Vegetarian Dish

17 Healthy Barbecue Salads and Sides

BBQ Vegetarian Side Dish Recipes are perfect for any backyard gathering. These recipes are easy to make, not only because they take less time but also because they are made with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
17 Healthy Barbecue Salads and Sides


barbecue salads and sides

Do we call it barbecue or grilling out? Either way, these recipes are perfect for your outdoor summertime get-togethers. Below, you’ll find a collection of my best barbecue salads and side dishes.

All of these recipes are simple and fresh, and guaranteed to lighten up grilled main dishes. They’re meatless, of course, and many are vegan and/or gluten free as well (see labels below recipe titles). Invite some friends over and fire up the grill! It’s going to be a great summer.

Caprese pasta recipe

1) Caprese Pasta Salad

Gluten free if you use gluten-free pasta and vegetarian

“What a great pasta! So easy to and quick to make. Great for a family dinner on a busy night.” – Shannon

best quinoa salad recipe

2) Favorite Quinoa Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“This is a very good salad – great taste, nice textures, healthy. I added crumbled feta, which worked. It still tastes great the next day as well. Last summer it was farro salad. This summer, quinoa salad!” – Tim

green goddess hummus recipe

3) Green Goddess Hummus

Gluten free and vegan

“I’ve made this twice in a matter of days. So addictively delicious and far better than my favorite recipe I’ve used for several years. And I can’t believe I haven’t come across the blending of tahini/lemon juice before now. Ultra happy you shared that with us as well as this recipe. Thanks!” – Maria

This homemade cowboy caviar is a popular Southern bean salad/salsa. It

4) Cowboy Caviar

Gluten free and vegan

“I just made this for a friend’s housewarming party last night and it was a HUGE hit! I couldn’t find black beans, so used all black-eyed peas for this round, and added an extra red pepper just because. Will definitely be making again!” – Becky

Super fresh and colorful mango salsa!

5) Fresh Mango Salsa

Gluten free and vegan

“I made this mango salsa for a Royals tailgate a couple of weeks ago and it was gobbled up in minutes! This was so good, simple and fresh! Thanks for another amazing recipe!” – Stephanie

Simple and delicious Greek broccoli salad recipe

6) Greek Broccoli Salad

Gluten free and vegetarian

“Can’t say I’ve ever had cravings for broccoli before, but this salad did it! Tried it this weekend, but it disappeared so quickly, I’ve allready had to make a second batch. Have eaten it both as a stand alone salad, and as a side dish paired with rice and stew. Loved it!” – Emma

Mediterranean couscous salad recipe

7) Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Raw Squash and Feta

Vegetarian and easily vegan

“Made this last night and loved it for a refreshing dinner on a hot summer day. I added a finely diced bell pepper and subbed in a cucumber for the zucchini, because that is what the garden had to offer. I love the way the dressing marinated the thinly sliced veggies while we let it settle in the fridge. I look forward to making this one a regular in our house! Thanks Kate!” – Heather

Lebanese Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad

8) Lebanese Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“I made this bean salad last night for my fiance and I to have as a quick thing to grab for lunch in the morning and it is SO GOOD. I even forgot to put in the red pepper flakes and the garlic and it was still nuts. I made it in a hurry before we were supposed to meet a friend for dinner and we ended up huddled over the bowl with an open box of pita chips anyway haha. The lemon and dill flavors are phenomenal together. Thank you so much for this recipe!” – Claire

peanut soba noodles slaw recipe

9) Peanut-Sesame Slaw with Soba Noodles

Gluten free if you use gluten-free pasta and easily vegan

“Hi Kate! I made this recipe last night and it was a HUGE hit! Even my roommate who isn’t crazy about peanut sauces said it was amazing. Thanks for a great recipe! I’m enjoying the leftovers for lunch right now :)” – Mindy

herbed potato salad recipe

10) Herbed Potato Salad (no mayo!)

Gluten free and vegan

“I love your recipes and have made many! This is another winner!! We had 10 people here, yesterday, for a Father’s Day BBQ. I made this potato salad and it was a HUGE hit! Even with the “die hard mayo potato salad” fans. Well done! Thank you so much!” – Heidi

peach avocado green salad

11) Erin’s Peach & Avocado Green Salad

Gluten free

“This salad was amazing! Will be making 10 more times before the end of peach season lol.” – Lauren

Simple Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Dipping Sauce

12) Simple Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Dipping Sauce

Gluten free

“Made these for a garden party and they were a huge hit! The peaches added a wonderful touch and really elevated the flavor. I made these several hours in advance and they held up nicely. Will definitely be making these for more parties.” – RD

best tabbouleh recipe

13) Best Tabbouleh


“Oh my goodness, this was definitely THE BEST TABBOULEH salad I’ve ever had! I’m even more amazed that even I was able to make it. All ingredients listed were easily available from local stores (nothing exotic or expensive required) and the directions were well organized and VERY easy to follow. I’m a klutz in the kitchen, but this dish was pretty easy to prepare and oh so delicious. I will be making this again and again. Thanks for making this recipe available to the masses.” – Dave

Take advantage of ripe summer fruit to make this simple summer fruit salad! Peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and balsamic vinegar make the best fruit salad.

14) Summertime Fruit Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“This was soooooo good! I was pleasantly surprised with the balsamic vinegar and mint flavors.” – Jennifer

layered panzanella salad recipe

15) Layered Panzanella


“So fresh and delicious! I had it as an appetizer for a family gathering, and I shared with the recipe with several others at their request, and now they have been making it too. It is a keeper!” – Megan

spicy red pepper feta dip recipe

16) Spicy Red Pepper & Feta Dip

Gluten free

“Thank you for this super easy and delicious recipe. I served with raw veggies and home made pita wedges as one of the appetizers for 9 of us for a birthday bbq. First time gathering as a family in 16 months. I was too busy to get a photo of the presentation. The guests all raved about it, so sharing the recipe with them and hopefully they too will become fans of Cookie & Kate. DELICIOUS!” – Beth

Enjoy this Southwestern black bean salad recipe all week long! It

17) Fresh Black Bean Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“My boyfriend and I made this for dinner this week, and it was a huge hit! It’s super flavorful, comes together quickly, and is so versatile. I had mine over some leftover quinoa, and he had his with corn tortillas and a dollop of sour cream. The leftovers made for an excellent lunch, too! This is a perfectly summery, week-night salad. Thanks, Kate!” – Arianna

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