If you are hosting a backyard barbecue this Fourth of July (or even looking for some scrumptious dishes to take along to another gathering), you’re in luck! This complete menu has something for everyone, from sweet and smokey grilled corn with cilantro-lime pesto and couscous salad with cherry tomatoes to succulent marinated flank steak and fresh zucchini ribbon salad. Top it all off with a mouthwatering vanilla-scented cobbler overflowing with juicy nectarines. And get your buzz on with sparkly vodka cocktails infused with cucumber, mint, and lemon. Happy Fourth!

Photos by Wendy Goodfriend

Grilled Corn-On-The-Cob with Lime-Cilantro Pesto. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Grilled Corn-On-The-Cob with Lime-Cilantro Pesto
Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Arugula Salad. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Grilled Marinated Flank Steak with Arugula Salad
Shaved Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Almonds, and Asiago. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Shaved Zucchini Salad with Lemon, Almonds, and Asiago
Israeli Couscous, Cherry Tomato, Arugula Salad with Basil Pesto Vinaigrette. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Israeli Couscous, Cherry Tomato, Arugula Salad with Basil Pesto Vinaigrette
A luscious slice of sweet summer Nectarine Upside-Down Cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Upside-Down Nectarine Cobbler
Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Recipe: Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Vodka Fizz

Author

Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen. Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013. She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their toddler, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at http://www.kimlaidlaw.com.

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