One of the biggest party days of summer, the birthday of America, is right around the corner so I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite 4th of July Recipes to inspire you as you work on the menu. Here are seventeen recipes, some from the archives of my blog and some from fellow food blogger friends, to get you started.
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4th of July Menu Ideas – Savory Dishes
I call this Peach and Avocado Salad the dictionary definition of a summer salad. Fresh yellow peaches, Persian cucumber, and avocados flavored with a simple dressing made with coriander, cumin, fresh herbs, and olive oil. With all the layers and layers of flavors, you will experience a little bit of sweet, sour, salty, hot, crunchy, and refreshing with every bite.
Berry Jicama Salad by Kitchen Confidante
If you are like me, don’t know when and where to use jicama, this Berry Jicama Salad from my friend Liren of Kitchen Confidante is a great recipe to try. Strawberries, blueberries, and crispy jicama come together for a super simple, patriotic, and barbecue-ready Red, White and Blue Berry Jicama Salad.
This Five Bean Salad is my go-to summer picnic and potluck food. The secret is in the homemade garlicky mustard dressing. It comes together in 20 minutes, can be made ahead, travels well, and guaranteed to impress even the pickiest eater.
Wheat Berry Salad with Beets and Feta – The View from Great Island
If you have never used wheat berries, get in the kitchen now and give this Wheat Berry Salad with Beets and Feta a try. It is colorful, festive, but more importantly delicious.
Slices of French baguette spread with ricotta cheese, topped off with arugula and fresh strawberries, drizzled with balsamic reduction, and sprinkled with sea salt.
You are welcome.
Buttery tart crust filled with ricotta, parmesan, and cream cheese and then topped off with juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and oregano leaves, this Heirloom Tomato Ricotta Tart is not only visually appealing, but also incredibly delicious.
Is your grill on, because we are making tacos. Topped off with fresh pico de gallo and guacamole, these easy-to-make Grilled Flank Steak Tacos are juicy, bright and super flavorful. Plus, this recipe includes my foolproof works-every-time flank steak taco marinade recipe.
If you had rather put chicken on the grill, Jess with Plays Well with Butter got you covered. Her Grilled Chicken Shawarma Hummus Bowls recipe is currently on top of recipes-to-try-list.
Chicken breasts marinated in tons of Middle Eastern spices and grilled to smoky perfection and placed on top of a generous amount of homemade hummus. One word ?? WOW!
If you are a lover of meatballs then you can also give my foolproof Turkish Meatballs (aka Kofte) a try. It is slightly different than the meatballs you are used to, but I promise you with all kinds of Mediterranean cuisine inspired spices, it is guaranteed to impress everyone in your party.
If none of the above recipes work because you are more of a burger person, then you need to try this Guacamole Burger: Burger meat topped off with a generous amount of guacamole and place in between burger buns.
4th of July Dessert Recipe Ideas
My go-to gluten and refined sugar summer cake recipe ?? Strawberry Almond Flour Cake. I usually make this cake using two 6-inch cake pans, but last week I made it in a 9-inch cake pan and snapped a quick photo.
You need this cake in your life. Just sayin’
If you are an avocado lover and have never tried avocado ice cream, you are missing so much out of life. Luckily, you are here and I have this coconut milk and avocado ice cream recipe already posted on my blog. I promise this ice cream recipe is worth getting your ice cream maker out and putting it to good use.
Gluten-free and maple-sweetened Strawberry Mascarpone Tart made with almond flour crust, filled with creamy and mildly sweetened mascarpone cream filling and topped off with fresh strawberries.
4th of July Cocktail Recipe Ideas
This Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini is my summer-y twist on the classic cocktail, lemon drop martini. Made with fresh raspberries, freshly squeezed lemon juice and Finlandia Vodka, it is ready in less than 15 minutes.
My friend Alana of Bojon Gourmet’s beautiful vodka-based cocktail kissed with floral pink grapefruit juice, elderflower liqueur, and sparkling rosé.
The taste of summer in a scrumptious cocktail; Watermelon Mojitos made by my friend Traci of Vanilla and Bean!
Easy to whip up and share. Single serve and pitcher ready, for your convenience!