4th of July Recipes
4th of July BBQs and fireworks are something that the kids look forward to all summer. Here are our top favorite recipes for drinks, appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts – 25 recipe ideas in total. There is something for everyone here!
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Wondering what you should make for your 4th of July BBQ? I’ve got tons of ideas for you here.
The girls and I just finished up our grocery shopping for our 4th of July Menu, so I have all of these great summer BBQ recipes fresh in my mind. I thought that I should share a roundup of some of our most popular recipes to make for a 4th of July BBQ to help you with your brainstorming.
We have a few of the items on this list on our menu this year, but really we’re fans of everything listed here. This year I let the girls plan out the menu because I was busy with some other things, and because Kendall’s boyfriend is coming for dinner. Here’s what they chose:
Our 4th of July Menu
- Grilled Brats (probably because we’ve recently had burgers, pulled pork, and ribs!)
- Grandma Cookie’s Potato Salad
- BLT Green Salad
- Cherry Limeade Slushies
- Strawberry Fool with Lemon Blueberry Sauce Added for Red, White, and Blue!
We’ll be celebrating on July 3 since our town does their big firework show for the holiday at the golf course a day early, so we will be in full on prep mode later today. Fun fact – 3 years ago Kevin proposed at the firework show, so its always fun to go back each year and see the show.
4th of July Appetizers
Roasted Tomato Crostini with Walnut Almond Pesto and Goat Cheese
Take advantage of summer's colorful and delicious produce and make this Roasted Tomato Crostini with Walnut Almond Pesto and Goat Cheese. Crostini is a great summer appetizer to serve while sitting out on the patio in the evening.
Greek Yogurt Pesto Dip
This simple Greek Yogurt Pesto Dip only requires 2 ingredients - Pesto and Greek Yogurt. Use it as a healthy dip for your favorite summertime grilled veggies.
Fresh Zucchini Corn Salsa
Fresh Zucchini Corn Salsa would make a great appetizer or snack, but with the added protein from the black beans, it also makes a perfect light and healthy lunch.
This deconstructed guacamole is also perfect for snacking with chips, or for adding on top of tacos, fajitas, grilled meats or a Mexican salad. And it is great for entertaining!
Cucumber Feta Rolls
Thinly sliced cucumbers are rolled up with a mixture of feta, sundried tomatoes, greek yogurt, and kalamata olives. The result is a cool, fresh summer appetizer.
4th of July Drinks
Watermelon Mint Lemonade
Homemade Watermelon Mint Lemonade is a fun take on the traditional homemade lemonade recipe – and it couldn’t be more summery with it’s gorgeous bright pink color. The perfect fruity and refreshing drink for the whole family on a hot day! *For an adult beverage, add 1 shot vodka or tequila to each glass prior to serving. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.*
Cherry Limemade Slushies
Homemade slushies like this recipe for a Cherry Limeade Slushie are perfect for summer and they're super easy to make! *For adults, you can make some fun Frozen Cherry Limeade Cocktails. Add a total of 4 – 6 shots of vodka or tequila (depending on your personal preference!) to the blender with the rest of the ingredients to make a frozen cocktail. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.*
Fresh Pineapple Moscow Mule
A classic Moscow Mule get a fruity twist in this recipe for Fresh Pineapple Mint Moscow Mules thanks to the addition of fresh pineapple juice, pineapple garnish, and a sprig of mint. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21
Sparkling Rhubarb Raspberry Lemonade
A refreshing springtime lemonade made with a flavorful rhubarb-raspberry simple syrup mixed with sparkling water and served over ice.
Strawberry Lemonade or Strawberry Lemon-Limeade
Nothing says summertime like an ice cold glass of fresh squeeze strawberry lemonade. The perfect sweet and tart drink to pair with any summer BBQ. Drink it just like it is, or use it as the base for your favorite adult cocktail *For an adult beverage, add 1 shot vodka or tequila to each glass prior to serving. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21*
4th of July Side Dishes
The Best Classic Potato Salad
Summer Potlucks and BBQs don't seem complete without a big bowl of this Classic Potato Salad. Creamy Mayo, celery, onion, hardboiled eggs, and of course plenty of potatoes make up this recipe - in our family's opinion it is simply the best!
Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is a light and refreshing summertime salad.
Creamy Jalapeño BBQ Coleslaw
You can't go wrong with something as classic as coleslaw when you're planning out your 4th of July menu. In this recipe, your typical BBQ Coleslaw gets a makeover with the addition of jalapeño for just a touch of heat for your tastebuds!
Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges
These Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges are full of flavor. They're super simple to whip up and contain only 4 ingredients - Southwestern Pork Rub, Sweet Potatoes, Oil, and Cilantro for Garnish.
Bleu Cheese BLT Salad
Chopped lettuce, heirloom baby tomatoes, plenty of bacon, bleu cheese, and cubes of toasted bread make up this Bleu Cheese BLT Salad, a fun take on a classic BLT.
4th of July Main Dishes
Easy Smoked Chicken
Easy Smoked Chicken is a great summer meal. The chicken turns out incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy. Perfect for BBQs or any time you want to cook a whole chicken but want to do something a little different than traditional roasting.
Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken
Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken is a perfect easy summer grilled chicken recipe. The chicken tenderloins are marinaded in a sweet and savory honey mustard sauce with sprigs of fresh rosemary and lemon juice, then quickly cooked on a hot grill. So good and so easy!
The Best Smoked Pork Shoulder
Smoked Pork Shoulder is a classic summertime BBQ recipe. Come check out my tried and true method for making Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork along with my 9 pro tips for the best smoked pork – I’m including my favorite pork shoulder brine and pulled pork rub.
Mango Habanero Drumsticks
Mango Habanero Drumsticks are full of sweet and spicy flavor thanks the Mango Habanero BBQ sauce and perfect for your 4th of July BBQ celebrations!
4th of July Desserts
Red White and Blue Berry Dessert Bites
Red, White, and Blue Berry Dessert Bites are the summery dessert for any 4th of July BBQ! Fresh red raspberries, blueberries, and a sweet and tangy cream cheese spread layer on top of a simple crust.
Triple Berry Lemon Galette
This berry galette recipe is so colorful thanks to the mix of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Free-form pies like these are so simple because there is no crimping or perfection intended. Rustic is best and I think the ground almonds and portion of whole wheat flour add to the rustic nature of this crust.
Fresh Strawberry Galette
This beautiful and colorful Fresh Strawberry Galette with Almond Crust emphasizes the sweet juiciness of the strawberries without much added sugar. It is the perfect spring and summer dessert!
Fruit Punch Popsicles with Coconut Water
Homemade popsicles are the perfect snack for hot summer days . You'll love the bright red color of these Fruit Punch Popsicles. The addition of coconut water make them extra hydrating!
What is on your 4th of July Menu this year?
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