Top 10 Easy Grilled Side Dishes for Fourth of July
10. Zucchini - Grilled zucchini has the most amazing meaty flavor once it comes off the grill. The flesh loses its starchy, squash-like taste and grows sweet. Making it is easy: Slice zucchini the long way and rub with olive oil. Then sprinkle with chili powder, salt, and pepper and grill until you have nice grill marks on each side.
9. Potato wedges - Grilled potato wedges are a burger's best friend. They're also a low-fat alternative to French fries. For best results, par-cook potatoes first in a pot of boiling water, but don't go until they're fork tender. Brush with olive oil, salt, and pepper and grill on both sides until crisp and charred. Serve with my favorite dip: Sriracha ketchup.
7. Honey-mustard-glazed kielbasa - Try this with kielbasa sausage: Slice down the middle to make the sausage into two halves. Then grill on each side. As you turn them over, baste in a sauce made with honey, whole-grain mustard, olive oil, and garlic. As the sauce caramelizes on the grill, it turns sweet and the garlic cooks in. To serve, slice each half into small bite-sized pieces and let your guests go to town.
6. Pineapple and watermelon - For dessert, these fruits hold up great on the grill. For the pineapple, you can grill it whole or slice and grill individually. If you grill it whole, use low heat and cook for 30 minutes or more. The inside will practically melt apart -- even the tough core. The watermelon works best in inch-thick slices, cooked quickly over high heat. Both gain a smoky, grilled flavor that really impresses. For bonus points, sprinkle your pineapple with cinnamon, and salt your watermelon. Your guests will love you for it.