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60 Easy July 4th Recipes

These easy July 4th recipes are sure to be hits at your picnic or backyard barbecue. With simple steps and only a handful of ingredients, these Independence Day dishes will have you out of the kitchen and celebrating in no time.

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Watermelon Feta Flag SaladTaste of Home

Watermelon Feta Flag Salad

Our family celebrates the Fourth of July with a watermelon salad that resembles the flag. Heres an all-American centerpiece thats truly red, white and blue. Jan Whitworth, Roebuck, South Carolina

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Peach CobblerTaste of Home

Peach Cobbler

I created this peach cobbler recipe myself with a few tips from my mom and grandma. Because it's so quick and easy, this cobbler can be made in minutes to suit any occasion. I've used it for a breakfast fruit dish, dinner dessert and light snack. Martha Betten, North Manchester, Indiana

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Barbecued Chicken Salad SandwichesTaste of Home

Barbecued Chicken Salad Sandwiches

An impromptu picnic inspired this BBQ chicken salad sandwich. An instant summertime favorite, these dressed-up sandwiches have become a mainstay at our house. Linda Orme, Battleground, Washington

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Cucumbers with DillTaste of Home

Cucumbers with Dill

Sprinkling cucumber slices with salt and letting them stand in a colander draws out excess water so they stay crisp when set on a barbecue buffet. Try this cucumber dill salad alongside any grilled entree. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Crispy Fried Onion RingsTaste of Home

Crispy Fried Onion Rings

I use this onion rings recipe as a burger topper to add an extra element to already-fantastic burgers. These onion rings are also perfect for giving your salads a little crunch. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Barbecued Picnic ChickenTaste of Home

Barbecued Picnic Chicken

I like to serve this savory chicken at family picnics. Cooked on a covered grill, the poultry stays so tender and juicy. Everyone loves the zesty, slightly sweet homemade barbecue sauceand it's so easy to make. Priscilla Weaver, Hagerstown, Maryland

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Macaroni ColeslawTaste of Home

Macaroni Coleslaw

My friend Peggy brought this coleslaw to one of our picnics, and everyone liked it so much, we all had to have the recipe. Sandra Matteson, Westhope, North Dakota

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Pork Chops with Nectarine SalsaTaste of Home

Pork Chops with Nectarine Salsa

My special pork dish has so much flavor and is a snap to prepare. A sweet, fruity salsa perfectly balances the spicy rub coating the pan-fried chops. —Bonnie Bufford, Nicholson, Pennsylvania

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Herbed Grilled Corn on the CobTaste of Home

Herbed Grilled Corn on the Cob

I'd never grilled corn until last summer when my sister-in-law served it for us. What a treat! So simple, yet delicious, grilled corn is now a must on my summer menu. Angela Leinenbach, Mechanicsville, Virginia

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Caprese SaladTaste of Home

Caprese Salad

My husband and I love Caprese salad, but not the high prices we pay for it in restaurants. Here, we created our own version which tastes incredibly close, if not better, than any restaurant version we've tried. Melissa Pearson, Sandy, Utah

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Burger AmericanaTaste of Home

Burger Americana

Go on a burger road trip in your own backyard. Grill the patties and load them sky-high. Peanut butter and bacon make them Southern style; coleslaw and tomatoes, a Northern version. Susan Mahaney, New Hartford, New York

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Baby Back RibsTaste of Home

Baby Back Ribs

Slow-cook the ribs during the day and they will be ready to finish on the grill when you get home. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Grilled JalapenosTaste of Home

Grilled Jalapenos

When barbecuing for friends at home, I also use the grill to serve up hot appetizers. These crowd-pleasing stuffed peppers have a bit of bite. They were concocted by my son. Catherine Hollie, Cleveland, Texas

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Slow-Cooked Peachy SpareribsTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Peachy Spareribs

Canned peaches make a delightful addition to my flavorful sparerib sauce. Served over rice, the sweet-tangy ribs make a sensational meal any time of the year.—Jeanne Brino, Woodbury, Minnesota

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Hot Dog Sliders with Mango-Pineapple SalsaTaste of Home

Hot Dog Sliders with Mango-Pineapple Salsa

For parties, we shrink lots of foods to slider size, including these quick hot dogs. Pile on the easy but irresistible fruit salsa for a burst of fresh flavor. Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio

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Buffalo Chicken Deviled EggsTaste of Home

Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs

My daughter Sara loves spicy Buffalo chicken and deviled eggs, so I combined the two. Make and chill a day ahead so the flavors mingle. Robin Spires, Tampa, Florida

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Almond Strawberry SaladTaste of Home

Almond Strawberry Salad

It's easy to love this pretty salad topped with strawberries and sliced almonds. With just a few ingredients, it's loaded with flavor. Renae Rossow, Union, Kentucky

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Polynesian KabobsTaste of Home

Polynesian Kabobs

With their explosion of flavors and textures, these kabobs make a quick, satisfying entree. Chris Anderson, Morton, Illinois.

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Red, White and Blue Frozen LemonadeTaste of Home

Red, White and Blue Frozen Lemonade

This patriotic drink is as pretty as it is tasty. Layering cherries, blueberries and lemon juice, we created a striped lemonade that sings with Fourth of July pride. Shawn Carleton, San Diego, California

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Pennsylvania Dutch ColeslawTaste of Home

Pennsylvania Dutch Coleslaw

My mother used to make this salad on holidays. With all the cabbage that is grown here in the Northwest, the recipe is a real natural for us! Deb Darr, Falls City, Oregon

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Can-Can ChickenTaste of Home

Can-Can Chicken

Here's a tasty take on the popular beer-can chicken. Once the bird is on the grill, the work's basically done. And cleanup is a cincha must for a guy like me. Steve Bath, Lincoln, Nebraska

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Appetizer Tortilla PinwheelsTaste of Home

Appetizer Tortilla Pinwheels

A friend gave me this recipe, and whenever I serve these tortilla roll ups, people ask me for the recipe, too! The cream cheese pinwheels can be made ahead of time and sliced just before serving, leaving you time for other last-minute party preparations. Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio

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Barbecue Brats & PeppersTaste of Home

Barbecue Brats & Peppers

We live in brat country, and this barbecue-style recipe feeds a crowd. The sauce gives it a welcome change from the same old grilled bratwurst. Maria Zrucky, Kronenwetter, Wisconsin

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Spice-Rubbed RibsTaste of Home

Spice-Rubbed Ribs

For grilling, here's the rub I recommend. It's made with a wonderful blend of spices. If you have some left after making ribs, put it in a shaker and use it another day on pork or beef roasts, tenderloins, steaks and more. It's great alone or under sauce. Cheryl Ewing, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania

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Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea SaladTaste of Home

Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea Salad

My black-eyed pea salad reminds me of a southern cooking class my husband and I took while visiting Savannah, Georgia. People go nuts for it at picnics and potlucks. Danielle Lee, Sewickley, Pennsylvania

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Pineapple Pretzel FluffTaste of Home

Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

I often bring this special salad to potlucks, and everyone goes crazy for the sweet and crunchy combination. Be sure to add the pretzel mixture right before serving to keep it crispy. Beth Olby, Ashland, Wisconsin

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Honey-Mustard Chicken WingsTaste of Home

Honey-Mustard Chicken Wings

For a change from spicy Buffalo sauce, try these sweet and sticky wings. There's a good chance they'll become your new favorite! Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York

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Buttery Grilled ShrimpTaste of Home

Buttery Grilled Shrimp

This is easy and delicious! These shrimp are great with steak, but for a special occasion, brush the sauce on lobster tails and grill. Sheryl Shenberger, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Barley Corn SaladTaste of Home

Barley Corn Salad

A great alternative to pasta salads, this colorful side dish adds refreshing herb flavor to corn, barley, and red and green peppers. Bring it to your next get-together and see how fast it disappears! Mary Ann Kieffer of Lawrence, Kansas

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Buffalo Chicken MeatballsTaste of Home

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I like to dunk these appetizer meatballs in blue cheese or ranch salad dressing. If I make them for a meal, I often skip the dressing and serve with blue cheese polenta on the side. Amber Massey, Argyle, Texas

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Summer Steak KabobsTaste of Home

Summer Steak Kabobs

These steak kabobs not only satisfy my love of outdoor cooking, they feature a mouthwatering marinade, too. It's terrific with chicken and pork, but I prefer it with beef because it tenderizes remarkably well. Christi Ross, Guthrie, Texas

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Layered Garden Bean SaladTaste of Home

Layered Garden Bean Salad

For easy entertaining, cover and refrigerate the salad a few hours before guests arrive so you don't have to bother with last-minute assembly. Turn it into a light lunch by adding sliced rotisserie chicken, salmon or tuna. Melissa Wharton, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Red, White and Blueberry PieTaste of Home

Red, White and Blueberry Pie

This creamy pie gets dressed up with berries to make a showstopping display at any Fourth of July party or summer get-together. It's as pretty as it is tasty! Kimberly McFarland, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

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Fourth of July Baked BeansTaste of Home

Fourth of July Baked Beans

We always choose this family recipe for July Fourth or any picnic because it's a meaty twist on everyday baked beans and it has a nice sweetness. Wendy Hodorowski, Bellaire, Ohio

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Jersey-Style Hot DogsTaste of Home

Jersey-Style Hot Dogs

I grew up in northern New Jersey, where hot dogs with grilled potatoes were born. It's a combo youll love. Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

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Grilled Ground Turkey BurgersTaste of Home

Grilled Ground Turkey Burgers

These juicy, tender patties on whole wheat buns make a wholesome, satisfying sandwich. We especially like to grill this turkey burger recipe, but you could also pan-fry them. Sherry Hulsman, Elkton, Florida

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Grilled Tender Flank SteakTaste of Home

Grilled Tender Flank Steak

This marinated steak is so moist that it will become one of your favorite ways to serve beef. You can even prepare it on the grill. It can be easily cut into thin slices. Heather Ahrens, Columbus, Ohio

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Cajun Boil on the GrillTaste of Home

Cajun Boil on the Grill

I came up with these everything-in-one seafood packets for a family reunion, since the recipe can be increased to feed a bunch. The foil steams up inside, so open carefully. Allison Brooks, Fort Collins, Colorado

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Garden Tomato SaladTaste of Home

Garden Tomato Salad

For as long as I can remember, Mom made a salad of tomatoes and cucumbers. Now I make it whenever beautiful tomatoes are in reach. Shannon Arthur, Upper Arlington, Ohio

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Creamy Pineapple Fluff SaladTaste of Home

Creamy Pineapple Fluff Salad

Guests of all ages will gravitate to this traditional fluff salad, chock-full of pineapple, marshmallows and cherry bits. Janice Hensley, Owingsville, Kentucky

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Favorite Grilled Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Favorite Grilled Pork Chops

This recipe is my favorite out of all my grilled pork chop recipes. I start preparing this entree the night before I plan to grill it.Erica Svejda, Janesville, Wisconsin

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Grilled Angel Food Cake with StrawberriesTaste of Home

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Strawberries

One night I goofed, accidentally using the balsamic butter I save for grilling chicken on my pound cake. What a delicious mistake that my entire family loved! For a patriotic look, add a drizzle of blueberry syrup. Tammy Hathaway, Freeman Twp, Maine

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Mini S'moresTaste of Home

Mini S'mores

Combine marshmallow creme, chocolate, graham crackers and more for a summery delight at any time of year. Stephanie Tewell, Elizabeth, Illinois

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Lemon Chiffon Blueberry DessertTaste of Home

Lemon Chiffon Blueberry Dessert

This cool and creamy no-bake dessert is perfect for hot summer days. I sometimes replace raspberries for half of the blueberries to make it look more patriotic. Jodie Cederquist, Muskegon, Michigan

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is the best buffalo chicken dip recipe! Whenever I bring buffalo dip to a tailgate or potluck, everyone asks for the recipe. Peggy Foster, Florence, Kentucky

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Amish Sugar CookiesTaste of Home

Amish Sugar Cookies

These easy-to-make, old-fashioned sugar cookies simply melt in your mouth! This is one of the best Amish cookie recipes I've ever had. I've passed this one around to many friends, and after I gave it to my sister, she entered the cookies in a local fair and won the best of show prize! Sylvia Ford, Kennett, Missouri

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Creamy Grape SaladTaste of Home

Creamy Grape Salad

Everyone raves when I bring this refreshing, creamy salad to potlucks. For a special finishing touch, sprinkle it with brown sugar and pecans. Marge Elling, Jenison, Michigan

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Strawberry Pretzel DessertTaste of Home

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Need to bring a dish to pass this weekend? This make-ahead strawberry pretzel salad will disappear quickly at any potluck. Aldene Belch, Flint, Michigan

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Coleslaw with Poppy Seed DressingTaste of Home

Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing

This is the kind of salad you can keep in the fridge for a couple days and it just gets better. I just add the sunflower seeds before serving to keep the crunch. Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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That Good SaladTaste of Home

That Good Salad

When a friend shared this salad recipe, it had a fancy French name. Our children can never remember it, so they say, "Mom, please make 'that good salad.'" Now our friends and neighbors request it for potluck dinners. It really is one of the best salad recipes. Betty Lamb, Orem, Utah

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Strawberry Watermelon LemonadeTaste of Home

Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade

The nutrition department at my local hospital inspired me to create this refreshing summer sipper. I tweaked their recipe slightly to create this drink full of sweet-tart flavor. Dawn Lowenstein, Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

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Sweet Macaroni SaladTaste of Home

Sweet Macaroni Salad

A sweet out-of-the-ordinary dressing makes this macaroni salad special. My aunt gave me the recipe and it has become one of my favorites. I occasionally leave out the green pepper if I know that people don't like it, and it still tastes great. Idalee Scholz, Cocoa Beach, Florida

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Summer OrzoTaste of Home

Summer Orzo

Im always looking for fun ways to use the fresh veggies that come in my Community Supported Agriculture box, and this salad is one of my favorite creations. I like to improvise with whatever I have on hand, feel free to do the same here! Shayna Marmar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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So-Easy Snack MixTaste of Home

So-Easy Snack Mix

I eat this tasty treat just as much as (if not more than) the kids! Have fun with it by adding other goodies into the mix, like nuts, cereal, pretzels and more. Jeff King, Duluth, Minnesota

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Blueberry Lime SlushTaste of Home

Blueberry Lime Slush

My husband's family makes a cranberry beverage for the holidays. I changed it up and serve it this way in winter and summer, when blueberries are in season. Rebecca Bratsman, Tacoma, Washington

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Zucchini & Cheese RouladesTaste of Home

Zucchini & Cheese Roulades

My husband enjoys this recipe so much that he even helps me roll up the roulades! You can change the filling any way you likeI have used feta instead of Parmesan or sun-dried tomatoes in the place of the olives. April McKinney, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Mango GuacamoleTaste of Home

Mango Guacamole

I needed a change from the standard guacamole recipe, so I added mango for more sweetness. It really complements the heat from the chili pepper, and it looks beautiful, too! Adam Landau, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

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S'more PopsTaste of Home

S'more Pops

My daughters and I came up with this treat when planning a candy-making party. They also make adorable hostess gifts, are perfect for potlucks and would sell out quickly at a bake sale. Lisa Haboush, Geneva, Illinois

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Easy Lemon Berry TartletsTaste of Home

Easy Lemon Berry Tartlets

These fruity, flaky tartlets filled with raspberries and topped with a lemon-tinged cream cheese are a sweet ending to any weeknight meal. They are elegant yet easy and come together quickly. — Elizabeth Dehart, West Jordan, Utah

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Quick Watermelon SalsaTaste of Home

Quick Watermelon Salsa

On hot days, this sweet combo of watermelon, pineapple and fresh cilantro has everything you want. The flavors blend beautifully, its pretty, and it comes together in no time. Betsy Hanson, Tiverton, Rhode Island

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.

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