35 Festive Side Dishes to Make for July Fourth

Bryan Gardner

Fourth of July is full of sun, fun with family and friends, and plenty of good food. While there's something to be said for preparing straightforward mains like grilled burgers and hot dogs, there's no denying that side dishes can make or break any celebration. While this year's festivities may look a little different due to social distancing guidelines, one thing that's always a hallmark of summer celebrations is plenty of delicious food. Here, we're sharing 35 superstar side dishes that you can make for the Fourth of July, starting with the Potato Salad with Quick-Pickled Onions and Celery that you see right here. This lighter take on a classic holiday side dish comes together in under one hour, and it's a mayo-free version that's made with white vinegar, agave syrup, fresh dill, and chopped celery, which adds crunch and freshness to boiled red potatoes.

You'll also find classic summer side dishes such as coleslaw and other light, bright slaws that make use of seasonal vegetables sliced thin or spiralized into curly noodles. We get creative with crisp zucchini, yellow squash, and a vibrant assortment of multi-colored tomatoes, too, for a memorable holiday. Many of these recipes can be made in advance, which allows you to celebrate with your family and friends and spend less time in the kitchen.

If you already have the grill fired up, these side dishes that you can grill on the Fourth of July are a must-make. From corn on the cob to garlic bread, we bring delicious, charred flavor to some of your favorite summer recipes. Be sure to show off your stars and stripes with these Fourth of July side dish recipes.

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Grilled Garlic Bread with Herb Butter

garlic bread
Lauren Ross

Crunchy garlic bread becomes even more delicious when it's smeared with a flavorful fresh herb butter. While you can enjoy this classic side all year long, we think it's a great family-friendly addition to your Fourth of July dinner.

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Grilled Corn with Chile-Lime Salt

corn cob grilled
Lauren Ross

Upgrade grilled corn—a quintessential summer side dish—with a spicy, summery blend of grated Parmesan, the juice and zest from two limes, and chipotle-chile powder.

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Red, White, and Blue Potato Chips

Red, White, and Blue Potato Chips
Noe Dewitt

Show off your stars and stripes with these patriotic potato chips made with three different kinds of potatoes. They're the ultimate Fourth of July side dish.

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Test Kitchen's Favorite Potato Salad

Test Kitchen's Favorite Potato Salad
Ren Fuller

Potato salad is a must-have at any Fourth of July gathering, and our recipe gets a little tang from cornichons, sharpness from whole-grain mustard, and crunch from fresh scallions.

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Simple Coleslaw

Jason Varney

No Fourth of July party—or any backyard barbecue, for that matter—is complete without coleslaw. Follow our recipe for making this classic side dish, which calls for a combination of shredded cabbage and julienned carrots, plus mayonnaise and Dijon mustard.

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Baked Beans with Bacon

baked beans bacon
Bryan Gardner

Skip the canned version and make your own sweet and smoky baked beans. We take this classic Fourth of July side dish to the next level by layering strips of bacon over the top of the mixture before baking it in the oven.

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Gazpacho Salad with Croutons

gazpacho salad with croutons
Christopher Testani

On a hot summer day, nothing hits the spot like this chilled Spanish-inspired salad made with small tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, and a Dijon-red wine vinaigrette.

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Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Skillet Macaroni and Cheese
Christina Holmes

Macaroni and cheese is always a winner as a Fourth of July side dish, and this one-skillet recipe covered in breadcrumbs and Parmesan is as good as it gets.

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Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Tomatoes with Bulgur

Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Tomatoes with Bulgur
Frédéric Lagrange

Celebrate the bounty of summer produce with this Fourth of July side dish that features a colorful combination of tomatoes, arugula, and fresh corn kernels.

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Green Beans with Tomatoes and Crispy Breadcrumbs

Green Beans with Tomatoes and Crispy Breadcrumbs
Frédéric Lagrange

Two of summer's brightest stars—green beans and cocktail tomatoes—take center stage in this side dish recipe that will look beautiful alongside other seasonal staples for a Fourth of July gathering.

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Cucumber-Herb Salad

cucumber-herb salad served in floral-patterned dish
Noe Dewitt

All you need are four ingredients—Kirby cucumbers, extra-virgin olive oil, rice vinegar, and a variety of fresh tender herbs—to make this salad that comes together in just 10 minutes.

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Classic Creamed Corn


Instead of frozen or canned corn, use fresh kernels cut straight from the cob for this uber-decadent side dish that goes so well with sliders or a pulled pork sandwich on July 4th.

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Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes and Cilantro

braised green beans with tomatoes and cilantro
Noe Dewitt

In this big batch side dish, chopped tomatoes sizzle in a skillet with green beans and garlic until they're crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

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Shredded Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Vinaigrette

shredded cabbage with ginger vinaigrette topped with sesame seeds
Marcus Nilsson

Rice vinegar, fresh lime juice, and grated fresh ginger breathe new life into this twist on a traditional cabbage slaw for the Fourth of July.

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Grilled Zucchini with Miso

grilled zucchini with miso
Dana Gallagher

Zucchini is at its best around the Fourth of July so we love to use it any chance we can get. Once grilled, we dress it with an umami-packed glaze made with miso, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.

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Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad

Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad
Petrina Tinslay

A trio of beans—white beans, pink beans, and green beans, to be specific—bring texture and color to this side dish recipe that's just right for serving on July 4th.

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Blistered Shishito-Pepper Salad with Chive Vinaigrette

blistered shishito-pepper salad
Lennart Weibull

Mild and snackable shishito peppers are blistered in a dry cast-iron skillet until they start to show char marks but are still plenty crispy. From here, they're tossed with bite-size pieces of melon, small tomatoes, cucumber, and fresh mint leaves.

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Rice Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Feta

rice salad with tomatoes cucumbers feta
Paola + Murray

Enjoy big-time Mediterranean flavor from fresh mint leaves, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and crumbled feta cheese in this side salad recipe.

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Balsamic Potato Salad

balsamic potato salad with tuscan ribs
Ryan Liebe

A combination of pepperoncini brine, white balsamic vinegar, and Dijon brings a sharp, pickled flavor to this lighter, mayo-free potato salad side dish.

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Tomato Salad with Chile Yogurt

tomato salad with chile yogurt
Christopher Testani

Take a gander at this stunning presentation of colorful mixed heirloom and beefsteak tomatoes in an assortment of colors. They're served alongside a savory sauce made from Greek yogurt, fresh ginger, and sliced chile peppers.

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Lima-Bean Salad with Roasted Poblanos and Queso Fresco

lima beans
Lauren Ross

To make this Fourth of July side dish, start by soaking dried lima beans overnight. The following day, cook them in a fresh vegetable broth, then toss with roasted poblano peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and queso fresco.

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Zucchini-and-Squash Salad

zucchini-and-squash salad
Linda Pugliese

We love utilizing zucchini or yellow squash during summer, but putting them together makes for one spectacular side dish that you can serve on the Fourth of July.

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Test Kitchen's Favorite German Potato Salad

Test Kitchen's Favorite German Potato Salad
Ren Fuller

In this twist on the usual potato salad, this Fourth of July side dish recipe features an entire cup of savory smoked bacon, toasted caraway seeds, sliced shallots, and a light dressing made from apple-cider vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.

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Thai Cucumber Salad

thai cucumber salad
Bryan Gardner

A vibrant combination of English cucumbers, thinly sliced red onion, fresh herbs, chile peppers, and roasted peanuts create serious magic in this Fourth of July side dish recipe.

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Marinated-Artichoke and Green-Bean Pasta Salad

artichoke pasta salad green bean
Ren Fuller

Looking for a speedy side dish to serve on the Fourth of July? This pasta salad—which is packed with crisp green vegetables, fresh parsley, and lemon juice—comes together in under one hour.

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Shredded-Carrot-and-Cabbage Coleslaw

carrot cabbage slaw
Ren Fuller

Dress up red cabbage and carrots with a flavorful dressing made from honey, apple-cider vinegar, and whole-grain mustard.

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Classic Deviled Eggs

deviled eggs with pepper
Bryan Gardner

Complete your Fourth of July gathering with this old-fashioned side dish. Hard-boiled egg whites are piped with a creamy combination of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and white wine vinegar for a humble bite.

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Sautéed Corn with Black Pepper and Manchego

sauteed corn with black pepper and manchego
Noe Dewitt

Think of this as a fun take on street corn—kernels are cut off the cob and tossed with freshly ground black pepper and Manchego cheese for a creative Fourth of July side dish.

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Tomatoes with Lightly Whipped Cream

tomatoes with lightly whipped cream

Thick slices of colorful heirloom tomatoes always shine during summer. Here, we've shingled them on a platter and garnished them with dollops of unsweetened whipped cream, flaky sea salt, fresh basil, and good-quality extra-virgin olive oil.

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Summer Squash Slaw

summer squash slaw
Martyna Szczesna

For a crisp and colorful Fourth of July side dish, make this super seasonal recipe using grated zucchini, carrots, assorted bell peppers, and sweet onions.

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Sourdough Focaccia

Sourdough Focaccia recipe
Johnny Miller

This big batch sourdough bread recipe is studded with juicy cherry tomatoes and sprinkled with fresh rosemary leaves. It's a labor of love to prepare but will surely elevate your Fourth of July menu.

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Tomato, Feta, and Red Pepper Cazuela

Tomato, Feta, and Red Pepper Cazuela
Frédéric Lagrange

Summery plum tomatoes shine in this Fourth of July side dish that's baked with charred bell peppers, feta cheese, and black olives. Serve with crusty slices of rustic or pita bread for scooping.

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Watercress, Strawberry, and Toasted-Sesame Salad

Watercress, Strawberry, and Toasted-Sesame Salad
Gentl and Hyers

Gone berry picking? Use an abundance of fresh summer berries in this 15-minute side salad that is perfect for serving on the Fourth of July.

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Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip

Jonathan Lovekin

Sweet caramelized onions and crunchy bacon perk up a sour cream- and mayonnaise-based dip for an indulgent pairing with potato chips.

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