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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    • Frozen Neapolitans

      Our spin on the classic Italian ice cream will have your mouth watering at a July 4th potluck. The frozen chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla combo is cut into bite-size bars to serve a crowd, then topped with delicious melted chocolate and toasted almonds.

    • Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta

      Get your greens in this refreshing fruit-and-veggie salad. The melon and cucumber add sweetness, while red onion and feta give the salad a tangy bite. It's perfect for July 4th potlucks: The prep takes only 20 minutes before chilling in the refrigerator overnight.

    • Caramelized Onion Dip

      Say good-bye to store-bought onion dip: Our easy homemade version takes the party favorite to new heights. Caramelizing the onions gives the dip a sweeter flavor, and light sour cream and mayo keep the calories under control.

    • Watermelon-Mint Coolers

      Instead of bringing a whole watermelon to your 4th of July potluck, bring this refreshing summer beverage instead. Pureed watermelon and crushed mint offer a sweet alternative to classic lemonade, and the ginger ale base makes it bubbly and fun.

    • Classic Potato Salad

      It wouldn't be a 4th of July potluck without potato salad -- and this classic recipe is one of our favorites. Our Test Kitchen offers other ways for you to make it your own, including a peppercorn-ranch chicken variation and an herb-roasted garlic potato version.

    • Watch: How to Make Potato Salad

      Timing is everything when it comes to cooking potatoes for potato salad. Learn our easy secret for getting the best result with your July 4th potluck contribution.

    • Black-Eyed Pea Relish

      This July 4th appetizer is so versatile and easy to make. Fresh sweet peppers add color, a chopped serrano adds some bite, and black-eyed peas give the relish texture. Serve it with chips, on a bed of lettuce, or on sandwiches for an instant favorite!

    • Layered California-Style BLT Salad

      If you love BLT sandwiches (and who doesn't?), then you'll want to make this crunchy salad with garlicky croutons, romaine lettuce, tomato, and bacon for July 4th. Since it's a layered salad, you'll get all of the fantastic flavors in each bite.

    • Italian Fruit Salad

      Fresh fruit tossed in a simple 2-to-1 red wine vinegar and honey vinaigrette keeps it simple on the 4th of July. Refreshing watermelon, blueberries, and grapes make this Italian-style fruit salad (topped with shredded basil) hard to resist at potlucks.

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      Lemonade Cake

      For a simple and sweet 4th of July dessert, try our lemonade cake. The flavor is perfect for a hot summer day, and thin slices of lemon atop each piece make the cake party-ready.

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      Herbed Potato Salad

      Fresh herbs, such as tarragon, dill weed, or parsley, dress up this July 4th potluck classic. Make this potato salad ahead -- our recipe is best with 4 hours of chill time and a few minutes to come to room temperature.

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      Watermelon-Berry Sorbet

      Cool off with this fruity sorbet made with summer’s favorite fruit; add raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or a mix of all three to the recipe to give the sorbet a variety of flavors.

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      Strawberry Lemonade

      No 4th of July potluck would be complete without a pitcher of cool lemonade. Try this fun twist on the classic summer beverage by adding fresh strawberries to the mix.

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      Skillet White Beans

      Ready in under an hour, this July 4th potluck dish gets its sweet-and-savory flavor from brown sugar, maple syrup, and snipped fresh sage. Top with fresh cherry and grape tomatoes for a colorful garnish.

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      Corn-and-Blueberry Salad

      Fruit and veggies come together in this inventive July 4th salad that features fresh sweet corn, blueberries, cucumber, and jalapeno. It makes a great summer side dish and can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a large potluck crowd.

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      Potato-Cauliflower Salad

      Give classic potato salad a healthy twist with cauliflower. Top with crumbled blue cheese and crispy bacon for a dash of unexpected flavor.

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      Fresh Raspberry Bars

      These creamy and fruity bars are the perfect July 4th potluck contribution if you’ve been assigned to bring dessert -- the recipe makes 24, enough to please a large crowd.

      Editor's Tip: Place bars in an airtight tin or resealable container, separating the layers with a sheet of parchment or wax paper to keep them from sticking together.

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      Roasted Tomato-Bread Toss

      Try this flavorful take on a summer salad that combines Kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, and crispy baguette pieces. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes, tastes great served hot or cold, and will transport easily in a plastic container.

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      Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

      Mint leaves, feta cheese, and pickled onions flavor these fresh summer blackberries -- toss together for a unique summer salad that makes a great July 4th potluck side dish.

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      Coconut Fruit S’mores

      You don’t need a campfire to put together this summer classic. Prep the marshmallow and berry skewers before leaving home, but keep the chocolate and graham crackers in their packages; the dessert will be ready in minutes.

      Editor's Tip: Check with the host in advance about using her broiler for heating the skewers and her microwave for melting the chocolate.

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      Bonanza Bean Dip

      Party dips are always a 4th of July crowd-pleaser, and this one sports a great mix of flavors: refried beans, lime guacamole, cherry tomatoes, ripe olives, and green onions.

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      Seashell Hot Dog Bake

      Mix up a 4th of July  go-to food -- hot dogs -- with this tasty pasta bake that combines shell macaroni, pasta sauce, veggies, and two different kinds of cheese.

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      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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