18 Make & Take Side Dishes for a Cookout or PotluckIt’s not technically summer until June 21, but once the kids are out of school and the temperature reaches 85, this momma is officially in summer mode. My favorite part of summer is all the opportunities for delicious food from picnics, cookouts, potlucks, and pool days. I always like to bring a tasty side with me that’s packed with fruits or veggies and perfect for cooling down after enjoying the sun.

We’ve all been there too. We make the perfect dish, but after a 30-minute car ride, the dish is less than perfect upon arrival. Dishes that you can easily make and take are a must during the summer.

Check out some of my favorite make and take side dishes below!


(Plus, here are more 25 salad recipes for summer!)

Apple & Dried Cherry Coleslaw

Apple and Dried Cherry Coleslaw from Produce for Kids

Balsamic Caprese Pasta Salad from Salt and Lavendar

Citrus Asian Broccoli Slaw from Produce for Kids

Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette from Chew Out Loud

Summer Fruit Salad from Produce for Kids

Brussels Sprout, Cranberry, and Roasted Almond Salad from Create Kids Club


Creamy Roasted Red Bell Pepper Dip from Meal Planning Magic

Quick & Easy Mediterranean Hummus Dip from Create Kids Club

Guacamole Hummus from Produce for Kids

Veggie Loaded 7 Layer Dip from Little Broken

Black Bean and Corn Salsa from Produce for Kids

Mexican Corn Dip from Damn Delicious


Berry Melon Bruschetta from Produce for Kids

Cucumber Hummus Bites from A Cedar Spoon

No-Cook Summer Rolls from Produce for Kids

Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels from Dinner at the Zoo

Greek Stuffed Celery - This easy celery recipe is stuffed with hummus and topped with crumbled feta cheese and chopped olives. Add a little more flair with chopped tomatoes, peppers or cucumbers. So easy, even kids can make these themselves!

Greek Stuffed Celery from Produce for Kids