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July 4th Side Dishes

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

Grilled Sweet Corn

Grilled Sweet Corn

Grilled Sweet Corn

"Since we have plenty of fresh sweet corn available in our area, we use this recipe often in summer," writes Connie Lou Hollister of Lake Odessa, Michigan. "Parsley, chili powder and cumin accent the corn's just-picked flavor."

Smoky Beans

Smoky Beans

Smoky Beans

These beans are a perfect side dish to almost any meal. Try serving them with your favorite grilled meat! —Pat Turner, Seneca, South Carolina

Oregano Onions

Oregano Onions

Oregano Onions

"My dad, who loves onions, invented this tasty side dish," says Marcia Preston of Clear Lake, Iowa. "The tender seasoned onions go well with all types of grilled meat, so we enjoy them frequently. Cleanup is a breeze, too."
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Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

Fresh pineapple adds an elegant touch to a barbecue when grilled, topped with butter and maple syrup and sprinkled with nuts. Polly Heer of Cabot, Arkansas suggests cutting each pineapple quarter into bite-size pieces before serving.

Bacon-Wrapped Corn

Bacon-Wrapped Corn

Bacon-Wrapped Corn

After one bite of this grilled corn on the cob, you'll never go back to your old way of preparing it. The incredible flavor of roasted corn combined with bacon and chili powder is sure to please your palate and bring rave reviews at your next backyard barbecue. —Lori Bramble, Omaha, Nebraska

Greek Tomatoes

Greek Tomatoes

Greek Tomatoes

"This recipe is quick and easy, and especially good if you use homegrown tomatoes," says Marilyn Morel of Keene, New Hampshire. "I like to serve this savory side at family barbecues or on camping trips. The tomatoes are delicious with grilled steak and roasted corn on the cob.

Skewered Potatoes

Skewered Potatoes

Skewered Potatoes

Here's a unique way to prepare red potatoes. Cooking them in the microwave ensures they're tender inside, while grilling gives them a crisp outside. —Sarah Steinacher, Geneva, Nebraska

Grilled Corn with Chive Butter

Grilled Corn with Chive Butter

Grilled Corn with Chive Butter

When our son was young, corn was the only vegetable he'd eat. My husband and I soon got bored with the simple salt and butter topping, so I stirred in some lemon juice and chives.—Sue Kirsch, Eden Pairie, Minnesota

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Seasoned with cilantro, this easy-to-prepare corn on the cob is sure to be a standout at your Labor Day picnic. Wrapping the corn in foil helps lock in the flavors. -Kara De la vega, Suisun City, California

Grilled Corn with Dill

Grilled Corn with Dill

Grilled Corn with Dill

I like to peel the husks back and rub ears of sweet corn with delicious dill butter before putting them on the grill. The butter melts over the golden kernels as the corn steams inside the husk. —Jeannie Klugh, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Honey Sweet Corn

Honey Sweet Corn

Honey Sweet Corn

There’s nothing that says summer quite like fresh sweet corn, and honey butter makes these ears even sweeter. —Nancy Kreiser, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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