11 Creative Sides for Summer Cookouts

Recipes that will grab just as much attention as what's cooking on the grill

It's not often that sides create a stir, but we think these sensational side dishes will be the talk of the party. Pair them with some perfectly grilled steaks, juicy hamburgers, or some delicious barbecued ribs — these 11 side dishes are versatile enough to mix and match with just about anything. Each of them offers a slight twist on an old cookout classic, whether it's crunchy coleslaw, rich and creamy potato salad, or just some good old french fries. Here are some highlights:

Whole Foods Market puts a new spin on bean salad with edamame and quinoa; cut down on prep time by using shelled edamame and pre-cut green beans. Or, to put your own signature on the dish, feel free to substitute chickpeas, pinto, or black beans instead.

Normally, taking the potato out of potato salad would seem like sacrilege, but if the popularity of this recipe points to anything, it's that cauliflower makes a fine substitute. Go ahead, take the plunge, and give it a try.

Alison J. Bermack, author of the blog Cooking with Friends Club, puts a little extra crunch and an Asian-inspired twist on her coleslaw with pan-fried wonton wrappers, tender baby bok choy, and Napa cabbage, tossed in a delicious dressing made with sesame oil, freshly grated ginger, and rice wine vinegar.

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