Plate of salad with fresh prawns, avocado and tomato

The sun's coming out, so it's time to heat up the barbie for a summer of al-fresco dining on delicious meats, salads and sides. We've rounded up the best barbecue side dish recipes to put the cherry on top of the ultimate barbecue feast.

When you think of a barbecue, side dishes are often the unsung hero. Overshadowed by all the burgers, sausages, chicken and kebabs, when you think about it, it’s really the sides that tie the whole spread together. 

Dishes like potato salad and corn on the cob are real grill-side staples, whilst others like Jamie’s sticky barbecued prawn salad make for more out-there sides to impress your guests.

Your feast isn’t complete without a selection of these incredible barbecue side dish recipes on the table for everyone to get stuck into, so let’s get started.

Check out our guide to rustling up the ultimate BBQ spread this summer.

Potato salad is always a crowd-pleaser at barbecues, and this fresh and tangy version is seriously easy to put together in a rush. Plus, it’s mayonnaise-free, using a homemade vinaigrette to pack the punch instead.
Sweet peaches and salty halloumi, all topped off with the glorious flavours of a smoky grilling – we’re sure that this barbecue side dish will be a serious contender for the most popular plate on the table.
This salad sounds like a proper indulgence, but it’s actually seriously fresh and tastes unbelievable. Use raw prawns for ultimate freshness and enjoy all that goodness alongside all your usual barbecue classics.
If you’re after the perfect veggie barbecue side dish recipe, this is it. Charred veggies mixed up with fresh herbs, caramelised pistachios and all the goodness of bulgar wheat with a feta cheese topping – you can’t go wrong. 
That’s right, it’s another brilliant potato salad recipe but, this time, with a twist. Topping your crispy potatoes with a beautiful, quick pickle will take this simple salad dish to a whole new level.
A dish that’ll have the whole table reaching for second helpings is Jamie’s best pasta salad recipe, whipped together in just a few simple, fresh ingredients that come together in perfect harmony. 
Breads don’t have to be difficult, and actually focaccia is one of the easiest, so why not try this beautifully flavoured version to serve at your summer blow-out.
It’s as simple as it sounds. Just add a sprinkling of feta and some delicious toasted pine nuts and this fresh, fruity salad is ready to be served.
Hungry for more? Our selection of sumptuous summer recipes will hit the spot.