20 chill summer side dishes to beat the heat

Caprese salad

Caprese salad has a leafy green, a fruit, and cheese, but it's almost always shared. You don't usually see someone order tomato, basil, and mozzarella and devour it. The Kitchn has this salad's recipe.

Classic macaroni salad

Macaroni salad is a summertime favourite. This recipe from Love from the Oven requires no cooking—just mix elbow macaroni, red and green peppers, red onion, dill pickles, and hard-boiled eggs with mayo.


Short on time? This coleslaw from Cooking Classy can be put together in five minutes with just four ingredients. It also requires no heating and can be served immediately!

Corn and avocado bean salad

This side takes 10 minutes to make. This Fifteen Spatulas salad contains corn, avocado, black and garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and olive oil lemon juice dressing.

Corn pudding

Corn pudding, a Southern classic, is cornbread with creamed corn baked in. Barefeet in the Kitchen's version is cooked for 50 minutes at 350 F but served chilled.

Creamy broccoli slaw

Spend with Pennies' creamy broccoli slaw was a hit at a recent barbecue. (Real!) Diced green apples, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and a vinegar-mayo dressing are added to broccoli slaw mix.

Deviled eggs

Deviled eggs are the perfect chilled appetizer or side dish to bring to your next potluck. You may have made them before, but try this recipe from Sugar Spun Run that includes a couple of special ingredients: pickle juice and butter!

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