Grilled burgers, steaks or chicken are no-brainers for simple summer entrees. That means it’s often up to the side dish to add color, texture and pizazz. We asked some of Baltimore’s best hosts and hostesses for their favorites, and they delivered irresistible recipes, from light salads to decadent casseroles, to keep your menus full of flavor and variety all summer long.

Baby Artichoke and Avocado Salad

Provençal Carrots & Asparagus with Maple Syrup

Gail’s Baked Corn Casserole

Red, Orange and Yellow Pepper Medley

Calico Baked Bean Casserole

Black Bean Salad

Curried Rice Salad

Real Food Pasta Salad

Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad

Baer’s Secret Marinade

Rick’s Crab Soup

Rick’s Ragin’ Cole Slaw

Rick’s Spicy Corn on the Cob & Rick’s Ragin’ Cajun Taters

Fattoush (Pita Bread Crouton Salad)

Marinated Carrots

Compote of Artichoke, Orange, Coriander and Mint

Stir-Fry Broccoli with Walnuts


Curried Lentil, Wild Rice and Orzo Salad

Contemporary American Raita

Butter Crust Corn Pie

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Favorite Salad

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