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It’s always fun to invite your best buds over for a good ol’ summer BBQ, but that one afternoon can turn into quite the costly (and bloat-inducing) event. After the burgers, beer and baked goods, it’s the healthy side dishes that are typically forfeited to keep costs down, or just simply forgotten

But side dishes can be super easy to make, and very cost-effective. To show you how it’s done, we’ve got recipes for two tasty salads, made out of just 10 simple ingredients. Chances are, you already have them in your kitchen!

Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:
1 English cucumber, sliced
3 radishes, sliced
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons olive oil
¼ small red onion, sliced
Salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Whisk together vinegar and oil in a large bowl. Add sliced cucumber, radishes and onion, and toss to mix. Season with salt and pepper.

Herb Potato Salad
Ingredients:
16 small red potatoes boiled and sliced in quarters
¼ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup copped chives
¼ small red onion, sliced
1 Tbsp mustard
1 tsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Mix together herbs, sliced onion, oil, mustard and vinegar in a medium bowl. Add the chopped, boiled potatoes, toss, and season with salt and pepper.

headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.