Fourth of July is the perfect occasion for enjoying delicious and fresh salads that I love serving in edible dishes, like these stuffed artichokes. Besides being an exquisite side for any grilled meat, they're also great for vegetarians. And if you skip the cheese, they're a tasty option for vegans.
The artichokes can be prepared a day in advance and be ready to fill before lunch. If you use vegetables (convenient and portable), it will be much easier to prepare this dish quickly so you have more free time for the celebrations or to attend to your guests.
You can add mayo to the salad as a dressing, but since it's so hot I prefer to make a light vinaigrette with fresh lime juice. You can easily multiply or divide the recipe, depending on how many guests you're expecting.
Remember, if you plan in advance, everything will come out perfect and you'll be able to relax and enjoy a happy gathering with your loved ones.