21 Festive July Fourth Recipes

Make Fourth of July parties and cookouts even tastier with these recipes for desserts, sides, main dishes and more

Pork Chops with Sweet Tomato Relish and Blue Potatoes

Pork Chops with Sweet Tomato Relish and Blue Potatoes

Lisa Park

Get some red, white and blue on your plate this Fourth of July! Grill juicy pork chops and serve them with a tangy tomato relish sweetened with a balsamic reduction, honey and sun-dried tomatoes, spiked with a pinch of cayenne. Rosemary potatoes round out this delicious dish.

Get the recipe: Pork Chops with Sweet Tomato Relish and Blue Potatoes

Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings

Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings

Used by permission of DK Publishing

Serve these spicy herbed chicken wings as an appetizer or part of a larger Fourth of July spread.

Get the recipe: Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings

Loaded Baked Potato Salad with Bacon

Loaded Baked Potato Salad with Bacon

Maggie Shi

No summertime menu is complete without potato salad. This extra special version is a riff on the classic baked potato and contains sour cream, chives, bacon and cheddar cheese.

Get the recipe: Loaded Baked Potato Salad with Bacon

Chicken-Apple Hot Dogs with Blueberry Ketchup

Chicken-Apple Hot Dogs with Blueberry Ketchup

Lisa Park

These patriotic hot dogs have grilled red peppers and white onions, along with a playful blueberry ketchup. If you want to make this a kid-friendly meal, leave out the crushed red pepper when cooking the fruity condiment.

Get the recipe: Chicken-Apple Hot Dogs with Blueberry Ketchup

Corn, Cherry Tomato & Asparagus Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Corn, Cherry Tomato and Asparagus Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

L. Trovato

This summery side dish salad is perfect for Fourth of July picnics and barbecues and is a snap to make. If possible, try not to use frozen corn; fresh corn really makes a difference.

Get the recipe: Corn, Cherry Tomato and Asparagus Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette

Triple Berry Parfait

Triple Berry Parfait

Lisa Park

This simple dessert will wow your guests with its bright bursts of color and flavor—a perfect tribute to the holiday. Pair each serving with a crisp cookie for a nice contrast to the soft, creamy textures filling every glass.

Get the recipe: Triple Berry Parfait

Honey Mustard Barbecued Chicken

Honey Mustard Barbecued Chicken

Courtesy of 'The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World'

Sweet honey and tangy whole grain mustard combine to make a holiday-worthy glaze for barbecued chicken.

Get the recipe: Honey Mustard Barbecued Chicken

Corn, Tomato and Lobster Salad

Corn, Tomato and Lobster Salad

Steven Freeman

In-season corn is so delicious that you don’t need to bother cooking it. Simply toss the kernels with vinaigrette, tiny heirloom tomatoes and steamed lobster for a festive side or main dish salad.

Get the recipe: Corn, Tomato, and Lobster Salad

Patriotic Pound Cake with Fresh Fruit and Whipped Cream

Patriotic Pound Cake with Fresh Fruit and Whipped Cream

L. Trovato

This little parfait is a fun twist on a Fourth of July flag cake and is much easier to make. You can prepare the ingredients a day ahead and then assemble when you're ready to serve—a perfect no-fuss holiday dessert.

Get the recipe: Patriotic Pound Cake with Fresh Fruit and Whipped Cream

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

iVillage

It's Fourth of July, why not splurge a little? Kick plain old hot dogs up a notch by wrapping them in bacon. Use thin-cut bacon for the best results—a thick slice won't cling on or crisp up properly.

Get the recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog

Chili-Rubbed Steaks & Pan Salsa

Chili-Rubbed Steaks & Pan Salsa

EatingWell Test Kitchen

Steaks on the grill are a Fourth of July favorite. This recipe includes a spicy rub for the meat as well as a fresh tomato salsa to put on top. We especially like the flavor and texture of rib-eye with these seasonings; look for steak that has been thinly cut.

Get the recipe: Chili-Rubbed Steaks & Pan Salsa

Avocado Mayo

Avocado Mayo

L. Trovato

This versatile condiment has endless uses, no matter what you're serving this Fourth of July. Pair it with beef or turkey burgers, grilled shrimp tacos, BLTs or poached, sauteed or grilled salmon. It's also great simply slathered on fresh beefsteak tomatoes with plenty of salt.

Get the recipe: Avocado Mayo

Individual Cherry-Blueberry Trifles

Individual Cherry-Blueberry Trifles

EatingWell Test Kitchen

Festive as can be, these layered cherry-blueberry trifles are an easy make-ahead dessert. Fresh fruit is best when in season, but frozen (thawed) fruit works well too.

Get the recipe: Individual Cherry-Blueberry Trifles

Grilled French Fries

Grilled French Fries

L. Trovato

These giant fries will complement whatever you're grilling. Start them on the grill so they don't fall apart, and then finish cooking them in the oven.

Get the recipe: Grilled French Fries

Roasted Corn, Black Bean, and Mango Salad

Roasted Corn, Black Bean, and Mango Salad

Used by permission. (c) Eating Well, Inc.

Ideal for Fourth of July or any summer menu, this simple salad pairs well with grilled foods such as salmon, halibut, chicken or pork. Browning the corn in a skillet gives it a nutty, caramelized flavor that contrasts with the sweetness of the mango.

Get the recipe: Roasted Corn, Black Bean, and Mango Salad

Strawberry-Raspberry Sundaes

Strawberry-Raspberry Sundaes

EatingWell Test Kitchen

Nothing says summer like fresh berries. Try this simple sundae sauce over frozen yogurt or ice cream for a scrumptious Independence Day (or any day) treat.

Get the recipe: Strawberry-Raspberry Sundae

Lemon Pesto Marinade

Lemon Pesto Marinade

Rori Trovato

If you're grilling on the Fourth of July, this flavorful marinade works well on just about everything: fish, shrimp, scallops, steaks, chicken (parts or the whole bird, if using a rotisserie), and is also fantastic on grilled vegetables.

Get the recipe: Lemon Pesto Marinade

Cucumber & Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Cucumber & Black-Eyed Pea Salad

EatingWell Test Kitchen

Cucumbers add a refreshing crunch to this protein-rich salad that's perfect for Fourth of July get-togethers. Substitute white beans or chickpeas for the black-eyed peas if you prefer.

Get the recipe: Cucumber & Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Garden Pasta Salad

Garden Pasta Salad

Used by permission. (c) Eating Well, Inc.

Ideal for holiday potlucks or picnics, this lightly dressed pasta salad gets lots of flavor from Kalamata olives and basil.

Get the recipe: Garden Pasta Salad

Burgers with Blue Cheese

Burgers with Blue Cheese

Weldon Owen Inc. and Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Crumbled blue cheese adds a tangy kick to a Fourth of July classic, the hamburger.

Get the recipe: Burgers with Blue Cheese

Deviled Eggs, Three Ways

Deviled Eggs, Three Ways

Cathy Erway

Deviled eggs are a perfect appetizer for summer gatherings. Here's how to spice them up with Thai red curry, Chinese five spice powder and Japanese wasabi.

Get the recipe:
Deviled Eggs, Three Ways

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