4th of July Recipes

Let’s turn up the volume on a couple of 4th of July BBQ sides! Sidle up these dishes next to your perfectly grilled burgers and barbecue chicken for a spread to remember (and enjoy).

Watermelon Cucumber Salad
Serves 6-8

Image courtesy of Emily Monaco

2 limes, juiced
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
4-6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 seedless watermelon, diced (about 5-6 cups)
2 cucumbers, seeded & diced
4 ounces feta, crumbled
10 fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper to make a dressing. Taste for seasoning and adjust.
  • In a large bowl, combine the watermelon, cucumber, and half the dressing. Toss and add more dressing as needed.
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese and mint and serve.


Red, White & Blue Fruit Skewers

Image courtesy of Dallas Duo

Strawberries, leaves removed

  • In a consistent pattern, slide the fruit & marshmallows onto skewers. Try 1 strawberry, 2 blueberries, 1 marshmallow, 2 blueberries, 1 strawberry. Repeat.
  • Feel free to use raspberries in lieu of strawberries. Marshmallows can be substituted with banana slices or angel food cake cut into 1-inch pieces.


Cilantro Lime Slaw
Serves 6-8

Image courtesy of The Lively Kitchen

½ cup canola oil
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup honey
3 limes, juiced
½ teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 head cabbage, finely shredded
3 carrots, peeled & shredded
1 bunch scallions, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 jalapeños, seeds removed and finely diced

  • In the bottom of a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, honey, lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper. Add the cabbage, carrots, green onion, cilantro, and jalapeño. Toss thoroughly.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.


  1. says

    They all look delicious. Can’t wait to try the watermelon and cucumber salad. Thanks for the new and fresh ideas on what to serve our family. I struggle trying not to fix the same things over and over.

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