I haven’t done a recipe round-up in a hot minute. I figured I’d give everyone an easy cheat-sheet of Fourth of July recipes. The recipes below are tried-and-true favorites of mine. The best part? Don’t just use them for the Independence Day holiday! These recipes are perfect for any summer gathering. You can find appetizers, side dishes, salads and desserts below that are fit for a magnificent summer cookout.
#1: Green Chile Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a no-brainer, but these delightful bites pack an unexpected punch.
#2: Frozen Yogurt Blueberry Bites
A great way to get your kids involved in the cooking. Try it here.
#3: Texas Caviar Dip
A classic in the Lone Star state. Serve with crackers or corn chips. Recipe here.
#4: Memphis Coleslaw
Not just a regular cole slaw here. This fresh, crisp salad has a bite. Recipe here.
#5: Lemon Basil Pasta Salad
A constant hit with partygoers. Fresh, light and delectable. Try the recipe here.
#6: BLT Potato Salad
World collide for what could be the best potato salad ever. Make it here.
#7: Collard & Kale Slaw
Another delightful play on a regular slaw. Two hearty greens mixed with sharp red onion and crispy bacon. Yum. Recipe here.
#8: Pineapple Baked Beans
It may sound like a strange combination, but trust me. It’s good. Recipe here.
#9: Summer Squash Casserole
Nothing screams summer quite like squash. Cover it in melty cheese for an instant classic. Recipe here.
#10: Roasted Broccoli Salad
Broccoli salad is a Southern staple in the summer. This puts a spin on the original: roast your broccoli! Recipe here.
#11: Peach Berry Summer Fruit Salad
Fresh fruit salad never tasted so good. Strawberries, peaches, nectarines…grab all the summer fruits! Recipe here.
#12: Mexican Macaroni Salad
One of my favorite macaroni salad recipes. Corn, black beans and juicy tomatoes are just a few of the ingredients. Try it here.\
#13: Strawberries Newport
These can only be found in OKC and only one time a year, but now you can make them year-round. Recipe here.
#14: Cherry Pie Cookies
Apple pie is an American classic, but cherry pie takes a close second-place. Make these pie-inspired cookies instead. Recipe here here.
#15: White Texas Sheet Cake
Texas sheet cake is usually a fudgy pecan dream. This is the white cake version; note: it’s just as delicious. Recipe here.
#16: Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
Cool, creamy cheesecake is meant for summer festivities. Try it made into bars with lemon & blueberry flavors! Recipe here.
#17: Grilled Zucchini Salad
Frida Kahlo used to serve this at dinner parties. My version is just as good. Recipe here.
#18: Not Your Mama’s Four-Bean Salad
Four beans. More veggies. More delicious. This bean salad will be eaten up in a flash. Recipe here.
#19: Texas Tabbouleh
A mix between Texas Caviar dip and traditional tabbouleh. Use quinoa for a special surprise. Recipe here.
#20: Apple Pie Cookies
Another pie-into-cookie form. The American classic in bite-size portions that are cute, delicious, and addicting. Recipe here.
#21: Sour Cream Peach Pie
Fresh peaches are a sign of summer. Bake them into a crumbly, creamy pie for a sweet dessert. Recipe here.
#22: American Pie
An absolute show-stopper. Fresh strawberry pie with a delicate blueberry pie on the side. Recipe here.
#23: Margarita Key Lime Pie with Pretzel Crust
Cool and creamy. Adult beverage meets delicious dessert. The crust is also one you don’t want to miss out on. Recipe here.
#24: Southern Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad
A Southern favorite. Cheese, bacon, broccoli & cauliflower in a creamy dressing. Recipe here.