12 Jan 2023 | BBQs

The 4 Best Sides and Salads for Your Next BBQ

Meats taste great, but other foods should be available at your barbeque party. Sides and salads complement the meal and add mouth-watering and savoury twists. Importantly, sides and salads typically consist of veggies, which provide vital vitamins and minerals.

If you want your guests to leave their plates clean at your next summer cookout, consider adding these sides and salads.



Ambrosia is one food item that appears weird until you taste it. Once you have a bite, you’re likely to crave more. The base is a mixture of fruits, including oranges, pineapples, and shredded coconut. Some add apples, bananas, grapes, Maraschino cherries, and peaches.

After mixing the fruits, coat them with thick, decadent cream. The result is a big bowl with bright colours and unique flavours. If you lack cream, use Greek yoghurt. Add some extra flavour by throwing in cinnamon, nutmeg, and fried nuts.



BBQs feel incomplete without coleslaw. Make yours unforgettable by serving it with a salad as zesty and crunchy as the fast-food original, made in your backyard kitchen!

Slice cabbage into thin pieces and mix with grated carrot. Combine buttermilk, grated onion, lemon juice, mayonnaise, milk, onion powder, pepper, salt, and sugar in a separate bowl. Whisk until all ingredients combine, then pour over the cabbage and carrots. Refrigerate overnight.

You can serve coleslaw with any meal, but it works best with beans, fried chicken, mac & cheese, and pulled pork. Coleslaw lasts up to five days in the refrigerator. Store it in an airtight container and always stir before serving.



The best way to stimulate your guests’ taste buds’ this summer is to serve crisp golden corn fritters with grilled meat. It’s a simple and tasty combination that always has everybody licking their fingers after wiping their plates clean.

Mix self-rising flour, pepper, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Then, add corn, eggs, milk, and vegetable oil separately. Combine the two and stir well.

Scoop the mixture using a rounded spoon and drop it into preheated cooking oil (375 Celsius). Deep fry the fitters until golden. If you like, you can enhance the taste with dipping sauce, like chipotle mayo.



Antipasto skewers with tortellini are tasty, easy-to-make appetisers that suit any occasion. They feature traditional antipasto salad combined with cheese tortellini and are served on skewers for easy consumption.

Although the salads and tortellini are salty and tangy, you can add basil and tomatoes for a balanced flavour. The additions also make the skewers more colourful and inviting.

This antipasto dish is easy to prepare. You only need to cook the tortellini and marinara sauce for a few minutes, then add anchovies, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, pepperoni, and veggies. If you have many ingredients, use larger bamboo skewers.



Burgers, sausages, and corn on the cobs are the most common barbeque accompaniments in Australian summer cookout events. Use these secret sides and salads to impress your guests and offer options for everyone, including vegans and meat-eaters. There are plenty of choices for kids and adults too.

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