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!

Cocktails

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

Appetizers

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

Mains

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


Salads

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


Desserts

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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