15 of the Best 4th of July Side Dishes
Of course, we love the burgers, hot dogs and fireworks. But if we’re being honest, come July Fourth, we’re most excited about piling our plates high with delicious side dishes (and then going back for seconds). From crunchy salads and smoky beans to gooey mac and cheese and grilled corn, here are 15 sides that deserve a spot on your holiday table.
Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing
Smoky, sweet and oh-so pretty.
Grilled Corn with Spicy Aioli
Sriracha-flavored sauce > butter.
Pink and Purple Potato Salad
Of course this dish would be just as tasty with yellow spuds, but don’t those colors look gorgeous?
Mexican Street Corn Deviled Eggs
Well, now it’s a party.
Spicy BBQ Chickpea and Crispy Polenta Bowls with Asparagus and Ranch Hummus
Who says meat eaters get to have all the barbecue fun?
Watermelon Jicama Salad with Cotija, Cumin and Lime
Watermelon and feta? Yawn. To really wow guests, try this crunchy, flavor-packed salad instead.
Asparagus and Arugula Pasta Salad
This one’s super easy to prep in advance.
Greek Wedge Salad
A lighter take on a classic.
Parmesan Zucchini and Corn
Aka the tastiest way to use up your farmers’ market haul.
Cantaloupe and Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Looks fancy but is actually super easy to make.
Jalapeño-Avocado Mac and Cheese
These are a few of our favorite things.
Light and Tangy Coleslaw
This healthier slaw subs Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard and plenty of vinegar for the usual mayo.
Rainbow Vegetable Skewers
Not only does cooking one ingredient per skewer mean that everything is grilled to perfection, but they’ll also look great on the ’Gram.
Pineapple Pico Salsa
A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a lotta bit fun.