Recipes for a Fourth of July Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day With These Favorite Recipes

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Need to plan your menu for the Fourth of July? Here are some of our favorite recipes for the, including appetizers, grilled foods, delicious summer salads, cool beverages, ice cream and festive desserts.

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    Lobster and Macaroni Salad
    Diana Rattray

    Choose a delicious pasta or macaroni salad for your cookout. 

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    Red White and Blue Ice Cream With Raspberry and Blueberry Jam
    Diana Rattray
    Homemade ice cream is a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th! Eggs, real maple syrup, and heavy cream make this a rich and delicious old-fashioned ice cream. Feel free to add about 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, walnuts, or toffee chips to this ice cream.
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    Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad
    Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad. Diana Rattray

    The perfect salad for your Fourth of July celebration. Small firm potatoes make the perfect potato salad, and the colors make it extra-festive.

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    Grilled burgers
    Diana Rattray
    Use ground chuck or leaner ground round in these juicy grilled hamburgers. Tomato juice gives these burgers more moisture, and they taste great!
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    strawberry shortcake deconstructed with strawberry coulis and vanilla biscuits
    Diana Rattray

    Find a fresh strawberry recipe for your celebration. Add some blueberries for a red-white-and-blue-themed dessert.

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    Picnic Potato Salad
    Picnic Potato Salad. Diana Rattray

    This is a delicious potato salad for any summer cookout, and it's one of my family's favorite versions.


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    Carolina Slaw
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    This vinegar-based slaw makes a wonderful topping for pulled pork, and it's lighter than a mayonnaise slaw. Feel free to reduce the sugar content to suit your taste.

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    Basic Coleslaw
    Basic Coleslaw. Diana Rattray

    This nicely seasoned basic coleslaw is made with a tangy mayonnaise dressing. Serve this delightful coleslaw with pulled pork or summer meals, or take it along to a potluck.

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    Grilled Salmon Burgers
    Grilled Salmon Burgers. Diana Rattray

    Use a food processor or immersion blender with chopping bowl to mince the salmon in this recipe. Choose your favorite species of fresh salmon and serve the burgers with a spicy chili mayonnaise or Remoulade Sauce. Cook the burgers on the grill or in a grill pan.

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    Photo: Diana Rattray

    The easy marinade gives these pork chops fabulous flavor. The marinade is made with balsamic vinegar, garlic, and Dijon mustard. Use thick, bone-in pork chops for the best results, and marinate for at least 4 hours.

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    Grilled Eggplant
    Grilled Eggplant. Diana Rattray

     Balsamic vinegar, herbs, and extra virgin olive oil flavor this easy grilled eggplant.

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    Blueberry Cobbler
    Blueberry Cobbler. Diana Rattray

    A fruit cobbler is an excellent choice for a summer celebration. Top this delicious blueberry cobbler with a scoop of ice cream or drizzle with cream.

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    Grilled Chicken
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    Lemon, garlic, and rosemary flavor this easy grilled chicken.

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    Iced Tea
    Iced Tea. Diana Rattray

    Recipes for iced tea, along with orange drinks, punch, smoothies, coffee drinks, and more.