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Top 10 Summer Vegetable Side Dishes

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There’s nothing quite like the food of summer. During this time of year, I love to make fresh vegetable side dishes. Everywhere you go, gardens and farmer’s markets are bursting with fresh, beautiful produce. Today, I’m going to share the top 10 vegetable side dishes I plan to make over and over this summer. I’ve gotta find some way to use up my garden bounty–maybe you do too. Let’s get to it!

Stovetop Summer Vegetable Side Dishes

Best Ever Fried Radishes

fried radishes with greens

Sometimes radishes get a bad rap. But these fried radishes are the perfect way to use up an oft-misunderstood vegetable.

You can even use the greens in this recipe. And if you’re cooking outside, try making them in a cast iron skillet over the grill for even more flavor.

summer squash and zucchini vegetable side dish with bacon

Easy Sautéed Yellow Squash & Zucchini w/ Bacon

When summer squash is abundant, it’s time to grab your cast iron. Throw together this easy, savory recipe from Humbly Rooted Home! This simple recipe uses only a few basic ingredients that you can find at any grocery store or farmer’s market. It is definitely a southern comfort food.

Oven Roasted Summer Vegetable Side Dishes

Oven Roasted Mozzarella Tomato Appetizer

fresh tomatoes topped with melted mozzarella and basil

Jess from Silo & Sage created this delectable recipe. It can be served either as an appetizer or side dish. Grab some basil and tomatoes from the garden and you can be eating these in 15 minutes!

Easy Roasted Vegetables

roasted vegetables side dish in white bowl

This easy oven-roasted vegetable recipe by My Journey To Green offers a lot of variety. The tender veggies are full of sweetness and flavor. You could easily mix this recipe up again to work with whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand.

Summer Vegetable Salads For Side Dishes

Looking for a cooler option? Check out these salad recipes that make perfect summer vegetable side dishes!

Summer Cherry Tomato Salad

Cherry tomatoes straight off the vine are simply mouthwatering. And what should you do when you have a lot of them? Make this salad by Barefoot in the Pines, of course!

It’s so simple to make and is a super fun take on the Caprese salad.

Easy Kale Salad w/ Lemon Dressing

This recipe by Pinch Me Good is packed full of fresh kale, tangy lemon dressing, crunchy nuts and sweet raisins. It can be made in advance, but if you don’t, no worries! It takes 10 minutes or less to put together. This yummy salad is perfect alongside burgers, chili, or even pizza.

Strawberry Walnut Salad

Okay, so berries aren’t vegetables. But they sure do fancy up lettuce and spinach in a way that’s irresistible. Farmhouse Harvest nailed it with this recipe full of fresh greens, caramelized walnuts, crumbled blue cheese, and juicy strawberries.

Dips for Summer Vegetable Side Dishes

During summertime, an abundance of dipping options are a must! Here are just a few that take advantage of the harvest.

Easy Homemade Salsa

fresh summer vegetable salsa as side dish

Much better than store-bought, this homemade salsa tastes authentic and fresh. It’s the perfect summer vegetable side dish paired with crispy tortilla chips! Keeper of Our Home reminds us that roasting the veggies is key to authentic Mexican flavor.

Cowboy Caviar

fresh cowboy caviar salsa served with tortilla chips

A twist on fresh vegetable salsa, cowboy caviar is perfect for any summer cookout or get-together. This chunky dip from Our Happy Backyard Farm is not only refreshing, but savory as well. Make this recipe and use up all those garden vegetables.

5-Minute Feta Bruschetta Dip

summer bruschetta dip with tortilla chips as vegetable side dish

Company coming over in a hurry? Or maybe you just don’t want to spend much time on a tasty summer vegetable side dish? This dip from Silo & Sage is simple to make. It’s also a great addition to any potluck or party.

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