4th of July Recipes

The Fourth of July holiday is just a week away, so it’s high-time that I share some of my favorite eats for the red, white and blue celebration. Truthfully, I think my stained glass Jello stars are the only thing that actually contains all three of those colors, but some have blue, some have red, and some are just plain delicious. Below you will find all of my favorites when it comes to making 4th of July eats just as sparkly for your taste buds as fireworks are for your eyes. There are the requisite staples: appetizers, dips, side dishes and (of course) desserts. Have fun planning your menu!


Classic Lemonade
Ginger-Tea Lemonade
White Sangria

For the Appetizers and Snacks:

Artichoke Spinach Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Cheddar Ale Spread
Chicken Spread
Cream Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeños
Fontina-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Fruit Dip
Homemade Restaurant-Style Salsa
Hot Reuben Dip
Pan-Fried Onion Dip
Polenta Pizza
Sausage Dip
Seven Layer Dip
Taco Dip
Traditional Hummus

For the Sides:

Antipasto Salad
Barbecued Beans
Best Ever Potato Salad
Broccoli Salad
Creamy, Lighter Macaroni Salad
Grilled Corn
Italian Pasta Salad
Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Potato Salad with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette

For Dessert:

Baked Brownie (my favorite brownie recipe!)
Blackberry Pie Bars
Blueberry Crumb Cake
Chewy, Chunky Blondies
Hidden Berry Cream Cheese Torte (could use a combo of blueberry & strawberry/raspberry)
Honey-Vanilla Sour Cream Pound Cake
Lemon Bars
Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars
Peach Crumb Bars
Peanut Butter Cup Bars
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Raspberry Streusel Bars
Root Beer Float Cake
Red, White & Blue Stained Glass Jello Stars (pictured above)
S’more Nut Bars
Strawberry Mirror Cake
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Sweet and Salty Brownies

What’s on your menu for the 4th of July festivities??