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.

Summer Orzo Salad

We love pairing barbecue food with a simple pasta salad, and this orzo version from Mr. & Mrs. Herb is the perfect pick. With in-season tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese, it’s a flavor combination that your whole crew is sure to love. To get the recipe, click here.

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

—Susie Foresman