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The Rebooted Mom MD’s Updated Fourth of July Cookout Round-Up

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First published June 23, 2021. Updated on June 30, 2023


Summer is finally in full swing, and the Fourth of July is not that far away.

I thought the last Fourth of July was going to be EPIC!

Why, you ask? Well, we were coming out of a year-and-a-half-long LOCKDOWN. The Fourth of 2020 was celebrated indoors or on ZOOM. And while we are all grateful for ZOOM, it wasn’t the same.

Restrictions were lifted especially for those who have been vaccinated in 2021.

However, in 2022, all regulations seem to be gone this year. While I am still wearing my masks (I am immunocompromised), I recognize that most folks are going free!

So this year, it should be on! Right?

So, I thought to acknowledge the gradual return to our lives, I would select some cool Independence Day/Summer recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers (Thank you so much to all of you)! There are a few from my blog too.

There’s nothing wrong with the standard 4th fare. However, it seems that each year, the message is the same: an EPIC holiday after an EPIC (in a bad way) horror show calls for an EPIC celebration, right?



Drinks and Cocktails

What is a cookout without fabulous punches and cocktails? There is a variety to choose from —with and without alcohol.

Blueberry Lemonade
What is a picnic without lemonade? This is a cool twist on your typical lemonade recipe from Juggling Act Mama . The blueberries add a different dimension to your lemonade. You will love it!
Check out this recipe
blueberry lemonade fourth of july
Quick and Easy Sangria
This simple sangria from Just Like Christmas is perfect for summer gatherings like the Fourth of July. It’s easy, quick, and requires few ingredients! Make it by the pitcher or by the glass — let the party begin!
Check out this recipe
sangria recipe 4th of July
Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
It's summertime. This simple recipe is perfect for hot afternoons or humid summer nights. Make it by the pitcher and garnish with fresh, ripe strawberries and lime slices. Substitute orange juice and water to taste for the tequila and liqueur for a refreshing mocktail.
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frozen strawberry margarita
Ginger-Peach Iced Tea
Do you like iced tea? This version of iced tea has the sweetness of peaches and the twang of ginger. The combination makes this a refreshing brew that is ideal for summer gatherings or for warm summer evenings.
Check out this recipe
Ginger-Peach Iced Tea
Passion Tea Lemonade
Another flavorful twist on original lemonade. There is the vibrant flavor of the passion herbal tea and the tart sweetness of lemonade. A refreshing drink for hot summer days!
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passion tea lemonade
Watermelon Mint Lemonade
This watermelon mint lemonade is super easy to make and is so refreshing on a hot summer day. You will have to tweak the recipe to find the right flavor combination for your tastes.
Check out this recipe
watermelon mint lemonade

Appetizers

Finger food to nosh on while waiting for the food on the grill to be ready!

Strawberry Salsa
Different spins on the classic salsa provide different intriguing flavor combos. This salsa from Juggling Act Mama pairs sweet, strawberries with jalapenos, lime, and red onion. Yum!
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Strawberry salsa
Mexican 7 Layer Dip
A Summer version of the classic Mexican dip from Love and Olive Oil . Seven+ layers of tasty summer goodness is perfect for a Fourth of July gathering.
Check out this recipe
Mexican 7 Layer Dip
Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip with Toasted Corn Tortilla Chips
This cheesy dip is filled with flavor. With spinach and artichoke, it is similar to the appetizer dips found at your favorite restaurants. This is a great dip for parties — with tortilla chips or crudites.
Check out this recipe
spinach artichoke dip
Instant Pot® Pulled BBQ Pork Sliders
These pulled pork sliders are great for a quick meal at home or for a family picnic or gathering. The pork contrasts with the crunchy slaw. Perfect party food!
Check out this recipe
instant pot pulled pork sliders

Salads and Sides

Sides have an important role as the support for the main dishes at your cookout. Or should I call them complementary pieces to the overall meal. There’s a number of different salads here along with a grilled corn and baked beans recipe.

Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad
This simple healthy spinach salad from Amee’s Savory Dish goes nicely with any grilled main course. or alone for the lighter eaters at your festivities!
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Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad
Cajun Potato Salad
This smoky and flavorful Cajun Potato Salad from Budget Bytes uses blackened seasoning to spice it up. Pairs perfectly with grilled meat!
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Midsummer Orzo Salad
This quick orzo salad from Coconut and Lime tastes great cold and works well for a summer gathering or a quick weeknight dinner.
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Midsummer Orzo Salad
Simple Healthy Coleslaw
Slaw is a staple of summer cookouts. This colorful healthy slaw recipe from Cookie and Kate provides antioxidants and other nutrients in an incredibly flavorful and crunchy dish. It goes with almost everything at your cookout!
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Simple Healthy Coleslaw
Mexican Street Corn Salad
This twist on the traditional Mexican elote fromTwo Healthy Kitchens is a fabulous dish for cookouts and grilling with the sweet corn, tangy lime, and salty cotija cheese. As a time-saver, it can be made ahead of time.
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Muffuletta Pasta Salad
Ever have a muffuletta in New Orleans? If not, you are missing out. But this pasta salad from Joy The Baker has all the flavor of a muffuletta with the sensibility and beauty of a pasta salad. Try it at your next cookout!
Check out this recipe
Muffuletta Pasta Salad
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Grilled corn is the best corn! This recipe from Spend with Pennies shows several different ways to grill your corn along with several different flavor combinations for your butter.
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Southern BBQ Baked Beans
Sometimes, the classics just don't get old! What is a cookout or BBQ without a pot of baked beans? Baked beans go will with burgers, hot dogs, chicken, or fish. And this can be started ahead of time so you can get your other dishes prepared with this is in the oven.
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Southern BBQ Baked Beans
Watermelon Feta Salad with Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette
Salty sweet salad for a summer meal
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watermelon feta salad

Main Courses

Planning your main courses for your cookout can be challenging! You need to appeal to a wide range of palates and dietary needs. This selection offers something that will appeal to everyone!

Green Chile Turkey Burgers
This recipe from Budget Bytes is a flavorful juicy turkey burger with Southwestern flavors. Grill it then top with lettuce, avocado, some slaw — take your pick!
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Green Chile Turkey Burgers
Favorite Veggie Burgers
This hearty veggie burger is a favorite of Cookie and Kate and it will soon be yours too. They cook well on the grill and are vegan, egg-free,, gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free.
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Caprese Grilled Fish
This fresh fish grill from Two Healthy Kitchens is a simple yet flavorful dish. You can use a variety of fish in this recipe — take to your fishmonger for what’s available in your area.
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Southwestern Bacon Cheeseburgers
These Southwestern Bacon Cheeseburgers from Boulder Locavore have the perfect amount of smoky, spicy heat.. And as a bonus, the toppings are mixed into the burger before the grilling!
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Mesquite-Smoked Jalapeno Cheese Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs
Don’t make plain ol’ hot dogs — try these smoky, cheesy, spicy hot dogs from Boulder Locavore. This recipe can be made larger by maintaining the ingredient proportions listed in the recipe.
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Chicken Pineapple Skewers
This grilled chicken recipe from Cookies and Cups is a wonderful option for your cookout menu. It can be assembled ahead of time. Marinate the chicken for as long as you can for best results!
Check out this recipe
chicken kebobs
Grilled Lime-Marinated Flat Iron Steak
This steak recipes produces a tender, flavorful dish that is perfect for a Cinco de Mayo gathering or for any backyard grill day!
Check out this recipe
Grilled Lime-Marinated Flat Iron Steak
Zesty Ranchero Burger Platter
This is a great burger dish for the weekend or gatherings
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Zesty Ranchero Burger Platter

Desserts

What would a Fourth of July gathering be without a fantastic showcase at the end? A variety of showstopper desserts for the young, old, and the slightly tipsy. Perfect for eating as you enjoy the fireworks!

Watermelon with Basil Lime Sugar
Watermelon is so ingrained in my childhood summer memories that I had to include a great watermelon dish. This one from Love and Olive Oil is sublime. And the basil lime sugar will be starring in other dishes this summer,
Check out this recipe
watermelon with basil lime sugar
Key Lime Cupcakes
Key lime always makes me think of summer. This little fluffy cupcake from Amee’s Savory Dish with a zesty filling and creamy frosting is an ideal ending to a fun picnic. It’s an easy recipe that you can use a box mix with or go from scratch.
Check out this recipe
Key Lime Cupcakes
Tropical Tequila Sunrise Popsicles
These cocktail popsicles from Real Food by Dad are based on the tequila sunrise. The gorgeous pops can be made kid-friendly by omitting the tequila. Everyone can enjoy!
Check out this recipe
Tropical Trquila Sunrise Popsicles
No-Churn Chocolate Toffee Ice Cream
Ice cream is always a hit at cookouts and picnics. This chocoloate toffee version is simple to make and can be made ahead of time.
Check out this recipe
no-churn chocolate toffee ice cream
Decadent Chocolate Layer Cake
There is never a bad time for a chocolate cake. This cake is full of Layered moist chocolate-y goodness and goes well with the no-churn vanilla ice cream.
Check out this recipe
Chocolate layer cake
No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
This creamy no-churn ice cream dessert is great alone, in a milkshake, topping a piece of cake or pie, or in a cone. Be sure to make a lot!
Check out this recipe
no churn vanilla ice cream
Firecracker Cake
This festive cake from Mamacita on the Move would be the patriotic showstopper for your Fourth of July cookout. While it look amazing, it’s easy to make than you may think!
Check out this recipe
Luscious Lemon Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry shortcake is a classic summertime dessert that is perfect almost any time.
Check out this recipe
lemon strawberry shortcakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
A brownie that combines the taste of chocolate and peanut butter into a gooey brownie
Check out this recipe
chocolate peanut butter brownie


Stay safe everyone! More info on Picnic safety here.



 




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