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15 Healthy Easy BBQ Sides


15 Healthy Easy BBQ Sides! From salad to grilled potatoes, make the side dishes the star of the show at your next barbecue.
Collage of 9 different side dishes - salads, grilled potatoes and more.

Collage of 9 different side dishes - salads, grilled potatoes and more.

It’s summer barbecue time, which means that it’s time to pull out my favorite easy bbq sides! They are the side dish recipes that I come back to over and over again because they are so good that they often outshine the main dish.

As much as I dislike the 90+ degree F days of summer (that’s my Canadian blood speaking), I’m always reminded of all of the good things that summertime brings, including copious amounts of fresh produce.

Strawberry and avocado recipes have been taking a starring role around here, and now we’re ready to dive into recipes using blueberries (hello, blueberry goat cheese crostini!), watermelon, sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes.

It’s a glorious time of year!

Healthy sides for burgers, sides for grilled chicken or side dishes for ribs or hamburgers…whatever it is you’re looking for, these recipes should cover all of those bases.

Healthy Easy BBQ Sides

Below are 15 of my favorite barbecue side dishes. I divided the recipes into four sections.

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What are the best ways to make that produce shine?

  • Use fresh herbs generously. Basil, mint, rosemary, thyme…to name just a few…can boost flavor while cutting back on fat. The more herbs I use, the less olive oil or butter I need to add for flavor.
  • Acid is where it’s at. The food kind, people! A squeeze of lemon or lime, or a couple of teaspoons of vinegar adds brightness and miraculously ties together all of the flavors.
  • Spice it up. Take a deep dive into your spice rack and start experimenting with some of those flavors. Use paprika, chili powder, cumin and thyme in my Grilled Spice Rubbed Chicken. Or pull out the smoked paprika for my favorite Grilled Potatoes. Be fearless in trying different spice combinations. It’s hard to go wrong!
  • Caramelization. Use the grill or roasting pan to caramelize veggies. That process adds a layer of flavor and smokiness that can’t be beat.

Grilled Potato Recipes

Grilled Potatoes with Rosemary and Smoked Paprika are the ultimate summertime side dish! Wrap everything in a foil packet and through it on the grill. 99 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP #veganGrilled Potatoes with Rosemary and Smoked Paprika are the ultimate summertime side dish! Wrap everything in a foil packet and through it on the grill. 99 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP #vegan
Grilled Potatoes Recipe with Rosemary & Smoked Paprika

This is the side dish to beat all side dishes! You’ll want to grill these up any time of the year. 99 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP

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One taste of these grilled sweet potatoes with cilantro vinaigrette will convince you to make this your go-to summer side dish recipe. 118 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP #sweetpotato #grilled #weightwatchersOne taste of these grilled sweet potatoes with cilantro vinaigrette will convince you to make this your go-to summer side dish recipe. 118 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP #sweetpotato #grilled #weightwatchers
Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Vinaigrette

One taste of these grilled sweet potatoes with cilantro vinaigrette will convince you to make this your go-to summer side dish recipe. 118 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP.

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Corn, Zucchini & Tomato Recipes

Sweet corn on the cob is made even better with a dollop of pesto butter. The perfect summertime side dish recipe! 118 calories and 2 Weight Watchers Freestyle SPSweet corn on the cob is made even better with a dollop of pesto butter. The perfect summertime side dish recipe! 118 calories and 2 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
Pesto Butter Corn on the Cob

Sweet corn on the cob is made even better with a dollop of pesto butter. The perfect summertime side dish recipe! 118 calories and 2 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP

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Grilled Zucchini Roll Recipe with Goat Cheese, Roasted Peppers & Capers

Grilled Zucchini Roll Recipe with Goat Cheese, Roasted Peppers & Capers is an easy and flavorful vegetarian appetizer.

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Greek Quinoa & Hummus Stuffed Tomatoes

Whip up these healthy and delicious Greek Quinoa & Hummus Stuffed Tomatoes of your next summertime get-together, or as a light lunch. Thank you to Sabra for helping me to share this recipe with you.

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Zucchini noodles with pesto and Little potatoes are the perfect way to use up all of your summertime produce! Healthy, delicious side dish. 139 calories and 5 Weight Watchers SP #zucchini #zoodles #vegetarian #weightwatchersZucchini noodles with pesto and Little potatoes are the perfect way to use up all of your summertime produce! Healthy, delicious side dish. 139 calories and 5 Weight Watchers SP #zucchini #zoodles #vegetarian #weightwatchers
Zucchini Noodles with Pesto & Little Potatoes

Zucchini noodles with pesto and Little potatoes are the perfect way to use up all of your summertime produce! Healthy, delicious side dish. 139 calories and 5 Weight Watchers SP

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Black bean and corn salad with avocado in a glass jar.Black bean and corn salad with avocado in a glass jar.
Black Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

10 minute recipe! Once you taste this fresh and flavorful Black Bean and Corn Salad, you’ll want to serve it at every summertime barbecue and take it to every potluck and picnic.

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Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini Salad Recipe with Feta, Chickpeas & Mint

Serve this salad of grilled eggplant and zucchini, feta, chickpeas and mint as a vegetarian entree, or use it as a side dish at your next barbecue.

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There is nothing better than the simple fresh flavors of grilled vegetables. These ones are drizzled with a garlic balsamic dressing and will be the hit of your bbq! 145 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SPThere is nothing better than the simple fresh flavors of grilled vegetables. These ones are drizzled with a garlic balsamic dressing and will be the hit of your bbq! 145 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

There is nothing better than the simple fresh flavors of grilled vegetables. These ones are drizzled with a garlic balsamic dressing and will be the hit of your bbq! 145 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP

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Pasta Salad Recipes

Tuna pasta salad with grape tomatoes in a blue-green bowl.Tuna pasta salad with grape tomatoes in a blue-green bowl.
Tuna Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Ditch the mayo and bring this Tuna Pasta Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette to the next backyard barbecue or family picnic. A lightened-up classic is always a surefire winner!

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Welcome spring with this Shrimp Pasta Primavera Salad! Packed with asparagus and snap peas, it’s perfect for a light dinner or picnic lunch. 219 calories and 4 Weight Watchers SP | With Lemon Dressing | Easy | Healthy | Recipes | Summer | Cold | Best | Orzo #pastasalad #picnicrecipes #potluckrecipes #shrimprecipes #weightwatchers #smartpointsWelcome spring with this Shrimp Pasta Primavera Salad! Packed with asparagus and snap peas, it’s perfect for a light dinner or picnic lunch. 219 calories and 4 Weight Watchers SP | With Lemon Dressing | Easy | Healthy | Recipes | Summer | Cold | Best | Orzo #pastasalad #picnicrecipes #potluckrecipes #shrimprecipes #weightwatchers #smartpoints
Shrimp Pasta Primavera Salad Recipe

Welcome spring with this Shrimp Pasta Primavera Salad! Packed with asparagus and snap peas, it’s perfect for a light dinner or picnic lunch. 219 calories and 4 Weight Watchers SP

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Green & Grain Salad Recipes

This is not just any arugula salad. The roasted tomatoes make this vegan recipe something that you will crave over and over again. That's right, you'll be craving salad! 188 calories & 6 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP #weightwatchers #salad #recipeThis is not just any arugula salad. The roasted tomatoes make this vegan recipe something that you will crave over and over again. That's right, you'll be craving salad! 188 calories & 6 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP #weightwatchers #salad #recipe
Arugula Salad with Roasted Tomatoes & Pasta Recipe {Vegan}

This is not just any arugula salad. The roasted tomatoes make this vegan recipe something that you will crave over and over again. That’s right, you’ll be craving salad! 188 calories & 6 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP

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The perfect potluck salad! This easy rice salad recipe has all of the flavors of your favorite Greek salad. 125 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP #salad #rice #healthy #cleaneatingThe perfect potluck salad! This easy rice salad recipe has all of the flavors of your favorite Greek salad. 125 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP #salad #rice #healthy #cleaneating
Greek Rice Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

The perfect potluck salad! This easy rice salad recipe has all of the flavors of your favorite Greek salad. 125 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP

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Green salad with strawberries, feta cheese and pistachios on a stack of white plates.Green salad with strawberries, feta cheese and pistachios on a stack of white plates.
Strawberry Salad Recipe with Feta Cheese & Basil

It doesn’t feel like an exaggeration to call this the best Strawberry Salad recipe – at least according to my family! Mixed greens, feta cheese and fresh basil, and a light vinaigrette bring it all together.

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Couscous with Nectarines & Toasted Almonds Recipe

Couscous with sweet nectarines and toasted almonds is an easy and delicious side dish salad for any meal.

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The post was originally published on July 3, 2014 and updated on July 2, 2021.

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