egg yolk filling and is served on a lollipop stick.

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Corn Pico de Gallo

Corn Pico de Gallo. Image Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

This Sweet Corn Pico de Gallo Recipe is the perfect dip to bring to a party. Grilled or roasted corn adds a tasty twist to this corn salsa!

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Sweet Cornbread

Sweet Cornbread. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

Sweet Cornbread made in a cast iron skillet is the perfect accompaniment to any summer meal. This cornbread is sweet, crumbly, buttery, and has a perfect crisp to the edges – it is the perfect side for a picnic.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad with Sesame Poppyseed Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad. Image Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

This Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe is loaded with fresh summer strawberries and is topped with a delicious Sesame Poppyseed dressing. It is perfect for a healthy lunch or a side salad for dinner. It also makes a great salad to take to a party.

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Cherry Tomato Salsa

Cherry Tomato Salsa Recipe. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

Cherry Tomato Salsa is naturally sweet with tons of fresh garden flavors. With fresh tomatoes and cilantro, it’s perfect for serving with tacos and tortilla chips, and it could not be easier to make.

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Mango and Avocado Salsa

Mango Avocado Salsa. Image Credit: Jeannies Tried and True Recipes.

Made with juicy ripe mangoes, creamy avocados, and a little bit of bell pepper crunch – this Mango & Avocado Salsa is sweet, tangy, and so refreshing. It is a great dip for tortilla chips, a perfect topping on salads, or a filling in burritos.

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Cajun Corn Maque Choux

Corn Maque Choux. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

Corn Maque Choux is a classic Cajun side dish that is creamy, flavorful, and has just a little bit of heat. The smoky bacon grease softens the corn as it mixes with the Cajun spices, and the end result is a delicious Southern side dish.

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Strawberry Cucumber Salad with Feta and Fresh Mint

Strawberry Cucumber Salad. Photo Credit: Peel with Zeal.

What says fresh and flavorful like a Strawberry Cucumber Salad? Sweet, juicy strawberries, cool cucumber slices, tangy red onion, and zesty feta crumbles are all made even more flavorful with a hint of fresh mint. This salad recipe is everything you love about summer in one beautiful bowl. 

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Spicy Jalapeño Pimento Cheese

Spicy Pimento Cheese. Photo Credit: Southern Bytes.

If you’re a fan of pimento cheese but want to add a little kick to your traditional recipe, then you’ll love this Spicy Jalapeño Pimento Cheese Recipe! Not only is it a super easy recipe to make, but it’s also really, really delicious. It’s a Southern favorite and an easy dip to serve as an appetizer or a snack.

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Salsa

Roasted Cherry Tomato Salsa. Image Credit: Southern Bytes.

This Roasted Cherry Tomato Salsa Recipe is packed with fire-roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, and a hint of smoky jalapeño heat. It’s ready in minutes and is the perfect summer snack!

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Hi, I'm Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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