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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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Fourth of July Bean Casserole

Fourth of July Bean Casserole

Fourth of July Bean Casserole

The outstanding barbecue taste of these beans makes them a favorite for cookouts all summer and into the fall. It's a popular dish with everyone—even kids. Having beef in with the beans is so much better than plain pork and beans. —Donna Fancher, Lawrence, Indiana

Grilled Vegetable Platter

Grilled Vegetable Platter

Grilled Vegetable Platter

The best of summer in one dish! These pretty veggies are meant for entertaining. Grilling brings out their natural sweetness, and the easy marinade really kicks up the flavor. —Heidi Hall, North St. Paul, Minnesota

Three-Bean Baked Beans

Three-Bean Baked Beans

Three-Bean Baked Beans

I got this recipe from an aunt and made a couple of changes to suit our tastes. With ground beef and bacon mixed in, these satisfying beans are a big hit at backyard barbecues and church picnics. I'm always asked to bring my "special" beans. —Julie Currington, Gahanna, Ohio
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Calico Beans

Calico Beans

Calico Beans

I made this once for my dad and now my mom has to make it often. It's one of his favorites. --Suzanne Kern

Grilled Potatoes & Peppers

Grilled Potatoes & Peppers

Grilled Potatoes & Peppers

My husband Matt grills this recipe for both breakfast and dinner gatherings. Besides the company, the potatoes are one of the best parts! —Susan Nordin, Warren, PA

Family-Favorite Baked Beans

Family-Favorite Baked Beans

Family-Favorite Baked Beans

Lea Ann Anderson TULSA, OKLAHOMA Here’s a quick and easy recipe familiar to most at reunions and other large gatherings. The sweet and hearty dish includes three kinds of beans and plenty of beef and bacon.

Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Saute

Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Saute

Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Saute

Fast to fix and full of flavor, this warm, refreshing side dish makes the most of cherry tomatoes, pairing them with fresh mozarella cubes and seasoning the combination with thyme. —Summer Jones Pleasant Grove, Utah

Crispy Fried Onion Rings

Crispy Fried Onion Rings

Crispy Fried Onion Rings

These crispy burger toppers add an extra element to already-fantastic burgers. They're also perfect for giving your salads a little crunch. Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

Smoky Grilled Corn

Smoky Grilled Corn

Smoky Grilled Corn

A friend and I cooked up this corn one evening when getting ready to grill. The buttery corn, with its sweet-spicy seasoning, won top honors over our steaks. —Linda Landers Kalispell, Montana

Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets

Pickled Beets

"THE BEETS Mother served with this meal came from our garden and were canned for the winter months. Even as a child I loved beets because they brought so much color to our table. Their tangy flavor is a great complement to the rest of the foods in this meal. —Sara Lindler, Irmo, South Carolina

Buttery-Onion Corn on the Cob

Buttery-Onion Corn on the Cob

Buttery-Onion Corn on the Cob

“My mother has been making this recipe for years. Every time I make it for company they rave and can't believe how easy it is!” —Lisa Denson of Decatur, Alabama
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