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The weather outside is completely gorgeous and you’re stuck in the kitchen, crafting a multi-course meal for that dinner party you promised to host three weeks ago. No worries, friend: Here are 18 summer sides that come together with only five ingredients (you’ve got salt, pepper and olive oil, right?), so you can soak up the sun.

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Kale Caesar Pasta Salad

No one needs to know you used store-bought dressing—they won’t even be able to tell, promise. (Thanks, Coterie member Heidi Larsen).

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Arugula Salad with Parmesan, Lemon and Olive Oil

Who has a minimal ingredient list and a three-minute prep time? This guy.

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Sesame Garlic Roasted Asparagus

A little bit of sesame oil goes a long way to make this side, courtesy of Coterie member Monique Volz, spectacularly flavorful. Bonus points if you toast the sesame seed garnish.

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Zucchini Rice

And you thought the summer squash was just for zoodles. Serve this healthy starch substitute with a grilled steak or chicken—your choice.

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Tomato Salad with Grilled Halloumi and Herbs

Ripe tomatoes and fresh basil don’t need much more than a sprinkling of flaky salt. Add some grilled halloumi and voilà, fancy summer side.

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Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Shishitos and Chives

Once you smash potatoes, you’ll never want them any other way. Thanks, Coterie member Jodi Moreno.

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Five-Ingredient Caprese Phyllo Cups

Forget the fact that these babies take almost no effort—they’re also really damn cute.

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Easy Zucchini Chips

You’re three ingredients away from a side that’s as easy (and satisfying) as ripping into a fresh bag of potato chips.

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Five-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Zucchini Noodles

Allow Coterie member Maria Lichty to demonstrate that simple and flavorful aren’t mutually exclusive (especially when it involves Parmesan, garlic and butter).

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The Best Grilled Corn

When the grill is already fired up, why not throw some corn on top? It’s easier and tastier than boiling.

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Everything Home Fries

Coterie member Gaby Dalkin knows that French fries are never a bad idea—time to break out the Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning.

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Grilled Broccolini

Since seasonal produce already requires little to no fuss, we’re grilling veggies all summer long.

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Roasted Asparagus with Lemon, Feta and Pistachios

With a trio of flavors like these, it’s hard to believe this elegant side takes less than 30 minutes to make.

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Crispy Salted Tostones

These fried plantain slices take just 15 minutes to make and are begging to be dunked in your favorite dipping sauce.

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Summer Corn, Halloumi and Browned Butter Salad

Confession: We could eat corn every single day until September, no matter how it’s prepared. Here, the browned butter seals the deal.

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Grilled Eggplant with Roasted Tomatoes and Scallion Miso Butter

Take a quick trip to the farmers market, then tell everyone you grew the ingredients for this salad in your backyard.

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Grilled Artichokes with Lemon Vinaigrette

Serve these at your next barbecue (with aioli for dipping and a side of rosé, of course).

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Summer Green Bean Bacon Salad

The hyper-seasonal squash blossoms are worth seeking out, but if you can’t find them, sub in parsley. (Thanks, Coterie member Carlene Thomas.)

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