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July 4th Salad Recipes

From coleslaw and greens to recipes for watermelon, broccoli, potato and pasta salads, these festive dishes are sure to please.

Lemon Vinaigrette Potato Salad

Lemon Vinaigrette Potato Salad

Lemon Vinaigrette Potato Salad

I developed this recipe for a friend who needed a potato salad that could withstand Fourth of July weather. The vinaigrette was a safe and delicious alternative to traditional mayonnaise-based potato salads. I've also substituted fresh thyme for the basil. Any fresh herbs would be great! —Melanie Cloyd, Mullica Hill, New Jersey

Juicy Watermelon Salad

Juicy Watermelon Salad

Juicy Watermelon Salad

This fruit salad has such a surprising yet fabulous mix of flavors that friends often ask for the recipe. Combine seedless watermelon varieties in yellow, red and pink for a colorful twist. —Heidi Haight, Macomb, Michigan

Yellow Squash & Watermelon Salad

Yellow Squash & Watermelon Salad

Yellow Squash & Watermelon Salad

I always like to bring this healthy option to parties and potlucks, and people seem to really appreciate that. No oil is necessary for this salad: the lemon juice combines with the feta to lightly coat the bright, fresh ingredients. —Camille Parker, Chicago, Illinois
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Grilled Steak Salad with Tomatoes & Avocado

Grilled Steak Salad with Tomatoes & Avocado

Grilled Steak Salad with Tomatoes & Avocado

My family loves a good steak dinner, but with busy schedules, I'm often thinking about ways to put new and simple twists on things. This salad is flavored with the freshness of lemon and cilantro and is one of my husband's favorite weeknight dishes. —Lyndsay Wells, Ladysmith, British Columbia

Mom's Chopped Coleslaw

Mom's Chopped Coleslaw

Mom's Chopped Coleslaw

For Friday dinners, my mother made coleslaw to go with our fish. It’s still a family tradition, and the tangy dressing even works on a tossed salad. —Cynthia McDowell, Banning, California

Almond Coleslaw

Almond Coleslaw

Almond Coleslaw

As a twist to my mother's original recipe, I added toasted almonds for more crunch, taste and nutrition. —Sarah Nevin, Gila, New Mexico

Cream-of-the-Crop Veggies

Cream-of-the-Crop Veggies

Cream-of-the-Crop Veggies

Veggies can be a hard get-go for kids. So let them choose from the garden patch and they’ll end up eating everything without a scrap left. —Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario

Minted Fruit Salad

Minted Fruit Salad

Minted Fruit Salad

Filled with the season’s best and freshest fruit, this salad shouts, “summer.” The hint of mint adds a refreshing note to the colorful compote.—Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

Olive Caprese Salad

Olive Caprese Salad

Olive Caprese Salad

When heirloom tomatoes arrive, feature them with red onions, green olives and a surprising twist-star anise. —Julie Merriman, Seattle, Washington

Grilled Romaine with Swiss

Grilled Romaine with Swiss

Grilled Romaine with Swiss

Lovely to look at and crazy good, you won't be able to stop eating this fast and easy veggie dish.

Make-Ahead Hearty Six-Layer Salad

Make-Ahead Hearty Six-Layer Salad

Make-Ahead Hearty Six-Layer Salad

This salad is an all-time favorite. I reach for the recipe whenever I need a dish to pass. It’s easy to make, can be assembled ahead of time and looks great. —Noreen Meyer, Madison, Wisconsin
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