4th of July Menu Ideas
Get ready for the ultimate summer holiday
Summer holidays go hand-in-hand with great food, and the 4th of July is no exception. Whether you're entertaining two or 20, this menu will be a hit. You'll find everything from a quinoa and buratta caprese salad to mexican street corn and paleo brownies.
Of course, it wouldn't be a holiday without the perfect cocktail, so you'll appreciate the ultimate homemade margarita recipe, as well as a "porch crawler," where the name speaks for itself.
There are only three essential ingredients in these homemade margaritas - lime juice, agave and tequila. You won't find anything artificial or neon green in this cocktail.
These kebabs are unlike any other. Sure, they're coated in barbecue sauce. But they hide a secret ingredient - bacon that's pureed and added to the sauce. It adds a smoky goodness that no one can resist.
If you're going to have a burger, make it this burger. It's the ultimate indulgence with blue cheese and pancetta. Don't forget to toast the bun to avoid soggy bun syndrome.
You won't even have to feel guilty eating these rich and delicious Almond Butter Paleo Brownies. They're vegan, too. Top them with a nut butter date frosting to keep them moist.
Mix together rum, serrano chile peppers, mint and cherries and the end result is a Porch Crawler cocktail. It's the perfect blend of spicy and sweet.
Sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index than starchy white potatoes, so eat these and feel good about your menu choice. Brush spiced oil onto these potatoes for an added kick.
These cookies are both gluten and dairy free and yet wholly delicious. Dried blueberries, almonds, chia seeds and chocolate chips fill these cookies.
The bright flavor of feta mixes nicely with the honey-lemon vinaigrette on this watermelon, feta and arugula salad. Make sure and use baby arugula to ensure tender and non-bitter greens.
This recipe was inspired by the vendors who sell corn on the streets of Mexico and southern California. The combination of flavors of roasted corn, lime crema, hemp seeds and cilantro are unbelievably good.