20 Healthy Side Dishes for Your Canada Day Barbecue
Fireworks and dock parties may not be on the agenda this Canada Day, but we'll happily settle for a barbecue with a handful of friends in our backyard. We've rounded up a range of tasty side dishes that'll please the crowd and help you celebrate our home and native land.
Smith Summer Favourite Chickpea Salad
Storing a can of unopened chickpeas in the fridge during the summer months means that you can toss together a vegetarian salad quickly because the chickpeas are already cold. It’s a salad game changer.
Blueberry Salad with Barley & Dill
When looking for the freshest blueberries, make sure they have a silver sheen on them. It’s called bloom and it’s an indication that they were just picked.
Lentil Hummus Salad
Creamy chickpea hummus, flame-licked vegetables and punchy herbs help turn this into a dinner-worthy salad that you’ll actually be excited to eat.
Recipe: Lentil Hummus Salad
Mexican Street Corn Skillet Chicken
This flavourful one-skillet recipe moves corn from side dish to centre stage.
Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
This plant-based dip will please everyone at your barbecue.
Recipe: Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
Grilled Sweet Corn with Lime and Chili
This Mexican-inspired side dish is the perfect addition to any summer meal.
Recipe: Grilled Sweet Corn
Brown Butter & Orange Cauli-Couscous Salad
Butter transforms humdrum couscous and its doppelgänger, cauli-couscous, into an tasteful side with jewel-like beets, juicy oranges and tangy goat cheese.
Nutty Wild Rice Salad
The wild rice has a nutty flavour that’s perfect with tangy sauerkraut.
Recipe: Nutty Wild Rice Salad
Baked Baby Potatoes with Olive Pesto
These little cuties pack all the appeal of a steakhouse-style baked potato into something much smaller.
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
The longer you let it chill in the fridge, the more tender the sprouts will be.
Recipe: Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad
Strawberry Kale Salad
The sliced strawberries and fresh mint give it an extra summery feel, and crumbled bacon and toasted almonds add the perfect amount of crunch.
Recipe: Strawberry Kale Salad
Chipotle Berry Fruit Salsa
Not too hot, but with a bit of a kick, this fruit salsa makes for a great chip dip.
Recipe: Chipotle Berry Fruit Salsa
Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
All you need is baby portobello mushrooms, creamy goat cheese and sweet red peppers.
Recipe: Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Everything Bagels Dip
Inspired by Montreal bagels, this is a delicious spread for crackers and the perfect dip for vegetables.
Recipe: Everything Bagels Dip
Peach Mango Caprese Salad
Peaches and honey were added to the classic Caprese salad for a sweet and tasty update for summer.
Recipe: Peach Mango Caprese Salad
Mexican & Korean Fusion Kimchi Coleslaw
Fresh Asian-inspired flavours shine in this crunchy, colourful diet-friendly salad.
This recipe is a spirited twist on classic guacamole.
Recipe: Tequila Guacamole
Avocado Salad with Lemon-Herb Shrimp
Tiny salad shrimp from the Gulf of St. Lawrence are wonderful in salads. They are widely available and, since they come cooked, are very convenient.
Pasta, Veggie & Blue Cheese Salad
This salad can easily be made with gluten-free pasta as well. If fresh peas are available, buy two (or more!) bags and freeze the extra for future use.