Side Dishes that Steal The SmokeShow

41 Who says the burger has to be the star of every BBQ? Labor Day weekend is fast approaching and while there will be a heavy focus on meaty classics like hot dogs, steaks, and hamburgers; the meal is simply incomplete without a delicious side kick. We have a few ideas on creative side dishes that may wind up stealing the smoke show all together. Check out our personal barbeque favorites for inspiration this holiday weekend:

It starts with a good ‘Slaw

Cole slaw is often relegated to the sidelines when it comes to most outdoor barbecues, but its time to taste outside of the box. Consider trying non-traditional herbs and textures like dill and sesame seeds in the mixture to up the level of flavor and sophistication of the plate. Feeling adventurous? Check out these packed-full-of-flavor recipes for Carrot and Apple Slaw with Raisins or Blue Cheese Coleslaw.

A Healthy Side: Herbed Green Beans with Feta

There is something about the combination of crisp, cool ingredients and fresh cheese that makes mouths water. The makings of this unique dish allow it to triple as an appetizer, light main entre and as a filling side dish. The Herbed Green Beans with Feta recipe is sure to please, but if string beans – or feta – aren’t your thing, definitely try this Classic Cucumber Salad for a healthy side your guests will love.

Forget the Meat Altogether!

It’s 2014 dont be afraid to shake things up with a meatless entree to satisfy healthy eaters and hungry hordes alike. Fresh produce on the grill can be a delicious and filling main course, pairing that beloved char-essence with the juicy, diverse flavors of fruits and vegetables. This personal favorite is also the easiest to prepare: the Grilled Portabello Mushroom with Balsamic, and if that doesn’t excite you, take a look at these 8 Vegetarian Kebobs recipes.

Endless Party Punch:

Nothing beats a refreshing and fruity iced beverage to wash it all down especially when it is easy to make, crisp tasting, and quick to replenish when cups are running low. For that, this Party Punch recipe gets our vote.

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