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 serrano sangria photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Raspberry and Serrano Sangri­a

Jalapeño and Cilantro Margarita© jerry James Stone

Jalapeño and Cilantro Margarita

Hibiscus and Ginger Sangría© Jerry James Stone via Flickr

Hibiscus and Ginger Sangría

Bourbon, Fresh Ginger and Orange Cocktail© jerry James Stone

Organic Ginger-Orange Cocktail Made with Bourbon and Sake

PopsiclesShannalee | FoodLovesWriting/CC BY 2.0

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


Sweet Potato Fries with Jalapeño-Raspberry Dipping Sauce© Jaymi Heimbuch

Sweet Potato Fries with Jalapeno-Raspberry Dipping Sauce

Green Wine Guide Recipe: Grilled Figs with Homemade Ricotta and Honey© Jaymi Heimbuch

Grilled Figs with Homemade Ricotta and Honey

Green Wine Guide Recipe: Strawberry and Basil Bruschetta© Jaymi Heimbuch

Simple Strawberry and Basil Bruschetta

Green Wine Guide Recipe: Salsa-Stuffed Grilled Avocados© Jaymi Heimbuch

Salsa-Stuffed Avocados

white bean spread photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Easy white bean dip with sun-dried tomatoes

grilled fruit bread cheese photo

Grilled Fruit and Cheese Plate

Green Wine Guide Jacuzzi Recipe: Bruschetta with Mint, Goat Cheese© Jaymi Heimbuch

Bruschetta with Mint and Goat Cheese

avocado salad photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Avocado and chickpea salad sandwiches

white bean spread photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Simple and creamy white bean dip with lemon zest

For more appetizer ideas: 10 salsa and guacamole recipes


chili fries photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Quick and delicious chili fries

Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho© Jaymi Heimbuch

Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho

portabello mushroom photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Grilled portobello mushrooms stuffed with sauteed leeks and spinach

quinoa kale patties© Jaymi Heimbuch

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


tricolor salad photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

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 photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Fingerling potato salad with jalapeno-cilantro salsa

cucumber salad© Jaymi Heimbuch

Cucumber salad with honey-lime yogurt dressing

couscous avocado salad photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Couscous and avocado salad with dijon-thyme vinaigrette

roasted vegetable salad photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

10-layer roasted vegetable salad


vegan chocolate cupcakes photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Vegan chocolate cupcakes with strawberry filling

banana ice cream photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Sweet and creamy one-ingredient ice cream in 5 minutes

Watermelon and Cilantro Sorbet© Jaymi Heimbuch

Watermelon and Cilantro Sorbet

Cherries in pie crust© Jerry James Stone via Flickr

Jalapeño-Spiked Cherry Pie

Green Wine Guide Oso Libre Recipe: Grilled Strawberries with Vanilla Ice Cream© Jaymi Heimbuch

Grilled Strawberries Over Vanilla Ice Cream

Green Wine Guide Oso Libre Recipe: Grilled Plums© Jaymi Heimbuch

Grilled Plums with Ginger-Balsamic Glaze

Strawberries Stuffed with Lavender-Honey Cream Cheese Recipe© Jerry James Stone

Strawberries Stuffed with Lavender-Honey Cream Cheese

chocolate mousse photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Dark chocolate mousse with cardamom, candied ginger and hazelnuts

Watermelon Jalapeño Popsicle Recipe© jerry James Stone

Watermelon Jalapeño Popsicle Recipe

Strawberry galettes with pistachio crumble photo© Jaymi Heimbuch

Strawberry galettes with pistachio crumble

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