Every Single 4th of July Recipe You Could Ever Need (All in One Place)
You’ll want to have a refreshing 4th of July drink on hand (think: strawberry lemonade), a good snack or dip for nibbling, a hearty main, like juicy burgers, crispy fried chicken, or grilled pizza, summery salads and buttery corn on the cob are a must, and of course you’ll need festive 4th of July desserts (a flag cake is classic and firecracker Rice Krispies treats are always a hit). We’ve got over 65 recipes to help you plan your best and most delicious July 4th yet.
Dip, Salsa, and Snacks
When it comes to summer snacking, you simply can never go wrong with a fresh batch of salsa and chips. Put out a bowl of creamy avocado or 7-layer dip, and you can be sure it will be gobbled up in no time.
Hot summer days demand the most cool and refreshing drinks. There’s never been a better time to pull together a big pitcher of lemonade, sweet tea, or perhaps some sangria or a summery prosecco punch.
Burgers and hotdogs are always a safe bet, but we also love herby shrimp skewers, jalapeño-lime chicken breast, garlic-butter salmon, or a simple foil packet meal.
No grill, no problem! There are plenty of meaty, summery mains that are perfect for the day and don’t require a grill. If you’re up for a little bit of a project, go for a batch of saucy ribs in the oven or some fried chicken. Or if you prefer to keep things as easy as can be, dill pickle chicken or slow cooker pulled pork will be right up your alley.
If you’d prefer to skip the meat, there are so many options for great summertime vegetarian mains. Grilled pizza is one of our favorites, although fs you want to load up on veggies, spinach and goat cheese-stuffed portobellos, cauliflower steaks, and veggie kebabs are all wins.
Fresh Summer Salads and Slaws
No 4th of July meal is complete without some kind of summery salad. If you’re going for a classic cookout vibe, creamy potato salad or tomato salad is a good bet. If you’ve already got the grill fired up for your meal, our grilled zucchini salad is a great side dish choice. And if your goal is to keep it simple, cucumber salad or a crunchy salad are what you need.
Summer Side Dish Favorites
It doesn’t matter whether you go for buttery corn on the cob, a loaded pasta salad, or baked beans, these side dishes are summertime essentials.
4th of July Desserts
Every 4th of July meal needs something sweet to round it out. If you’re game to turn on the oven, cherry pie bars are well worth it. And for something cool and nostalgic, a Friendly’s-inspired watermelon roll is guaranteed to be a surefire hit.