Do you need the perfect potluck contribution, or are you hosting a small gathering this Labor Day? Either way, we have the perfect side dish for you. Serve one of these great sides with something hot-off-the-grill, or pulled from your cooler or picnic basket.

1. Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle 

Gather the best from the farmer’s market or your own garden! Make this colorful, simple salad. Use pomegranate molasses for an extra special summer side dish.

Lisa Romerein, styling by Karen Shinto / Sunset Publishing

2. Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

Corn is plentiful and sweet at summer’s end. Make the most of it and grill up a few ears for this spicy salad. It’s great with grilled fish or flank steak. We also like it with tacos.

Lisa Romerein, styling by Karen Shinto / Sunset Publishing

3. Crunchy Napa Cabbage Slaw

This all-time Sunset favorite is a hit every time. The recipe makes about 15 servings so it’s perfect for a large group.

4. Cucumber Potato Salad

Here’s a potato salad that’s lighter than the traditional potato salad. Its bright, fresh taste comes from the cucumber and dill. Yogurt, mayonnaise, and vinegar combine for dressing that’s creamy and tangy.

5. Classic American Potato Salad

Time and time again our readers tell us this is their favorite potato salad recipe. The best news is you can make this a day or two ahead of time, and keep chilled until ready to serve.

6. White Beans with Sorrel Pesto

Basil pesto is also delicious with these tender savory beans. The beans are best served warm and can be made up to two days ahead reheated just before serving.

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