Who needs mains when your sides are this superb? Get Cooking Channel's best, from spicy slaws and Mexican elote to with-a-twist potato and pastas salads, grilled veggies and more.

Sides to

the Front

Round out your summer spread with sides that surprise, like a pasta salad topped with a chile-infused herb oil dressing.

Top Summer Side Dish Recipes
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Grab a Blanket; Plan Your Picnic

Summer Picnic Salad Tips

Find out which ingredients will withstand the trek to your picnic locale –– like an array of potatoes ––and how best to prep foods.

Tips for Making Better Picnic Sides

More Ways to Get Your Picnic On

Vegetables on the Grill

Grilled Zucchini Ribbon Salad

Use a mandoline or potato peeler to slice thin strips of zucchini, and then grill for just a minute for an elegant summer salad.

Easy Grilled Zucchini Salad

More Grilled Veggie Recipes

summer in a bottle

How to Make Bread-and-Butter Pickles

Sean Timberlake of Punk Domestics shows how to whip up some quick pickles in just a couple hours — no fermentation required.

Step by Step: Easy Bread-and-Butter Pickles

More Jarring & Pickling

Summer's Stars: Fresh, Seasonal Sides

The Whole Cob

Corn on the Cob Recipes

Infused butters and flavorful spice mixes transform classic summer corn.

Mexican Street Corn

Garden Secrets

Fresh Pesto Recipe

Top Cooking Channel stars spin their garden bounty into the freshest summer sauces.

Debi + Gabriele's Pesto

fruit-topped salads

peach and blue cheese salad

When fruit and greens collide, the result is a sweet-savory summery meal.

Peach + Blue Cheese Salad

cool as cukes

Tylers Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

Cucumbers make a refreshing summer side — pickled or lightly dressed.

Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

You Say Tomato...

David Rocco's Insalata Caprese Recipe

Late-summer tomatoes shine in filling panzanellas, colorful capreses and more salads.

David Rocco's Caprese

FRIED ZUCCHINI, 3 WAYS

fried squash blossom

This tender veggie is best, some say, when dipped in batter and fried to a crisp.

Extra Virgin Fried Blossoms

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