Because who wants to spend their holiday in the kitchen?
The 4th of July is one of the most fun holidays to celebrate with family and friends. The weather is beautiful, the kids are out of school, and the food is always amazing. Whether your family is cooking up barbecue ribs, hot wings, hamburgers, hot dogs, or a little bit of everything, there’s bound to be a plethora of side dishes as company. These 4th of July sides are the quickest way to fill that sidebar. If you’re looking for simple ideas , try out some of our fresh summer salad recipes or go classic with a quick mac and cheese or slaw recipe. If you need a last-minute recipe to add to the lineup, these dishes won’t make you late to the party. You’ve got the grill fired up and the drinks on ice, but if you need one more dish to put on the table, these are the easiest ones around.
Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
This light, bright salad is refreshing with hints of fresh mint. Add the dressing just before serving so the watermelon and cucumbers won’t water down the vinaigrette.
Quick Pickled Slaw
Recipe: Quick Pickled Slaw
This five-minute recipe is the definition of a quick side dish. Thanks to a quick pickle with vinegar, water, sugar, mustard seeds, and salt, it’s got that just-right tanginess.
Three-Bean Pasta Salad
Recipe: Three-Bean Pasta Salad
Remember three-bean salad? In this recipe, it meets up with a cookout staple, pasta salad, for a new side dish no one will see coming.
Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
Kids will love this quick mac and cheese recipe for its traditional cheesiness, and adults will love the tomato topping.
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Recipe: Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
This colorful salad is actually best served at room temperature, rather than chilled, so the cheese can soften a bit. You can reimagine this salad as skewers for quick serving.
Picnic Egg Salad
Recipe: Picnic Egg Salad
This go-to egg salad recipe is simple, easy, and classic. Serve atop crusty baguettes, between buttery mini croissants, or on tea sandwiches for easy pick-up options.
Grilled Jalapeño-Lime Corn on the Cob
Traditional corn on the cob gets a Mexican inspired makeover with jalapeno, lime zest, fresh lime juice, and cilantro.
Spicy Pineapple Slaw
Recipe: Spicy Pineapple Slaw
This light slaw recipe is comes with a kick from jalapeno and Fresno chiles but sweetens up with fresh pineapple and a hint of honey in the dressing.
Recipe: Watermelon Salad
Watermelon is practically required to be in attendance at 4th of July parties, and this fresh, flavorful salad is a beautiful way to serve it.
Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Recipe: Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Bright veggies and Dijon-honey vinaigrette make this 15-minute pasta salad the ideal summer side.
Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese
This 20-minute recipe is going to be a weeknight staple after it becomes a quick favorite on the 4th of July.
Brussels Sprout Slaw with Apples and Pecans
Crunchy apples and pecans with shaved Brussels sprouts and parmesan cheese make for a slaw that’s not your average cabbage recipe.
Spicy Grilled Corn Salad
Recipe: Spicy Grilled Corn Salad
Inspired by Mexican-style street corn but easy to eat than straight off the cob, this salad can be served as a side or used as a fresh taco topping.
Warm Asparagus, Radish, and New Potato Salad with Herb Dressing
This might be the prettiest potato salad you’ll ever make. Plus, you can make it up to a week in advance and store it in the refrigerator.
Cornbread Panzanella with Squash
Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad
Grilled Zucchini and Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette
You’ll want to use this simple summer side for the 4th of July and any other opportunities when the grill is ready.
Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing
This orzo pasta salad is so easy to put together, but the homemade dressing makes all the difference.
Turnip Green Salad
Bite-Size Potatoes O’Brien
Recipe: Bite-Size Potatoes O’Brien
These fingerling potatoes, topped with bell peppers, Broccolini, and shallots, make serving a breeze.