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

I can’t believe we’re talking 4th of July, baby! Well, hopefully not an actual 4th of July baby – little girl’s still got a few more weeks of cooking to do – but seriously, how did we get here?

Recently I got to thinking about the past few 4th of July holidays and how different they’ve all been. From watching fireworks snap and sparkle behind the White House, to a Midwest crab boil, and celebrating with friends via a fancy roof top patio – the 4th is always a holiday I look forward to, and back on with fond memories. Not like New Years Eve which, despite everyone’s best intentions, never seems to work out. Right? Get it TOGETHER, NYE!

All that said, this year we plan to lay low and have a few friends over to celebrate. I’m about ready to pop and, well, making it past 7pm is a pretty epic feat. We’ll light up some sprinklers, enjoy a homemade s’more or 17, then call it a night. Definitely more low-key then 4th of Julys past, but the good thing about staying home is that we can make and serve a proper holiday feast including a ton of the yummy, summery dishes below. I hand-picked these recipes as being super fresh and picnic or potluck-ready so you can either set them out for friends and family, or bring along to wherever the festivities take you.

Tell me, what are you up to this 4th of July? Wherever it is, and whatever you do – I hope you stay safe, have fun, and eat well (and have a couple cocktails for me!)

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


Cauliflower Couscous Salad

Bowl of Easiest Cauliflower Couscous Salad.


Crock Pot Baked Beans (or it’s baked brother, Judy’s 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


Italian Guacamole Salad

Bowl of Italian Guacamole Salad


Southwestern Black Bean Dip


Classic Potato Salad


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


Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle | 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


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



No-Bake S’mores Icebox Cake

No-Bake S'mores Icebox Cake is a gluten-free and dairy-free, summer-friendly dessert recipe that will be a hit with kids and adults alike!  | iowagirleats.com


Triple Berry Crumb Bars

Stack of Triple Berry Crumb Bars, a gluten-free dessert recipe.


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



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


Sparkling Mint Limeade

Glass of Sparkling Mint Limeade


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!)


Watermelon Agua Fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca is a refreshing sipper for summer's hottest days. Just 4 ingredients with no added sugar! #glutenfree | iowagirleats.com


Secret Ingredient Rose Sangria

Secret Ingredient Rosé Sangria is the perfect drink to cool off with when temperatures start to rise. Not too sweet, and livened up by a secret ingredient! | iowagirleats.com