18 Easy Sides to Round Out Your Fourth of July Menu

Whether you’re hosting family and friends for a backyard barbecue or simply grillin' and chillin' before the fireworks, these summery sides are perfect alongside any main.

June 09, 2022

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Cookout Classics and Beyond

If you ask us, the sides make the meal (Fourth of July included) so we always have a lot of fun picking out what we’ll serve alongside all those burgers and cocktails — and before the desserts. We like to start with a few must-haves like pasta salad and coleslaw then throw in some grilled veggies. And, it just wouldn’t be a summer barbecue without at least one salad, piled high with grilled greens and seasonal produce. (Is it just us or are you getting hungry thinking about the possibilities?) No matter what kind of get-together you’re planning for July Fourth, you’ll find that these delicious sides fit right in, starting with this colorful salad that’s chock-full of charred zucchini, yellow squash and bell pepper and finished with toasty bread and fragrant basil. You’ll get a taste of summer in every bite — and for just 25 minutes worth of prep work and cooking!

Get the Recipe: Grilled Vegetable Panzanella

Potato Salad

The Barefoot Contessa's fan-favorite take on this cookout classic is packed with flavor: lots of mayo, mustard and fresh dill — how potato salad was meant to taste.

Get the Recipe: Potato Salad

Easy Wedge Salad

The great thing about wedge salad is that everyone can easily grab their own piece ― which is perfect if you’re hosting a backyard barbecue. Sunny’s recipe makes 4 wedges so be sure to double it if you’re having a few people over.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Easy Wedge Salad

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

Ina's five-minute dish is a beautiful display to have on your picnic table. Vary the color of your tomatoes to get the most-appealing presentation.

Get the Recipe: Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad

Spicy Pasta Salad with Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil

A dressing of mayonnaise, milk, vinegar and adobo sauce gives kick to Ree's pasta salad. Toss in grape tomatoes, Gouda cheese and fresh basil.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Pasta Salad With Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil

Grilled Lemon-Pepper Potatoes

A little lemon-pepper seasoning brings a punchy brightness to these toasty potatoes. You’ll find that they pair perfectly with grilled chicken and fish.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Lemon-Pepper Potatoes

Kale and Carrot Slaw

Consider this the ideal alternative to a creamy, mayo-based coleslaw. Kale and carrots are tossed with fresh lime and orange juice for a light, citrus-packed side dish.

Get the Recipe: Kale and Carrot Slaw

Grilled Corn with Lime Butter

Tyler first soaks corn in water before putting the cobs on a hot grill. The corn is done when it feels soft to the touch. Take the corn off the grill and carefully peel back the husks and remove the silks. Tie each husk in a knot so you can hold on to it like a handle; roll each cob in lime butter and queso fresco, then sprinkle with homemade Ancho Chile Rub.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Lime Butter

Macaroni Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Kardea grills shrimp until sweet and slightly crisp, then incorporates it into a creamy, tangy macaroni salad.

Get the Recipe: Macaroni Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Eggplant with Marinated Feta

What makes this simple, quick side dish so delicious is the feta, marinated in fresh garlic, lemon, and fresh oregano, that begins to soften and melt as soon as it hits the warm eggplant.

Get the Recipe: Eggplant with Marinated Feta

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Yes, you can have all the flavors of a loaded baked potato in one easy salad. Whip up a sour cream dressing for boiled red potatoes and toss with crispy bacon, chopped scallions and plenty of Cheddar cheese.

Get the Recipe: Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Ree takes some of our favorite ingredients (garlic, tomato, olives, feta and parsley) and tosses them with tender orzo for a simple and delicious summertime salad.

Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Spicy Coleslaw

This crowd-pleasing side is ready in no time! Add a spicy kick by tossing some pickled jalapeno with your classic coleslaw ingredients.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Coleslaw

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad

This char-grilled Caesar salad gets a delicious twist. Kardea makes her own croutons ― flavored with her own special house seasoning. You can make her house seasoning in a big batch so that you have it on hand whenever you’re cooking; it will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Valerie’s grilled sweet potatoes wedges couldn’t be simpler. Just cut cooked potatoes into wedges, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning and then grill for a few minutes on each side ― until nice char marks develop.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

Tomato and Watermelon Salad

"When it comes time for summer," says Alex, "I can't resist making a salad bursting with ingredients from the local markets. For best results, make the salad without ever refrigerating the tomatoes but with the watermelon cold from the refrigerator. The contrast of temperatures will give the salad an extra-fresh taste."

Get the Recipe: Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Baked Potato Salad

The tangy secret to Alex's potato salad is the addition of finely chopped gherkins, plus a bit of brine from the jar.

Get the Recipe: Baked Potato Salad

Red, White and Blueberry Coleslaw

Crispy bacon, dried blueberries and thinly sliced cabbage turn basic coleslaw into a colorful and patriotic side dish.

Get the Recipe: Red, White and Blueberry Coleslaw

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