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These Refreshing Summer Salads Will Be the Star of Your Next BBQ

Country Living Logo By Rebekah Lowin of Country Living | Slide 1 of 12: We'll admit it: "4th of July salads" feels like an oxymoron. After all, we look forward to the annual family cookout for the various grilled meats, BBQ side dishes, and gooey s'mores-and it's not exactly a day when we're ultra-concerned about eating healthy. Still, just because you'll be serving up the works doesn't mean you should forgo a salad (and no, pasta salad and potato salad don't count, as mouthwatering as they are). Besides, it's standard practice at any backyard barbecue to have a few vegetarian options so each and every one of your guests feel included. That's why we've compiled these delicious 4th of July salad recipes. While they may not be the main event, we encourage you not to write them off just yet: These leafy dishes are summery, zesty and light, and will complement your main dishes well. From fun additions like dill pickles, avocado, honey, and corn to quick-and-easy dressing recipes, these salads are far from ordinary. And who knows? You might even find a winning recipe among our picks that'll become a staple in your family's weeknight dinner routine.

We'll admit it: "4th of July salads" feels like an oxymoron. After all, we look forward to the annual family cookout for the various grilled meats, BBQ side dishes, and gooey s'mores-and it's not exactly a day when we're ultra-concerned about eating healthy. Still, just because you'll be serving up the works doesn't mean you should forgo a salad (and no, pasta salad and potato salad don't count, as mouthwatering as they are). Besides, it's standard practice at any backyard barbecue to have a few vegetarian options so each and every one of your guests feel included. That's why we've compiled these delicious 4th of July salad recipes. While they may not be the main event, we encourage you not to write them off just yet: These leafy dishes are summery, zesty and light, and will complement your main dishes well. From fun additions like dill pickles, avocado, honey, and corn to quick-and-easy dressing recipes, these salads are far from ordinary. And who knows? You might even find a winning recipe among our picks that'll become a staple in your family's weeknight dinner routine.

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