William Dickey/ Styling Rose Nguyen/ Food Styling Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

Bring on the barbecue! Familiar favorites take a deliciously unexpected turn in this updated collection of cookout classics.



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.

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