Headed to a picnic or holiday cookout? Delight your fellow revelers with one of these delicious (and totally goof-proof) seasonal side dishes.

This one-step dish will be your new go-to for potlucks. Roasted red peppers add a bit of char and tang, and salty Feta cheese adds a wonderfully creamy component. Get the recipe.
Levi Brown
Kana Okada

1
Grilled Potato and Onion Salad

Grilling onions brings out a sweetness that pairs perfectly with the smoky char of grilled potatoes. Flat-leaf parsley adds a burst of fresh flavor, while balsamic vinegar gives the dish a touch of tang.

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John Kernick

2
Pasta With Tuna and Black Olive Vinaigrette

Briny capers, kalamata olives, and fresh lemon juice add zip to a simple salad of canned tuna and pasta. Use whole-wheat rigatoni or penne for a hearty, health-conscious option.

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Paul Sirisalee

3
Watercress, Beet, and Fennel Salad

A tangy buttermilk dressing mixed with a variety of fresh herbs complements earthy beets and fennel in this fresh market salad. Cutting the beets into wedges before roasting cuts down the oven time to just 20 minutes.

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Marcus Nilsson

4
Sweet and Tangy Romaine Slaw

A fresh, crisp slaw provides a pleasing crunch to tacos, and because it’s dairy-free, it’s the perfect choice for a picnic. Toasted pumpkin seeds add a delightful nuttiness, and a dash of Tabasco brings a kick of heat.

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James Baigrie

5
Three-Bean Salad

Cannellini beans, chickpeas and kidney beans combine for an easy no-cook side dish that’s packed with protein. A simple vinaigrette of lemon juice and olive oil will keep the dish fresh until you’re ready to serve.

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Con Poulos

6
Quinoa and Vegetable Salad with Tahini Dressing

Made with fresh ginger, lemon juice and a drizzle of honey, the creamy tahini dressing steals the show in this salad. Grated red beets add a gorgeous pop of color.

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Charles Masters

7
Wild Rice and Pine Nut Salad

A simple mix of ingredients create surprisingly bold flavor in this hearty side that requires minimal prep. Toasting the pine nuts brings out their buttery notes, while parsley and tarragon add freshness and flavor.

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Paul Sirisalee

8
Corn Salad with Parmesan and Chiles

The only thing better than corn on the cob? This fresh corn salad that’s much easier to eat. Allow the mixture to sit before serving to give the flavors time to meld and develop. 

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Paul Sirasalee

9
Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Though its ingredient list is short and sweet, this picnic-friendly dish packs a big flavor punch thanks to an easy citrus vinaigrette and chopped anchovies and capers in the dressing.

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Paul Sirisalee

10
Arugula, Peach, and Cheddar Salad

Peaches and cheddar may sound like an odd combination, but the sweet, fragrant fruit perfectly complements the sharp cheese. Select local peaches with minimal bruising, and store them at room temperature until soft and ripe.

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Paul Sirasalee

11
Chopped Salad With Avocado Dressing

Toss this salad with creamy homemade dressing for avocado flavor in every bite. Use rotisserie chicken to cut down prep time, and serve with grated Parmesan cheese and crunchy pita chips.

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Danny Kim

12
Fennel and Farro Salad

Fresh fennel adds sweet anise flavor to a base of chewy farro, while shaved beets and sliced radishes provide a satisfying crunch. Sprinkle with freshly chopped chives just before serving.

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Levi Brown

13
Couscous With Roasted Red Peppers, Feta, and Mint

This one-step dish will be your new go-to for potlucks. Roasted red peppers add a bit of char and tang, and salty Feta cheese adds a wonderfully creamy component.

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