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17 Unexpected, Delicious Things We Promise You Should Be Grilling

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Summer is officially in full swing and we're taking it all in this long holiday weekend. The 4th of July is a perfect excuse to relax, cook, and gather.

What better way to do this than to grill? Whether you're a novice (we have tips for you) or if you're a grilling pro, we've gathered 17 surprising recipes for you to try, in addition to your standby favorites. You can grill more foods than you might think! So go ahead, make some refreshing drinks and enjoy a full spread.

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Multitask: While you're grilling a main dish, grill vegetables for dips and spreads.

Grilled Salsa
Grilled Salsa
Grilled Avocado "Guacamole" with Parmesan and Basil

Grilled Avocado "Guacamole" with Parmesan and Basil by Merrill Stubbs

Grilled Green Onion Dip

Grilled Green Onion Dip by Liz | inspired by the seasons

Experiment with your favorite foods, or what's in the fridge.

Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin-Spiced Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin-Spiced Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Anna Klinger's Grilled Swiss Chard Stems with Anchovy Vinaigrette

Anna Klinger's Grilled Swiss Chard Stems with Anchovy Vin... by Genius Recipes

Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Miso Butter

Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Miso Butter by lbrussell

Grilling can be for salads, too!

April Bloomfield’s Grilled Vegetable Vinaigrette
April Bloomfield’s Grilled Vegetable Vinaigrette
Grilled Romaine with Corn and Creamy Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette
Grilled Romaine with Corn and Creamy Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette
Grilled Bread Salad with Broccoli Rabe and Summer Squash
Grilled Bread Salad with Broccoli Rabe and Summer Squash

Take a spin with flatbreads and pizzas, add your favorite toppings.

Grilled Flatbread
Grilled Flatbread
Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ricotta
Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ricotta

Finally, try the foods on your grilling to-do list.

Beer Can Chicken
Beer Can Chicken
Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter
Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter
Grilled Whole Branzino with "Greek Fish Sauce"
Grilled Whole Branzino with "Greek Fish Sauce"

And there's always room for dessert.

Grilled Watermelon with Tequila

Grilled Watermelon with Tequila by bill

Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad

Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad by Nicholas Day

Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches
Grilled Chocolate Sandwiches

How do you grill beyond burgers and hot dogs? Let us know in the comments.

Tags: grilling, entertaining, summer, fourth of july