If you’re anything like us, you’ve got enough steaks, hot dogs and hamburgers to feed a small army, but it’s easy to overlook the side dishes. Balance it all out with these delicious veggie-filled sides that are guaranteed crowd pleasers. (Psst…they’re so simple, we promise no one will notice if you make them an hour before the party.) Click through the slideshow to get the details.

BLT Salad

If getting the kids to eat salad is a hard sell, this BLT-inspired recipe just might get them to eat their greens. Either way, with thick bacon, crusty bread and a yummy dressing, it’s bound to be an instant crowd favorite. Grab the recipe by clicking here.

photo: Southern Boy Dishes

What’s your favorite side dish to make for parties?

—Susie Foresman