Summertime is an excellent opportunity to get together with family and friends to kick back, relax, and enjoy each other’s company. A cookout featuring your choice of meat and tasty summer sides is key to keeping the crowd fueled for fun activities. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to make your meal prep a snap.
South Dakota soybean farmers enjoy hanging out with their loved ones, too–after the chores are done, of course. Farmer Morgan Kontz from Colman says she loves hosting people on her farm because of the opportunity for fellowship and conversation. “As a mother, when it comes to food, I enjoy being a part of the farm because I know where the quality food I put on our table comes from and feel confident feeding it to our family and friends.”
She enjoys telling people about how the corn and soybeans they grow in the field become feed for their beef cattle that eventually end up on the dinner plates. Now she also has chickens to feed so it’s a good thing soybeans are also one of their favorite healthy treats.
Speaking of treats: It’s time to plan your menu!
Top Five Summer Sides
Bacon-wrapped asparagus is grill friendly, kid approved and only calls for three ingredients.
If your guests are looking for a light, yet flavorful side dish, try this tangy Caprese salad with soy walnut pesto.
Trust us: Deviled eggs are a favorite choice year-round. We’ve got a hot take on this classic.
Fresh fruit salsa is the perfect side to suit just about every palate and age level.
Slushies are a sweet way to cool off at any age. There’s even an adult version for the 21-and-over crowd.
We’ve got recipes to jazz up your meats as well. Remember to have a meat thermometer on hand to cook it to the ideal temperature for safety and flavor.