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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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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