Best Summer Side Dish Recipes

What would any picnic, barbecue, or al fresco meal be without an endless array of tasty, flavorful side dishes? From your staple potato salads to a watermelon creation that will make your mouth water, read up on the recipes for these these 10 easy, made-for-summer sides, courtesy of Delish. Relieve your hard-working taste buds with a glass of one of these 10 refreshing non-alcoholic drinks while these amazing burgers are on the grill.

By Maura Brannigan

May 24, 2013 10:10 AM
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Courtesy of Closet Cooking

Grilled Artichokes

Ingredients
2 lemons
4 large (3-3 1/2 pounds) artichokes
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions
To prepare artichokes:
Fill a Dutch oven with water; add the juice of 1 lemon. Trim leaves from the top of an artichoke. Remove the outer layer(s) of leaves from the stem end and snip all remaining spiky tips from the outer leaves. Trim an inch off the bottom of the stem and use a vegetable peeler to remove the fibrous outer layer. As each artichoke is prepared, drop it into the lemon water to prevent it from turning brown.

When all the artichokes are prepared, cover the pan and bring to a boil. Boil until the base of the stem can be pierced with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium. Slice the artichokes in half lengthwise. Scoop out the choke and first few inner layers in the center until the bottom is revealed. Brush each half with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the artichokes until tender and lightly charred, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter, squeeze half a lemon over them and garnish with the remaining lemon half cut into 4 wedges. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

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