Disclaimer: there is not one American flag decorated food item in this line up. Have I totally failed you? I do include some pretty spectacular ones from around the web at the end, though. I’m honestly amazed just how creative some people get with flag designed food. I’ve seen everything from taco dip and fruit trays to watermelon cake, pie and popsicles. All of which i’m dying to make.
But what I DO have for you is a list of super delicious, healthy items you can bring to your 4th of July cookout, potluck or pool party. All I ask is one favor — please enjoy a domestic beer or festive cocktail for me while I’m at work.
….Or if someone brings an American flag designed tray of Jello shots, one or two of those will work, too 😉
This beautiful salad is filled to the brim with nutritious summer staples including fresh watermelon, golden beets, crispy arugula, herbs and a refreshing lemon dressing. This light and flavorful salad is the epitome of summer entertaining and the ultimate crowd pleaser!
Chili-lime marinated shrimp on toasty crostini’s with the most delicious sweet and savory pineapple guacamole make for the perfect party snack. This flavor bomb combination is packed with nutritious ingredients and just emulates summer entertaining.
A refreshing quinoa salad with mandarin oranges, sweet cherries, slivered almonds, fresh mint and peppery arugula tossed in a citrus maple dressing. This light, incredibly simple salad is just the essence of summer and pairs well with just about anything!
Does anything scream ‘Merica! quite like some good ol’ mac n’ cheese? This decadently creamy mac and cheese is made with apples, turkey bacon, butternut squash and gouda cheese. It’s so rich and delicious, you would never believe that it is low in fat and calories.
What is a cookout without potato salad, right?! This beautiful rustic potato salad replaces traditional mayo with an herbaceous pesto to create a light, flavorful side-dish. It’s perfect for summer cookouts, weeknight dinners and everything in between!
Loaded Roasted Potato Salad (Mayo-less)
If you’re anything like me and just need to have options, this potato salad includes roasted red potatoes, green beans, turkey bacon, roasted garlic and herbs tossed in a delicious honey Dijon dressing. Delicious with burgers, grilled chicken or seafood!
Check out those buns! 😉 Juicy turkey burgers piled high with sweet caramelized pineapple, sautéed red pepper and an ultra refreshing jalapeño guacamole. These burgers are like a taking a bite out of paradise and are even more amazing made on the grill!
This beautiful lemon blueberry cake is incredibly light and moist, filled with protein and fiber-rich ingredients and naturally gluten-free. You can top it with a mix of strawberries and blueberries for a patriotic flare! Considering it IS America’s birthday, a cake is 100% necessary.
Soft and chewy cranberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies made with whole-grain goodness and no refined sugar. To make these extra festive, use a mix of dried cranberries and blueberries!
These chewy oat bars are made with whole grain goodness and have an irresistibly delicious layer of sweet blackberry filling. Top them with fresh blueberries and a drizzle of melted white chocolate for a patriotic touch!
Favorite Links from Around the Web:
Easy Taco Salad Flag – seriously, just SO creative
Berry Cheesecake Popsicles – festive cheesecake in popsicle form. Hold. The. Phone.
Red, White and Blue Poke Cake with M&M’s – totally bringing childhood memories back to life and I LOVE it
Red, White and Blue Strawberry Cheesecake Bites – I’ll take the whole platter, please
Red, White and Blue Vegan Watermelon Cake – could a healthy dessert get any more FUN? Nope
What are you making this 4th of July?! Share your menu and ideas down below!