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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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“These onions are a summer requirement for our family. We enjoy the caramelized onions and garlic over steak or on their own.” —Raeann Van Arsdall, Corvallis, Oregon
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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

Green Beans in Red Pepper Sauce

Green Beans in Red Pepper Sauce

Green Beans in Red Pepper Sauce

For easy veggies, I make a simple sauce of sweet red peppers, almonds and parsley. We also like this sauce with zucchini or roasted cauliflower. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

Minted Orzo

Minted Orzo

Minted Orzo

In just 15 minutes, I can make a warm, fresh-tasting side. Its mild flavor balances lots of entrees, especially the spicy ones. —Donna Curtis, Oakhurst, New Jersey
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Basil Grilled Corn on the Cob

Basil Grilled Corn on the Cob

Basil Grilled Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a comforting and cherished Midwest dish. It's amazing when grilled, and my recipe adds a few unexpected ingredients to make it taste even more like summertime. —Caitlin Dawson, Monroe, Ohio

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.

Peas Please Asian Noodles

Peas Please Asian Noodles

Peas Please Asian Noodles

My Asian-inspired pasta salad doubles up on the peas for some serious crunch and sweetness. —Catherine Cassidy, Editor, Taste of Home

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.

Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

Slow Cooker BBQ Baked Beans

I was under doctor’s orders to reduce the amount sodium I was eating, but I just couldn't part with some of my favorite foods. After many experiments I came up with this potluck favorite—now everyone's happy! —Sherrel Hendrix, Arkadelphia, Arkansas

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

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

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
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