9 Essential Side Dishes For BBQ Ribs

Ribs are a BBQ staple, and I agree! Do you really need to eat anything but ribs? 

Ribs smothered in delicious BBQ sauce can get a little heavy, so it’s good to have some healthy, light, fresh sides to help cut through all that delicious heaviness.

9 Declious Sides for BBQ Ribs

Below I have 9 side dishes for BBQ ribs that are healthy, fresh, and light! Enjoy.

1. Quinoa Mango Black Bean Salad with Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette

This salad is a staple around my house when mangoes are cheap and in season. It is full of color, flavor, and nutrients. It is also vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free – perfect for any time you have guests over that can’t eat ribs!

2. Berry Salad With Strawberry Dressing

This is another super fresh vibrant fruit-based salad. It’s packed full of flavor and nutrients. It easily cuts through heavy bbq flavors and leaves you feeling full, but not bloated! 

3. SPAM Burnt Ends

Perfect with ribs are burnt ends! These are a bit different though! These are SPAM burnt ends, you gotta try em!

4. Grilled Corn with Bacon Butter and Cotija Cheese.

How Sweet Eats grilled corn recipe is EPIC! I mean she does BACON butter!!!

The first time I did this, my son asked me to never make corn the old way (my way) again! But I didn’t disagree!

Plus it’s a hands-on kind of food, perfect for eating with ribs! I mean you are already covered in BBQ sauce!

5. Fried Pickles

Pickles are the perfect way to cut through fatty, heavy dishes. What’s better than that? Crispy fried pickles! This is the best way to get your kids to eat their veggies! 

6. Mediterranean Green Bean Salad

Another salad staple when I have a gathering. This recipe incorporates a lot of ingredients and is a great ‘fridge salad’. You can swap out the ingredients for what you have, just ensure you have feta because that really makes it. 

7. Grilled Watermelon and Avocado Salad

I know what you are thinking; “Grilled watermelon?? What the?”. But trust me on this grilled watermelon is amazing. If you don’t want to make the whole salad I highly recommend just grilling some watermelon steaks! 

8. Creamed Spinach

Greens should be a staple of any cookout, this creamed spinach recipe is easy and can be made a day or two in advance. 

9. Cowboy Caviar or Texas Caviar

Essentially a Mexican-style corn salad this ‘cowboy caviar’ recipe is great as a side for ribs. It’s light, spicy, crunchy, and has a good hint of citrus to cut through heavy meats. I guarantee this will become a regular at your house. I enjoy it just by itself with corn chips. 

10. Grandmas Creamed Corn Casserole 

Corn is an essential side dish to bbq. This creamed corn casserole is always one of the first dishes empty when I have friends over. It’s sweet, crunchy, and creamy! Everything you need in a side dish. 

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