I love gathering Fourth of July recipe ideas each year. Jake’s birthday is the day before the 4th of July, which means we have no shortage of opportunities to gather with family and friends over the holiday weekend. This year we have friends visiting in late June through early July, which means they’ll be here for the festivities as well. As such, we’ll be seeing even more people, spending more time outdoors grilling, etc. Whether you’re gathering with a few close family members or a large group of friends, I hope you’re able to find a few Fourth of July recipe ideas here that appeal to your party.
Hands down, my favorite summer appetizer is Caprese skewers. I made them at least four or five times last summer and just made a round for Father’s Day, which were devoured in no time. Danielle also has a great California variation with avocado. Of course, you can’t go wrong with hummus either, served alongside raw veggies and rice crackers. Watermelon feta bites and cucumber dill bites are perfect for summer as well and come together in minutes.
If you don’t go with the Caprese skewers appetizer, consider a basic Caprese salad instead. It comes together even more quickly and is just as delicious. A cucumber tomato salad with herb vinaigrette is also light and refreshing, ideal for mid-summer. I’m a sucker for a good chopped salad, too, especially if it includes avocado, such as the copycat Maggiano’s chopped salad. Personally, I’m not big on mayo-heavy or super creamy salads, but a lighter potato or pasta salad like this Mediterranean pasta salad is great.
Fruit salad is a natural choice for the Fourth of July. With so many delicious fruits in season, it’s hard to go wrong here. Many people opt for the classic red, white, and blue fruit salad with honey-lime glaze, but of course you shouldn’t feel limited to this option. My go-to summer vegetable is asparagus. I almost always steam it, but grilling it is perfect for the Fourth of July, too! You’re sure to please a crowd with grilled corn on the cob as well.
When we have people over and are grilling, we often start with a batch of shrimp sprinkled with a little Mrs. Dash, and then make chicken and steak kabobs, regular steaks, or beef burgers. I marinate my kabobs in teriyaki sauce with a little soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder, and black pepper. I don’t have a specific recipe I follow, but this concept is fairly self-explanatory. I also cover a wealth of my favorite grilled meals in my 30 Days of healthy grilling recipes roundup. If you’re looking for a few more burger options, check out How Sweet Eats’ queso cheeseburgers with avocado and pico de gallo, Pinch of Yum’s lemon herb salmon burgers, and Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s jalapeno cheddar turkey burgers.
In summer, it’s hard to go wrong with homemade yellow cake (no frosting needed), fresh sliced strawberries, and whipped cream. I never get tired of tiramusu desserts and love any excuse to make this ridiculously easy tiramisu. I serve it as a dip with Nilla wafers. If you want a little more complex dessert (that you can make ahead of time!), I’m also a big fan of tiramisu cheesecake. Finally, we almost always end up eating confetti cake or confetti cake cupcakes on the 4th of July. Jake’s birthday is July 3, and confetti cake is his favorite. So I have to include Jessica’s confetti cupcakes.
I think that I could drink fresh lemonade at every single summer get together and not get tired of it. Making lemonade from scratch isn’t hard and is so so delicious. When I’m making something alcoholic for a group, it’s almost always sangria. I love citrusy champagne sangria for a Fourth of July gathering. If you want a patriotic drink, whip up red, white and blue sangria. Watermelon margaritas and strawberry pineapple mojitos are perfect for the 4th of July (or any other summer occasion!) as well.
Do you have any favorite Fourth of July recipe ideas?
Feel free to leave links to your favorite recipes in the comments!
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