Stock up on meats and veggies, then fire up the grill—July 4 is almost upon us! This summer holiday is practically synonymous with cookouts and delicious grilled grub, which means the pressure’s on to pull out the most mouthwatering 4th of July recipes if you’re playing party host this year. From the basics (corn on the cob, coleslaw, and pasta salad) to more out-of-the-box dishes that still feel ultra all-American, we rounded up some of the best entrees, side dishes, and easy desserts that your celebrations can’t do without. For starters, wow all your friends and family members with a spicy chili-pineapple salsa that'll complement hot dogs, ribs, and everything in between. Take your 4th of July accompaniments to the next level too, with crowd-pleasers like chive potato salad, Parmesan tater tots, and vegetable kebabs. Don't forget about capping off the night with patriotic sweet treats like mini berry pies or ice cream cake and a festive beverage or two for the adults—but you can also make them alcohol-free so kids can enjoy too. (Take an idea from our roundup of outdoor games too to entertain the crowd while the grill's still going!) This year’s creative 4th of July menu will keep the festivities going long after the fireworks finish.
It's not a holiday barbecue without some grilled meats. Finish off these Italian sausages with your favorite toppings.
Our ideal 4th of July is to sit back, relax, and sip on this pretty pink drink all day long.
You'll never need another burger recipe after grilling up these patties. They're so good, all your guests will be asking for another.
Craving something nutritious after a day full of indulging? This salad is healthy but still super flavorful thanks to a variety of fresh herbs.
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Warning: These bites will fly off the platter. Prepare to make a double—maybe even a triple—batch.
Even the biggest appetites will be satisfied with these bone-in rib eyes and cheesy baked potatoes. After you've prepared this meal once, your family will be begging for this steak and potatoes dinner again and again.
Although this recipe calls for just red peppers, feel free to add in yellow, green, or orange peppers too. A variety will make the bowl bright and colorful.
Sorry, grandma: We'll take this zesty slaw over the traditional any day. A dollop of tangy horseradish gives this dish a burst of flavor.
Pickled Peppadew peppers add some zing to this bean-based salad. It's so tasty, you'll want to eat it on its own.
Meats aren't the only grilled dishes you should be serving. Top off this charred side with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
A heaping of herb-infused butter only makes these mini corn cobs more delicious. To give them a little kick, add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
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Craving something sweet, savory, and unbelievably refreshing? Give this fruit salad a try that takes mere minutes to prepare.
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It's impossible to resist these cheesy tots. The kids will especially enjoy chowing down on this crispy side.
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Choose your favorite fixin' to top these dogs. Whether you pick Pickle and Onion, Tangy Horseradish, or Spicy Chiles, any option is tasty.
Present these charred veggies and watch everyone fill up their plates. Not only are they healthy, but they're also super tasty.
Who doesn't love a classic, creamy potato salad? This recipe features Dijon mustard and lemon juice.
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Finish off this grilled corn with cool queso fresco. It makes the mix absolutely addicting.
Take a break from the July heat with a tall glass of fruit-filled lemonade.
Top this ice cream "bombe" with sparkler candies from Tops Malibu for a dessert fireworks show.
Spice up your classic potato salad recipe with crowd favorites, like bacon and sriracha chili sauce.
Get the recipe at Peas & Crayons.
No need to serve hot dogs at your 4th of July cookout when you can have these tasty pretzel dogs instead.
Get the recipe at Well Plated.