25+ 4th of July Side Dishes

Every good Independence Day get together needs some sides to accompany the typical burgers and hot dogs. Whether you like vegetable and fruit sides, or a salad, this collection of 4th of July Side Dishes has something for everyone!

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Top Fourth of July Side Dishes

At our 4th of July BBQ’s, we usually serve various types of chips along with other side dishes. We also like to provide a combination of sweet and savory sides, and warm and cool sides that go will with our main dish, which is typically grilled.

From hamburgers to hot dogs to steaks, there are countless side options that go well on Independence Day. We will share some tips as well as some of our favs for the holiday.

Tips for sides

How Many? Plan to serve 2-3 different sides for <10 guests. Add another side dish for every 10 guests after. Most adults will have about 3-4 total servings of sides. Children will have 2-3 servings.

Temperature: Keep warm sides warm by using crock pots and chafing dishes. Keep cool 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 sides festive, serve them in red, white and blue or patriotic patterned bowls and platters. 

See individual posts for recipe tips and storage information. 

Sides

Sides

Grilling sides is great to go with meat, but there are so many other options as well! Here are some of our favorites…

Fruit Kabobs Recipe
Colorful fruit kabobs are the best appetizer or side for any occasion! Load up your favorite fruits and get snacking.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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How to Cut a Watermelon
Is there anything better than a ripe juicy watermelon? Learn how to cut a watermelon into cubes efficiently and easily with our tips!
5 from 8 votes
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How to Boil Corn on the Cob
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.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Squash Casserole Recipe
Hot and cheesy squash casserole makes for the best holiday side dish! You'll love this creamy vegetable casserole with a crunchy buttery topping.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Zucchini Fries recipe
This favorite side dish is packed with flavor! Zucchini sticks crusted and baked in panko, parmesan cheese, oregano, and basil. These baked zucchini sticks are healthy AND delicious!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Homemade Baked Beans Recipe
This Homemade Baked Beans recipe is a must-have at all of our BBQ's.  It's such a simple and easy recipe, requires only FIVE ingredients, and cooks in the crock pot. 
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Recipe
Delicious and Healthy Baked Parmesan Zucchini. These spears are crusted in Parmesan cheese and baked to perfection, making them a great side dish for any meal. 
Total Time: 16 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Grilled Asparagus Recipe
Grilled asparagus is the best side dish alongside almost any dinner recipe! Sprinkled with salt, pepper, and a little parmesan cheese—this recipe is incredible!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Roasted Tomatoes Recipe
Juicy roasted tomatoes are the yummiest and easiest appetizer or side dish. Roasting them (with a little olive oil, basil and parmesan) brings out every delicious flavor!
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Fruit Salad Recipe
A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Baked Potato Recipe
With crispy, seasoned skin, a tender inside, and all the best toppings - baked potatoes are a reliable dinner choice, and great for feeding a crowd!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Asparagus Bundles Recipe
Asparagus Bacon Bundles - this is one of our favorite appetizer recipes! So much flavor and so delicious.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Salads

Salads

Don’t forget the salads! Not only are they easy and delicious, they’re great for guests to bring too!

Corn Salad Recipe
This Summer Corn Salad is a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It's so simple and quick that it's perfect for get togethers and BBQs.
Total Time: 7 minutes
4.93 from 39 votes
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Snicker Apple Salad Recipe
Delicious Apple Snickers Salad that is so good and so easy to make! Layers of apples, snickers, and caramel in a creamy topping made from cool whip, milk, and vanilla pudding mix.
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping! Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Broccoli Salad Recipe
This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.94 from 31 votes
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Potato Salad Recipe
Our all-time favorite Potato Salad - it's simple, flavorful and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It's the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Macaroni Salad Recipe
A simple, creamy macaroni salad loaded with pasta, peas and ham. It's perfect for parties, family dinners, and potlucks!
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Tortellini Salad Recipe
Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits - perfect for summer time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.84 from 6 votes
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Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe
This Cheesecake Fruit Salad is the perfect combination of creamy, light, and fresh! Fresh berries tossed in a cream cheese pudding mixture—it's the perfect side, or crepe filling!
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Coleslaw Recipe
This quick and Easy Coleslaw makes the perfect side dish for any picnic or BBQ. It takes just minutes to put this classic coleslaw recipe together, and it can easily be customized with the spices and flavors you love most.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad Recipe
This delicious Copycat Oriental Chicken Salad from Applebees is made with breaded chicken, cabbage, romaine, sliced almonds, cucumber, and crunchy chow mein, tossed in a flavorful asian dressing!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.53 from 17 votes
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Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
A dish that is appealing to both your tastebuds and your eyes! This beautiful Layered Pasta Salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more.
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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7 Layer Salad Recipe
7 Layers of Goodness in this delicious layered Salad. This recipe isn't only delicious, but is easy to customize and is great to make ahead of time too!
5 from 6 votes
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Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe
Fresh, light, and healthy tomato mozzarella salad! Perfect for lunches with friends or a side salad to dinner!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, &amp; cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes
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Asian Ramen Salad Recipe
Asian Ramen Salad that is easy and yummy - perfect for your next party or BBQ! Simple ingredients including ramen, almonds, & coleslaw in a delicious dressing!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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