If you’re hosting or attending a 4th of July bash this year, make or take any of these 30 gluten-free, easy 4th of July recipes!

If you’re hosting or attending a 4th of July bash this year, make or take any of these 30 gluten-free, easy 4th of July recipes! | iowagirleats.com

T-minus 1 week and some change until July 4th! I’ll spare you the “CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!” talk even though I really (really!) want to because, hot dang, how are we nearly halfway through summer already? I’ve had zero hot dogs on the grill! I mean–

Ahem…sorry! I’ll stop.

My Dad had knee surgery last week so we’ll be trading our traditional capital concert + fireworks display with my parents this 4th of July, for a night filled with bang snaps and sparklers with friends and their kids – which I will definitely be partaking in. What can I say, nothing makes you feel like you’re 12 years old again quite like holding a sizzling fire stick. I can smell the sulfur now!

But first, we feast. The 4th of July is such a FUN foodie holiday, right? The smoking grill, endless salad and dessert tables, and of course, cocktails. The best July 4th dishes are ones that are easy to prepare, leaving you with more time to celebrate with family and friends (read: SLAYING at badminton!) so today I’m sharing 30 easy 4th of July recipes that are great to make and serve at home, or assemble and take to a party or picnic as they all travel well too.


Separated into side dishes, main dishes, desserts, and drinks, I hope you’ll find something you and your family will love. Enjoy, enjoy!

Side Dishes

Grilled Corn and Avocado Pasta Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing

Grilled Corn and Avocado Pasta Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing is an easy, gluten-free pasta salad recipe full of color and fresh flavor! | iowagirleats.com


Crock Pot Baked Beans

Crock Pot Baked Beans is a rich, sassy, and super simple crock pot recipe that's sure to become a summertime side dish staple at your house! | iowagirleats.com


Classic Potato Salad


Cucumber and Tomato Salad with BEST-EVER Italian Vinaigrette


The BEST Pasta Salad

The BEST Pasta Salad is an old family recipe. Simple and simply the best (easily made gluten-free, too!) #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


Ultimate Red-Skinned Potato Salad (Mayo-Free)


Cauliflower “Faux-Tato” Salad


Greek Cucumber and Arugula Salad

Greek Cucumber and Arugula Salad is fresh and light. Perfect as a light side with dinner or taking to a party or pot luck! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


Italian Chickpea Salad

Italian Chickpea Salad is a simple, vegetarian salad recipe that's full of fresh and healthy ingredients. It's the perfect side dish for parties and potlucks! | iowagirleats.com


Tropical Fruit Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing

Tropical Fruit Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing is an easy and refreshing fruit salad with a special, must-try twist. | iowagirleats.com


Kale and Artichoke Guacamole

Kale and Artichoke Guacamole is a lighter twist on guacamole and spinach and artichoke dip, and is full of superfoods like kale and avocado. The perfect gluten-free + vegan dip recipe for any occasion! | iowagirleats.com


Marinated Vegetable Salad

Marinated Vegetable Salad is a healthy salad recipe highlighting fresh summer vegetables. Toss with tangy vinaigrette then marinate overnight for a quick and easy side dish! | iowagirleats.com


Mojito Fruit Salad

Mojito Fruit Salads | iowagirleats.com


Main Dishes

Homemade Brat Burgers with Gluten-Free Beer-Braised Caramelized Onions

Homemade Brat Burgers with Gluten-Free Beer-Braised Caramelized Onions is homemade brat mixture (just pork and spices,) topped with luscious, gluten-free beer-spiked onions. You'll be making this grilling recipe all summer long! | iowagirleats.com


Marinated Grilled Chicken with Cucumber-Watermelon Salsa


Perfect Grilled Steak with Herb Butter

Perfect Grilled Steak with Herb Butter features a homemade dry rub and melty herb butter finish. Absolutely mouthwatering! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


Easy Baked Ribs


Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Skewers

Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Skewers are spicy and savory - they'll fly off the platter! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Smokey Mayo


Root Beer Can Chicken



Gluten-Free No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Ice Box Cake

Gluten-Free No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake is a perfectly sweet, gluten-free summer dessert recipe. Just 5 ingredients and make-ahead, too! | iowagirleats.com


Blueberry Almond Crisp

Blueberry Almond Crisp is a sweet-tart celebration of blueberries with an irresistible crisp topping! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Dirt Cake

Help anyone with a gluten intolerance or dairy allergy feel like a kid again with Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Dirt Cake! Rich and creamy, it's the perfect summertime treat. | iowagirleats.com


Peanut Butter S’Mores Cheesecake Ball

Peanut Butter S'Mores Cheesecake Ball is ridiculously delicious and decadent - the perfect gluten-free party treat for summer or any time of year! | iowagirleats.com


Strawberry-Blueberry Vanilla Chex Bars


S’More Rice Krispie Treats

Crispy, ooey-gooey S'More Rice Krispie Treats are a fun and festive twist on classic s'mores dessert! | iowagirleats.com



Boozy Frozé

Boozy Frosé is a wine-based summery slushie that's cold and refreshing - and for adults only! This easy cocktail recipe will be a hit at happy hour. | iowagirleats.com


Strawberry Coconut Water Lemonade

Strawberry Coconut-Water Lemonade is a sweet-tart summery drink made with fresh strawberries and lemons, and ultra-refreshing coconut water. | iowagirleats.com


Chambord Margarita


Dad’s Killer Beergaritas (be sure to use a GF beer if you need it!)