25 Barbecue Friendly Side Dishes & Desserts

 Memorial Day is traditionally the Backyard Barbecue kick-off day of the summer. The weather is getting warmer, kids are out of school, and the days are longer – it’s the perfect time to start hosting (or attending) get-together with friends and family. If you’re headed out to a party, you don’t want to show up empty handed so here are 25 delicious appetizers, side dishes, drinks and desserts that are perfect for taking to a summer barbecue, potluck or party.

25 Side Dishes and Desserts that are Perfect for Summer Get-Togethers, Barbecues and Potlucks

Classic Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad

Skinny Southwest Chicken Appetizer recipe - Greek Yogurt makes this recipe just as healthy as it is delicious!

Skinny Southwest Chicken Dip

Easy game day snack -- Smothered Buffalo Chicken Chips

Smothered Buffalo Chicken Chips

Turkey and Bacon Club Sliders - So easy and they taste amazing!

Turkey Club Sliders

A bowl of salad on a table

Chicken Bowtie Pasta Salad


Spinach Watermelon Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Sour Cream Salad - A Family Favorite

Sour Cream Salad

Pasta Salad from Yellow Bliss Road

Parmesan Pesto Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus

Green Chile & Artichoke Bread - a delicious appetizer and perfect for your next party!

Green Chile Artichoke Bread

Bacon Cheddar & Jalepeno Pinwheels - made with cream cheese and Pillsbury Crescent Dough for an easy cheesy snack!

Jalapeno Cheddar Pinwheels

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Triscuit Pizza

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Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

A close up of a bowl of hot dip with cheese

Three Cheese Bruschetta Dip

Shredded beef and black bean nachos! Create an easy Mexican meal or snack with just a minutes and a few ingredients. The perfect snack for Cinco de Mayo!!

Shredded Beef and Black Bean Nachos

Easy Meatball Sliders - a quick and delicious weeknight meal, or the perfect party appetizer for your summer party!

Meatball Sliders

Smores Oreo Brownie Bars

S’Mores Oreo Brownie Bars

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Pretzel Brownie Bites

Ice Cream Sundae Cookies

Ice Cream Sundae Cookies

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make Your Own Ice Cream Sandwiches with Free Printables

 Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles

Caramel Stuffed Snickerdoodles


Flavored Lemonade Bar with Free Printables

Cherry Lime Ice Cream Float

Cherry Limeade Ice Cream Float

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream Float with Homemade Strawberry Syrup - Refreshing, sweet and slightly tangy. So good!!

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream Float

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Kristin,

    I love your website. It is so creative and amazing with different ideas of making different dishes and drinks. I love it!!Thanks for sharing and being SOOO crative

    Joyce from South Carolina