If you’re looking to turn up the heat at your July 4th cookout, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve pulled together the best (and easiest!) red, white and blue-themed recipes to show off your American pride in style! Independence Day only comes once a year, so why not go all out with everything from appetizers to desserts? With recipes taking as little as 10 minutes to make, there’s nothing to hold you back.
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American Flag Snack Tray
You can’t throw the ultimate Fourth of July party without a few snacks! This easy fruit and pretzel tray from Diary of a Debutante is the perfect dish to satisfy your sweet tooth without being too filling (because we have to save room for all these other treats)! Serve this one up in a chilled tray to keep your fruit cold and refreshing in the hot July sun.
Red, White and Blue Dessert Nachos
Nachos are always a crowd-pleaser and this dessert version from Fork and Beans is no exception! The cinnamon sugar chips are so easy to make, using a premade pizza crust to save time. Topped with fruit and yogurt, this recipe is a healthier dessert option without sacrificing flavor!
Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Salad
If you don’t like salads, it’s probably because you’ve never tried this recipe from The Slow Roasted Italian! With just seven ingredients, this easy fruit salad is dressed with a cheesecake flavored mix of cream cheese, pudding mix and vanilla creamer. Even the pickiest eater in your family will have a hard time resisting this fruit dish!
Balsamic Grilled Cherry, Blueberry, Goat Cheese, and Candied Hazelnut Salad
This patriotic salad from Two Peas and Their Pod has it all. Balsamic drenched cherries are caramelized on the grill and added to blueberries and bright, creamy goats cheese. Finally, homemade candied hazelnuts add the perfect crunch and complement the berries’ natural sweetness.
Patriotic Pasta Salad
Making colored pasta is easy with just a few drops of food coloring added to your boiling water! This festive spin on the classic summer side dish from Sprinkle Some Fun features blue-dyed bow tie pasta and pasta stars. Added to the festive pasta mix are mozzarella stars, pepperoni, tomatoes and, if you’re feeling adventurous, blueberries. Finally, the whole dish is seasoned with balsamic or Italian dressing and shaved parmesan.
Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza
You can’t go wrong with pizza, especially if you’ve got kids coming! This fun, patriotic pizza from My Inspiration Corner features pepperoni stripes and mozzarella stars. For the blue section of the flag, a roasted garlic parmesan sauce (or alfredo) is tinted with food coloring for a fun, creamy surprise.
Red, White and Bleu Burgers
All-American beef gets a patriotic upgrade in this burger recipe from An Affair From the Heart. Not only are these burgers topped with bacon and bleu cheese, but both ingredients are also mixed into each patty! Fresh tomato adds the final touch before each burger gets laid onto a freshly toasted, buttered bun.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Pickled Peppers
Barbeque is as American as it gets and these pulled pork sandwiches from Savory show their pride with red, white and blue accents. Each bun is layered with juicy pulled pork and white American cheese. Adding a bright pop of flavor, quick-pickled peppers and onions top each sandwich along with crispy blue potato chips.
Summer No-Bake Berry Lasagna Dessert
This crispy and creamy dessert from Recipe Magik is loaded with fruit flavor. Cherry vanilla whipped cream is layered between strawberry and blueberry graham cracker crusts. Topped with whipped cream, cherries and blueberries, this dish is frozen before serving for a refreshing summer treat.
American Flag S’mores Dip
You don’t need a campfire to enjoy the flavors of toasted marshmallow s’mores! This dip recipe from The Decorated Cookie toasts the multi-colored marshmallows in the oven for patriotic dessert in under 10 minutes. To make the flag design, marshmallows are simply coated with colored sprinkles before being arranged on chocolate bars.
What’s the Fourth of July without some fireworks?! This festive firecracker cake from Love Bakes Good Cakes is incredibly easy, based on one box of store-bought cake mix, canned icing, some food coloring and festive sprinkles. By dividing the cake batter and adding red and blue food coloring to only a portion, you can easily create a beautiful swirled pattern that will amaze your guests when you’re ready to serve.
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