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17 Sides for Cookouts, Barbecues, and Any Sort of Picnic

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The best part about Thanksgiving isn't the turkey, but the sides. Why bring up Thanksgiving in May? Because the same is true for summer cookouts: It's not the burgers and hotdogs or wings or whatever else that we get excited about—it's the slaw, cool and creamy; the vinegary potato salad; the pickles; the cookies that, thank goodness, your aunt reliably makes for this very occasion every single year.

You can only do so much with a burger or a wing (or, for that matter, a turkey). The sides are your license to go wild. Go!

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The snacky things

Quick Cucumber and Shiso Pickles
Quick Cucumber and Shiso Pickles
My Favorite Black Bean Dip
My Favorite Black Bean Dip
Rosemary Potato Chips
Rosemary Potato Chips
Cooked Green Salsa (Salsa Verde)
Cooked Green Salsa (Salsa Verde)
Toasty Roasted Chickpeas, Cajun Style
Toasty Roasted Chickpeas, Cajun Style

Reasons to double up on paper plates

My Mother's Potato Salad
My Mother's Potato Salad
It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad
It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad
New Potato and Pea Salad with Mustard and Mint
New Potato and Pea Salad with Mustard and Mint
White Bean Salad with Tarragon
White Bean Salad with Tarragon
Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za'atar
Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za'atar
Spring Radishes Salad in a Sour Cream and Yogurt Sauce
Spring Radishes Salad in a Sour Cream and Yogurt Sauce
Martha Stewart's Sweet Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad
Martha Stewart's Sweet Potato, Celery, and Apple Salad

The sweet stuff

Pineapple Beet Ambrosia
Pineapple Beet Ambrosia
Potato Chip Cookies
Potato Chip Cookies
OMG! Coconut Pound Cake
OMG! Coconut Pound Cake
Rhubarb Semifreddo Ice Cream Sandwiches
Rhubarb Semifreddo Ice Cream Sandwiches
Any Fruit Upside-Down Cake
Any Fruit Upside-Down Cake

It's not a cookout without ________. Fill in the blank in the comments below!

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