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July 4th Side Dishes

These family-favorite recipes include baked beans, coleslaw, grilled corn, tomato salad and more.

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My dad, the family gardener, grew corn in abundance, so it graced our table A LOT. This is one of the ways my grandmother spiced it up on the grill. —Shirley Hodge, Bangor, Pennsylvania
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Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

In Bryan, Texas, Erin Littlefield saves herself the trouble of husking those ears of sweet corn she brings to family picnics and get-togethers with this scrumptious grilling technique. “My husband came up with the sweet and spicy glaze,“ she confides. “It tastes really good, looks beautiful with the flecks of red pepper and requires much less butter than folks generally use.“

Grilled Cajun Green Beans

Grilled Cajun Green Beans

Grilled Cajun Green Beans

This is a perfect way to use up your garden's green beans. The Cajun flavor makes it different from your regular green bean recipe.—Shannon Lewis, Andover, Minnesota

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

My mother and I love to eat vegetables the most flavorful way—grilled! Seasoned with fresh herbs, these colorful kabobs showcase the best of summer's bounty. —Susan Bourque of Danielson, Connecticut
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Grilled Potato Fans with Onions

Grilled Potato Fans with Onions

Grilled Potato Fans with Onions

Sharon Crabtree GRAHAM, WASHINGTON Looking for the ultimate grilled potato? These seasoned potato “fans” are filled with tender onions, roasted garlic cloves and savory Parmesan cheese.

Santa Fe Corn on the Cob

Santa Fe Corn on the Cob

Santa Fe Corn on the Cob

"Corn is my all-time favorite food, and this is the best way I've fount to fix it," Laurie Meaike writes from Audubon, Iowa. "The zesty grilling sauce has Southwestern flair, but it's not too hot or spicy. My family loves corn served this way.

Tangy Baked Seven Beans

Tangy Baked Seven Beans

Tangy Baked Seven Beans

Everyone needs a go-to side dish for school events, picnics and potlucks. Here's mine. Freeze leftovers for future outings. —Rod Lundwall, Tooele, Utah

Smokin' Spiced Corn

Smokin' Spiced Corn

Smokin' Spiced Corn

My dad, the family gardener, grew corn in abundance, so it graced our table A LOT. This is one of the ways my grandmother spiced it up on the grill. —Shirley Hodge, Bangor, Pennsylvania

Grilled Vegetable Potato Skins

Grilled Vegetable Potato Skins

Grilled Vegetable Potato Skins

People just love these stuffed spuds int the summer as an alternative to heavier grilled fare. Topped with a colorful vegetable medley, the tender potato skins are light yet satisfying. —Karen Hemminger of Mansfield, Massachusetts

Patio Pintos

Patio Pintos

Patio Pintos

Any time Mom had the gang over for dinner, she made these pinto beans. Once, she made a batch for my cousin’s birthday, and he ate the entire thing. —Joan Hallford, Fort Worth, Texas

Cajun Summer Vegetables

Cajun Summer Vegetables

Cajun Summer Vegetables

Put your garden-fresh summertime veggies to good use in a colorful side dish that gets a little heat from Cajun seasoning. It pairs well with any entree, and it's quick and easy to prepare. —Nancy Dentler, Greensboro, North Carolina

Grilled Marjoram Corn

Grilled Marjoram Corn

Grilled Marjoram Corn

“We love grilled veggies and this recipe is a family favorite,” notes Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The sweet corn husks are soaked first for precise steaming and served with a tasty marjoram butter.
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