20 Favorite Recipes for July 4th (or any Summer) Celebration
June 30, 2018
As you guys probably already know I am smitten with summer cooking. There is an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce and the markets are overflowing with fresh fruits and veggies. I love the impulsivity of shopping for ingredients that are at the peak of the season’s bounty. These 20 Delicious Recipes for July 4th Celebrations are some of my (and your) all-time favorites on marlameridith.com. Most require minimal prep and all have easy to find ingredients. There is a festive assortment of breakfast, sweets, savories and of course…cocktails! Bookmark this post for any summer entertaining or family meals.
Baked French Toast with Berries and Vanilla Syrup: This recipe comes together quickly and while it’s baking you can get other things done around the house.
Baked Blueberry French Toast: One of the most popular recipes on this blog. Make it today to find out why!
Blueberry Chia Pudding: This recipe is just as great for a healthy breakfast as it is for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up snack.
Fruit Salad with Lemon Honey Dressing: This sweet fruit salad is the perfect side dish or dessert.
Chipotle Macaroni Salad: Mac salad with a spicy twist. Everyone loves a great mac salad at picnics, BBQ’s and all kinds of outdoor parties.
Strawberry, Avocado & Asiago Salad: Taste all kinds of fresh flavors both sweet and savory in this fresh salad.
Hush Puppies: I could easily devour an entire batch of this recipe. Double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd. Trust me, they will go quickly!
Tex-Mex Burgers: Pile on that crispy bacon, homemade guacamole, fresh pico de gallo & slather on the Lemon Chipotle Mayo and you have the secret to these delicious burgers!
Crispy Avocado Wedges with Crab Salad: This creative dish only looks like it a huge effort. It’s so tasty and not hard at all to prepare.
Lobster Rolls: This fresh recipe just signifies the bounty of summer. I remember eating lots of these rolls back when I grew up on Long Island, NY.
Healthy Oven Fries: Need a side for those hamburgers and lobster rolls? These baked fries will go so quickly I suggest you make a few batches!
Ice Cream Baked Potato: This only looks like a baked potato, but when you bit into it you can see it’s the most amazing ice cream dessert!
Vegan Blue Coconut Snowballs: No need for blue food coloring here…an all natural powder turns these coconut treats a beautiful color.
No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake: No baking means you are not stuck in a hot kitchen. This cake is a hit with kids and adults. As a matter of act, you should have the kids prepare it, it’s that easy!
Strawberries and Cream Cookie Parfaits: These parfaits have a homemade strawberry sauce you will want to eat by the spoonful. Layered with crushed cookies and ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake: This beautiful cheesecake tastes better than anything you can find in the store or a restaurant. It has lots of WOW factor.
July 4th Berry Dessert Pizza: This pretty dessert pizza is simple to prepare with a sugar cookie crust, pillows of fluffy whipped cream and fresh summer berries.
Blueberry Martinis: Isn’t this cocktail gorgeous?! Well, you can rest assured that it tastes as great as it looks!
Telluride Mudslide Martinis: We are hoping for no mudslides this summer in Telluride, but praying for some of these cold coffee cocktails!