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4 Vinegary Potato Salads That Won’t Melt at Your Picnic

When the sun threatens to melt all of the food at your picnic, pull out a secret weapon: vinaigrette-dressed potato salads. Not only does vinegar add a punch of bright, zesty flavor, but it also helps salads hold up for hours outside, unlike mayonnaise-based dressing.

Check out four of our favorite vinegary potato salads — including the tarragon-, dill- and parsley-studded herbed potatoes pictured up top — before you pack your next picnic, and be sure to check out our other summer side ideas for pasta and potato salads and more.

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Patriotic 4th of July Dishes That Are Fireworks of Flavor

The most-patriotic way to kick off a 4th of July party is with a festive spread that explodes with so much flavor that it rivals the fireworks above. Whether you’re firing up the grill for the best burgers, making red, white and blue desserts — like a July 4th berry tart (pictured above) —  or mixing up fruity summer cocktail recipes, we’ve got you covered.

Below, we’ve rounded up six dishes and drinks worth saluting at your Fourth of July bash.

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Add Asian Flair to Grilled Ribs with These 4 Recipes

Change up your grilling routine by trading barbecue sauce for soy sauce with these four flavorful Asian-inspired ribs recipes. Double up on Korean marinades, and make your own kimchi with Tyler Florence’s Bulgoki (pictured above), or spice things up with more ideas below.

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Meat Your Dream Burger with Our Grilling Personality Quiz

Devouring juicy burgers by the pool is living the dream, but picking which one to make isn’t. Match your foodie personality with our favorite burgers below and find out if you should grill up a classic burger (pictured above), a cheese-stuffed patty or some other befitting burg.

Want fries with that? Get our favorite french fry recipes, too.

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White BBQ Sauce: The Next Big Trend in Barbecue

White BBQ sauce is popping up on menus from Portland, Ore., to New York City, where Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer is dousing wings with it at Blue Smoke, to fine-dining restaurants like Publican in Chicago, where Paul Kahan has served char-grilled carrots with white BBQ sauce. So what is it, and what makes it so special? Actually, the sauce has existed since the early 1920s, when “Big Bob” Gibson opened his eponymous restaurant in Decatur, Ala. Over 90 years later, a lot of people in Alabama believe BBQ sauce is white, because that’s what they grew up with. Outside of Alabama, people who have ever heard of such a thing have been few and far between. But with 93 (and counting) Shake Shacks around the world, Danny Meyer is as good a barometer as any for what you can expect to see on your plate in the coming years.

We caught up with the man who helms the pit at “Big Bob” Gibson Bar-B-Q these days, Chris Lilly, to find out why he thinks white BBQ sauce is the best.

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Use Your Zoodle: 3 Italian-Inspired Squash Recipes

If you’re craving a hearty pasta but don’t want to weigh yourself down with a bowl of carbs, transform your favorite Italian dishes with spiralized zucchini noodles — aka zoodles — instead.

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5 Ways to Make Your Picnic Slawsome

Grab your picnic basket and cabbage of choice — it’s slaw season! Nothing is better than a refreshing salad on a summer day. Make an unbeetable slaw with roasted cumin seeds and cilantro dressing (picture above) or fire up the grill for slaw with a smoky kick.

Check out four more picnic picks below, which are just a handful of our favorite summer side dishes.

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Fuel Up for Summer with 4 Protein-Packed Grilled Chicken Skewers

To kick off summer, put down the chips and pick up the chicks. Fire up the grill for some quick grilled chicken skewers with grapes (pictured above), light Indian-spiced bites and more grilled chicken skewer recipes.

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Red, White and Blue Sides for a Patriotic Memorial Day Picnic

We’ve found the key to being patriotic inside and out: eating the combo of red, white and blue, as well as wearing it. You don’t need to break out food dye to make Sunny Anderson’s red, white and blue mashed potatoes (pictured above) with bacon, Gorgonzola cheese and garlic, or an equally colorful side dish like blueberry and pomegranate salad.

Check out four more of our favorite red, white and blue side dishes below, perfect for a Memorial Day picnic.

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Pasta Salads That Go Beyond Mayonnaise

It’s time to reinvent the pasta salad. Use your noodle to think outside the mayonnaise bottle for your next picnic, with interesting flavor combinations like Giada De Laurentiis’ orecchiette with mixed greens and goat cheese (pictured above) and zesty green-onion dressing tossed with bowtie pasta.

Check out four more of our favorite pasta salad recipes below — only one of which uses mayonnaise for creaminess — and get more camping recipes and picnic ideas here.

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