Summer Sides

This is the best time of year for gathering with friends for picnics, cookouts or any other kind of backyard party. These are some of my favorite take-along dishes for such occasions. Enjoy!

Italian Deli Tortellini Salad

For a big-flavor twist on pasta salad, I let my imagination run wild through an Italian deli case and all the salty, meaty, cheesy flavors one might find there.

Tzatziki Potato Salad

As summer inches toward its end, I have been considering ways to liven up my basic potato salad recipe, and it occurred to me that tzatziki—the bold and zesty, Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce—could be a terrific addition to a potato salad.

Tangy Apple Cole Slaw

My go-to creamy cole slaw gets a tart and tangy update from Granny Smith apple and a specialty vinegar. It’s a perfect side for whatever you’re grilling in these waning days of summer.

Zesty Three Bean Salad

Unlike the so-sweet version I grew up with, this updated salad is zesty with plenty of garlic and fresh herbs. It’s easy to make and perfect for summer picnics!

Orange & Honey-Ginger Fruit Salad

It’s a rare occasion for me to share a “two-ingredient” hack, but this simple twist is so easy and flavorful, you need to try it at least once this summer!

Bleu Cheese Potato Salad

It started as a casual idea for a different kind of potato salad, and this cool, creamy, easy side has earned itself a regular spot in our summer rotation!

Dilly-Dilly, Double-Heat Potato Salad

This salad is saving spring for me—with fresh dill, pickles, jalapeno and horseradish, it’s a perfectly cool, savory side to any casual meal for Passover or Easter.