11 Cookout Sides That Make Great Finger Foods for Babies

Lemon-Watermelon Bites

Best for Babies 10+ Months Old

Yesterday afternoon Mason, Chris, and I took the train to Cos Cob, Connecticut, for a 4th of July cookout. (Mason wore his fedora, pic below!) We had a fabulous time. Our friends have a beautiful home on an idyllic lake, the perfect place to relax and unwind. Everyone there was super friendly and the spread was amazing (these people knew how to cook!). Our contribution was a dry rose and an appetizer of fresh watermelon topped with goat cheese, sea salt, cracked black pepper, and lemon-infused olive oil.  Other yummies included a fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomato salad, classic macaroni salad, and tangy black bean and corn salad.

I made a finger food lunch for Mason out of the dishes the adults were eating, and Bug seemed excited to be eating the same foods we were. He also indulged in a slice of vanilla cake (he ate almost the entire thing!), and he was as enthusiastic about the cake as he was about his first cupcake. I’m looking forward to going to more cookouts this summer, and I’m planning on bringing a new dish that’s fresh and baby-friendly to each one. Here is the list of recipes I want to try. What do you plan on bringing to cookouts and potlucks this summer?

1. Lemon-Watermelon Bites (I made these for our friends’ July 4th cookout, pic above!)

2. Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

3. Macaroni Salad

4. Ina Garten’s Potato Salad

5. Green Bean Salad

6. Greek Pasta Salad

7. Tomato and Avocado Salad

8. Fresh Fruit Salad with Creamy Custard

9. Minted Watermelon Salad

10. Antipasto Salad

11. Potato and Olive Salad

(below) Mason, wearing his fedora, all ready to party



3 thoughts on “11 Cookout Sides That Make Great Finger Foods for Babies

  1. I did the same thing at my family cookout yesterday. My son ate macaroni salad, baked beans, watermelon, red bell pepper and cantaloupe. He also was thrilled to be eating what we were!

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