Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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    Lemon Bars

    The prep time is less than 30 minutes and the yield is more than 35 bars. Add this tart dessert to the 4th of July spread and win the holiday.

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    Blueberry Chocolate Pie

    Yep, we said chocolate! A foolproof sour cream cookie crust and an irresistible layer of dark chocolate will make this gorgeous pie your new favorite.

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    Red, White, and Blue Shooters

    It's official -- These are the most patriotic shots ever! Layer grenadine, peach schnapps, and blue curacao for an easy, colorblocked drink.

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    Roasted Tomato Gazpacho

    The ultimate in portability, this classic gazpacho works great as a 4th of July appetizer. Try serving it in a small shot glass with cocktail shrimp and a rim covered with spiced salt.

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    Baconista Brats

    Brats and bacon: the perfect July 4th marriage. We share grilling and saucepan directions so you can pick your method.

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    Chocolate Dip

    Match souvenir spoons with a bit of sweetness. To make, simply scoop peanut butter or marshmallow creme onto each spoon. Dip the spoon in melted chocolate (how-to video, below), then sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs or pink salt. Serve with an end-of-the-evening coffee bar to add a little warmth as the fireworks begin.

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    Pineapple Whip

    Tangy and tropical. For kids and adults. This delicious sipper makes an adorable, cool addition to the holiday spread.

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    Strawberry-Pretzel Salad

    Three layers -- salty, sweet, and fruity -- make this 4th of July layered dessert a potluck favorite.

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    Honey Fruit Salad

    Utilize peak-of-the-season fruits to make this simple salad that is perfectly patriotic. The July 4th recipe stays sweet with the help of honey rather than refined sugar.

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    Hot Sandwich Melts

    Here's a pick-your-own-adventure version of 4th of July dinner: We offer five ways to make these hot, portable sandwich melts, including Ham and Cheese, Barbecue Chicken, and Veggie Rueben Pretzel.

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    Texas Cowboy-Style Ribs

    Saucy, finger-licking ribs are a backyard barbecue must. Cook them over mesquite wood chips with a slightly sweet rub and chipotle sauce for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

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    Peanut Butter Brownies

    A tray of brownies makes it oh, so easy to feed a hungry 4th of July crew. These benefit from mini peanut butter cups and a batter enhanced with PB.

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    Grilled Romaine Panzanella

    Give your greens some heart with hearty grilled romaine, cherry tomatoes, and ciabatta bread. Dress the summer salad in a sweet and savory vinaigrette made with honey and bacon drippings.

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    Sparkling Rose Blueberry Floats

    Make this tiki bar-meets-farmstand treat with layers of coconut geltao, refreshing blueberry granita, and sparkling rose. Cheers to the holiday!

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    Corn-Peach Salad

    Punch up classic corn salad with fresh, juicy peaches and crisp slices of radish. Add smoky flavor to the farm-stand salad by grilling the sweet corn first.

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    Firecracker Party Cake

    This cinnamon cake-layered trifle wins on all fronts: presentation (layers of red cake and ultracreamy whipped mascarpone), ease (make it the night before), and flavor (like munching on cinnamon candies).

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    Steak and Herb Tacos

    Before the fireworks, fill your friends and family with sizzling grilled steak tacos. The lean meat joins garden-fresh vegetables and queso fresco in warm grilled corn tortillas.

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    Fat-Free Watermelon Sherbet

    Chill out at your 4th of July celebration with this icy-cool summer treat. The sweet blend of watermelon and cranberry juice will please tiny tykes and adults alike. 

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    Potato Salad with Fresh Stir-Ins

    Surround a piled-high bowl of fresh potato salad with all the fixins' -- think bacon, avocado, radishes, chopped red onion, and mustard seeds.

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    Brats with Mango Relish

    Juicy mango and tart red onion get a quick sear on the grill before garnishing smoked bratwurst. Zesty Jamaican jerk seasoning makes the classic barbecue fare unbeatable.

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    White Strawberry Sangria

    Toast to the nation's independence with sweet strawberry sangria. The red-and-white big-batch cocktail gets double the fruit flavor from fresh berries and strawberry schnapps.

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    Peach and Blueberry Slab Pie

    Create a colorful 4th of July dessert with fresh fruit and refrigerated piecrust. The peach and blueberry treat gets even better with a melty scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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    Coconut Cream Island Punch

    Five ingredients (including perfect-for-the-holiday star fruit) make an adults-only drink everyone will cheer for.

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    Grilled Cherry Tomato Turkey Burgers

    Make turkey burgers majorly moist with a healthy dose of Dijon. Serve the burgers open-face with bright cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of tart lemon juice.

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    Classic Coleslaw

    Classic crunchy coleslaw gains sweetness from salad pickles, which complement the fresh flavors of cabbage and carrots. The side-dish recipe produces 6 cups of crisp slaw, ensuring plenty for all your friends and family.

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    All-American Barbecue Chicken

    When it comes to grilling, barbecue chicken is about as classic as it gets. Slather chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks in our sticky-sweet homemade balsamic BBQ sauce, then grill until golden brown.

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    Sprinkle-Stripe Cake

    Fondant strips and glittery red and blue sprinkles transform ordinary layer cake into a 4th of July masterpiece. Top the impressive dessert with tall sparkling candles to mimic fireworks.

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    Blackberry-Bourbon Lemonade

    Want to know our secret to this lemonade cocktail? It's our homemade blackberry-bourbon syrup! Watch to see how easy it is to make this refreshing summer beverage.

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    Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

    Crisp-tender asparagus, sweet peppers, zucchini, and red onion hot off the grill join cooked penne for one fantastic pasta salad. A light drizzle of balsamic vinegar coats the 30-minute side dish.

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    Sweet Tea Swagger

    For the perfect summer refreshment, turn to sweet tea. Ours has a splash of rum and a hint of lime juice. Garnish with watermelon and mint.

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    Potato Salad

    Use red potatoes in your 4th of July potato salad for a recipe that bursts with Independence Day color. We mixed our classic potato salad with mayonnaise, but yellow mustard can be substituted, if desired.

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    Strawberry Granita

    Ruby-red strawberry granita is a refreshing 4th of July dessert that requires no special equipment to prepare. Top each serving with a few full berries and lemon whipped cream for extra fruity flavor.

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    Whiskey Barrel Burgers

    Classic grilled hamburgers get even better when stuffed with a gooey cheddar cheese filling. If serving children, simply forgo the whiskey.

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    Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta

    Fruit salad is a 4th of July favorite, and this tangy take blends sweet honeydew melon with fresh cucumber and creamy feta cheese. The side salad is low in calories, so you can indulge in those red, white, and blue desserts guilt-free.

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    Lemon-Sage Pork Chops on a Stick

    These savory, succulent pork chops boast bright flavor from a homemade lemon-garlic marinade. Simply grill until tender, then serve -- wooden skewers make the tasty chops easy to eat.

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    Summer Hot Dogs

    Who doesn't love a loaded hot dog at their July 4th get-together? Try some new-style summer toppings -- avocado, corn, jalapeno chile peppers, and dry-roasted sunflower kernels -- and give your dog a fresh flavor.

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    Berry Patchwork Tart

    Transform refrigerated crescent roll dough into a vibrant 4th of July dessert with bright berries and creamy mascarpone cheese. Arrange the red, white, and blue tarts into a pretty pattern, or mix the berries according to taste.

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    Boiled-in-the-Husk Corn on the Cob

    Protect the fresh-picked flavor of summer's most iconic veggie by boiling your corn in the husk. An easy cayenne-flavor butter makes this dish a contender for the best 4th of July side dish.

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    Memphis Dry Ribs

    A zesty nine-spice rub takes smoked pork ribs to a whole new level. Easy to make for the masses, these ribs will be the hit of your patriotic celebration.

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    Sparkler Cupcakes

    Confetti cupcakes will be the hit of your party with a few festive add-ons. Fireworks inspire the swirls and colorful sprinkles that dress up these 4th of July cupcakes.

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    Grilled Baby Veggies with Arugula-Mint Pesto

    Brighten up this year's July 4th menu with beautiful grilled vegetables. Finish off this mix of shallots, summer squash, sweet peppers, cremini mushrooms, tomatoes, and carrots with a fresh and flavorful arugula-mint pesto sauce.

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    Cherry-Berry Pie

    Fresh blackberries and cherries fill this sweet-tart homemade pie. To make it even juicier, use frozen cherries, then top with fluffy whipped cream.

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    Honey-Ginger Limeade

    Sweet honey and zesty ginger add kick to basic limeade. For even more flavor, add a jalapeno pepper to the mix. Rim the edges of your glasses with colored sugar before serving this summery drink.

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    Pineapple-Black Bean Guacamole

    Whip up this easy 4th of July side in just 15 minutes -- simply chop the ingredients and mix them together in a bowl before serving! The chunky guacamole dip incorporates sour cream, green salsa, fresh pineapple, and zingy jalapeno pepper.

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    Lemon Sponge Pie

    What makes a better summer dessert than a light and airy lemon pie? Served chilled and topped with sugary candied lemon slices, this yummy sponge pie is the perfect choice for cooling off at a hot 4th of July get-together.

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    Pulled Pork with Strawberry BBQ Sauce

    Pulled pork sandwiches get an update with an easy-to-make barbecue sauce that has a surprise ingredient: strawberries! Served on soft rolls, these tasty sandwiches are a great bring-along main dish for a July 4th party.

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    July 4th Potluck Recipes

    Bring these crowd-pleasing main dishes, sides, and desserts to your next July 4th potluck. We have potato salad, fruit salad, dips, refreshing summer drinks, and more. Whether you're bringing one dish or several, these 4th of July recipes will star at your next gathering.
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