35 The best 4th of July side dishes from grilled corn cheese cookies

Sides are the perfect opportunity to add color, punch, texture and variety to the main event, whether it’s a grilled piece of meat or a veggie burger. Personally my favorite type of party is when there are lots of sides and you dig into it like tapas, a main dish that is conspicuously missing. But hey, however you serve it, these sides, which you can grill the same day or prepare in advance; serve hot or let it sit in the sun for hours without any effect on quality: do it well by 4th July.

1. Asparagus with lemon marinade and Bryant Terry pepper

Grilling this 4th of July? So let your main dish shake up a bit to make room for some sides, like these vegan asparagus wondering where the marinade is. it becomes the sauce.

2. Pimento cheese biscuits

A handshake between two southern favorites. If your cookies have been at room temperature for a while, you can place them on the grill for quick reheating (and do the same for all the cookies on this list).

3. Pasta Salad With Roasted Peppers, Green Olives, Walnuts And Anchovies

Mix the colors of the peppers here for a happy-looking, intense-flavored pasta salad (pretty much all the ingredients are in the title!).

4. Fully grilled Caesar salad

Prepare the topping in advance and all you have to do on the day is grill the Roman hearts and bread before serving.

5, 6 and 7. Three bean salads

Not a three-bean salad, but three different bean salads perfect for summer grills: black melon and feta bean salad, cucumber and white sumac bean salad, mango salad and black bean powder from Chile. beans in an instant pot for the best texture, but you can use canned in a pinch, we’re not judging.

8. Grilled corn with basil butter

Don’t have basil? Use a different herb. Don’t have a food processor? Soften the butter and mix by hand. You do not have time? Prepare it in advance and try not to eat it all before July 4th.

9. Grilled Caprese with peach, halloumi and mint

Caprese gets great new clothes in this recipe that balances soft ripe peaches with plenty of halloumi.

10. Grilled eggplant with miso and doenjang

These eggplants get a grill without the sauce before they get a grill with the sauce, helping it to maintain a strong texture when serving. If there is no space on the grill (or you don’t have a grill), use the oven.

11. Cabbage salad

Mayonnaise or not mayonnaise? This recipe says yes, but in moderation, along with Greek yogurt and cider vinegar.

12. Grilled marinated tomatoes

If you’re looking to have red, white, and blue accents at your 4th of July party, let this very seasonal dish take care of the red.

13. Minnie Utsey’s Flawless Cornbread

Sugar is the secret ingredient here. If you can’t find the shortening, use softened butter.

14. Cheese mushroom bread

A special Iowa dinner, this crowd pleaser doesn’t involve making the loaf from scratch (but you can if you want!). If you have a barbecue, you can wrap the bread in aluminum foil as directed and grill it away.

15. Avocado cornbread

Creamy avocado in crispy cornbread? Sign me up.

16. Heirloom tomato panzanella and corn bread

For the panzanella americana-iza, use cornbread instead.

17. Arañitas with Garlicky Mayo-Ketchup

If you can use a grater, you can make Puerto Rican arañitas, spiced plantain pancakes with adobo.

18. Canal House marinated courgettes

Notice in advance! This simple but lively side stays in the refrigerator for a week.

19. Nori Deviled Eggs

Side dish or appetizer? Maybe both, but always delicious.

20. Roasted Garlic Potato Salad

Spanish patatas bravas get the potato salad treat in this recipe (psst, you can roast the potatoes in advance).

21. Bacon biscuits with 3 ingredients

Let the bacon lead the way in these pan-fried buttermilk cookies.

22. Instant Baked Beans with Bacon

When planning a 4th of July menu, one of the side dishes has be baked beans (in fact, I think it’s written in the Declaration of Independence). But making baked beans from scratch is a time-consuming endeavor, so we’ve made it even easier by developing a recipe that can be made in the Instant Pot.

23. Pasta salad with triple broccoli

We love broccoli but hate seeing the stems go to waste, which is why we are so grateful to Emma Laperruque, who developed this broccoli salad recipe that uses the crowns and stems in their entirety. “The broccoli stems, which are too often thrown away, are shaved into curls and ribbons, then salted and allowed to rest until they wilt, like the fastest pickle in the world,” she writes.

24. Sriracha corn and lime salad

Fresh corn is just starting to peak in parts of the country around July 4th, but that doesn’t mean we won’t immediately take action to get our hands on it and turn it into this potluck-friendly summer side dish.

25. Macaroni and Cheese by Martha Stewart

No one will ever say no to mac and cheese, even on a hot summer day like the 4th of July. That’s because it goes so well with burgers, hot dogs, and ribs … plus, it’s vegetarian!

26. Tomato and cucumber salad with fried capers

Whether you’ve grown them yourself or stocked them up at the farmers market, this is one of the best uses of colorful tomatoes and cucumbers. They’re topped with fresh dill, fried capers, and a touch of sherry vinegar for a quick and easy summer salad.

27. Summer farro salad

Our readers call it their favorite use of fresh mozzarella, but we call it our favorite Fourth of July side dish recipe. It comes together in the blink of an eye and is filled with fresh parsley and basil, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, and a sweet honey vinaigrette.

28. Potato salad with celery and hard-boiled eggs

You can’t have a grill, especially a Fourth of July party, without a potato salad, and this is as classic as it sounds. We found that Yukon waxy gold or red potatoes held their shape better than rust against mustard and mayonnaise dressing.

29. Homemade French fries

July 4th needs some shock and amazement – serving homemade fries to your guests is sure to do the trick.

30. Grilled marinated tomatoes

An innovative side dish that uses the shining star of summer: tomatoes! They are lightly grilled and then seasoned with a fish sauce marinade.

31. Grilled Caprese Panzanella by Marcy Ragan

Three staple Italian foods – caprese salad, bruschetta, and panzanella – come together to make this salad fit for the crowd destined to be part of your summer cream.

32. Smoked aubergines with whipped ricotta and pistachios

Eggplant reaches its peak in July and when grilled it turns into a slightly sweet and smoky side dish.

33. Roberto Santibañez ‘Classical Gucamole

No matter the time of year, does every party need guacamole (is it a party if there is no guac)? This recipe is as traditional as they come, which makes it that much more delicious and reliable.

34. Grilled Green Onion Sauce (Charred Shallot Sauce)

You can find green onions all year round, but they’re never exactly exciting. We are taking matters into our own hands by putting them at the center of the scene. They are grilled and then immediately placed in the food processor, along with a little sour cream.

35. Spicy watermelon with tomatoes, ham and lime salted yogurt

Watermelon doesn’t just fit in a fruit salad. Indeed, this garnish teeters on the edge of something salty.


What dishes will you prepare this 4th of July? Audio muted in the comments!

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