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Fave side dishes/salads for grilling out dinner? How about great apps?

Any great salad recipes- no regular coleslaw or potato salad at this dinner? Dinner will be homemade burgers, terayaki chicken kabobs, and pork tenderloin. Any other good side dish ideas?

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  1. There's a wonderful orzo dish at epicurious called Orzo with Everything, excellent! Also, there is an equally wonderful orzo dish by Ina Garten called Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, both are fab with any grilled foods.

    For a non-regular potato salad, may I offer Roasted Potato and Cilantro Salad...now, if you do NOT like Cilantro, it won't be a good idea, but it's a great and different potato salad; here's the link--

    1. This is not your gramma's potato salad. It is made with purple potatoes and very good. This recipe, in my opinion, is a suggestion from which you may add or subtract as you please.
      www.wchstv.com/gmarecipes/purplepotat... - 22k

      Also, what about a caprese salad. I can be a beautiful, as well as tasty, dish for summer.

      A red cabbage side cooked with apples, wine, vinegar, etc would be good, especially with the pork. Recipes are all over the web.

      Sweet potato fries with a dip.

      1. Cheryl and Bill Jamison's "Smoke and Spice" has a recipe for a sweet potato salad with a chipotle dressing that is great (Sweet Sally's Sweet Potato Salad). "The Silver Palate Cookbook" has a recipe for an outstanding rice and vegetable salad flavored with lots of dill - people always love this when I bring it to parties and they scarf up the leftover salad to take home for themselves! It is so good! You can find the Silver Palate recipe at either of these two links:


        The recipe will yield eight to ten servings, according to the book, however, since it starts with eight cups of cooked rice, I think eight to ten would result in very generous servings. Oh, and it is just fine after being refrigerated for a day or two, just don't serve it right from the refrigerator.

        1. I went to a party where the host served a terrific Asian-inspired julienned vegetable salad with a spicy sesame vinaigrette that got rave reviews. For grill parties, however, I like to continue the grill theme with grilled panzanelle. The combination of smokey bread and crisp vegetables is great.

          1. I quarter new potatoes, chop red pepper into kebob-sized chunks, chop sweet onion into smaller chunks and wrap in an aluminum foil pack along with a generous amount of Old Bay seasoning, olive oil or butter, pepper, and a little salt. I cook it right on the grill at about 475 degrees, flipping the pack once. It's done in about 45 minutes and, though not fancy, tastes good.

            1. Corn salad, with lime, black beans, cilantro,serrano chili, red onion, and scallions served room temperature.

              Cobbies, slice into 2 into inch sections. Boil for 10 mins drain, then I stir fry with sugar,cumin, mojo seasoning, cayenne, salt pepper, lime juice, and butter. Very cute, very tasty and easy to eat. You can almost eat the cob. So good!

              Spring roll wraps, fresh rice roll wrappers (not fried) either add shrimp or make all vegetarain with red lettuce, mint, basil cilantro, carrot, cucmber, red cabbage.scallion and then make dipping sauce, with nuc mam and rice wine vinegar, garlic and sliced serrano chilis maybe little sugar.

              Twice baked potatoes - wet the potatoes, salt heavily so the skin is tough. Then bake till soft. scoop insides out to a big bowl. Mix with butter sour cream, milk, scallions, bacon or procuitto, roasted peppers, and top with cheese, pickeled jalapenos, or whatever combo you like. The halves serve one person, and they are perfect for bbq.

              Orzo salad with dried cherries, baslamic vinegfar, oil dressing, basil, grape tomatoes, roasted pine nuts, Italian parsely and red onions. Serve room temerature.

              Stuff sliced zuchinni, or eggplant with ricotta & mozzerella cheese, a little red sauce

              Or stuffed grilled portebello mushrooms with sausage red sauce, and parmesean topping.

              1. Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad, so good with fresh corn

                1. i made a great roasted beet / zucchini salad recently. very refreshing.

                  roast 3 beets/cool/remove skins and dice
                  dice 4 small raw zucchini / italian squash
                  melt 1/2 T bacon fat in large pan
                  add 2-4 cloves crushed/sliced garlic
                  cook approx 5-10 minutes on low-med heat
                  add diced zucchini, spread into one layer over pan and increase heat to med-high
                  sprinkle entire layer with salt and pepper
                  cook until browned on most sides and slightly crispy
                  add diced beets to bowl, sprinkle beets with salt and pepper
                  add 1/8 - 1/4 C crumbled blue (or goat or gorgonzola) to beets
                  add diced zucchini.

                  i didn't think it needed a dressing -- but you could add a simple vinegrette.

                  1. I'm going to make a salad with new baby potatoes, put a dollop in an endive leaf and top with a piece of smoked trout.

                    And I am going to marinade swiss chard in coconut milk, grill it. Put it in a Chinese soup spoon and top with a grilled shrimp (also marinated in coconut milk).

                    I have lamb meatballs that I will toss in some mint pesto.

                    I will be stuffing squash blossoms with cream cheese & shallots and deep fried in light batter.

                    Pomegranate glazed carrots.

                    Bison sliders on bretzels.

                    Figs with goat cheese and truffled honey.

                    Wednesday night at my house ;)

                    1. How about:

                      * salad of watermelon and basil OR mint
                      * simple caprese salad made with the ripest red tomatoes, tender buffalo mozzarella, fragrant basil and your best balsamic and olive oil, a sprinkle of kosher salt
                      * shepherd's salad, aka Israeli salad
                      * grilled asparagus, roasted cauliflower
                      * tabouleh
                      * 'southwestern' salad made out of cut, grilled corn, black beans, tomato, red onion, feta, cilantro, dressed with a squirt of lime and olive oil
                      * cold dilled cucumber soup
                      * gazpacho
                      * wakame
                      * quick cucumber pickles (marinate cubed or sliced cucumber in sugar, salt, rice wine vinegar, and dill)
                      * ratatouille

                      1. Since you have teriyaki flavor, how about a papaya, mango, and pineapple salad? I also think that the suggestions of corn salad and some sort of salsa. Another option is watermelon and feta salad, quench your thirst while you are eating!

                        With burgers, people always want fries though, don't they? (well, I do...) If you don't want to do normal potato fries, you can try fried zucchini sticks or fried yuca sticks. Even fried green tomatoes will work too!