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A Fuss-Free Fourth of July Menu

Celebrate the Fourth of July with some great American food — Alaskan salmon, grilled corn, ranch salad, and sweet southern peaches. We've chosen 10 easy recipes that celebrate America and all its great summer produce.

Appetizers:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Rave Review: "Easy to prepare, and grilled them on the BBQ.... They were Fantastic!" — Peach

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Photo by hungryallweighs

Black Bean Avocado Salsa

Rave Review: "Delish! Great salsa with chips for a party! I added a scoopful to my eggs the next morning with a little cheese - so yummy! The lime juice really saves the avocado from turning brown!" — emilyg

Black Bean Avocado Salsa

Photo by Jennifer Baker

Mains:

Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon

Rave Review: "Wow! I don't think I've EVER made salmon this good. It was juicy and tender and tasty. Will definitely make it again and again and again." — MerecedesJR

Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon

Photo by BrandiG

Southern BBQ Chicken

Rave Review: "This was some of the best BBQ chicken I've ever made. It came out perfect! It will definitely be my go-to BBQ chicken recipe for guests this summer. The rub and sauce was easy and DELICIOUS." — bonironi

Southern BBQ Chicken

Photo by Holiday Baker

Sensational Sirloin Kabobs

Rave Review: "These kabobs were amazing!!!! My guests were drooling over them! I only marinated them for 4 hours, but the flavor was fantastic!!!" — SCOOBY42

Sensational Sirloin Kabobs

Photo by Elle

Sides:

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Rave Review: "Very good considering how quick and easy this is to prepare. Great side with grilled chicken. Makes a lot, so great for group dinners." — Beth

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Photo by Melissa Goff

Grilled Corn Salad

Rave Review: "A very tasty salad using all the fresh produce of the summer. We liked the combination of the ingredients in this salad. The leftovers held up well for lunches the next day." — Molly

Grilled Corn Salad

Photo by Molly

Skewered Grilled Potatoes

Rave Review: "These potatoes were very tasty ... marinated them for 4 hours and served them to company we had over for a BBQ. There were no leftovers." — Summerpls

Skewered Grilled Potatoes

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

Desserts:

Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Rave Review: "I can remember when this recipe first came out. Every party served it and there was never any leftovers. This is my go-to summer dessert." — izzymae30

Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Photo by abapplez

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Rave Review: "As a southern girl, I've had many variations of peach cobbler. This one definitely tops them all." — VANSANT

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Photo by Yoly

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at stasty.com.