When you think about July 4th, Independence Day, what comes to mind? For us, it brings up images of BBQ’s, red, white and blue streamers, sparklers, fireworks and patriotic music, but really, it’s all about the amazing food!
Often, our favorite Fourth of July recipes are about more than just the dish. They represent tradition and help to create wonderful memories from our coveted holiday celebrations with family and friends.
We all have classic favorites which elicit fond memories of the past. Today, we want to share a few of our personal top side dish pics, which are BBQ must haves, updated to be more nutrient dense, heart healthy and paleo friendly. They are so delicious, your family will be asking for seconds and thirds!
Our Top July 4th Side Dish Picks:
Celebrate this widely loved holiday with food favorites that are both nourishing and patriotic. There’s nothing better than gathering together with loved ones around the grill or picnic table!!
We have selected recipes that will pair nicely with your favorite grilled meats or fish. For more information on main dishes, see our article on Best Grilling Tips.
- Not Your Run of the Mill Cole Slaw– Pass on the boring regular sugar-laden coleslaw varieties and rev up your taste buds with this fun recipe for Purple Cole Slaw that is pleasing to both the eye and taste buds! Perfect for the warmer month gatherings, this simple purple slaw is free of dairy and refined sugar and made with nourishing whole foods. Even better, it is a no-cook recipe, so you won’t heat up your kitchen!
- Baked Avocado Fries– Most people love avocados, and their presence is a given in some form at any celebration. But this recipe for Baked Avocado Fries takes this beloved fruit to a whole new level! Coated in healthy ingredients and baked in the oven, these “fries” will be a hit at any BBQ or get together any time of year!
- A New Twist on Potato Salad- Whether you love the original version, or would like to spice this classic dish up in a new way, you’ll enjoy this paleo friendly Bacon Jalapeno Sweet Potato Salad as a new addition to your summer barbeques. Even the non-potato salad people in your life will love it. It is brimming with healthy fats, nutrient dense veggies and fresh spices to up the nutrient value of this favorite side. This recipe can be made ahead of time to free up day-of prep for other items on your list.
Bonus: If you’re looking for a nutrient dense, healthier dessert option that is both cooling in the summer heat and patriotic, look no further than this fun Berry Creamsicle Recipe! Full of good fats from coconut milk, this versatile recipe can be made with any of your favorite berry varieties for a summer treat that’s sure to please!