When someone invites us over for a backyard BBQ, our minds immediately start to race -- which side dish should we bring?? No, seriously. These are the kinds of things we get excited over.

The great thing about attending summer grilling parties, is that the hosts almost always have passionate feelings about the main dishes. Be they burgers, hot dogs, some other low-and-slow smoked dish that actually gets to be called "barbecue" -- the main course is all theirs. This leaves tons of open options for friends to bring their favorite side dish. Some people love pasta salad. Some people love to bring dessert. For us, it's all about the vegetables. We wait all year long for summer vegetables to finally be in season, and once they are, we want to eat them in every possible application we can. We rounded up some of the brightest, most delicious-looking side dishes we could find, so that you can head home with an empty container and a full stomach.

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  • Crunchy Celery, Radish And Turnip Salad-Slaw In Blue Cheese Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/17626-crunchy-celery-radish-and-turnip-salad-slaw-in-blue-cheese-sauce" target="_blank">Crunchy Celery, Radish and Turnip Salad-Slaw in Blue Cheese Sauce</a> recipe</strong>

  • Avocados With Warm Bacon Parsley Vinaigrette

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/avocados-with-warm-bacon-_n_1060930.html" target="_blank">Avocados with Warm Bacon Parsley Vinaigrette</a> recipe</strong>

  • Black Bean And Cornbread Panzanella Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/03/black-bean-cornbread-panzanella-salad/" target="_blank">Black Bean and Cornbread Panzanella Salad recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Pan-Roasted Corn And Okra

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pan-roasted-corn-and-okra_n_1059200.html" target="_blank">Pan-Roasted Corn and Okra</a> recipe</strong>

  • BLT Salad With Buttermilk Dressing

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.steamykitchen.com/7573-blt-salad-with-buttermilk-dressing.html" target="_blank">BLT Salad with Buttermilk Dressing recipe from Steamy Kitchen</a></strong>

  • Cast Iron Collard Greens

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2012/12/cast-iron-collard-greens/" target="_blank">Cast Iron Collard Greens recipe from Macheesmo</a></strong>

  • Fennel Slaw With Mint Vinaigrette

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fennel_slaw_with_mint_vinaigrette/" target="_blank">Fennel Slaw with Mint Vinaigrette recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong>

  • Cauliflower And Kale Tabouli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.steamykitchen.com/10666-cauliflower-tabouli-kale-salad.html" target="_blank">Cauliflower and Kale Tabouli recipe from Steamy Kitchen</a></strong>

  • Grilled Creamed Corn With Spinach And Parmesan

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/grilled-creamed-corn-with_n_1382628.html" target="_blank">Grilled Creamed Corn with Spinach and Parmesan</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chickpeas With Tomatoes And Carrots

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chickpeas-with-tomatoes-a_n_1059513.html" target="_blank">Chickpeas with Tomatoes and Carrots</a> recipe</strong>

  • Tomato And Watermelon Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.steamykitchen.com/16505-tomato-and-watermelon-salad.html" target="_blank">Tomato and Watermelon Salad recipe from Steamy Kitchen</a></strong>

  • Citrus Olive Couscous

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/9476-citrus-olive-couscous" target="_blank">Citrus Olive Couscous recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Green Bean Bacon Bundles

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/06/green-bean-bacon-bundles/" target="_blank">Green Bean Bacon Bundles recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Creamless Creamed Corn With Mushrooms And Lemon

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/creamless-creamed-corn-wi_n_1059193.html" target="_blank">Creamless Creamed Corn with Mushrooms and Lemon</a> recipe</strong>

  • Cornmeal Crusted Zucchini Medallions

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/08/cornmeal-crusted-zucchini_n_3238123.html" target="_blank">Cornmeal Crusted Zucchini Medallions</a> recipe</strong>

  • Horseradish Dill Potato Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/4761-horseradish-dill-potato-salad" target="_blank">Horseradish Dill Potato Salad recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Kimchi Grilled Corn On The Cob

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/05/kimchi-grilled-corn-on-the-cob.html" target="_blank">Kimchi Grilled Corn on the Cob recipe from A Spicy Perspective</a></strong>

  • Roasted Summertime Chickpea Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/07/roasted-summertime-chickpea-salad/" target="_blank">Roasted Summertime Chickpea Salad recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Green Bean Summer Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/4703-green-bean-summer-salad" target="_blank">Green Bean Summer Salad recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Grilled Peppers, Eggplant & Zucchini With Lemon-Harissa Dressing

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-peppers-eggplant_n_1060961.html" target="_blank">Grilled Peppers, Eggplant & Zucchini with Lemon-Harissa Dressing</a> recipe</strong>

  • Caprese Quinoa With Homemade Basil Oil

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/07/quick-caprese-quinoa-with-homemade-basil-oil/" target="_blank">Caprese Quinoa with Homemade Basil Oil recipe from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Sage Butter Summer Squash With Dill Garnish

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18035-sage-butter-summer-squash-with-dill-garnish" target="_blank">Sage Butter Summer Squash with Dill Garnish recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Shaved Asparagus Salad With Bacon Dressing

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/04/did-i-shave-my-asparagus-for-this/" target="_blank">Shaved Asparagus Salad with Bacon Dressing from How Sweet It Is</a></strong>

  • Sour Cream Cucumber Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sour-cream-cucumber-salad_n_1059529.html" target="_blank">Sour Cream Cucumber Salad</a> recipe</strong>

  • Vegetarian Barley Toss

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2013/03/vegetarian-barley-toss/" target="_blank">Vegetarian Barley Toss recipe from Bev Cooks</a></strong>

  • White Bean Edamame Salad With Bacon

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2012/06/edamame-salad-white-beans.html" target="_blank">White Bean Edamame Salad with Bacon recipe from A Spicy Perspective</a></strong>

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