With America’s b-day right around the corner, you might be planning a celebration at home, or attending one somewhere else. Either way, festive 4th of July eats don’t need to be heavy or unhealthy. Here’s a roundup of our favorite recipes from some of our most trusted recipe creators around the web. You can feel good about making these for the 4th (or any time this summer!) both in the taste and nutrition department. Enjoy!
Grilled Corn with Chili-Lime Honey Butter This recipe from Iowa Girl Eats is a great way to spice up a typical summer favorite — sweet corn! Corn is a nutritious side with just 85 calories per medium sized ear, 2 grams of fiber, and antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin. We don’t usually gravitate towards sweeteners on veggies, but the touch of honey in this butter really complements the chili and lime flavor perfectly. Grill up a batch of corn and let your BBQ visitors slather on their own “buttah”.
Mint Lime Spring Green Fruit Salad Fruit salad is always a hit at summer parties. It’s a cool, refreshing, and hydrating way to end a meal on a hot day. This fruit salad caught our eyes because it’s not your typical offering. We love the creamy, watery, and crunchy textures that combine in this flavorful dish.
Ancient Grains Salad with Blueberries and Fresh Corn Most 4th of July food festivities are all about the side dishes. In fact, we usually get so excited about the sides that before we know it, our plate is full and we didn’t even grab an entree. This ancient grains salad is perfect to bring along to your next party. You can even make it the night before and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to go.
Grilled Lemon Herb Chicken with Mint Drizzle This chicken dish can be marinated overnight in the fridge, which means that the day of your 4th of July festivities all you need to do is prep the mint drizzle and grill up the chicken. We like that the flavors in this recipe are fresh and bold, sort of like summer itself. Guests can serve the chicken on a bun, over salad, or enjoy as-is.
Our Perfect Veggie Burger We are really excited to make these veggie burgers this summer, and think that carnivores and vegetarians alike will enjoy them. They will also make a great side dish for grilled fish, chicken, or red meat.
Watermelon Whole Fruit Popsicles It’s rare to find an ice pop recipe that doesn’t have sugar added. We really like that this recipe uses chunks of fresh fruit in addition to watermelon puree to create a flavorful, textured, icy treat.
What are you planning to cook up this 4th of July?