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Whether you like vegetable and fruit sides, or a pasta salad, this collection of 4th of July side dishes has something for you!

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A collage of 4th of July side dishes.

Summer Sides to Love!

During our 4th of July barbecues, we typically offer a range of side dishes. We make sure to provide a combination of sweet and savory sides, as well as warm and cool sides, that pair well with our grilled main dish.

No matter how you celebrate, there are bound to be piles of food!! There are plenty of tasty accompaniments to choose from in this compilation of 4th of July side dishes.

Why we love these side dishes:

  • A wide variety. You’ll find everything from classic Macaroni Salad to delicious Esquites.
  • Summer produce. Many of these summer side dishes maximize the flavors of fresh, seasonal produce.
  • Additional tips. We have included several tips to make your celebrations a success!
Homemade potato salad served in a large white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Tips for sides

  • Temperature. Keep hot sides warm by using crock pots and chafing dishes. Keep chilled sides cold by placing them on trays full of ice. Do not leave food out for more than 2 hours. 
  • Make it festive. To make Fourth of July sides festive, serve them in red, white, and blue or patriotic patterned bowls and platters. 
  • Summer produce. Fresh herbs are a wonderful way to bring the fresh taste of summer to every dish. Everything from fresh basil to rosemary and fresh dill to mint is in season. Some other seasonal produce to include: 
    • Fruits: apples, avocado, cherries, grapes, lemons, mangos, melons, peaches, or tomatoes
    • Berries: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries
    • Veggies: bell pepper, carrots, corn, cucumbers, green beans, onions, peas, summer squash, or zucchini
    • Greens: chard, collard, lettuce, or spinach

Best 4th Of July Sides

You’ll find your perfect side dish in these top favorites! From Broccoli Salad topped with crispy Bacon to fresh-cut watermelon, we have it all!

These are great to serve with grilled burgers and hot dogs, or for your backyard barbecue and picnics!

1 Fruit Salad Recipe

Side Dish Fruit Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

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5 from 49 votes
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2 Pasta Salad Recipe

Side Dish Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 250 votes
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3 How to Boil Corn on the Cob Recipe

Side Dish How to Boil Corn on the Cob Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 10 votes
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4 Asian Ramen Salad Recipe

Salad Asian Ramen Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 18 votes
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5 How to Cut a Watermelon

Side Dish How to Cut a Watermelon
Total Time: 5 minutes

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5 from 25 votes
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6 Potato Salad Recipe

Salad Potato Salad Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 32 votes
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7 Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Greek Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 10 votes
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8 Broccoli Salad Recipe

Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

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4.98 from 82 votes
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9 Snickers Salad Recipe

Dessert Snickers Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes

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5 from 293 votes
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10 Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Salad Summer Corn Salad Recipe
Total Time: 7 minutes

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4.99 from 87 votes
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4th of July salad recipes

Bite into any of these tasty summer salad recipes. We have both sweet and savory Fourth of July side dishes to enjoy!

11 Pretzel Salad Recipe

Dessert Pretzel Salad Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

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5 from 21 votes
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12 Macaroni Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Macaroni Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.98 from 108 votes
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13 Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.96 from 22 votes
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14 Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 119 votes
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15 Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe

Dessert Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes

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4.93 from 56 votes
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16 Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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17 Green Bean Salad Recipe

Side Dish Green Bean Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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18 Layered Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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19 Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Ambrosia Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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5 from 9 votes
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20 Frito Corn Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Frito Corn Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 14 votes
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21 Mexican Corn Salad Recipe

Appetizer, Side Dish Mexican Corn Salad Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 7 votes
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22 Cobb Salad

Salad Cobb Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 12 votes
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23 Chicken Pasta Salad

Salad, Side Dish Chicken Pasta Salad
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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24 Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe

Salad Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 7 votes
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25 7 Layer Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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More 4th of July sides

Grill up some asparagus or smother a baked potato in sour cream, we have the classics and more! You’re going to have a hard time choosing.

Or dip our favorite Tortilla Chips into Homemade Salsa! The options are as endless as your appetite.

26 Baked Beans Recipe

Side Dish Baked Beans Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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4.98 from 41 votes
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27 Grilled Asparagus

Side Dish Grilled Asparagus
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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28 Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Side Dish Easy Coleslaw Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 24 votes
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29 Perfect Baked Potato Recipe

Main Course Perfect Baked Potato Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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5 from 10 votes
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30 Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 96 votes
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31 Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 203 votes
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32 Esquites

Side Dish Esquites
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 35 votes
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33 Cornbread Recipe

Bread, Side Dish Cornbread Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 68 votes
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34 Fruit Kabobs

Side Dish Fruit Kabobs
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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35 Corn on the Cob on the Grill

Side Dish Corn on the Cob on the Grill
Total Time: 17 minutes

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5 from 7 votes
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36 Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Bread Sweet Cornbread Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.95 from 37 votes
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37 Asparagus Roll Ups

Appetizer, Side Dish Asparagus Roll Ups
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.92 from 34 votes
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38 Potato Wedges Recipe

Side Dish Potato Wedges Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 11 votes
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39 Homemade French Fries

Side Dish Homemade French Fries
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

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5 from 9 votes
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40 Sweet Potato Fries recipe

Side Dish Sweet Potato Fries recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
4.75 from 4 votes
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41 Broccoli Slaw Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Broccoli Slaw Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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A Summer Favorite!

Boiling corn on the cob is a cinch! You will love this juicy corn on the cob to put on the side of any summer meal.

We love eating corn on the cob during these hot summer months. It’s juicy, crisp, and always hits the spot.

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40+ 4th of July Side Dishes

By: Lil’ Luna
Whether you like vegetable and fruit sides, or a pasta salad, this collection of 4th of July side dishes has something for you!
Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 3-4 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3-4 cobs of corn
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Instructions 

  • Using a large pot on your stove, pour 1 quart of water per ear of corn. Add salt, and bring water to a boil. Once water comes to a rolling boil, add your corn. Be sure to have space in the pot for all of the corn, and it's not overcrowded.
  • Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Once the water returns to a boil, your corn is done. Remove the pot from heat, and cover with the lid. Corn can remain in the pot for up to half of an hour.

Nutrition

Calories: 58kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1766mg, Potassium: 182mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 126IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Sides to Celebrate!

Summer is filled with family and patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July! We love to spend that time outdoors grilling and enjoying time with family. These side dishes pair perfectly with any of our 4th of July recipes!

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5 Comments

  1. Katie says:

    This is the best lineup of ideas! The fourth is one of my favorite days of the year, and these sides can only make it better!

  2. Sharina says:

    We love having fruit sides and I’m glad I came across this list of side dishes. Now I will never run out of side dish recipes.

  3. Jana R says:

    Thank you so much for this list, exactly what I was looking for! I made the ramen salad and potato salad already and can’t wait to make more.

  4. Olivia says:

    We love any reason to get together. Great variety and food for the 4th. It’s nice coming here and having everything planned for you.

  5. Sue says:

    I’m the only one in my house that likes baked beans and so I look forward to making your baked beans recipe every year for my extended family BBQ. it is my favorite alone or as a dip for Ruffles chips.