If you're on the lookout for delicious dishes to serve for your 4th of July bash, look no further. From gourmet plant-based recipes to dishes that will satisfy any carnivore to the perfect cocktails and mocktails, this list has everything you need to make Independence Day a culinary success.
Meat-Based Mains and Sides
1. Gourmet Sliders
These gourmet sliders are a great choice to make your 4th of July barbecue special. Topped with caramelized onions, gouda, and homemade rosemary aioli, they certainly take the classic burger up a notch or two.
2. Mediterranean Orzo Salad
Instead of opting for a mayo-based pasta salad, which can be heavy in the summer heat, choose the light, fresh flavors of this Mediterranean-inspired orzo salad. Fresh herbs, olives, and a touch of feta cheese add tons of flavor to this salad.
3. German Potato Salad with Salami
This German-inspired potato salad features a light vinaigrette, fresh dill, and thinly sliced salami. It's a great side dish for whatever you're grilling.
Plant-Based Mains and Sides
4. Portobello Mushroom Burger
Vegan guests don't need to abstain from burgers when you opt for this plant-based portobello mushroom burger. Topped with roasted or grilled peaches, these burgers offer a great play between savory and sweet.
5. Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers
For a second burger option with a bit more spice, these quinoa and black bean burgers are a surefire crowd pleaser, seasoned with cumin, chile, and cilantro.
6. Fiery Vegan Summer Salad with Beet Greens and Grilled Peaches
This plant-based salad combines peppery beet greens with sweet, caramelized grilled peaches. A bit of your favorite grain adds a touch of bulk to the salad, making it the ideal 4th of July main for vegan guests.
7. Heirloom Tomatoes on Toast
No need to go super fancy for your 4th of July bash to make it delicious. Seasonal summer heirloom tomatoes on toast make an incredible appetizer or side, and they couldn't be simpler to prepare.
8. Vegan Potato Salad with Peas and Pesto
Potato salad gets a makeover with this fresh-flavored version made with fresh peas and pesto. The combination is bright and herbaceous – ideal for a 4th of July cookout or picnic.
9. Chocolate-Dipped Watermelon Pops
There's perhaps no dessert more perfect for the 4th of July than watermelon, but why not dress it up a bit? This recipe allows you to get creative with a variety of different toppings. When sprinkled atop the dark chocolate drizzle, they'll turns this seasonal summer fruit into a special occasion treat.
10. Easy Stuffed Peaches
Peaches make a fantastic dessert option, especially if you throw them on the grill for a touch of caramelized flavor. Top them with homemade granola, and dessert is ready!
11. Homemade Vegan Ice Cream
Ice cream is an essential barbecue treat, so this 4th of July, why not try your hand at making your own? This vegan ice cream, made with coconut milk and sweetened with agave, is the perfect base for a sundae bar (or delicious on its own!)
Summery Cocktails and Mocktails
12. Watermelon Agua Fresca
Brightly colored watermelon is the base for this agua fresca recipe, a summer mocktail that everyone can enjoy. (Of course, we won't tell anyone if you jazz it up with a touch of rum!)
13. Fresh Fruit Spritzer
This fresh fruit spritzer is the perfect 4th of July cocktail. Made with seasonal berries, club soda, and just enough vodka, it's the ideal way to celebrate. Choose red, white, and blue berries to make this cocktail extra festive!
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