I hope you guys have some fun plans for the 4th. If you’re not going to someone’s party, chances are you’ve got your own bbq or picnic planned.

Still not sure what to make? I’ve got you covered for both the main meal and the dessert!

If you want something savory, these first recipes will make you the hit of any 4th of July party:

Brad’s Salsa– seriously so good you don’t even need chips



Tomato Corn Salad – sweet summer corn steals the show in this one.

Corn and tomato salad with basil


Veggie TexMex Pasta Salad– I brought this to last year’s 4th festivities! It’s got no mayo so it can sit out without worries of food poisoning.

Tex mex pasta salad


Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Feta, Capers and Chickpeas– a great cold pasta salad to serve alongside burgers and hotdogs.

Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Feta, Capers,and Chickpeas 2 ~ ElephantEats.com


Wheatberry Salad– something a little different and healthier for your 4th. Great served warm or cold.Warm Wheatberry, Brussels Sprout Salad with Feta and Crispy Tofu ~ ElephantEats.com


Marinated Broccoli Salad – best made the day before, so get on it!Broccoli Salad


Tabouli – classic summer salad taking advantage of all the fresh veggies available!



Cilantro Lime Hummus– the most refreshing hummus you’ve ever tasted, and a recipe that gets pinned ALL the time.

Cilantro Lime Hummus


Now, if you’re looking for something sweet, I’ve totally got you covered:

Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp– with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s summer dessert perfection!

Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp


Toffee Blondies– Sturdy and perfectly portable for whever you need to bring them. Also, have you seen the photo below?! I wish I had one now.

Toffee Blondies ~ ElephantEats.com


Cookies ‘n Cream Bars – this recipe is crazy good. Tastes like Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream in a convenient little bar.

Cookies and Cream Bars


No-Bake Chocolate-covered Peanut Butter Crispy Bars  – a great recipe for when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. Though these are best served indoors in the A/C so the chocolate doesn’t get too melty.

Crispy Peanut Butter Bars


and finally for a little something to liven up your party while keeping you cool:

Frozen Lemon Mojito– SOOOO good and so refreshing! Can easily be made without the alcohol. Just add more water.

Frozen Lemon Mojito


Happy 4th everyone!!!


Pasta Salad with Broccoli, Feta, Capers and Chickpeas


  1. Great collection of recipes!! So festive!! Happy 4th of July!!!

    Mr. & Mrs. P

  2. juanitascocina

    Happy 4th! Clearly…I need to come to your house for some cookouts!

  3. This is a great collection of recipes, Amy! I’m drooling over the desserts, as always. Have a great Fourth!

  4. Great compilation, Amy. You make some seriously good-looking salads! And those oreo bars – yikes, they look dangerously decadent. : )

    • Thanks, Monica :) I’m a big fan of one-pot meals, hence all the salads. You MUST try the oreo bars. I bet your fam would love them!

  5. I was a cookies n cream bar, I do! I do! :( But no.

    I’m actually working on the 4th, and I don’t think I’ll be making it out to a town with a grocery store until something like 7pm. Blurg! You have succeeded at making me very very jealous – – but please enjoy the fireworks for me! ;)

    • Hehe, well there’s no reason you can’t make some cookies n cream bars for the 5th…or even for the 7th, my bday! Bake up a batch for me ;)

  6. That corn salad and frozen lemon mojito has my name written all over it! Thanks for sharing this great list!

    • Thanks for stopping by. Hope you’ll try them! Too bad you can’t grow corn up on that awesome rooftop garden of yours ;)…though i wouldn’t put it past you.

  7. What a fantastic collection! I would like to make all of these!

  8. i seriously would love all of these things at my fourth of july party. why? because if given the opportunity, i’d probably forgo any main dish whatsoever and have parties consist only of appetizers, sides, and dessert. it’s more perfect that way.

    • Mmm, well when you have your appetizer/side/dessert party, please let me know. Hopefully plane tickets will be on sale ;)

  9. These are really all fun and perfect recipes for the 4th. :) I’ll be going to my neighbor’s BBQ party. It’s going to be fun. Thanks for sharing these great recipes.

  10. Everything looks so fresh and delicious, esp that salsa!

  11. All of this is FOR.REAL just what I’m craving! Happy 4th love!

  12. Happy 4th Amy! Enjoy all the deliciousness and fun :) Stay cool! It’s getting hot here too now and I’m lovin’ it ;-).

  13. Great roundup! My favorite would be the cookies and cream bars :) Hope you had a lovely 4th!

  14. Mmmm everything looks delicious, thanks for sharing all of the recipes. Hope you had a great 4th!!

  15. happy belated 4th of july!

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