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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.”

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

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
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Yellow Squash and Zucchini Gratin

Yellow Squash and Zucchini Gratin

Yellow Squash and Zucchini Gratin

This gratin is the perfect way to use up an abundance of summer squash. It's easy to prepare, takes just 10 minutes in the oven, and serves up bubbly and delicious. —Jonathan Lawler, Greenfield, Indiana

Baked Three-Bean Casserole

Baked Three-Bean Casserole

Baked Three-Bean Casserole

Here's a recipe perfect for large get-togethers because it can be easily doubled for a big crowd!—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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

Cowboy Baked Beans

Cowboy Baked Beans

Cowboy Baked Beans

Baked beans are a perennial favorite at barbecues and potlucks. My meaty recipe uses a variety beans and has a great smoky taste.—Joe Sherwood, Tryon, Nebraska

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

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
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