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Sure, burgers and hot dogs are great, but a barbecue would be nothing without the extras! Senior content manager Ellie Donnell rounds up her favourite BBQ side dishes, from salads and salsas to summer-inspired skewers.
For a new way to use corn on the cob, give this yellow relish a go. It’s flavoured with chilli, lime and coriander, and keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Top tip: Prefer a chunkier texture? Skip the puréeing process altogether (step 3).
Made with six different veggies, drizzled with a punchy honey and mustard dressing, this crunchy coleslaw gets double points for colour and flavour.
Pasta salad — but not as you know it! I love the fact that this cold summer salad uses spaghetti for a twist on a classic, but if you don’t have it, you could use any pasta shape you have to hand.
A vegetable peeler is your friend in this raw, fresh-tasting summer side.
Salsa is great with everything: piled on top of corn chips, served over barbecued fish or even as a side salad in its own right!
Do you prefer your guac smooth and creamy or textured and chunky? For me, it’s got to be the latter.
There’s nothing fussy or fancy about a potato salad — but, boy, do I love it! This easy recipe is made with just five ingredients and takes 30 minutes to make. It’s a no-brainer.
8. Greek salad
Nothing says summer quite like a proper Greek salad. Good-quality ingredients come together to create this classic Mediterranean dish — every barbecue should have one.
f your BBQ doesn’t involve halloumi, then you’re missing out! Simply chuck these veggie kebabs on the barbecue — and don’t forget to serve with the blitzed red pepper sauce.
A robust potato salad made with charred halloumi and grilled veggies. I love this one: it takes 20 minutes to throw together and could even be served as a veggie main, if you like.
While I’m a fan of corn on the cob on its own, this cheesy, zesty twist really is something special. With a grating of parmesan and a sprinkle of red chilli and lime zest, this small-but-mighty snack packs a huge flavour punch.
To all those who think courgettes are bland and boring, this combination of buttery pine nuts, sweet raisins and fresh mint truly transforms them.
Everyone loves a skewer at a barbecue! Drizzle roasted veggies in the creamy peanut sauce for this vegan side.
Barbies are brilliant fun — and it’s important that they remain that way. That’s why Co-op has redesigned the packaging for its instant barbecues with clear safety messaging and warnings, reminding you to ‘put me out’ and extinguish with water after use.
Always place your barbecue in a safe place, then extinguish and dispose of it responsibly once you’re done. Co-op Instant Barbecues are a brilliant option — and they use Fair Trade Traidcraft charcoal, too! Pick one up instore and be barbecue-safe this summer.
Discover plenty more BBQ recipes to take your barbecue game to new heights this summer!
Senior content manager