Baked Beans and Summer Slaws

These sides are a must at any cookout

When it comes to barbecues and picnics, a few side dishes rise above the rest. Two of our favorites are coleslaw and baked beans. There's just no beating hearty beans and refreshing slaw. Whether you want your slaw spicy or creamy and your beans traditional or exotic, we've rounded up our best coleslaw and baked bean recipes.

Coleslaw can be made in countless ways. The most classic versions use cabbage, but there is room for variation even there. Our Tennessee-style has a creamy mayonnaise-based sauce perked up with a big helping of yellow mustard. Our charred cabbage slaw, on the other hand, gets an Asian twist from fish sauce and sambal oelek.

Cabbage isn't the only ingredient you can use to make a slaw. For an bright and atypical slaw, go with shaved asparagus, chopped mint, and julienned carrots and radishes. Or try a zesty slaw with cucumber, assorted peppers, and onions.

Baked beans are a must at a barbecue. For a comfort-food classic, go with bacon, pulled pork or brisket, brown sugar, and barbecue sauce. Or make the sauce from scratch with maple syrup, molasses, ketchup and a little dark rum.

Find all of these dishes in our collection of coleslaw and baked beans recipes.

Charred Cabbage Slaw

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cabbage Slaw
In this offbeat slaw, raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits.Drew Anthony Smith
Scallops with Avocado Mashed Potatoes

Scallops with Avocado Mashed Potatoes

Guacamole meets mashed potatoes in this simple scallops dish.Farideh Sadeghin
Tennessee-Style Mustard Coleslaw

Tennessee-Style Mustard Coleslaw

Classic mayonnaise-based coleslaw is bolstered here by the addition of mustard.Todd Coleman
Asparagus Mint Slaw

Asparagus Mint Slaw

Raw asparagus, carrots, and radishes get tossed with fresh mint and vinegar in this bright and crunchy slaw.Helen Rosner
Cucumber Pepper Slaw

Cucumber Pepper Slaw

Sliced cucumber is tenderized with kosher salt in this zesty slaw.James Oseland
Salata de Varza (Coleslaw)

Salata de Varza (Coleslaw)

The recipe for this deli staple comes from Silvia Weiss, a kosher caterer in Bucharest.Landon Nordeman
Hawaiin-Style Sesame Cabbage Salad

Hawaiian-Style Sesame Cabbage Salad

The noodles in this recipe add crunch, texture, and sweetness to this terrifically versatile Hawaiian-style slaw. As the salad sits and the noodles soak up the intensely flavorful sesame dressing, they soften slightly, so be sure to serve this salad straightaway.Helen Rosner
Spicy Sauerkraut

Spicy Sauerkraut

All around the world, fermented cabbage has been a life sustaining bridge between the fall harvest and the first green shoots of spring. There's Eastern Europe's sauerkraut, Korea's kimchi, and Latin America's lightly fermented curtido. This spicy slaw is a riff on that last condiment; it's sweet but not too funky, and perfect alongside grilled fish or as a condiment for tacos.Todd Coleman
New England-Style Baked Beans

New England-Style Baked Beans

Flavored with molasses, maple syrup, and rum, the classic New England bean dish is simple to prepare; all it takes is time. Serve it with hearty brown bread to mop up its flavorful sauce.Todd Coleman
Barbecued Baked Beans

Barbecued Baked Beans

These classic baked beans are a barbecue side-dish staple.Todd Coleman
North Indian Kidney Bean Masala Stew (Rajma)

North Indian Kidney Bean Masala Stew (Rajma)

The beans in this classic Punjabi dish can be cooked without a pressure cooker, but allow for an extra hour of cooking time.Todd Coleman