Is there anything better than a delicious meal after a day of fun in the sun? If you’re worried about the types of food your kids will eat, there are side dishes that your kids will love. Whether it’s grilled fruit kabobs or simple corn on the cob, these kid-friendly side dishes for summer are sure to be a big hit with the whole family.
5 Favorite Kid-Friendly Side Dishes
1. Fruit Kabobs
This is such a great side dish for grilled chicken or pork. All you need to do is soak wooden skewers in water and then skewer pieces of fruit on the stick. You can use any fruit that will hold up to the heat. Pineapple is great, but you could also do peaches, plums, and strawberries. You can also mix and match fruits. It’s a great way to get a serving of fruit into their diet. Head over for our fun Waffle & Fruit Kabobs recipe.
2. Macaroni Salad
Summer is the perfect time to sneak vegetables into your child’s diet. A side pasta or green salad can be dressed up with lots of delicious vegetables. Try different combinations with fruits, veggies, cheese crumbles, and bacon bits for a good variety to last all summer long. Side salads go great with every grilled meat. Go grab our yummy, and so easy, best Macaroni Salad recipe to get started!
3. Seasoned Potatoes
Another great side dish kids are sure to love is anything with potatoes! You can make potato wedges incredibly easy with what you’re already cooking. Next time you’re planning a grilled meal, bake several large potatoes whole. Once the potatoes are cool to the touch, cut into wedges and toss with Italian dressing. Grill the wedges on each side until golden brown. This is a great side dish for steak. If your kids are big on Italian dressing, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper and serve with ketchup. Another yummy similar side is our Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes side dish!
4. Grilled Pizza
Grilled pizza will be a fun dish for summer to serve as an appetizer or party food. All you need to do is stretch thawed pizza dough and grill until done on the first side. Flip, brush with olive oil, and top with fresh mozzarella, salt, and pepper. Pop over to see our full directions on how to grill pizza.
Last, but not least, you can’t go wrong with cornbread. Cook up some cornbread in a skillet for an easy and delicious side. If you want to spice things up, add a can of diced green chilies. Spread softened butter on top or a scoop of jelly for a sweet, filling, side. Grab our Skillet Cornbread recipe to save for later.
Summer doesn’t have to be all about the french fries and mac and cheese. These are delicious, healthy side dishes that your kids are going to love.