The Side Show

Caprese SaladSide dishes are sometimes afterthoughts or made only to accompany the main dish or entrée. What was the last side dish you had at a BBQ or summer party that stood out and really made you do a double take?

Here are three simple tips to make your summer side dishes stars.

Potato Salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon Dressing

First, it should be easy for you to make. Take the classic Caprese Salad. Slice and layer. And if you’re using heirloom tomatoes, you’ll see some swoons from the folks digging in. Secondly, it needs to be memorable. Anyone can toss together a potato salad. But when you serve up the Potato Salad with Blue Cheese and Bacon Dressing, people will walk right past the entrée for seconds of this indulgent number.

2693-large_1-Watermelon3Crop2.jpgAnd last, but not least, I like when it’s unique. Something no one else would even think of bringing. That’s where the Tattooed Watermelon Salad comes in. Grilled watermelon served over arugula will blow their minds, and it takes you but moments to put together.

These sides won’t be understudies for long — it’s their time to shine! Find more surprising summer side dishes in the spotlight this week at the Kitchen.