9 tasty and refreshing side salads to serve at your July 4th celebration

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by Lisa Lozano

This weekend is fourth of July, and chances are you will be attending or hosting a gathering that features some kind of barbequed meat and a myriad of yummy and refreshing side salads. If you want your salad to stand out, read on for 9 winning options!

No. 1: Katie Lee's All-American Potato Salad

Katie Lee's recipe is everything you look for in this favorite of American side dishes. The mayo and Dijon dressing, fresh herbs and lemon juice make this the perfect accompaniment to your burgers and dogs.

No. 2: Zucchini, Pecorino, and Mint Salad

This creative and elegant salad uses zucchini cut into spaghetti-like strands. A dressing of olive oil, lemon and mint and shaved pecorino finishes this dish, which will wow your fellow diners and be a refreshing addition to any table.

No. 3: Sunny Anderson's Grilled Waldorf Salad

This healthy, refreshing take on a Waldorf salad is the perfect addition to your July 4th picnic. Sunny Anderson mixes it up by grilling the grapes, celery, lemon and walnuts. Serve on a bed of bibb lettuce for a festive presentation.

No. 4: Muffaletta Salad

This antipasto-type salad is super easy to throw together if you don't have a lot of time to prep before your July 4th get-together.

Art Smith's Sweet Potato Salad with Cumin and Cilantro

Art Smith's sweet potato salad is a totally different take on this dish. Sweet potatoes add beautiful color and nutrients, while smoky cumin and bright cilantro provide complex, multilayered flavor. And you don't have to feel at all guilty about this superfood-packed salad.

Hudson's Favorite Potato Salad

This potato salad recipe is Curtis Stone's favorite dish ever! The recipe, taught to him by a German friend, features pickles, capers, shallots and chicken stock, and is best served warm. This is a comfort food your whole family will chow down.

Glover & Gladys Quin's Pasta Salad

This refreshing pasta salad was originally conceived as a Super Bowl side, but you can totally modify it to make a summery July 4th salad. We recommend replacing the bacon with cubed pepperoni or salami for hot weather.

Bob Harper's Brussels Sprout Chicken Caesar Salad

The greens in this salad are actually shaved brussels sprouts! And Bob Harper "skinnies" up the dressing by replacing the egg yolks and olive oil with Greek yogurt. So you don't have to feel guilty about this delicious dinner! Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken to avoid the oven.

Rotisserie Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

For a hearty but still light and refreshing summer side, try this Cobb salad, also made with time-saving rotisserie chicken.

What side salad are you known for serving at summer celebrations?

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