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If you’re feeling a little stuck for inspiration when it comes to Fourth of July food ideas, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of easy-to-make recipes that will please everyone at your party—including the picky eaters!
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
This is a perfect way to start your day, or celebrate the Fourth of July. An easy breakfast, lunch or dinner idea that can be made ahead of time and served cold. It’s also great for kids!
1 cup yogurt (whole milk Greek yogurt preferred)
2 cups granola (make your own or purchase organic/non-GMO)
1/4 cup nuts (almonds, walnuts etc.)
Berries – strawberries, blueberries or raspberries; place them on top before serving if desired
Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers
- Marinate bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs for about an hour in a mixture of honey, barbecue sauce and apple cider vinegar.
- Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before using them to thread the chicken pieces onto each skewer. You can use flat or round skewers depending on your preference — just make sure they’re sturdy enough to hold the meat!
- Slide the skewered chicken pieces onto a hot grill over medium heat and cook until they’re done (about 10 minutes per side). Be sure to turn them regularly so all sides get equal exposure to the heat source (a side burner works well).
- Serve with a side of rice
Potatoes are a great side dish that can be paired with almost anything. Roasting them in the oven is an easy way to prepare them, but you can also add herbs or spices to give them extra flavor. The best thing about making roasted potatoes is that you can make a lot of them at once, which makes it a great option if you’re hosting guests over for your 4th of July celebration!
Let’s start with the basics: what does it take to roast some potatoes?
- Well, first, wash and peel several large Russet potatoes (you’ll want about 6-8 per person).
- Cut each potato into quarters lengthwise and then slice each quarter into two or three pieces depending on how big they are—you don’t want to end up with tiny pieces of potato!
- Place them on a lined baking sheet and drizzle olive oil generously over top. Then sprinkle salt liberally over top as well.
- Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes until golden brown on both sides. Serve with ketchup or mayo if desired!
Healthy Berry Popsicles
Another great way to keep cool on a hot day is with berry popsicles. You can make them with any berries you like, but we recommend using strawberries, blueberries and raspberries for a patriotic themed treat.
If you’d like to make these popsicles without sugar, go ahead! For those of us who don’t mind adding some extra sweetness to the mix though—we say go for it! If you are using real fruit instead of sugar-free ice pop molds (which would be awesome if you also have access to fresh fruit), then adding just a dash more honey will sweeten things up without overdoing it.
One last thing: if there’s no dairy in your diet (or if dairy makes you feel yucky) then swap out regular yogurt for coconut or almond milk yogurt instead!
Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
- Ingredients: fresh strawberries, mini shortcakes cut into cubes and soaked in juice from whipped cream canisters (or you can use crushed graham crackers), whipped cream.
- Preparation: Cut the shortcakes into cubes and soak them in the left over whipped cream canister juice for about an hour.
- Consumption: Place the shortcake on a skewer with a strawberry at the bottom, then add another layer of shortcake and top off with more strawberries! Super easy, but also super delicious! Pair this dessert with coconut water or sparkling cider for an extra special treat!
Taco Salad Bar
If you are hosting a BBQ for the holiday, then this is one of the best options for you. With a taco salad bar, there is no need to stress about having enough food.
One thing that people love about this kind of meal is that they can get exactly what they want and not have any leftovers (which always happen when serving a full course meal).
- Make sure you have a variety of toppings such as tomatoes, onions, olives, jalapenos and salsa.
- Make sure to have several different dressings available like ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing as well as regular mayo or sour cream if you prefer them instead of salads being served with either creamy or spicy flavors.
- You should also make sure there are plenty tortilla chips on hand so everyone has their choice of how much crunchy goodness they want in each bite.
- If possible use fresh vegetables like bell peppers and cucumbers because those go really well with tacos too!
Crispy Kale Chips
Kale chips are a great healthy snack for this holiday. They are easy to make and can be flavored with different seasonings. If you haven’t tried them before, now is the perfect time!
To make kale chips, simply tear your kale leaves into large pieces and spread on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with parchment paper.
Pour 1/4 cup of oil (I recommend olive oil) over the top of the leaves in a spray bottle, then lightly spritz all over every leaf until they’re coated and shiny.
Sprinkle any desired seasonings onto each piece of kale (I like salt, pepper and garlic powder), then bake at 225°F for 20 minutes or until crispy but not browned too much because they will continue cooking after they come out of the oven due to residual heat just like regular potato chips do so watch carefully!
Caprese Salad with Marinated Tomatoes and Herbs
Caprese salad is always a safe bet for summer salads. It’s simple and light, but still has some texture and crunch. This recipe calls for balsamic vinegar reduction, which gives the dressing an extra kick of flavor while keeping it light and refreshing. The tomatoes are marinated with herbs, which makes them flavorful without adding any fat or calories to the dish.
- 1/2 cup tomato juice
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil (or 3 tsp dried)
- salt and pepper to taste
S’mores by the Campfire
You want to make sure you have the following materials on hand:
- graham crackers
- chocolate squares or candy bars
- milk or dark chocolate chips (optional)
If you’re roasting s’mores in a fire pit, place the graham crackers on one side of the grill and put a little layer of chocolate on them.
On top of that, place another cracker and more chocolate, then repeat until all your graham crackers are stacked and have some kind of filling in between each one.
Place marshmallows on top, close up the lid and wait for about five minutes before pulling out your S’mores with tongs. If you’re looking for an even more authentic experience, roast them over an open flame instead!
Patriotic Piecces of Cake (Red-White-Blue Mini Cakes)
- Use a mini cupcake pan to bake little cakes.
- Make red and blue cake batter with a white frosting in between each layer.
- Add blueberry or raspberry filling to the middle, then top with blueberry or raspberry icing and another round of white frosting on top.
I hope these recipes will help you plan your 4th of July dinner party or other event another day.