35 Inspiring recipes for 4th of July, from cocktails to mains to desserts

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From raspberry serrano sangria to watermelon gazpacho, from grilled vegetable salads to grilled fruit and cheese platters, we have amazing recipes for you to try for the summer holiday. And that includes desserts!


Raspberry and Serrano Sangri­a

Jalapeño and Cilantro Margarita

Hibiscus and Ginger Sangría

Organic Ginger-Orange Cocktail Made with Bourbon and Sake

8 Spiked Popsicle Recipes

For more cocktail ideas: 10 Fruit Cocktails Made With Summer's Tastiest Ingredients


Sweet Potato Fries with Jalapeno-Raspberry Dipping Sauce

Grilled Figs with Homemade Ricotta and Honey

Simple Strawberry and Basil Bruschetta

Salsa-Stuffed Avocados

Easy white bean dip with sun-dried tomatoes

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Grilled Fruit and Cheese Plate

Bruschetta with Mint and Goat Cheese

Avocado and chickpea salad sandwiches

Simple and creamy white bean dip with lemon zest

For more appetizer ideas: 10 salsa and guacamole recipes


Quick and delicious chili fries

Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho

Grilled portobello mushrooms stuffed with sauteed leeks and spinach

Savory bite-sized quinoa and kale patties

Weekday Vegetarian: Grilled Eggplant with Cherry TomatoesPhoto: Kelly Rossiter/CC BY 2.0

Grilled Eggplant with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes


Rustic tricolor salad of butter leaf, roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts

Green Wine Guide Tablas Creek Recipe: Peach Caprese Salad

Summer Peach Caprese Salad

Fingerling potato salad with jalapeno-cilantro salsa

Cucumber salad with honey-lime yogurt dressing

Couscous and avocado salad with dijon-thyme vinaigrette

10-layer roasted vegetable salad


Vegan chocolate cupcakes with strawberry filling

Sweet and creamy one-ingredient ice cream in 5 minutes

Watermelon and Cilantro Sorbet

Jalapeño-Spiked Cherry Pie

Grilled Strawberries Over Vanilla Ice Cream

Grilled Plums with Ginger-Balsamic Glaze

Strawberries Stuffed with Lavender-Honey Cream Cheese

Dark chocolate mousse with cardamom, candied ginger and hazelnuts

Watermelon Jalapeño Popsicle Recipe

Strawberry galettes with pistachio crumble

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