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Summer Sides for Barbeques


The Gates of Owings Mills Blog, MD Apartments  It's time to fire up the grill for dinner fare, and we've got some sides to go with your summer grilling. Check it out!


Summer means barbecues. While an assortment of meat is the main hit during this season, we’re focusing on something that can make your summer meals even better: the sides! Today, we have a variety of side dish suggestions that will make your barbecue even better. Take advantage of our BBQ area, just one of the amenities we offer at The Gates of Owings Mills.


Let’s start with the soup course.


This is a zesty, fresh-from-the-garden-tasting soup that is perfect to cool things down on a hot day. ( It can be prepared ahead of time, too!)


Gazpacho Soup


4 cups Clamato juice

1/2 cup onions, minced

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 c. green peppers, chopped

3 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp. tabasco sauce

salt and pepper to taste


Combine and refrigerate at least six hours or overnight. Add the following and chill until ready to serve:


8 tomatoes, chopped

2 cucumbers, peeled and cubed

2 avocados, cubed

Serve with croutons and shredded Parmesan cheese.


Fruit Platters


Fruit platters are always a hit at a garden party or barbeque. They can be either simple or elegant, and they are fun to design as well as to eat. Use a variety of fruit, dip bananas and apple slices in lemon juice to prevent browning, and add some berries for a colorful accent. Serve with a fruit dip.




Salads are always a nice option when it comes to sides for dinner. There is always your basic green salad, but branching out into other types can be a fun adventure. Try one of the salads from We especially like the creamy potato salad, perfect to serve with burgers and brats hot off the grill.


We hope you are enjoying our Maryland summer and taking advantage of everything The Gates of Owings Mills offers to our apartment community. Please share your favorite summer sides in the comments. Thanks for reading today’s post.