Red, White and Blue Menus for the Fourth of July

Cooking How-To, Entertaining, Featured Article, Fourth of July, Holidays, Recipes
on June 28, 2013
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Though not all considered traditional American fare, the dishes in each of these collections were carefully selected with stars and stripes in mind. They’re all color-coordinated to appeal to the hues of the day—red, white and blue.

Select your favorite menu, or mix and match to suit your tastes. Just make sure you take a peek at the suggested red, white and blue desserts and libations on your way out. You’re going to want to choose a couple of those, too.

Surf and Turf

Plump shrimp dunked into tangy cocktail sauce, flaky halibut topped with juicy cherry tomatoes, stunningly fresh Blueberry Lemon Tiramisu…is your mouth watering yet? A surf and turf themed menu is a great way to satisfy a variety of tastes—seafood, meat and side options abound. Here are a few we love.

Roasted Halibut a la Bruschetta
Beer Boiled Shrimp Cocktail
Grilled Santa Maria Tri-Tip
Summer White Bean Salad
Blueberry Lemon Tiramisu

East Meets West
Korean BBQ

Looking to lend an eastern flair to your annual gathering on the Fourth? Tender Korean-Style Barbecue Short Ribs—wrapped up in flour-white tortillas—and vibrantly hued, exotically flavored sides are just the ticket.

Korean-Style Barbecue Short Ribs
Red Cabbage Slaw with Marinated Red Onions
Ginger-Lime Slow Roasted Rainbow Carrots
Blueberry Bread Pudding with Ginger Sauce

Very Vegetarian
Grilled Eggplant

The bounty of summer produce affords an excellent opportunity to get creative with hearty dishes—so much so that we couldn’t not include a few vegetarian picks. We recommend the same for your summer menus.

Fire-Grilled Eggplant with Sweet Tomato Gravy
Tomato Phyllo Pie
Blueberry Farro Salad
Stuffed Red Peppers and Stuffed Baked Tomatoes
Blueberry Crumble

Classic Americana
BBQ Ribs

Usually, when we think Fourth of July festivities, we think hands sticky with barbecue sauce, a banquet table dedicated to salads of all shapes and sizes, and pie. Here are a few of the classics.

BBQ Ribs
Blueberry Cucumber Salad
Red White and Blue Potato Salad
Fresh Strawberry Pie

More Red, White and Blue Desserts

Almost too patriotic to be true, brightly hued summer berries were practically made for Fourth of July desserts.

Fourth of July Firecracker Cheesecake
Fresh Cherry Tart
Blueberry Lattice Pie
Cherry Plum Cobbler
Blackberry Slump


It’s hot out. The kids will make do with the sprinklers, but you’re going to want something cool to sip on.

Americano Cocktail
Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail
Melon Rum Punch
Mangria with Malbec and Mango

—By Alissa Harb