50 4th of July Appetizers for the Ultimate Summer Celebration
Whether you’re cooking up a feast for a small group of friends or keeping things low-key with your family, these fresh and easy 4th of July appetizers are guaranteed to impress. Kick off your Independence Day barbecue with a selection of delectable dishes—from kid-friendly finger foods, like soft pretzels, to elevated appetizers, like mini lobster rolls—that we’re certain our forefathers would approve of. And if you need help with the rest of the menu, serve these appetizers alongside our favorite 4th of July entrées and one (or two) of these patriotic desserts for the ultimate backyard bash.
1. Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa
There’s a little bit of heat (from the jalapeño) in this healthy dip, but if you prefer mild salsa, feel free to leave it out.
2. Grilled Watermelon-Feta Skewers
This sweet and tangy salad begins on the grill; the char marks offer pleasant smokiness to the watermelon. And the best part? There are no bowls to clean afterward. Now that’s a win.
5. Avocado Deviled Eggs
A fun twist on a party favorite that you'll be serving at every BBQ you host from now until forever, guaranteed. Buttery avocado makes the filling extra creamy.
9. Chargrilled Vegetable Platter
All you need to season these guys are salt, pepper and olive oil. Toss them on the grill and you've got your own Italian-style antipasti. Don't skimp on the tangy yogurt sauce.
10. 10-Minute Pineapple Black Bean Tostadas
Simply lay out your tostada shells, spread them with a spoonful of black beans, layer a few slices of avocado and add the salsa. Voilà.
13. Wonton-Wrapped Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce
Rather than going through the trouble of coating and breading the cheese, wonton wrappers are a shortcut to the crunch you crave. The result is the same crispy sticks you know and love—but with way less effort.
16. Coconut Shrimp
Your favorite restaurant app is surprisingly easy to make at home (and just as delicious). Don't forget lots of sweet chili sauce for dipping.
18. Crispy Carnitas Guacamole
Who knew that two of our favorite Mexican dishes would pair together so nicely? Ready thine chips, amigas.
21. Baked Gorgonzola Bites
All you need is five ingredients and 30 minutes to make this pull-apart recipe. Think of it as a savory take on monkey bread.
28. Creamy Broccoli Salad
You can’t go wrong with cheese, cashews, onions and dried cranberries tossed in velvety dressing.
37. 15-Minute Cucumber-Avocado Blender Soup
Cool, refreshing cucumber. Buttery, creamy avocado. Fresh-squeezed lime juice. Allllll the herbs. Need we say more? (If so, maybe the Asiago-encrusted baguette will sway you.)
38. Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing
Move aside, meats: Peaches and halloumi cheese are coming in hot. Be patient and wait for the char marks to fully develop—the salad is way more Insta-worthy that way.
40. Smoky Barbecued Corn
Butter and salt? You can do better than that. Try this zesty combination of mayo, lime juice, chili powder, paprika and Parmesan cheese instead.
42. Chilled Cucumber Salad
It just might be the most refreshing salad ever created. Even better, it only requires five simple ingredients (and most of them are likely in your kitchen right now).
43. Yellow Tomato Gazpacho
As if the blend of heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and yellow bell pepper couldn't get any summerier, the recipe also calls for two juicy peaches for a touch of sweetness.
44. BLT Pasta Salad
It does its namesake justice with all the traditional ingredients (minus the bread, of course). Make an extra batch of the black pepper bacon to serve on burgers.
47. Mexican Street Corn Dip
Mind if we fall face-first into this pile of cheesy heaven? Cool. Who brought the cerveza?
50. Mini Peach Tarts with Goat Cheese and Honey
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