One of our favorite things about the 4th of July is that it falls right in the middle of summer—meaning all the amazing, perfectly ripe produce can take center stage in everything from apps to desserts. Whether you’re hosting the neighborhood or bringing a side dish to a picnic, our round-up of July 4th-worthy dishes will have you covered.
Black Bean Quinoa Burgers, from Love and Lemons. It’s not the 4th of July without a delicious burger, and this one is our current favorite. We like to pile ours high with healthy extras, like garden-fresh lettuce, mashed avocado, and slices of heirloom tomatoes.
Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Avocado Aioli, from With Food + Love. Crispy and satisfying, with the most delicious aioli for dipping—these fries make the perfect accompaniment to the burgers above!
barre3 Watermelon and Quinoa salad. Watermelon is the quintessential summer treat, and we love how this salad pairs it with quinoa for a bit of added protein.
Grilled Peach + Apricot Salad from Food 52. If you’ve never grilled your stone fruit, this salad is going to make you a convert! The kale adds a nice dose of nutrients, and the feta and prosciutto round out the flavors perfectly.
Zucchini Noodles w/ Garlicky Kale Pesto from Lee From America. This is such a healthy, delicious way to enjoy “noodles,” and using kale as the base for the pesto is a great way to boost the vitamin content.
Zesty Corn Salad from The Crunchy Radish. When you’re craving fresh corn but want something with a little more interesting than corn on the cob, this fresh and simple salad is your answer.
Kale Salad with Bacon, Dates, and Balsamic Reduction from Local Haven. Ashley Marti develops recipes for barre3, and this is one of our current favorites. We especially love how the sweetness of the dates plays off the bacon flavor!
Basic Balsamic Marinade. When you want to celebrate your favorite summer veggies, just line them up on skewers, drizzle them with this marinade, and grill for a few minutes. This marinade also works well with your favorite meats.
Rosemary Lemonade from Weekly Greens. Alicia Sokol, owner of barre3 DC 14th Street, created our absolute favorite way to stay hydrated for the Fourth with this lemonade. We like to replace the sugar with honey—it adds plenty of sweetness, and it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Stir it in little by little, tasting along the way until you reach your ideal level of sweetness.
Bliss Bites from A Couple Cooks. These easy little cookies are no bake, so they’re especially perfect if it’s hot outside and you don’t want to turn your oven on.
Strawberry Rhubarb Cupcakes from Rachel Mansfield. Topped with summer-ripe strawberries, these cupcakes make for a fun, festive finish to your July 4th celebration.
What are your favorite healthy Fourth of July recipes? Share in the comments below!