Delicious Side Dishes for Your Memorial Day Cookout

sauteed radish salad for memorial day

Great Side Dishes For Summer

Are you tired of potato chips and boring beans at your cookouts? Sometimes you need to try a new recipe every now and then at your barbeque. Try picking up some fresh ingredients from your local Coborn’s or get them delivered from for these recipes and bring the side dish everyone will be talking about over the Memorial Day weekend.

Replace the Potato Chips

You’ve probably sliced radishes up for a salad – but have you ever cooked them? Instead of adding excess carbohydrates and fats to your meal, try sauteed radishes as a great alternative to chips or potato salad.

Radishes are a delicious, low calorie, vegetable that adds vitamin C, vitamin K, B6 and niacin (a B complex vitamin which helps with energy production). If you don’t think you can make something that healthy taste good, adding a little butter and some chives like this fresh summer salad does, and you’ll have a treat even your picky eaters will like.

Sauteed Radishes with Butter and Chives

1 bunch of radishes, washed and leaves removed (reserve leaves for another use)
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP minced chives
Salt & pepper, to taste


Slice radishes into quarters (or sixths, if the radishes are large). Heat butter in a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted and beginning to brown, toss in the radishes. Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and freshly ground pepper, and give the radishes a stir. Cook radishes, until golden brown and caramelized on the outside, about 8 minutes. (Stir occasionally, to ensure that all sides of the radishes are browned.) When the radishes are done, remove from heat and toss with the minced chives. Taste, and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve warm.

New Spin on Coleslaw

Try a side dish that will lighten up your mood and your meal. Sesame Ginger Coleslaw is a light and tasty dish that won’t weigh you down. This version of coleslaw is a great side dish to some of the heavier flavored and fried meals.

1/3 cup MIRACLE WHIP Light Dressing
2 TBSP KRAFT Light Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
2 TBSP fresh lime juice
6 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 cup snow peas, diagonally cut into 1-inch pieces
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 green onions, finely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 TBSP minced ginger
2 TBSP sesame seed, toasted

Mix the first 3 ingredients until well blended. Then combine all remaining ingredients except sesame seed in large bowl. Add dressing mixture; toss to coat. Top with sesame seed.

Dressing mixture can be made ahead of time. In addition, the vegetables can be prepared ahead of time; place in resealable plastic bag. Store both in refrigerator up to 24 hours. Combine ingredients as directed just before serving.

Unique Pasta Salad

Salads are a staple in the cookout meal plan but boring lettuce and soggy dressings can seem unappetizing and less appealing. Try an Italian Market Pasta Salad instead. This combination of spring greens, cherry tomatoes and pasta has a light tasty dressing included to add flavor and not weigh down the veggies. It’s as easy to make as any other salad but has a light flavorful twist.

What are your favorite side dishes for a barbeque? Do you have any family favorites that have to be on the table?

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