Memorial Day Grill Menu: Sides

Memorial Day Grill Menu: Sides

Yesterday, we posted our favorite burger recipes for Memorial Day cookouts. Today, we’ll focus on the side dishes. These dishes are great for barbecues or potlucks and can easily be prepared on the grill while you are making the main dish. Too often, the grill gets passed over for the stove or the oven, so we wanted to highlight grilled side dishes today. Every dish deserves the smoky flavors of the grill and these are two of our favorites.

Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
Yields 6
Corn is delicious when cooked on the grill because it takes on a smoky flavor. We recommend the Hamilton Beach GrillStation 5 Burner Gas Grill. This salad is great on its own or served alongside tortilla chips for dipping.
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  1. 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  2. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 4 ears corn on the cob, husked
  7. 1 can (15.5 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
  8. 1 green bell pepper, halved, seeded and coarsely chopped
  9. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  10. 1/4 cup chopped onion
  11. 3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  12. 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. For lime dressing, combine lime juice, olive oil, vinegar, cumin and salt.
  3. Grill corn 12 to 14 minutes, covered, turning occasionally and brushing with lime dressing until cooked and slightly charred.
  4. Cut corn off the cob; place in a large bowl. Stir in black beans, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, onion, cilantro, parsley and remaining salad dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 hours before serving.
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Grilled Garlic Bread and Tomato Salad
Yields 6
Think beyond the basics when using your outdoor grill for sides. If you like baked garlic bread, you’ll love it grilled. Plus, the Hamilton Beach GrillStation™ 5 Burner Gas Grill creates beautiful grill marks, adding to the rustic presentation of this delicious salad.
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  1. 1/3 cup olive oil
  2. 1 clove garlic, minced
  3. 1 baguette French bread, sliced 1-inch thick
  4. 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  5. 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  6. 3 Tablespoons coarsely chopped onion
  7. 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4  teaspoon black pepper
  1. Stir oil and garlic in a small bowl; brush both sides of slices.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Grill bread 5 minutes on each side until slightly charred. Remove to cutting board; cut into 1-inch pieces.
  4. Place bread pieces, tomatoes, blue cheese, onion, balsamic vinegar, basil, salt and pepper in a large bowl; toss until mixture is combined.
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    Martha Mingle

    The corn salad is really good. I added some red and yellow peppers. I had to make more dressing to add. Now I know, I will do more in the begining.

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    Corn salad looks great!

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    The grilled corn salad looks fantastic!

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    It was so great seeing your team at BlogHer Food! Love the color and vibrancy of the Grilled Corn Salad!

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