Tasty Summer Sides for Backyard Season

By  May 29, 2013

Spice up your backyard meals with these tasty summer side dishes that are sure to please a crowd. Each of these adventurous dishes will add a colorful splash to any party spread. Serve up your favorite at your next summer party or try all five for a big boost of bold flavors!

Zesty Side Salad
Add some passion to your ho-hum side dish routine by creating this flavorful and tasty salad. Combine fresh salad greens, sliced tomatoes, almonds, and crunchy croutons for a colorful addition to your backyard parties! Add a drizzle of Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing before serving for a bold kick of flavor. This daring salad pairs well with anything from an Italian mixed grill to a chargrilled Margherita pizza. For a complete meal, top your salad with grilled chicken, steak, or fish and let this tantalizing dish take the menu’s center stage.

Roasted Sweet Peppers
Tantalize your taste buds with this easy side dish for backyard season. Slice up sweet peppers, drizzle with olive oil, and roast for 15-20 minutes on medium-high heat. You can also make these sweet peppers right on the grill! Garnish with chopped basil and some Kraft Zesty Italian dressing to spice up this crowd-pleasing favorite. Full of bold flavors, this tasty dish pairs well with all entrees. If you’re feeling daring, add in a few jalapenos for an extra kick. You can enjoy this as a side dish or add it on top of grilled Italian chicken or sausage. Yum!

Fiesta Corn and Bean Salad
Add some zest to your backyard dinner with this corn and black bean salad. The best part? It only takes seconds to make this adventurous side dish. Combine 2 cups of corn and 2 cups of black beans with 1 teaspoon of chili powder and ½ teaspoon of cumin. Toss all the ingredients together and top with crunchy tortilla strips for a spicy and flavorful dish. Turn this into a 3-bean salad by adding lime and green beans for a colorful addition of tasty summer veggies. Pair it with your favorite entrée to make any night a sexy summer fiesta.

Tomatoes & Feta
This colorful salad is loaded with bold flavors from zesty red onions to cracked black pepper. Simply toss 3 tomatoes (cut in wedges) and ½ cup of sliced red onions with 1 teaspoon of cracked black pepper and ¼ cup of crumbled feta cheese. The cheese adds a creamy flavor and the red onions add a pinch of zest. Drizzle Kraft’s Zesty Italian Dressing on top for a colorful burst of flavor. Feeling adventurous? Try adding in sliced cucumbers too! Serve it up with your favorite backyard dinner. It’s tantalizing and delicious.

Tuscan Summer Salad
Take a ride on the adventurous side with this sweet and tangy summer salad. Mix 1 bag of fresh Italian greens, 2 ears of grilled summer corn with the kernels removed, and 12 halved cherry tomatoes in a large bowl. Toss with Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing and sprinkle with 1 cup of Kraft Shredded Parmesan Cheese for an added kick. This crowd pleaser is sure to add a tasty twist to any outdoor summer barbeque or daring dinner party!