Superb Simple Side Dishes for Summer Cookouts

by Rootstock Editor

June 12, 2023

by Rootstock Editor

Figuring out what to whip up for a weekend cookout should be effortless. If you are notorious for having the fabulous side dish that everyone looks forward to, go for it. If not, we have seven delicious and simple side dish recipes that can be served cool for all of your summer gatherings! Need picnic side dish ideas? These colorful creations will also jazz up your outings. 

Let’s get to it:

Layered Taco Salad

Layered Fiesta Salad

A true summer salad delight, our take on the fiesta salad is cool and crisp. This colorful side salad also provides the health benefits of fresh veggies and the calcium and protein found in Organic Valley Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese.

Get the recipe here: Layered Fiesta Salad

Mayo-free broccoli salad in a bowl.

Creamy Mayo-Free Broccoli Salad

No matter what you call it, this creamy broccoli salad is a healthy remake of an old family favorite and one you’ll want to share again and again.

Get the recipe here: Creamy Mayo-Free Broccoli Salad

Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad

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Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad

This is sure to please! Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad is not your everyday pasta salad. Adding crispy Organic Valley Uncured Pork Bacon elevates this side dish to something everyone will be talking about. Not only is it tasty, the addition of tomatoes, scallions and corn makes it an eye-pleasing dish as well.

Get the recipe here: Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta Salad

Divine Deviled Eggs

Divine Deviled Eggs

Not just deviled eggs — Divine Deviled Eggs! This deviled egg recipe includes a touch of honey with just the right mix of seasoning to bring your everyday deviled eggs up to a whole new level. Organic Valley eggs come from free-range chickens that are given room to behave as nature intended — and you can taste the difference.

Get the recipe here: Divine Deviled Eggs

Easy Picnic Potato Salad

Easy Picnic Potato Salad

Want to bring the best potato salad to the next cookout? This potato salad recipe is a wonderful picnic side dish idea. The combination of spices, gluten-free Organic Valley Sour Cream from pasture-raised cows, and mayonnaise is just right to highlight red potatoes.

Get the recipe here: Easy Picnic Potato Salad

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad with Mozzarella and Bacon

Panzanella Salad is simple to make and a great summer side dish. The recipe calls for cubed Italian bread, cheese, herbs, oil, Organic Valley Bacon and more.

Get the recipe here: Panzanella Salad With Mozzarella and Bacon

Classic Crostini

Classic Crostini

Light and bright, Classic Crostini is a wonderful addition to any gathering. Made with Organic Valley Mozzarella Cheese from pasture-raised cows, this easy-to-make crostini is delicious.

Get the recipe here: Classic Crostini

How to make an easy charcuterie board

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Charcuterie Board

Artfully arrange cheeses, organic meats, olives, artisan breads or crackers to make an organic Charcuterie Board. Get creative with your Charcuterie Board. No one ever complained there was too much cheese at a cookout!

Get the recipe here: Charcuterie Board

Cookouts are fun and bringing a dish to pass should be fun too. Get the family involved in creating these delicious side dishes — then sit back and enjoy your family, friends and new acquaintances while filling your belly with all of the wonderful food being shared.

Need more dessert, entree, snack, or beverage ideas? Check out Organic Valley’s unique recipes created by chefs, dietitians, cookbook authors and other food aficionados.

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