25 Fresh 4th of July recipes – from appetizers, to sides, desserts, and more!
As I mentioned yesterday, the 4th of July is just 1 week away – squee!
Since it’s so close to my birthday, the holiday has always held a special place in my heart. I mean, what better way to celebrate your big day than with sparklers, fireworks, and those mini black snake pucks that your brothers always used to creep you out with, right?
The 4th is also synonymous with being one of the most delicious days of the year. Whether you’re spending your day at the lake, pool, or at home, with friends, family, or neighbors, I’ve rounded up 25 fresh 4th of July recipes to add here or there into your BBQ, grill out, or picnic menus next week. I hope you enjoy (and for Heaven’s sake, don’t forget the Beergaritas!)
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Judy’s Baked Beans: No BBQ is complete in my book without baked beans…really, really good baked beans! My family has been enjoying Judy’s Baked Beans recipe for decades. Hope you’ll make it a new 4th of July tradition too!
Grilled Sweet Corn with Chili-Lime Honey Butter: What’s better than fresh summer sweet corn? Fresh summer sweet corn slathered with a chili-lime and honey spiked compound butter! This corn is so, so, so ridiculously delicious…
Best-Ever French Onion Dip: Midwesterners: rejoice – this French Onion Dip tastes just like AE’s version. Non-Midwesterners: get ready, you’ll love this creamy, savory dip.
Mom’s Classic Potato Salad: Simple, creamy, classic – this potato salad is one of my Mom’s summertime specialties!
Greek Dip Platter: Laced with the briny flavors of the Mediterranean, this dip is a lighter version of all the 7 layers, etc. type dips.
Easiest Fruit Salad: This is literally the easiest, but tastiest fruit salad known to man. Don’t forget the mini marshmallows – they’re sweet and so Midwestern!
Mini Fruit & Bacon Kabobs with Sugared Lime Zest: These fun, poppable bites are great to put out before or after the main meal for a sweet and savory treat. Also…bacon.
Luann’s Kale Salad: Sturdier and more hearty than lettuce salads, which can wilt in the heat of the day, Luann’s Kale Salad is chock-full of yummy toppings and will be the star of the salad table.
Grandpa’s Pasta Salad: Got the baked beans, not you’ve GOT to get a good pasta salad recipe! Grandpa’s Pasta Salad, a favorite of my Grandpa’s, is another recipe my fam’s been whipping up for years and years. The secret’s in the seasoning. : )
Triple Berry Summer Salad: Fresh, refreshing, and summery. This salad would be great to set out salad bar-style where everybody adds their own fixins’ and dressing.
Fruit Dip: It may sound ridiculous, but The Best Fruit Dip. EVER. is one of my favorite recipes in the world. Try it once and you’ll see why. So easy too – just 3 ingredients!
Grilled Chicken & Fresh Cherry Salsa: Fresh, juicy cherries liven up grilled chicken, steak, or meaty white fish. Make this salsa ahead of time to save time on the big holiday.
The Iowa Burger: Beef and bacon burger patties smothered in cheese, sweet corn, and smashed avocado. That’s all Iowa, baby!
Chipotle Mango BBQ Chicken: Whip up your own homemade Mango BBQ sauce, slather it onto grilled chicken, then serve alone or on top of hearty greens with juicy tomatoes and sweet corn. This BBQ dish is ahh-mazing.
Fresh Margarita Chicken: Marinade your chicken in fresh margarita fixins’…why not?! You’ll love this grilled chicken topped with a thwack of cool guac. : )
Maple-Bacon Beer Burgers: Laced with maple syrup and beer then topped with crisp maple-bacon, this burger is ridiculously delish.
Dirt Cake: No 4th of July get together would be complete without creamy, sweet Dirt Cake. Another classic family recipe!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie: I repeat – No. Bake. Peanut. Butter. Pie. I mean, ‘nuf said, right?! This thick and decadent dessert is such a showstopper.
Mini Fruit Pizzas with Marshmallow Creme Frosting: Everyone get’s their own festive dessert with these Mini Fruit Pizzas with Marshmallow Creme Frosting. Use just red and blue berries to make them 4th of July friendly.
Strawberry Angel Food Cake Jars: Store-bought angel food cake is layered with homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Add blueberries for a festive, 4th of July touch.
Chocolate Poke Cake: Some of you may know this classic chocolate dessert by a naughtier name. Either way it is drop-dead delicious, and easy for transporting to BBQs, grillouts, and picnics.
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries: These bright-red, bite-sized desserts are perfect for the 4th!
Dad’s Killer Beergaritas: These beergaritas pack a PUNCH! Dad’s Killer Beergaritas are one of my Dad’s specialties and man they are absolutely divine. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya’ though! ; )
Skinny Sunrise: Just the right amount of sweet and lower in calories than many cocktails, Skinny Sunrises are absolutely perfect for sipping by the pool.
Boozy Watermelon-Lemonade Coolers: 4th of July and watermelon go together like, well, 4th of July and watermelon! There’s always a ton leftover though, so put those extra wedges or cubes to good use in this sweet-tart sipper.
Sangria: An oldie, but absolute goodie. Make a double, nay, triple batch if you’re serving to friends!
Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers: Quite possibly THE most refreshing patio drink I can think of. Perfectly fizzy and sweet.
Strawberry Mojito: Mint + strawberries = obsession on another level. Add blueberries or blackberries for the holiday!
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!