Summer Fresh Sides

Bring on the barbecue! Familiar favorites take a deliciously unexpected turn in this updated collection of cookout classics.
Mary Allen Perry
Summer Fresh Sides
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William Dickey/ Styling Rose Nguyen/ Food Styling Vanessa McNeil Rocchio



Crisp coleslaw comes to the table lightly dressed with the salty snap of roasted peanuts and wasabi. Spiked with the sweet-sharp heat of Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette, cubes of watermelon team up with crumbles of Gorgonzola cheese. Green beans pair with red grapes in a colorful pasta salad. It’s not a combination you see often, but it’s sure to be a party pleaser. Try them all, and then create your own special versions.

"Summer Fresh Sides" is from the July 2008 issue of Southern Living.