35 Side Dishes For Your Memorial Day Cookout

These are no ordinary side dishes.

Classic Grilled Corn on the Cob
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Pair your barbecue and burgers with a few of our tastiest summery side dishes for Memorial Day.

Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue, cook-out, or sit-down meal, we have plenty of delicious sides dish ideas for your Memorial Day get-together. From spicy corn-on-the-cob to pasta salads, coleslaw, and baked beans, we have a side for every palate. These dishes will perk up your buffet (instantly!) with an infusion of fresh produce, colorful ingredients, and fantastic summer flavors.

These sides are easy to prep and make the most of your favorite fresh and juicy seasonal produce. They will have even the unlikeliest of dinner guests returning for seconds, guaranteed.

No matter the setting, these recipes will slot into your party plan seamlessly. Feel free to mix and match our favorite Memorial Day side dishes to create your own personalized holiday menu, and go ahead and add them to your dinnertime lineup all summer long.

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Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Creamy Broccoli Slaw
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

If you want to make something a little different than classic coleslaw, give this crunchy broccoli slaw a try this year.

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Baked Beans

a casserole dish of baked beans
Photographer: Fred Hardy II, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Props Stylist: Christina Brockman

No cookout is complete without a casserole dish full of baked beans. This recipe calls for canned pork and beans to help them come together easily.

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Classic Grilled Corn on the Cob

Classic Grilled Corn on the Cob
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Put your best plate forward by adding this fantastic corn-on-the-cob recipe to the mix.

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Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Mac and cheese got a summer makeover with the addition of bright roasted tomatoes.

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Summer Orzo Salad

Summer Orzo Salad
Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Melissa Gray

This salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week after it's prepared, so it's a great make ahead option.

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Best Deviled Eggs

Our Best Deviled Eggs

Stacy K. Allen, Food Stylist: Torie Cox, Prop Stylist: Shell Royster

We've perfected the process for making the best deviled eggs for a crowd.

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Macaroni Corn Casserole

Macaroni Corn Casserole
Will Dickey; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Two cookout classics come together in this cheesy dish.

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Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland; Food Styling: Melissa Gray

Think of this casserole as a potluck-friendly version of a classic baked potato.

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Quick Pickled Slaw

Quick Pickled Slaw
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Tina Stamos

You can pull this recipe together from start to finish in just 15 minutes.

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Deviled Egg-Potato Salad

Deviled Egg Potato Salad
Antonis Achilleos

If you just want to bring one dish to the Memorial Day cookout but can't decide between deviled eggs and potato salad, this easy-to-transport side is the recipe for you.

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Whipped-Cream Corn Salad

Whipped-Cream Corn Salad
Southern Living

Just three ingredients (plus salt and pepper) come together to create this beautiful corn salad.

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South Carolina Slaw

South Carolina Slaw
Will Dickey

A traditional Carolina slaw has a tangy dressing of vinegar and sugar, not mayo. This one serves up a hint of sweetness with apple cider vinegar, blunted by dry and Dijon mustards.

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Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
Jennifer Causey

If you're heading to a cookout, you may want to double (or triple!) this easy recipe.

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Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar Recipe

Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

While this recipe calls for quite a bit of chopping, there's no cooking required.

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Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Southern Living Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese after baking and ready to serve
Fred Hardy II; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Christina Brockman.

You can't go wrong with this family-favorite mac and cheese.

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Texas-Style Baked Beans

Texas-Style Baked Beans
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Loren Wood; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

These made-from scratch baked beans get their flavor from bacon drippings, barbecue sauce, dark beer, and plenty of seasonings.

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Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Toni Brogan

For best results, we recommend tossing this salad together right before serving so the watermelon and cucumber juices don't water down the vinaigrette.

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Tomato-Herb Panzanella

Tomato-Herb Panzanella
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

You'll want to make sure you allows at least 30 minutes for this dish to sit at room temperature before serving.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Melissa Gray

We made this recipe with bowtie pasta, but it can be made with other shapes if you prefer.

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Heirloom Tomato Pie

Heirloom Tomato Pie Recipe in a pie pan with serving pieces nearby
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Chelsea Zimmer, Prop Stylist Christine Keely

This tomato pie is sure to be one of the first things to disappear from your Memorial Day spread.

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Spicy Grilled Corn Salad

Spicy Grilled Corn Salad
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Toni Brogan

Mix up this colorful, easy side. It's so good, you'll have a smile with every spoonful.

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Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon-Ranch Pasta Saladba
Micah A. Leal

Make sure to make this recipe a day in advance, as it will be better once the flavors have time to sit together.

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Shout Hallelujah Potato Salad

Candied Jalapeños

Hector Sanchez

You'll be shouting hallelujah once you have a bite of this side dish. (It's great with barbecue!)

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Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole

Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Stylist: Buffy Hargett Miller

It wouldn't be a summertime get-together without this summer squash- and corn-filled casserole.

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Field Pea and Pasta Salad

Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Greg DuPree

A lively mix of pasta and field peas make a fresh and flavorful Memorial Day side dish.

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Classic Succotash

Classic Succotash
Alison Miksch

Don't forget about this Southern side, a celebration of fresh produce and unforgettable flavors.

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Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Jennifer Davick

Scoops of this cool and creamy side will balance out any Memorial Day menu.

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Classic Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw
Photography: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

There's nothing fancy about this coleslaw recipe, which is precisely what makes it so good.

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Big Daddy's Grilled Blue Cheese-and-Bacon Potato Salad

Big Daddy’s Grilled Blue Cheese and Bacon Potato Salad
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

What could make potato salad better? Blue cheese and bacon, that's what.

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Sesame, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad

Sesame, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad
Alison Miksch

This is no mere salad. It's an explosion of colorful, delectable produce. Try it, and thank us later.

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Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham

Classic Macaroni Salad with Ham
Jen Causey

This salad recipe, sent in by Keva Colston of Baton Rouge Louisiana, was published in the June 2007 issue of Southern Living and quickly garnered many favorable reviews and comments from readers.

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad With Dill
Hannah Zimmerman/Southern Living

A cooling creamy salad is always a perfect pairing.

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Southern Cornbread Salad

Southern Living Cornbread Salad in a trifle bowl ready to serve

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Salad is a wide-ranging term in the South, and while this one might not include lettuce, it's still a delicious cookout side.

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Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad

Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

This salad celebrates three of the major highlights from the summer farmers' markets: corn, peaches, and tomatoes.

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Loaded Potato Salad

Southern Living Loaded Potato Salad in a serving bowl ready to serve

Fred Hardy II; Food Stylist: Kelsey Moylan; Prop Stylist: Caleb Clarke

This recipe is make-ahead magic—it's even better when you prepare it in advance and let the flavors meld.  

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