25+ Fresh 4th of July Recipes


25 Fresh 4th of July recipes – from appetizers, to sides, desserts, and more!

25 Fresh 4th of July Recipes | iowagirleats.com

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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4th of July Appetizers, Sides, and Salads |  | iowagirleats.com

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!

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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…

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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.

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Mom’s Classic Potato Salad: Simple, creamy, classic – this potato salad is one of my Mom’s summertime specialties!

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Moms Classic Potato Salad Recipe | iowagirleats.com

Greek Dip PlatterLaced with the briny flavors of the Mediterranean, this dip is a lighter version of all the 7 layers, etc. type dips.

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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!

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Easiest Fruit Salad | iowagirleats.com

Mini Fruit & Bacon Kabobs with Sugared Lime ZestThese fun, poppable bites are great to put out before or after the main meal for a sweet and savory treat. Also…bacon.

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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.

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Grandpa’s Pasta SaladGot 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. : )

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Triple Berry Summer SaladFresh, refreshing, and summery. This salad would be great to set out salad bar-style where everybody adds their own fixins’ and dressing.

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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!

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4th of July Main Dishes | iowagirleats.com

Grilled Chicken & Fresh Cherry SalsaFresh, juicy cherries liven up grilled chicken, steak, or meaty white fish. Make this salsa ahead of time to save time on the big holiday.

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The Iowa Burger: Beef and bacon burger patties smothered in cheese, sweet corn, and smashed avocado. That’s all Iowa, baby!

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Chipotle Mango BBQ ChickenWhip 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.

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Fresh Margarita ChickenMarinade your chicken in fresh margarita fixins’…why not?! You’ll love this grilled chicken topped with a thwack of cool guac. : )

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Maple-Bacon Beer BurgersLaced with maple syrup and beer then topped with crisp maple-bacon, this burger is ridiculously delish.

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Maple-Bacon Beer Burgers | iowagirleats.com


4th of July Sweets & Desserts  | iowagirleats.com

Dirt Cake: No 4th of July get together would be complete without creamy, sweet Dirt Cake. Another classic family recipe!

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No-Bake Peanut Butter PieI repeat – No. Bake. Peanut. Butter. Pie. I mean, ‘nuf said, right?! This thick and decadent dessert is such a showstopper.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Pie | iowagirleats.com

Mini Fruit Pizzas with Marshmallow Creme FrostingEveryone 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.

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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.

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Chocolate Poke CakeSome 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.

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Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries: These bright-red, bite-sized desserts are perfect for the 4th!

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Cheesecake Stuffed  Strawberries | iowagirleats.com


4th of July Drinks and Cocktails  | iowagirleats.com

Dad’s Killer BeergaritasThese 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! ; )

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Skinny SunriseJust the right amount of sweet and lower in calories than many cocktails, Skinny Sunrises are absolutely perfect for sipping by the pool.

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Boozy Watermelon-Lemonade Coolers4th 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.

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Boozy Watermelon Lemonade Coolers | iowagirleats.com

Sangria: An oldie, but absolute goodie. Make a double, nay, triple batch if you’re serving to friends!

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Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers: Quite possibly THE most refreshing patio drink I can think of. Perfectly fizzy and sweet.

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Strawberry Mojito: Mint + strawberries = obsession on another level. Add blueberries or blackberries for the holiday!

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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  1. I’m so glad you posted this! I’m going to a barbeque this weekend and I am in need of some inspiration for something to bring. Thank you!

  2. Christie 06.27.2013

    I love everything about this post – the pics, the recipes, everything looks so great. You run an awesome blog!

  3. If you can’t find something to cook from this list, you are simply un-American. Amazing round-up! So impressed you have so many to offer! Have a fab one.

  4. Tieghan 06.27.2013

    Whoa!! These all look awesome!! I want them all!

  5. Becky 06.27.2013

    I made your mini fruit and bacon kabobs last summer and they were delcious…plus I felt awesome and fancy making and eating them :)

  6. Famous Dave 06.27.2013

    Great recipes for the 4th! Can’t wait to try these out… I know they’ll WOW all my party guests! Thanks Kristin for a great bunch of backyard BBQ party recipes!!! Keep making the world a tasty place with all your great tasty recipes!!!
    “Famous Dave”

  7. Ann 06.27.2013

    Hi Kristin,

    Congrats on your new home it’s gorgeous!

    I can’t wait to try out your recipes, decisions, decisions, what to make oh my!!!! I love seeing the AE brand, Hy-Vee, etc. in your photos. The Chicagoland area doesn’t have them. I sure did enjoy them when I was growing up in Iowa or when I come home to visit.

    Since I’m new to your blog, just a quick question, do you have any great drink recipes that don’t include alcohol? I unfortunately am on blood thinner medication so I am unable to partake in any “spirits” or should I say an alcohol free diet. :( That doesn’t bother me as much as missing cranberries & romaine lettuce & other dark greens. Iceberg lettuce just doesn’t cut it!! LOL!

    Your photography is so awesome it makes my mouth water every time I see your site.

    Until next time,
    Ann :)

  8. So, um, yeah. I’ll take one of everything :) I just hope my 4th looks this awesome!

  9. Danielle 06.27.2013

    Nice! My birthday is on Canada day so I am in the same position, love the days off and fireworks on my birthday every year :) Happy early birthday!

  10. Debtgirl 06.28.2013

    Everything is so pretty! Too pretty to eat!!! I love the fruit pizza, yummy

  11. Such a great roundup for the 4th! Can’t believe it’s here already. I feel like the year is flying by!

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  13. Bobbi S 06.28.2013

    Great recipes! Wish you had included some non-alcoholic drinks, though.

  14. Nessa 06.28.2013

    Love all of these great recipes! Way to go :)

  15. Carma 07.01.2013

    Thanks to you I got some holes in my weekly menu filled with your recipes. The Iowa Burgers were a HUGE hit last night. (Though I did adapt by using Fareway’s Pork & Bacon Burgers since I had them on hand.)
    Having the berry salad Wednesday for lunch. And making the dip for a 4th potluck.

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  17. Crista 07.03.2013

    a lot of great recipes here…. !!

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  19. Lindsey 07.04.2013

    We had a 4th of July IGE feast in Massachusetts tonight! Grilled corn with the chili lime honey butter, Judy’s baked beans, and the Chilean hot dog relish! So delicious! Thanks for providing a stellar menu!

  20. Kristen 07.08.2013

    I made Grandpa’s Pasta Salad for a big 3rd of July bash and it was a HUGE hit!!! I used rotelli pasta instead of fettucine and added a bunch of peppercini’s. It was super simple and tasted delicious!!! Thanks Kristin!!! :)

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