Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, which means that cookout season is coming up in a big way! Cookouts are a staple in the summer, and they provide friends and family an opportunity to get together and do what they do best: eat. Although there is usually something for EVERYONE at a cookout, it can be a little harder to find a tasty dish if you’re vegetarian. Because of that, we decided to compile a list of ten veggie-friendly side dishes that you’ll be able to load up your plate with! Check them out below!
1. Thai Peanut-Ginger Slaw
No side dish is more essential for cookout season than coleslaw. This quick and easy recipe puts a fun spin on the classic dish and will leave your guests begging for more and the recipe! Get the recipe!
2. Zucchini Pancakes
Summer is all about finding new ways to incorporate veggies into your dishes, and these zucchini pancakes will be an instant fan favorite at your Memorial Day cookout! The dish doesn’t require many ingredients, but it’s bursting with flavor and health (veggies, yo). Get the recipe!
3. Mac & Cheese Bombs
What could possibly be better than deep fried mac & cheese? The answer is absolutely nothing! Serve these creamy bites with a ranch dipping sauce, and we guarantee you won’t be able to stop at one. Get the recipe!
4. Perfect Grilled Corn Salsa
Grilling adds a nice, smokey element to corn’s innate sweetness. This summery salsa combines the corn with colorful red onion and tomatoes, resulting in a dish that is as vibrant as it is delectable. Serve this alone or pair it with a handful of other salsas and you’re guaranteed a fiesta in the making! Get the recipe!
5. Beer Battered Onion Rings
Onion rings don’t get enough credit! These rings of flavor are often less popular than fries, but after enjoying one of these heavenly, beer-battered snacks you may end up reconsidering your favorite cookout side dish! If you like it then you better put a couple of rings on your plate because we guarantee these will run out quickly. Get the recipe!
6. Garden Pasta Salad
Pasta salads are another obvious side to bring to a cookout, and you can harvest all the vegetables for this dish from your own garden. Get the recipe!
7. Fried Green Tomatoes
Channel your inner southern belle at your family’s Memorial Day cookout this year by bringing a plate of fried green tomatoes! Garnish a slice with some pepper and drizzle with the topping of your choice, and you can enjoy this joyful slice on its own or in the middle of a sandwich! Get the recipe!
8. Loaded Nachos Potato Skins
Potatoes are an essential at any cookout, and this spin on a loaded potato skin looks as good as it will taste! This recipe fills the crispy potato shells with all the fixings for veggie nachos, but you could just as easily fill them with marinara sauce, peppers, and cheese for a pizza spin. Get the recipe!
9. Vegetable Kabobs
Who says that vegetarians can’t eat food off the grill? These veggie kabobs are simple and quick, but the garlic lemon marinade is the true highlight of the dish! The best part about kabobs is how versatile they are; you can swap out whatever you’re not fond but still get all your veggies in! Get the recipe!
10. Caramelized Onion and Shallot Dip
This last cookout dish is a delectable dip that incorporates caramelized onion and shallots and is topped with a dash of chives. Oh you fancy, huh? Make this tasty treat, serve with some pita for dipping, and prepare for hours of enjoyment! Get the recipe!
What are your must-have cookout side dishes? Weigh in and let us know what you’ll be bringing to holiday parties this weekend below!