As summer holidays come around the typical place we find ourselves is outside by the grill. However there are plenty of delicious foods that you can serve alongside that grilled meat that you can prepare easily and quickly in your Instant Pot. Give these 18 Instant Pot summer sides a try at your next backyard barbecue.
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Instant Pot Summer Sides
I don’t know about you but secretly I live for the side dishes that go alongside the grilled meats. I’ll take a tiny piece of steak or chicken and then fill my plate with lots of salads and sides. They are my favorite! I have lots of recipes that you can make this summer in your Instant Pot to go alongside that grilled steak, chicken or hamburgers. You can prepare these dishes quickly and they might become the most popular thing at the party!
Instant Pot Texas Caviar
A colorful tortilla chip dip that has black eyed peas, tomatoes, peppers, corn, red onion and a zesty dressing. This stuff is addicting so make sure you have enough chips on hand!
Instant Pot Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
Say goodbye to boring pasta salads and hello to this pasta salad that is infused with pickle flavor! Make the pasta quickly and easily with your Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Garlic Butter Corn on the Cob
Sweet corn is slathered with minced fresh garlic, butter, salt and pepper. The easiest and tastiest corn on the cob! You’ll never go back boiling corn on the stove again.
Instant Pot Potato Salad
Need to make potato salad for a potluck or barbecue? I have the best Instant Pot potato salad trick for you! It’s so easy and it’s fast.
Instant Pot Mexican Black Beans and Rice
The easiest and tastiest rice ever! Brown rice is cooked in flavorful salsa with garlic salt, a bay leaf and cumin. Canned black beans make this recipe very convenient. And my favorite part is a squeeze of lime juice and a dollop of sour cream on top. Make this as a meal or as a side dish.
Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Make fluffy, moist baked potatoes in your Instant Pot without foil and in just a few minutes!
Instant Pot Homemade Pork and Beans
Your childhood favorite pork n’ beans made at home in your Instant Pot with dried beans and lots of crispy bacon and just a couple other pantry staples.
Cranberry Orange Wheat Berry Salad
Wheat is cooked in your Instant Pot or slow cooker until it is tender and chewy. Then it’s stirred together with orange zest, dressing, craisins and crunchy apples. A healthy and surprisingly delicious salad!
Instant Pot Homemade Rice-A-Roni
Do you love “the San Francisco treat” but want to make it from scratch? Make this super easy version of Rice-A-Roni in your Instant Pot! It’s the perfect side dish for so many meals.
Instant Pot Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Creamy, buttery mashed potatoes with flavorful ranch dressing mix that gives the potatoes a tangy twist. And they are made so fast in your electric pressure cooker!
Instant Pot Mashed Ranch Cauliflower
The yummiest cauliflower you’ll ever eat! Cauliflower is steamed until soft and then mashed with butter and dry ranch dressing mix. An easy 3-ingredient recipe with lots of flavor. My only regret was that we didn’t have enough.
Instant Pot Tomato Basil Parmesan Rice
Creamy rice with a punch of flavor from cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. This rice is made quickly in your electric pressure cooker and is a great summer dinner or side dish.
Instant Pot Tomato Basil Parmesan Orzo
Orzo pasta is tossed with fresh basil, garlic, halved cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese for a perfect side dish or meatless meal.
Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Potato Salad
Cilantro and a hint of lime create a memorable take on classic potato salad. By cooking the eggs and potatoes together in your Instant Pot you’ll cut down on steps, dishes and time! Try this recipe out and you may never go back to regular potato salad again.
Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese
Creamy, cheesy pasta with fresh spinach and chopped artichokes is a perfect way to indulge while sneaking in some greens.
Instant Pot 15 Bean Salad
A variety of dried beans are cooked in your electric pressure cooker or slow cooker and then stirred together with a red wine vinaigrette dressing, red bell pepper, feta cheese and cilantro. This salad serves a crowd and is perfect for a potluck or picnic.
Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad
Shredded chicken breasts and hard boiled eggs are cooked at the same time in your Instant Pot and then combined with corn, bacon, green onion, tomatoes and a lemon dill dressing. A fresh and surprisingly filling entree or side dish.
Instant Pot Hummus
You can cook dried chickpeas in a pressure cooker and make your own hummus from scratch. This recipe has simple ingredients, like olive oil, garlic and lemon juice, that you probably already have on hand. Hummus is a creamy and healthy dip that is perfect with crackers or raw veggies.
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