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10 Tasty No-Cook Side Dishes for a Barbecue

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‘Tis the season for cookouts and taking food nearly everywhere you go. It is fun to socialize like crazy, meeting up with friends and eating outside. One of the things I do to prepare for all these parties is build up my repertoire of easy no-cook side dishes. These are the things I can whip up and take with me wherever I am going and serve at room temperature. These recipes are so useful for this hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the stove or oven. Here are a few of my favorites that you can easily make without heat for your next soiree!

  • 10 Tasty No-Cook Side Dishes for a Barbecue 1 of 11
    10 No-Cook Summer Side Dishes
  • Caprese Salad Skewers 2 of 11
    Caprese Salad Skewers

    These awesome salad skewers are so easy to make and are perfectly portable for summer parties! Everyone will love that they can eat them standing up without making a mess!

    Photo: Paula Jones

  • Gazpacho Salad 3 of 11
    Gazpacho Salad

    This awesome salad contains all the refreshing flavors of gazpacho without being in soup form. Serve up this cooling dish at any summer barbecue this summer and transport your guests to Mexico in one bite!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Watermelon Mozzarella Salad 4 of 11
    Watermelon Tomato Salad

    Ripe watermelon is so sweet that it contrasts beautifully with tart vinegar and salty cheese. You can even have fun getting in the spirit by cutting out the watermelon in cool summery shapes!

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Tomato Cherry Bruschetta 5 of 11
    tomato cherry bruschetta

    This amazing sweet tomato bruschetta is accented with summer cherries. Everyone will love how this sweet and savory summer side made with fresh summer fruits!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Watermelon Berry Spinach Salad 6 of 11
    Watermelon Blueberry Spinach Salad

    This delectable salad is made with fresh berries, dark green spinach, and sprigs of mint from your herb garden. Toss it with a simple dressing and serve it up at any summer gathering!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Tropical Gazpacho 7 of 11
    Tropical Gazpacho

    This awesome gazpacho is sweetened up with fresh fruit juice flavors. Everyone will love the summery twist on their favorite soup!

    Photo: Laura Levy

  • 7 Layer Dips 8 of 11
    seven layer dips

    A classic seven layer dip is always welcome at a summer cookout. Be sure to bring freshly chopped vegetables and tortilla chips for dipping!

    Photo: Paula Jones

  • Caprese Bites with Pesto Dip 9 of 11
    Caprese Bites

    These adorable one-bite appetizers can be assembled in a jiffy and feature a layer of fresh pesto as the dip. There is no heat needed to make this delectable dish!

    Photo: Laura Levy

  • Mango Basil Bruschetta 10 of 11
    Mango Basil Bruschetta

    This gorgeous bruschetta is ripe with mango, peppers, and fresh basil. It is a sweet summer side that will put everyone in a tropical mood!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Citrus Avocado Tomato Salad with Olives & Sumac 11 of 11
    Citrus Avocade Tomato Salad

    This incredible salad is loaded with healthy ingredients all fresh from the farmer's market. Serve it up at any barbecue as the vegetable side dish made up entirely of raw food!

    Photo: Kathly Patalsky

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