28 Easy 4th of July Potluck Recipes Everyone Will Love
It doesn't get much more patriotic than this easy 4th of July cake, baked in a 13 x 9 cake pan ($5, Target). Fresh cherries or raspberries, blueberries, and a decadent cream cheese frosting turn a plain vanilla cake into an American flag. Plus, the dessert's large size (it serves 24!) means there will be plenty to feed a crowd.
Chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla? Why not all three at once? Our spin on the classic triple-layer Italian ice cream will have your mouth watering at a July 4th potluck. Cut the frozen treat into bite-size bars to serve a crowd, then top with melted chocolate and toasted almonds.
Pressure Cooker Pork Loin Back Ribs with Apple Glaze
Is the grill completely occupied with burgers and hot dogs? Roast up saucy ribs in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot ($90, Target). A whopping 4 pounds of ribs, enough to serve 8 hungry 4th of July potluck guests, requires just 25 minutes. Plus the apple-shallot glaze is a lovely complement to the oh-so American apple pie to come later in the day.
Ancho-Brown Sugar Baked Beans
Cold-Cut Bundt Sandwich
Refrigerated bread dough baked in a bundt pan ($9, Walmart) becomes the star of this massive cold-cut sandwich. The grooves of the pan make it easy to portion and cut individual servings. Perfect for a potluck main dish, this hearty sandwich is guaranteed to satisfy even the hungriest of guests. Customize it with your crew’s favorite proteins, veggies, and condiments.
Pizza Pasta Salad
Pizza, meet pasta salad. This flavorful potluck side dish recipe—a favorite of kids and adults alike—combines the best parts of two iconic foods in one mash-up recipe. Perfect for your 4th of July menu, the yummy summer salad is stuffed with sweet peppers, mozzarella, tomatoes, pepperoni, red onion, and olives.
Cherry Hand Pies
Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta
Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie
Inviting the whole block? We have an all-American dessert idea for you! Whip up this giant apple slab pie for a no-fuss addition to your 4th of July party spread. Each batch serves 25 people. If you're taking this to a gathering that's not at your home, consider making it in a disposable baking pan ($2, Walmart).
Caramelized Onion Dip
Classic Potato Salad
Black-Eyed Pea Relish
Black-eyed peas are said to bring good luck, so bring them to the party for an extra dose of positive vibes. 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 homemade condiment!
Layered California-Style BLT Salad
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 any summer potluck party. At just 91 calories per serving, this light side will save plenty of room for a patriotic dessert.
Herbed Potato Salad
Fresh herbs such as tarragon, dill weed, or parsley dress up this July 4th picnic recipe. To extend the decadent sour cream and mayo dressing, try blending it with a bit of olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
Editor's Tip: Make this potato salad ahead—our recipe is best with 4 hours of chill time and a few minutes to come to room temperature.
Why pick between melon and berries when you can scoop up a healthy dessert recipe that features all of the above? This fruity sorbet, made with several favorite fruits of summer, will help you cool off at the end of your 4th of July potluck menu. Add raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or a mix of all three to the recipe to give the frozen watermelon treat a variety of flavors.
Potluck drinks need to be cool and refreshing—and no 4th of July celebration would be complete without a pitcher of icy lemonade. Try this fun twist on the classic summer beverage with fresh strawberries in the mix.
Editor's Tip: For the 21+ Independence Day party guests, spike each serving with a ¼ cup of vodka or rum.
Skillet White Beans
Ready in under an hour, this potluck side dish gets its sweet-and-savory flavor from brown sugar, maple syrup, and snipped fresh sage. And to crank up the gourmet quality, we combine garbanzo beans and butter beans along with the white beans for a richer texture. Top with fresh cherry and grape tomatoes for a colorful garnish.
Corn and Blueberry Salad
Celebrate America’s best summer produce! Fruit and veggies team up in this inventive July 4th salad that features fresh sweet corn, blueberries, cucumber, and jalapeño. It makes a great summer side dish and can easily be doubled or tripled to serve a large potluck crowd.
Give classic potato salad a healthy twist with cauliflower. (Or opt for all cauliflower instead of part-spuds and stick to plain sour cream versus sour cream and chive dip to make this a keto 4th of July recipe.) Top with crumbled blue cheese and crispy bacon for a dash of unexpected flavor.
Editor's Tip: Keep food safety in mind! Serve up the bowl of salad on a tray over ice.
Fresh Raspberry Bars
These creamy and fruity bars are the perfect potluck contribution if you've been assigned to bring dessert for the 4th of July menu. The recipe makes 24, enough to please a large crowd.
Editor's Tip: Prep a few hours ahead and place bars in an airtight tin or resealable container, separating the layers with a sheet of parchment or waxed paper. When your bars are finished, use a small strainer ($13 for a set of 3, Target) to add a dusting of powdered sugar.
Roasted Tomato-Bread Toss
Try this flavorful take on a summer salad that combines Kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, and crispy baguette pieces. We can’t decide what we love most about it! Not only is this 4th of July potluck recipe ready in less than 30 minutes, it also tastes great served hot or cold, and it transports easily.
Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta
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. At the party, heat up the chocolate and toast the marshmallows, then this s’mores dessert will be ready in minutes.
Bonanza Bean Dip
Yes way! Add these rosé-soaked peaches in the middle of a split shortcake, on top of a cup of ice cream, or as the base of a simple sparkling wine cocktail (just top off the glass with bubbly and enjoy).
Editor's Tip: Cut day-of stress by making this 4th of July dessert recipe up to three days ahead, then chill until it’s time to celebrate.