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5 Kid Friendly Side Dishes for Summer

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

Perfect side dishes kids will love - for summer or other times of the year. These 5 sides are easy to make and yummy!

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.

Simple and delicious Fruit Kebabs snack for kids! #Recipe #Kids

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!

quick and easy macaroni salad

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!

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes Recipe

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.

Grilling Pizza Directions

5. Cornbread

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.

5 Kid Friendly Side Dishes for Summer Skillet Cornbread

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.


Saturday 15th of July 2017

These are totally kid friendly. I need to make some because my fussy eater needs to open his tastebuds up a bit this summer season. So over his lack of trying new things and going without dinner because HE REFUSES to eat! Haha these are easy enough ideas and I am certain we can get them made up as a side dish for the fussy eater!

Desiree Lopez

Saturday 15th of July 2017

I think the Fruit Kabobs look really delicious! I'm sure my kids would enjoy something new like this to try. We make pasta salad quite a bit in the summer so a different recipe is always fun to try out for a fresh twist.

Melanie Walsh

Friday 14th of July 2017

My kids have been eating such junk all week while we've been on vacation. I'm actually excited about going home so we can get back on track. These side dishes all look like ways to bring their tummies back to normal. Loving the waffle and fruit kabob!


Friday 14th of July 2017

They all look pretty good to me. Are they good for the kid at heart too? :)


Thursday 13th of July 2017

These are all great options! My kids love fruit kabobs, I make these all sumer long!

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