Favorite 4th of July Party Recipes

The 4th of July is right around the corner! It's one of our favorite holidays but it can be stressful, especially if you're hosting or bringing a dish to a party. Don’t worry, we have you covered with a number of fun recipes that will make you stand out as a host or guest.

Small Bites

Photo Credit:  To Simply Inspire

Photo Credit: To Simply Inspire

Cucumber Avocado Salsa

Salsa is our favorite small bite at any party. It’s easy to make and guests generally gravitate towards it at any party. If you want to spice things up, try bringing or serving cucumber avocado salsa. The guests will eat it right up! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 avocado, finely chopped

  • 1 medium tomato , finely chopped and seeded

  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

  • 2 – 3 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 c reduced-fat sour cream

  • 1-1/2 tsp lemon juice

  • 1-1/2 tsp lime juice

  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • Tortilla chips

For instructions visit To Simply Inspire.

Mediterranean Grilled Zucchini

In less than 15 minutes, you can serve up grilled zucchini boats topped with tomatoes and feta cheese. It’s a healthy alternative that your guests will love. 

INGREDIENTS

  •      3 zucchini (or zucchini and yellow squash), tops removed, sliced in halves length-wise
  •      Slat and freshly ground pepper
  •    ½ tsp garlic powder
  •    Extra virgin olive oil
  •     Juice of ½ lemon (about 1 tbsp lemon juice)
  •       Zest of 1 whole lemon
  •    ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  •      3 pearl tomatoes chopped, drained in a colander
  •    1 green onion (both the white and greens), chopped

For instructions, visit The Mediterranean Dish.

 Drinks

Vodka Pear Lavender Lemonade

Thanks to Sugar & Cloth, we found this delicious recipe for Vodka Pear Lavender Lemonade. It's the perfect cocktail for summer and should definitely be an item on your menu for 4th of July festivities. Here’s the recipe for one large glass, but you can scale it up depending on the size of the party.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pear, juiced
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 ounces water
  • 3/4 oz lavender simple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 10-12 stalks fresh lavender or about 1/4 cup dried

 Visit the website for instructions.

 

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Watermelon Breeze

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic beverage to serve or bring this 4th of July, try Watermelon Breeze. It’s a refreshing beverage for kids and your sober friends. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups cubed chilled watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • squeeze of fresh lime
  • Ice if needed
  • Sprig of mint

For instructions, visit Favorite website.

Desserts

Buttermilk Doughnuts

Doughnuts are trending right now, with artisan doughnut shops popping up across United States. To capitalize on this trend, bring some buttermilk doughnuts to your friend’s BBQ this 4th of July and watch them quickly disappear.

INGREDIENTS 

  •  2¼ cup (255 grams) cake flour
  •  1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  •  ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 large egg yolks
  •  ⅓ cup (80 ml) buttermilk
  • Canola or vegetable oil, for frying   For the glaze:
  • 3½ cup (350 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1½ teaspoon corn syrup
  •  ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup (2½ fluid ounces) hot water

For instructions, visit Completely Delicious website. 

Dulce de Leche Fluff Brownies

Developed in the United States at the end of the 19th Century, the flat, baked cake is the quintessential American dessert and the perfect treat for 4th of July. If you want to take your brownie baking capabilities to the next level, consider bringing or serving Dulce de Leche Fluff brownies this 4th of July. 

For ingredients and instructions, visit Better Homes and Garden website

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