35 Festive Side Dishes to Make for July Fourth
Show off your stars and stripes with these tasty recipes.
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.
Grilled Garlic Bread with Herb Butter
Grilled Corn with Chile-Lime Salt
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.
Red, White, and Blue Potato Chips
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.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Potato Salad
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.
Baked Beans with Bacon
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.
Gazpacho Salad with Croutons
Skillet Macaroni and Cheese
Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Tomatoes with Bulgur
Green Beans with Tomatoes and Crispy Breadcrumbs
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.
Classic Creamed Corn
Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes and Cilantro
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.
Shredded Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Vinaigrette
Grilled Zucchini with Miso
Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad
Blistered Shishito-Pepper Salad with Chive Vinaigrette
Rice Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Feta
Balsamic Potato Salad
Tomato Salad with Chile Yogurt
Lima-Bean Salad with Roasted Poblanos and Queso Fresco
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.
Test Kitchen's Favorite German Potato Salad
Thai Cucumber Salad
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.
Marinated-Artichoke and Green-Bean Pasta Salad
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.
Dress up red cabbage and carrots with a flavorful dressing made from honey, apple-cider vinegar, and whole-grain mustard.
Classic Deviled Eggs
Sautéed Corn with Black Pepper and Manchego
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.
Tomatoes with Lightly Whipped Cream
Summer Squash Slaw
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.