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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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Steamed Veggie Bundles

Steamed Veggie Bundles

Steamed Veggie Bundles

“In late summer, when we have an abundance of garden produce, we enjoy this medley of fresh veggies,” says Terri Mulé from Angola, New York. “Usually, we pop the packets on the grill, alongside our main dish meat, fish or poultry.”

Saucy Baked Beans

Saucy Baked Beans

Saucy Baked Beans

My family enjoys these baked beans with corn bread, but they also round out any cookout. Canned pork and beans make preparation easy. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas

Cashew Green Beans and Mushrooms

Cashew Green Beans and Mushrooms

Cashew Green Beans and Mushrooms

Savory and earthy, this simple green bean side dish couldn't be easier to prepare, and the cashews make it seem extra special. — Rhoda Knippelberg, Vancouver, British Columbia
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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

Red Pepper Corn

Red Pepper Corn

Red Pepper Corn

“This handy corn dish is a must at family parties.” —Kasia Rachfall, Langley, British Columbia

Apple Sausage Beans

Apple Sausage Beans

Apple Sausage Beans

This is a nice way to jazz up canned beans. When it comes time to serve the beans, whoever was the best helper in the kitchen gets to eat the apple.—Becky Gourley, Sequim, Washington

Campfire Potatoes

Campfire Potatoes

Campfire Potatoes

We like grilling because it's a no-fuss way to make a meal. This pleasing potato recipe is one we use often! The onion, cheddar cheese and Worscestershire sauce combine to make a super side dish for any grilled meat. Plus, cooking in the foil makes cleanup a breeze. —JoAnn Dettbarn, Brainerd, Minnesota

Triple Bean Bake with Bacon

Triple Bean Bake with Bacon

Triple Bean Bake with Bacon

Tried and true baked beans go from ordinary to extraordinary when you mix bean varieties and add the zing of horseradish. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin

New England Baked Beans

New England Baked Beans

New England Baked Beans

For a potluck or picnic, you can’t beat this classic side that starts with a pound of dried beans. Molasses and maple syrup give it a slight sweetness. —Pat Medeiros, Tiverton, Rhode Island

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

Fourth of July Baked Beans

Fourth of July Baked Beans

Fourth of July Baked Beans

We always choose this family recipe for July Fourth or any picnic because it's a meaty twist on everyday baked beans and it has a nice sweetness. —Wendy Hodorowski, Bellaire, Ohio
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