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This Summer, Put Nathan's On Your List

This Summer, Put Nathan's On Your List

Now you can order clams with your hot dog meal

After repairing damages caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, the famed hot dog stand Nathan’s Famous stand opened its doors in time for the Memorial Day weekend, and should absolutely be on your radar for places to visit this summer. Employees and customers celebrated its reopening as well as the addition of a new clam bar, CBS New York reported.

“The newly opened clam bar is very similar to a clam bar that existed in the 1950s and 60s – featuring raw clams, oysters, crab meat, shrimp, soups, corn, and a variety of beer,” a representative from Nathan’s Famous told The Daily Meal. Despite CBS New York’s report that the restaurant is selling wine, she told us that “there is no wine being served or offered.”

Customers can now admire the new renovations as they dine on hot dogs and clams. Nathan’s Famous expects to continue its annual July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest and have a great summer season.

11 Refreshing Summer Smoothie Recipes

11 simply delicious and refreshing summer smoothie recipes.

It&rsquos summer time and time to break out that blender!

There&rsquos nothing better on a hot day than a big smoothie.

Here are 11 of our favorite summer smoothie recipes to help you stay hydrated and cool in the heat!

There&rsquos something for every mood &ndash from frozen to fresh fruit, veggies to yogurt, and smoothies without milk and with milk!

So much inspiration to help you create your perfect summer drink.

Whether you love peaches or strawberries, watermelon or citrus, there is a smoothie for every mood!

Because many in-person movie theaters are currently closed due to the pandemic, drive-in movie theaters are seeing a resurgence right now. Find a drive-in theater near you, pack the car full of popcorn and snacks, and enjoy a safe family outing this summer. If there’s not a theater near you, consider setting up an outdoor movie screen in your backyard instead!

There’s nothing more traditional than watching a fireworks show on the Fourth of July. In fact, there have been fireworks on every Fourth of July since 1777—the year after the Declaration of Independence was signed. While your viewing party may have to be virtual this year, you can still catch a great summer fireworks show.

Troubleshooting your pickles

Scum or film on top – During your first few days, fermentation takes place. You will probably see bubbles rising to the surface and may see some “scum” forming on the surface. Skim this off and discard. This is a completely normal step in the fermentation process.

White sediment at the bottom of the jar – According to Colorado State University, “A white sediment at the bottom of the jar may be caused by anti-caking agents in the salt or by the fermenting bacteria. Neither cause is harmful.”

According to Colorado State University “…factors that lead to spoilage include failure to remove blossom ends, failure to thoroughly wash products to be pickled, not removing the scum that accumulates on curing brines, using a weak brine or vinegar solution, not keeping the pickles covered with brine throughout the curing process, using deteriorated ingredients such as moldy garlic or decayed spices, or storing the pickles at too warm a temperature.”

20 Hot Dog Recipes for Your Backyard Barbecue

You can’t possibly be crabby about this one. it has mac &aposn cheese and a hot dog and crab meat all in one bun.

Taco Dog

Photography by Marcus Nilsson

Tacos and hot dogs came together to create the ultimate combo! 

Detroit Dog Dip

Photography by Christopher Testani

Care for a dip with your dogs? Serve pigs in a blanket to dip in this spicy, cheesy chili dip.

Doyer Dog

Photography by Marcus Nilsson

Cheesy dogs can’t be beat. Hike up the heat by adding more jalapeños and pico de gallo.

South Philly Dog

Photography by Marcus Nilsson

This Philly-inspired dog goes heavy on the veggies.

Haute Dog

More into chicken than pork? That&aposs cool—you can still enjoy a dog! This hot dog is made with chicken-apple sausages and is topped with melted cheese, coleslaw and some fresh dill.

Cuban Dog

Photography by Marcus Nilsson

Get all the meaty goodness of a Cuban sammie in a bun! Bread-and-butter pickles add a nice crunchy touch.

Hot Dog Flautas

Hot dog taquitos?! Swoon. Bake it in the oven and turn on all its sides until the tortilla roll is golden brown.

Slow Cooker Recipes to Make in Your Crock Pot®

The slow cooker is surprisingly versatile. Sure, we rely on it for comforting soups and stews, fork-tender roasts and red sauce that has that simmered-all-day flavor, but it can do so much more ! Find out what else you can make — from fluffy, no-rise bread to fruity peach cobbler.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Thighs

Soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger (along with the natural juices of the chicken) become irresistible sauce to serve over chicken thighs and rice. If you like a thicker sauce, simply add cornstarch at the end and cook a little longer.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joe Sliders

Perfect for any casual party or get-together, these miniature sandwiches cook in the slow cooker &mdash so that all you have to do with your guests arrive is spoon the meat mix onto the buns. Sliders, served!

Slow-Cooker Beef and Polenta

Cooking chuck roast low and slow along with cremini mushrooms and beef broth leaves it melt-in-your-mouth tender and full of meaty flavor &mdash perfect for shredding and serving over creamy polenta.

Slow-Cooker Shrimp Boil

You don't have to live by the shore to enjoy a good old-fashioned New England-style shrimp boil. Use a slow cooker to cook potatoes and seasonings, then add the corn, shrimp and sausage to cook in the flavorful broth at the end.

Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

This easy and delicious slow-cooker recipe will impress any taco lover. While it's an extra step, crisping up the shredded meat in a skillet before serving adds extra flavor and creates the crunchy bits that are typical of carnitas. And don&rsquot skip the pickled red onions! They complement the richness of the pork.

Slow-Cooker Creamed Corn

Hosting family and friends? Prepare this simple creamed corn ahead of time (and let the slow cooker work its magic) while you cook the main dish.

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs

Yes, you can cook ribs in a slow cooker! In this easy recipe, the seasoning paste transforms into a savory dipping sauce. Slather it on the ribs and pop them on the grill just before serving for a final char.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

The slow cooker is the perfect tool for making this crowd-pleasing side dish. The sweet potatoes cook up perfectly tender and the brown sugar-orange juice mixture thickens up to become the sweetest and most delicious glaze &mdash for almost no work at all!

Slow-Cooker Chinese Beef and Bok Choy

Love Chinese takeout? Try this healthier (and oh-so-easy to prepare) version. The flavor of leeks, ginger and garlic sing when paired with bok choy and tender beef.

Slow-Cooker Brisket

Skip the grill and let your slow cooker do all the work on this simple brisket. No charcoal needed!

Slow Cooker Bread

Although this dough has no color, it is light and airy, like the soft inside of a loaf of French bread. The other surprising part is there's no need to let it rise. You can go directly from making the dough to baking with no waiting around. Magic.

Slow-Cooker Georgia Pulled Pork Barbecue

Slow-Cooker Asian-Style Drumsticks

Assemble this in the morning, and when you return for dinner you'll be rewarded with sweet, sticky drumsticks with an irresistible sauce that thickens and concentrates as the drumsticks cook.

Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili

Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole

Making the mole sauce for this recipe takes a bit of prep and planning but you&rsquore going to be so impressed with the result. The combination of chiles, chocolate and fragrant spices give the chicken so much flavor that you&rsquoll wonder why you ever ordered Mexican take out!

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Candy

Slow-Cooker Brisket with Brown Gravy

Slow-Cooker Teriyaki Ribs

The slow cooker does double duty in this easy-to-make recipe. It cooks the ribs &mdash while simultaneously making a sweet sauce that you can glaze them in.

Sausage, Bean and Pasta Stew

Slow-Cooker Freezer-Pack BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken thighs are the ideal slow-cooker meat because they emerge tender and juicy, even after hours of cooking. The sauce is a guaranteed kid-pleaser: Rich, sweet and low on spice and tang. Make a couple of batches to keep in the freezer for busy weeks when you know you'll have limited time for meal prep.

Slow Cooker Greens and Dumplings

Nothing beats a good, one-pot dish &mdash like Molly&rsquos savory collard greens cooked with pancetta, beans and French bread dumplings. Just put everything into the slow cooker and 4 hours later, it&rsquos time to eat.

Slow-Cooker Peach Cobbler

Slow-Cooker Chicken Wings

The key to these super flavorful, tender wings is cooking them low and slow in a sticky-sweet Chinese-style BBQ sauce. A quick trip under the broiler gives them a crispy char, just like at your favorite wing joint.

Slow-Cooker Pork Curry

The hardest step in making this fragrant curry-inspired pork tenderloin is waiting 7 hours for it to cook.

Slow-Cooker Apple Butter Recipe

Slow-Cooker Pork Roast

Slow-Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Move over, beef. Chicken is in the house. This great weeknight meal takes less than 15 minutes to prep. The slow cooker does the rest.

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Slow-Cooker Hawaiian Barbecue Ribs

Hawaiian barbecue has a sweet teriyaki-like flavor. For extra char, we finished these ribs under the broiler.

Slow-Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup

Slow-Cooker Brisket Tostadas

Instead of taco Tuesday, why not break out your slow-cooker and make it a tostada Tuesday instead? Tender, meaty brisket is right at home on top of a crisp corn shell &mdash along with some shredded lettuce, avocado, cheese and salsa, of course!

Slow-Cooker Beanless Beef Chili

This meaty slow-cooker chili makes a great weeknight meal.

Slow-Cooker Chinese Barbecue Beef

Good barbecue always brings a blend of flavors (smoky, spicy, savory and sweet) and this Chinese-inspired dish is no exception. Hoisin sauce, sambal oelek, and Chinese 5-spice powder work together to give this simple, slow-cooked dish a bold, balanced flavor.

Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken

Slow-Cooked Cuban Sandwich

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup

Lemon and dill brighten the deep flavors of this low-and-slow soup for the soul.

Slow-Cooker Mexican Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

All you need to do is season the chicken and add everything to the slow-cooker &mdash it will do the rest! That gives you plenty of time to make the sauce and prep the toppings.

Slow-Cooker Irish Oats

Easily feed a crowd on a busy morning with Ree&rsquos simple recipe. Just pop a few ingredients into your slow cooker the night before and wake up to a big batch of sweet, creamy oatmeal.

Slow-Cooker Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ham and Black-Eyed Peas

When it comes to flavor, this dish has it all: sweet maple syrup and molasses, tangy mustard, smoky ham and spicy chili powder.

Slow-Cooker Sunday Stew

Ree&rsquos beefy stew calls for buttery lemon-parsley noodles instead of rice, a variation that everyone in your family is guaranteed to enjoy.

Slow-Cooker Corn Dip

A warm dip is a welcome addition to any party, and a dip as easy as this one is even better. Stir frozen corn, cream cheese, pimentos, jalapenos, garlic and a little chili powder together, then let the slow cooker do all the work.

Slow-Cooker Drip Beef Sandwiches

This recipe is a two-for-one! If you slow-cook a 4-pound roast, you&rsquoll have enough shredded beef to save half for another day. Cook once, eat twice &mdash what&rsquos not to love about that?

Slow-Cooker Bone Broth

When it's warm it looks like beefy tea and when it's cold it looks like a savory gelatin. Some drink it for nourishment and others use it as a replacement for their morning coffee. Whatever your reason for liking bone broth, a slow cooker makes it easy to cook-and eliminates the need to simmer a pot over an open flame for 12 plus hours. Enjoy it plain, or try a few of our tried-and-tested flavor additions to customize and brighten your cup.

Slow-Cooker Bolognese

Feed a crowd &mdash up to 16 &mdash with this hearty Bolognese, or divide the meaty sauce into smaller portions you can easily grab from the freezer another night. Either way, you can't go wrong with this recipe.

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Easy Grilled Beef Steak with Garlic Butter
Here’s a steak recipe for your Foreman Grill that you’ll make again and again. It uses simple ingredients, is fast to prepare, and is so juicy and tender you won’t believe it’s not from a fancy restaurant. The garlic butter will make the steak absolutely melt in your mouth with delight. This is a must try!

Chicken Quesadillas
Making delicious quesadillas using your George Foreman Grill could not be easier. This recipe only uses a few ingredients and can be made in just minutes. You can use your own chicken or use the recipe right here on the site for a tasty grilled chicken.

Grilled Shrimp with Garlic Butter
This shrimp recipe is just what the name says – unbelievable! You’ll absolutely love how easy it is to make and with the garlic butter – oh my goodness it will melt in your mouth!

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
This recipe for Easy Grilled Chicken Breast includes all the basics for making boneless skinless chicken breast on your Foreman Grill. Add your own favorite seasonings, herbs and spices and this starter recipe becomes a custom favorite.

Easy Foreman Grill Tilapia
Tilapia one of the easiest fish dishes to make on your Foreman Grill. This recipe uses the basics for making grilled tilapia. The one exception is the smoked paprika. It’s a wonderful addition and adds a nice smoky flavor that you’d normally get from an outdoor grill. Once you try this recipe on your Foreman Grill, you’ll find yourself making it again and again.

Pub Burger Recipe
A big juicy burger is a specialty of many pubs and grills around the world. There’s just something about a pub burger that excites the senses. Making a juicy and delicious pub-style burger on your George Foreman Grill is easy and takes only a few basic ingredients.

Brown Sugar Grilled Pork Chops
Here’s an amazing recipe that takes easy grilled pork chops to an all new level. The sweetness of the brown sugar perfectly accentuates the flavors of the pork for a taste explosion!

Foreman Grill Waffles
Let’s get back to basics with a good old fashioned waffle recipe and make steaming hot, fresh waffles using the George Foreman Grill with the removable waffle iron plates inserted.

Easy Sirloin Steak
Making steak on your Foreman Grill is both easy and delicious. You can make tender, juicy, and delicious steaks, despite the common misconceptions. Give this easy recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

37 Best Salad Recipes

A big, bountiful salad is the best way to celebrate delicious seasonal produce! Here are 37 stunning salad recipes I love to make again and again.

Salad recipes are my favorite way to showcase vibrant, in-season produce – fruits and veggies that are so good on their own that you don’t need to do much to make them into a delicious meal. On cold winter nights, I like to brighten up our dinner table with a big, colorful mix of root veggies and hearty greens. On beautiful, warm days when I’d rather be outside than in the kitchen, summer salads are the perfect solution: they’re simple to toss together, but they’re totally delicious nonetheless.

Whether you want to add more plant-based meals to your diet or are simply looking to change up your salad game, you’ll find tons of inspiration in the salad recipes below. With everything from green salads to pasta salads and beyond, these recipes are perfect for passing at potlucks, serving as dinner sides, and enjoying as full meals on their own.

Slaw Salad Recipes

Slaws are some of the best make-ahead salad recipes out there. Typically made with hearty vegetables like cabbage, kale, or broccoli, they’re sturdy enough to be dressed ahead of time. I like to accent the veggie base with a punchy dressing, herbs, and even fruit for maximum flavor.

Make this salad for your next picnic, and it’ll be a guaranteed hit. A tahini miso dressing gives it a creamy umami coating, while peaches add juicy pops of sweetness. I finish it with toasted pepitas for crunch.

You won’t miss the bacon in this lightened-up take on classic broccoli salad. Smoky roasted nuts take its place, adding delectable savory bites. A lightly creamy, sweet & tangy dressing takes the whole thing over the top.

As soon as the temperature starts to dip in the fall, I look forward to making this salad. Made with just 7 ingredients, it’s a breeze to put together, but a bright lemon dressing, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and dried cranberries make it zippy, fresh, and satisfying.

Pasta Salad Recipes

You couldn’t make a list of salad recipes without including this category! Pasta salads are the ultimate summer picnic food or party dish any time of year – they’re great to make ahead, they can double as a side and a main dish, and they’re a hearty showcase for the season’s best produce.

As its name suggests, this one is a breeze to make. Just whisk together the zippy lemon dressing at the bottom of a big bowl, add the other ingredients, and toss to create a heavenly tangy/creamy/crunchy/fresh summer combo.

Diced mango adds a surprising sweet twist to this colorful orzo, red onion, bell pepper, herb, and cucumber salad.

My veggie-packed take on a deli-style pasta salad! I swap spiralized summer squash for half the noodles and a creamy tahini dressing for a mayo-based one. It’s a healthier version of the grocery counter classic, but it’s just as good.

Sun-dried tomatoes add delicious umami bites to this super green combination of summer veggies, basil, pasta, and pine nuts.

A mix of jammy roasted cherry tomatoes and juicy fresh ones makes this guy one of my favorite summer salads. With spiced roasted chickpeas, tangy feta, and big pearls of couscous, it’s hearty enough to be a meal on its own.

Not your average pasta salad! Tossed in a tangy sesame-ginger dressing and piled with green veggies and avocado, this soba noodle salad is a light, refreshing summer meal.

Green Salad Recipes

A big green salad is one of my go-to meals all year round. In the summer, the lettuces I find at the farmers market are so soft & sweet that a big green summer salad is really a treat. In the winter, I use a bright, bold dressing to punch up hearty greens like kale. I’ll often make these recipes for lunch, but you could also toss them together to serve as a side dish at your next cookout or dinner party.

Savory shiitake walnut taco “meat” is the star of this salad, and zippy cilantro lime dressing gives it a fresh finishing touch. Enjoy this salad as a meal on its own, or serve it as a starter with fajitas or tacos.

This plant-based riff on a classic Cobb salad swaps baked tofu for chicken breast and smoky toasted coconut for bacon. A creamy, tangy dressing ties it all together.

12. Grilled Romaine Vegan Caesar Wedges

One of my favorite green salads of all time! Crisp romaine gets lightly charred, then drizzled with an irresistibly tangy cashew vegan caesar dressing. This one is on page 111 of our new cookbook, Love & Lemons Every Day.

This vibrant kale salad is a treat year-round. I pile it high with a rainbow of crunchy veggies, toasted seeds, creamy avocado, and savory roasted chickpeas. Doused in a tangy carrot ginger dressing, it’s hearty enough to be a meal on its own.

Tomato Summer Salads

If there’s one veggie (or fruit, if you’re looking to get technical) that’s the star of summer, the tomato is definitely it. Here are some of my favorite summer salad recipes that put tomatoes front & center.

I love how big cubes of feta, juicy tomatoes, olives, herbs, bell peppers, and cucumber tumble together in this stunning summer salad with a homemade Greek salad dressing. You only need 7 ingredients and a few minutes to put together this juicy/crisp/tangy/savory combo. What are you waiting for?

Fresh chiles add some heat to the sweet, juicy mix of tomatoes & watermelon in this recipe.

Roasting cherry tomatoes gives them an intense sweet & savory flavor that’s fantastic alongside eggplant, arugula, and nutty farro.

17. Heirloom Tomato Fattoush

Once you start bringing home those juicy farmers market heirloom tomatoes, make this salad! It’s my non-traditional take on fattoush, a bread salad made with toasted pita. This one has a layer of lemony yogurt and is topped with crispy chickpeas, and lots of fresh herbs. Find it on on page 125 of Love & Lemons Every Day.

The secret to this salad is marinating the tomatoes in a splash of olive oil & sherry vinegar. They become rich & tangy – the perfect contrast for fresh basil, avocado, and a little orzo pasta.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Check out this recipe to find my best tips for making a classic Caprese summer salad.

Corn Summer Salad Recipes

If tomatoes are #1 in the summer, corn comes in as a close #2. Grilled, steamed, or fresh off the cob, it’s the perfect addition to all sorts of summer salads.

This fresh corn salad features all my summer favorites: grilled sweet corn, juicy peaches, and lots of fresh basil! To highlight the crisp, fresh ingredients, I toss it with a zesty chile lime dressing.

If you’ve ever had Mexican street corn, you know that the combination of charred corn, crumbly Cotija, creamy mayo, and cilantro is a hard one to beat. I like to spice mine up with sriracha or adobo sauce, too!

Summer Panzanellas

Panzanellas are hands down my favorite summer salads. You just can’t beat big cubes of bread tossed with juicy summer produce and a good tangy vinaigrette. You can always serve these salads as a side, but they’re great main dish options as well.

Panzanellas may be Italian bread salads, but this recipe’s not all about the bread. Crisp, juicy sweet corn is front and center, playing perfectly off a tangy dressing and bitter greens. I use the corn raw, so this panzanella is super simple to toss together.

Grilled peppers add a lovely sweetness to this veggie-packed summer salad. Along with the veggies, creamy fresh mozzarella makes it extra yummy.

I like to call this one an “everything summer salad.” It’s bursting with juicy peaches, tomatoes, crisp corn, and fresh basil – the best that summer has to offer.

When you’ve made zucchini bread, zucchini cake, baked zucchini, and zucchini pizza, and you STILL have zucchini, make this panzanella. The grilled squash is a great jammy contrast to crisp cucumbers and bursty cherry tomatoes.

Potato Salad Recipes

It’s taken me a while to get on board with potato salad, but over the last few years of experimenting with bold dressings and different mix-ins, I’ve become totally hooked. Here are a few of my favorites.

This lightened-up rendition of classic potato salad has a luscious Greek yogurt dressing with just a bit of mayo mixed in. It’s the perfect make-ahead salad, as the flavor deepens as it sits in the fridge.

If you’re grilling veggie burgers, make this summer salad right along with them. Not only are the potatoes grilled here, but the blueberries are too! A yummy grilled scallion vinaigrette, fresh herbs, and pickled onions accent this fun sweet/charred pairing.

28. Chimichurri Potato Salad

I toss this potato salad in a tangy, herbaceous chimichurri instead of a creamy dressing. It’s a fan favorite from Love & Lemons Every Day – find it on page 119.

This summery bean salad is incredibly versatile. Dress it up with a soft-boiled egg or chickpeas to make it a meal, or serve the mix of potatoes, green beans, and lemony dressing as a simple grilling side.

Fruity Summer Salads

Of course, your summer salads should feature the wonderful fresh vegetables we have at this time of year, but it’d be remiss not to take advantage of the fantastic fruits that abound too! Stone fruits, berries, and melon are all delicious sweet additions to summer salad recipes.

Skip the tomatoes the next time you’re making tabbouleh, and use dried tart cherries instead! They add great chewy texture and sweet/tart flavor to this fresh dish.

Or…use strawberries! Like tomatoes, they’re juicy & sweet. Another nontraditional ingredient – feta – adds a great salty contrast to the berries in this recipe.

This poke-inspired summer salad features juicy cubes of watermelon and crunchy macadamia nuts along with conventional poke fixings like cucumber, ginger & avocado. I toss it all in a tangy tamari-lime dressing to make a super fresh, fun summer dish.

Sure, we all love tomatoes & basil, but peaches & basil are just as good.

Another fruity caprese combo! This time, I use strawberries as well as cherry tomatoes, and I gussy it up with a balsamic reduction, avocado, and toasted pecans for a sweet, nutty crunch.

Fruit salads are a party essential, and we absolutely love this fresh lemon-ginger one. I like to use a star cookie cutter to cut the melon for festive flare!

Make this ultra-refreshing salad on hot summer days! Creamy avocado, tangy feta, and bright lime wonderfully accent cool, juicy melon and cucumber. A handful of fresh herbs is the perfect finishing touch.

Chopped Medjool dates and aromatic cumin add a surprising sweet twist to this hearty chickpea salad. Topped with roasted red peppers, grape tomatoes, and a big sprinkle of goat cheese, it’s a good salad to pack for lunch, but it’s also a guaranteed hit at any gathering.

If you love these salad recipes, check out my favorite appetizers, soup recipes, dinner recipes, and top vegan recipes next!

The Kitchen's Easy Side Dish Recipes for a Summer Cookout

Round out your alfresco feast with these go-to sides and salads featured on The Kitchen.

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Honey-Chipotle Chicken Pasta Salad

The secret to making this bright, colorful salad in a hurry is starting with store-bought rotisserie chicken. Jeff Mauro tosses it with pasta and adds a sweet-smoky dressing for crowd-pleasing results.

BBQ'd Cauliflower

Say goodbye to the boring steamed cauliflower you've always known. Here the vegetable is coated in a deeply smoky rub and BBQ sauce, and then cooked whole on the grill. To serve, cut it up and present with a creamy ranch sauce.

Korean-Style Succotash

If you can&rsquot find doenjang, which is a Korean-style soybean paste, white miso will work well. You&rsquore looking for something to add a bold umami flavor.

Bacon and Egg Potato Salad

Not just for breakfast anymore, the combo of bacon and eggs stars in this top-rated potato salad. The secret ingredient is a blob of whole-grain mustard, which adds a tangy bite to the creamy dressing.

Classic Coleslaw

The key here is to let the cabbage to marinate for a few hours before serving so the flavors have a chance to marry.

Grilled Watermelon Salad with Sweet and Spicy Vinaigrette

The sweet and spicy flavors of this salad come from a honey-hot sauce vinaigrette that&rsquos tossed with arugula and berries. For an extra sweet crunch, Kardea includes caramelized pecans!

Shishito Peppers with Chili and Lime

This spicy side dish can be made in only 15 minutes! Keep it in mind for a quick-fix app too.

Naanzanella Salad

Dress up a classic Panzanella salad by using Naan bread &mdash an Indian-style flatbread &mdash instead of the usual rustic Italian loaf! Maneet tosses hers with a lemony yogurt and an herby chutney for a burst of tang.

Greek Chicken and Orzo Pasta Salad

Katie mixes classic Greek salad ingredients like tomatoes, cucumber and feta to bring new life to the usual pasta salad. Hers is a heartier dish because there are chunks of juicy chicken.

Sour Cherry Bulgur Salad

If you&rsquove never had bulgur before, it&rsquos a whole grain that looks and tastes pretty similar to couscous. Here it&rsquos tossed with seasonal cherries and feta for a tangy bite.

Salt Potatoes with Butter and Chives

You can&rsquot go wrong with Jeff&rsquos four-ingredient buttery potatoes.

Summer Couscous Salad

Similar to pasta in both shape and texture, pearl couscous forms the base of this fuss-free side dish, studded with tender zucchini and creamy goat cheese.

Sunny's Easy Peachy Jalapeno Cornbread

The sweet canned peaches and the spicy jalapeño pepper are baked right into Sunny&rsquos Peachy Jalapeño Cornbread. Glazed with a combination of butter and fresh lime juice, this easy side dish can be made in under an hour.

Peach, Bourbon and Bacon Baked Beans

Katie upgrades the usual baked beans by adding a sweet-smoky combo of peach preserves and crispy bacon to her cookout-ready side dish.

Sunny's Easy Apple Slaw with Apple Jalapeño Dressing

Slaw is a summer staple, and Sunny gives the classic recipe a new twist with a sweet and spicy topping.

Make Your Own Watermelon Grill

Check out this "hot" new twist on summer fruit salad: A simple, crowd-pleasing food craft turns the average fruit salad bowl into a super cool watermelon grill.

Double Potato Salad with Pesto

Jeff Mauro&rsquos pesto potatoes are topped with crunchy crushed chips for that second dose of spuds &mdash and a welcome bit of textural contrast.

Shoestring Carrot Fries

Classic potato fries are great &mdash obviously! &mdash but try switching things up with these crispy carrots. They&rsquore dusted with fresh mint and orange zest before serving.

No-Cream Creamed Corn with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Warm side dishes are less typical at outdoor cookouts, but corn is a staple. Step up your corn game and surprise your party with this easy bacon creamed corn (without cream). Cooking pureed fresh corn juice on the stove for about five minutes forms a thick pudding that substitutes for heavy cream.

Grilled Cabbage, Zucchini and Radicchio Coleslaw

Marcela likes to grill her coleslaw fixings before tossing them with the dressing so they take on a subtle char and smoky flavor.

Colorful Veggie Pasta Salad

Grilled Corn and Poblano Potato Salad

Creamy Greek Orzo Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Sunny's Easy Grilled Ratatouille

Tomato and Bocconcini Caprese

Cilantro Pesto Pasta Salad

Succotash Salad

Sunny's Warm German Potato Salad

Sunny's Quick Corn and Pico Salad

Grilled Corn with Ancho Chile Butter

Jicama Coleslaw

Nunya Business Instant Rice and Pesto

Heirloom Tomato Panzanella

Accordion Potatoes

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Spicy Spinach Panzanella

Panzanella was made for the summer. Sunny&rsquos version packs a little heat with pickled jalapeno slices added to a quick vinaigrette that is poured over baguette cutes, baby spinach, black olives and heirloom tomatoes.

Orzo Salad

This fresh, light and colorful Orzo Salad makes for the perfect summer side dish that can be brought along to cookouts and picnics without the worry of it getting ruined in the heat.

Baby Spinach and Watermelon Salad with Feta and Pistachios

You can never go wrong with watermelon and feta. For a simple salad, add the combo to a bed of baby spinach and top with the crunch of chopped toasted pistachios.

Grilled Barbecue Potato Salad

What&rsquos summer without a little potato salad? Give the classic side dish an upgrade with grilled potatoes and a KC-Style Chipotle BBQ Sauce.

Courtesy of Kristine Kidd

A quality gluten-free breadcrumb mix really can go a long way! This chicken is oven "fried", which essentially means you roast it in the oven until the chicken is crispy. Served with a fresh spinach salad, this oven-fried chicken is the perfect gluten-free alternative to the beloved fried chicken.