Fourth of July Recipes Recipe

A list of Fourth of July-friendly recipes, or one that I could see making an appearance this holiday weekend. I did my best to keep the list relatively short and sweet - just favorites.

Fourth of July Recipes

I hope all of you have a great holiday weekend. I thought it might be helpful to dust off a few Fourth of July-friendly recipes from the archives and highlight them here. I did my best to keep the list relatively short and sweet - just favorites.

Fourth of July Roasted Tomato Salsa - A deliciously vibrant, earthy, and slightly smoky-tasting salsa recipe. Different from salsa fresca, the deep, caramelized flavors of the roasted tomatoes and onions alongside the smokiness of the chipotles make for a richly beautiful and balanced salsa.

Lime & Peanut Coleslaw - This feather-light, mayo-free, coleslaw recipe uses toasted peanuts, cherry tomatoes, and lime vinaigrette and is perfect alongside fajitas, or whatever you have coming off the grill.

My Favorite Grilled Kabob Recipe (with muhammara) - A kabob recipe featuring grilled mushrooms, lemons, tofu red onions and a delicious red pepper walnut slather.

TLT Sandwich (done on the grill) - A vegetarian TLT sandwich inspired by the classic BLT sandwich. This version includes chipotle-marinated tempeh alongside oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, a bit of shredded lettuce, and a generous avocado slather on a thin slice (or two) of great bread.

Giant Black Bean Salad - A twist on the ubiquitous black bean salad - giant black beans and toasted almonds are tossed with a honey-jalapeno-lime dressing and served with a bit of crumbled feta over a bed of baby arugula.

Orzo Super Salad - An orzo salad packed with nutritious ingredients - asparagus, almonds, feta, sprouts, broccoli, cucumber, and a zesty lemon dressing. For those of you still seeing asparagus in season.

Heather's Quinoa - A one-skillet quinoa recipe - quinoa, corn, chopped kale and pan-toasted tofu tossed with a big dollop of pesto and finished off with a few roasted cherry tomatoes.

A Twist on Guacamole - My very favorite guacamole recipe. Served with toasted naan bread (or chips!), I've added a couple pinches of cumin and curry powder to incorporate a slightly unexpected flavor profile.

Hummus en Fuego - A beautiful, spicy hummus recipe made from pureed garbanzo beans, toasted walnuts, and spicy crushed red pepper oil finished with a few chopped olives and a bit of cilantro.

Wayne took the photo up above a few blocks from where we live, and it reminds me of what Fourth of July is often like here in San Francisco - a bit gray and steely with just a touch of all-American flair. I always consider myself lucky when we aren't fogged in for the fireworks.

Have a safe, festive holiday weekend everyone. -h

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I tried the lime and peanut coleslaw my friends enjoyed it and my family as well.


I love your 4th of July recipes. We too had a foggy 4th of July, but it was still fun to be able to fire up the grill and to prepare fresh sides and salads. I made a great chipotle apricot bbq sauce that goes well with tempe, fish, chicken, or beef. That way, everyone's happy at the grill.

Sophia from Kitchen Caravan

Those are good recipes!


Yum, the quinoa recipe sounds amazing. I'll have to give that one a try! I love you blog--especially the photos.

kundan kumar

Hey, to Frank in the UK, I live in Ireland & I picked up my chipoltes in a Tesco extra store recently. I see tempeh in most help food shops. I hope that helps. I'm glad you brought it up though, after reading about one of heidi's delicious recipes I usually turn to google to find some translation of an ingredient. My sticking point is converting measurements!!!! Dam imperial system!!!! ;-)


The peanut addition sounds great. I just made a mayo-free coleslaw over the weekend with lime juice and olive oil and some wine vinegar, plus sliced jalapenos, red peppers, and green peppers. Really light and nice but I think the salty peanuts could add a great touch.


Heidi, you are the most awesome, amazing chef. your website is inspiring on so many levels. thank you so much for making such beautiful food and sharing it with us through your beautiful site.


I just tried the Guacamole. Wow! I love the addition of the curry and never thought of it before. I've had great success mixing in a little cream cheese or plain greek yogurt to get an interesting flavor as well (the cream cheese has been my favorite so far)... but I'm on the fence now that I've tried the curry!! Thanks.

The Foff

i hope you had a wonderful 4th of july!


I tried/modified both the roasted tomato salsa and lim& peanut recipes. I had tomatoes on verge of going bad so I roasted them with garlic and jalopenos. i have lots of basil in my container garden so that was included. Perhaps one or two pepper less would have been perfect. A bit hot but not too much. I was intrigued by the lime peanut coleslaw and had to try it. I have seen lime-chili peanuts locally so I added a tsp or so to the dressing. Leave the peanuts whole--I tried with chopped and they got lost. This was wonderful--thanks for the ideas.


Yum, the quinoa recipe sounds amazing. I'll have to give that one a try! I love you blog--especially the photos.


Great easy and healthier alternatives for the 4th celebration. I particularly like the Black Bean dish.


The guacamole sounds great, never tried with curry powder before. A nice twist! The best avocadoes I have ever eaten come home-grown on my sister's property in Israel. Bucketloads of them. Pure, creamy heaven and nothing more than a sprinkle of salt and pepper required. That's how food should be, simple, fresh and natural. That's also why we both enjoy your postings on your website. Great car shot, by the way! Truly American!


@Becks: Barbecued bananas go great with ice cream, frozen yogurt, or as a topping for pastries. Not sure what you're looking for, but that's been a family favorite since I was six and bullied my parents into doing it. You leave the bananas in their skins, and leave them near the coals till the skins are black and the bananas are mushy when you press on the skins. It's best if the bananas are already brown when you throw them on, because they're sweeter... but yellow ones work too. Serve hot!


HI. I love your beautiful yummy blog! I have been meaning to write and let you know I added you to my new food blog sidebar recently & enjoy going to your blog as a daily read. Just wanted to stop by and introduce myself! Have a great day.

miss a

Hi Heidi! I've been following your blog for some time and I want to thank you for sharing your recipe ideas and food suggestions :) I was led to your Olive Oil Cracker recipe through the Hummus recipe linked here, and that led me to wonder if you've ever tried/made the Swedish knäckebröd (crispbreads). There seem to be a few different textures, and one of them, the very thin variety, is my favourite. I like them even more in the form of knäckesticks (cut into long narrower strips), as can be seen here: With a little butter (or dip), they're perfect eaten as a snack :)


Love the photo of the car. Happy 4th!

The Leftoverist

I have to try the Lime & Peanut Coleslaw Recipe. I love the refreshing taste of citrus in most things, but particularly salads in the summer time. I recently found and posted another Citrus based cole slaw. Have a Happy 4th of July!


a happy 4th july!and many amazing recipes like these !


Your recipies are so nice!! , love the use of different ingredients & flavors!!!

marry D

To Frank in the U.K: Fresca here indicated raw vegetables, in contrast to the roasted and smoked ones used in the recipe Heidi posted. Chipotles are jalapeno peppers allowed to ripen until they are red, and then smoked. If you don't have a source for Mexican food and aren't inclined to improvise, you could probably mail order them. Muhamarra was explained in the recipe. Can't help you with walnut slather, but you can probably figure it out in context. Tempeh is a cake made from fermented soybeans. Although it's made at home in Southeast Asia, it is usually bought from health food stores or Asian stores here in the U.S. Baby arugula is not the infant version of some adorable furry or feathered creature; it's just the young leaves of the plant you call rocket. Orzo is a tiny, rice-shaped pasta. Before the days of imported pasta in supermarkets, I used to find it in Greek and Middle-Eastern stores. And finally, you are quite right, we call fresh coriander cilantro - although we call the dried spice version coriander! HS: Sara, thanks for jumping in here to respond. Much much appreciated.


I am definitely going to make your lime and peanut coleslaw next time I make grilled chicken satay!


The lime and peanut coleslaw sounds and refreshing with the peanuts adding a little girth. Nicely done. Cheers, Cherie


I’m having a lot of trouble with understanding many of your ingredients and am wondering whether there is any way you can give the equivalents that might be more understandable to a non-US audience. Your latest posting had these gems:- fresca, chipotles, muhammara, walnut slather, chipotle-marinated tempeh, baby arugula and orzo. From my basic Italian I would think that fresca meant fresh, but not in the context in which you used it. To get you started with the translation process, garbanzo beans are also called chickpeas or gram. In India they are besan, and we often find that name on the packets in the supermarket here in the UK. I’m relying on memory here, but I think cilantro is coriander. I hope this is not too onerous a task, because if it is I do have a fallback plan to pump an American friend or two for the info.

Frank Blewitt

I have made the Lime Peanut Coleslaw numerous times since it was published here. Delicious! I used cashews once when I ran out of peanuts. I prefer the peanuts, but it was still good with cashews.


Thanks so much for the recipes, I really want to try the salsa and a couple of others, and I make the guacamole all of the time... Everyone who has had it loves it!


Thank you SO MUCH for the Lime & Peanut coleslaw someone who can't stand mayo or many salad dressings there are not many slaws that I like. But this one sounds PERFECT and I have a bunch of napa to use up that I think will work wonderfully for this!!

City Girl

Heidi, I am your biggest fan... What could be better than spending a 4th eating all of these amazing (and healthy) dishes. FYI, my very good friend Michael Mina was down here in Newport Beach last week. I turned him onto 101 cookbooks and he flipped. You not know this, but Michael now offers each of his specialized menus in vegetarian options. Check it out...

Mr. Munchie

I can't wait to introduce the super-orzo salad to my friends this weekend. Last time my husband and I downed it a bit too quickly to share, but I know it's going to be a hit on the 4th!


Heidi is an absolute GODDESS. This has saved my life, I am not vegetarian, but have friends on both sides, and as I'm hosting a huge BBQ this year, Was in a pickle, but as always Heidi saves the day! Thank you Thank You Thank You, Heidi... forever in your debt


During the Fourth of July people end up gaining tons of weight from eating tons of junk food. It just adds to their health problems, with these great recipes, they won't have that problem and they can eat as much as they want. I am definitely putting a link up to this post on my blog. Great post!

Kamran Siddiqi

Your light lime & peanut coleslaw recipe looks wonderful. I seem to have a growing intolerance toward peanuts, so I wonder if cashews or even walnuts might be worthy substitutes (walnuts might be too flavorful for a light coleslaw, so maybe not).. Your Guacamole recipe with walnuts sounds fabulous. Oh, too much here that sounds good to know where to start!


Sounds great Heidi, although I'm curious why you chose a lot of ethnic dishes for an American holiday? Anyway, I will definitely try some of these guys soon!


your recipies are so different GREAT , love the use of different ingredients & flavors.lots of veggies and dinners w/no meat. the orzo salad will be on my 7/4 table . the lasagna tart also looks yummy/ thank you from those of us who cant eat a lot of regular recipies,& have to redo them. sally


What a great list of recipes! Perfect for the 4th of July weekend. I am going to make the orzo salad for sure, and the lime & peanut coleslaw is intriguing to me.

Cookin' Canuck

Hello Heidi and thanks for the lovely recipes. I make Quinoa Taboule for my DD as she has Celiac and can't have any wheat. Everyone loves it. Just make it your normal way only use Quinoa instead of bulgar wheat. I cook the Quinoa in organic roasted vegetable broth with a tiny bit of salt and then proceed with one whole juice of lemon. Veggies added of your choice, of course. God bless you all and have a happy 4th. too Heidi.

Beverly Jane

Love the salsa recipe especially--may have to try today! BTW, I made your garlic-yogurt-cumin slathered tofu last night. Wow. I put in a fun springroll with jicama, lettuce, arugula and basil. Amazing! As we were devouring the springrolls, I was already thinking about all the ways I could use that recipe again, perhaps in lasagna. When you're thinking of how to make it again asap, it struck me that it's that kind of response to a recipe that is a great measure of it's brilliance!


thanks for the amazing recipes. i have lots of yummy veggies i hope to try out this weekend.


Great healthy recipes!

Nutmeg Nanny

I see this car parked in the neighborhood all the time and I just think it's the coolest thing in the world.


I love the picture, it's so calm and serene. I hadn't seen that quinoa skillet recipe before, I'll have to try it!

Christina (Dinner at Christina's)

Great photo and wonderful recipe selection.


I'm going to tweet this bc healthy eating on 4th of July is something everyone can benefit from! Here in Boston we'll be lucky if the rain stops long enough for BBQing anything, but orzo will save the day! HS: Thanks Michelle!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance

thanks for these recipes! it's similar in DC, except really i live in the suburbs so there's a big more green, red, white & blue. can't wait to be inspired by your recipes!


Get up to the top of Mt. Tam for the fireworks, and stay at the inn. You'll be well above the fogline, and able to see the 'works in three or four different cities, depending on the weather. The incredible setting makes up for the distance and sound delay. This was my 4th tradition for several years there.


I spent the last 6 years on the Central Coast of California, and the majority of those years, it was too foggy to see fireworks. It's always a little disappointing!


Good times! That salsa recipe looks especially delicious. I was wondering, do you have any desserts you would recommend for a BBQ? I'm assigned to bring a dessert this year, and I want to bring something different.


Just made the orzo salad tonight. It only took a couple of minutes more than it took to cook the orzo. I didn't have sprouts, so I threw in shredded carrots. Dill would be delish in place of cilantro. The lemon dressing was awesome!!! I love all the mods people have suggested in the comments....hoping to try the splash of cream. Thanks so much Heidi for all of the recipes.


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