The 4th of July is the perfect occasion to enjoy all-American classics, like burgers on the grill and a warm fruit crisp. Here, we share a menu made for a sunny day in the backyard, plus tips for pulling it off like a pro. Happy 4th!
For something refreshing and festive to sip on, try our white sangria with ripe peaches, nectarines, apricots and cherries. Snack on skewers of tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese, a creative variation on the classic caprese.
Cheeseburgers are traditional for a 4th of July cookout, and our version won’t disappoint — it’s topped with a savory sauce and served with grilled, spiced potato wedges. For another main course option, serve this grill-roasted chicken, basted with a sweet-smoky barbecue sauce.
On the side, we have two summer staples, updated to showcase peak-season produce. A mixed garden bean salad features shelling beans, wax beans and haricots verts in a deliciously tart vinaigrette, while this sweet and spicy coleslaw lends a crunchy component to the menu. Finish the meal with a simple cherry crisp, and don’t forget a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- Day of: Make the topping for the crisp and refrigerate. Make the coleslaw and the bean salad and refrigerate. Assemble the caprese skewers.
- Just before serving: Grill the potato wedges, the burgers and the chicken. Make the sangria. Bake the crisp.
Decorate your table outside with red, white and blue for a patriotic touch. These dinner plates come in all three colors, and as a bonus, they’re durable enough for outdoor dining. Use a matching platter or a serving tray in a neutral color and casual, woven texture for serving.
Looking for more delicious ways to celebrate the red, white and blue? Visit our 4th of July Pinterest board for ideas!