The Ultimate Fourth of July Menu

Jul 4 2013 - 7:30am

Chances are, you're obsessing over what to make this Independence Day. A grill is definitely involved, but what else? From dressed up watermelon slices to the best burger recipe, let this festive menu inspire you. It's filled with classic dishes that highlight Summer's wonderful produce. Like all things American, it's a little excessive, but in a good way!

— Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts

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Strawberry Margaritas

Start with a refreshing and tart strawberry margarita [2]. Combine everything in a large pitcher the morning of the party and refrigerate until ready to serve. Top the pitcher with ice and let guests help themselves.

Green Salad With Red Wine Vinegar

There needs to be something green at the table, so make it an ultrasimple green salad [3] with avocado, onion, and red wine vinaigrette.

Watermelon With Honey, Mint, and Lime

It's not the Fourth without breaking into a watermelon. Enliven watermelon slices [4] by dressing them in lime juice, honey, and mint.

Zucchini Crostini

To make this amazing appetizer [5], grill the bread and make the zucchini topping a day before the party. Assemble half an hour before you plan to serve.

Grilled Oysters

These buttery, bacon-y oysters [6] are finger-licking good! After the first round of guests have arrived, throw the oysters on the grill (instead of the oven). They'll cook in no time and are best piping hot.

Brie-Stuffed Burgers

For the main course, you can't go wrong with a cheeseburger (or should we say brieburger?). This brie-stuffed burger [7] is served with a spicy mayo that's a must-make. Guests will be clamoring for the recipe.

Tomato and Peach Salad

When it comes to celebratory dinners, like a blowout for the Fourth of July, serve two sides. A giant bowl of tomatoes and peaches [8] is the perfect accompaniment for the burgers and corn.

Grilled Corn

Alongside the burger, offer grilled corn [9] slathered in butter with tons of fresh herbs. It's a simple but summery side dish.

Red, White, and Blue Popsicles

An icy treat is a fantastic finish, and these colorful pops [10] scream the Fourth of July. The red, white, and blue layers are watermelon, lemonade, and blueberry flavored. Get started on the pops today, so they have plenty of time to freeze before the holiday.

Cherry Pie

You didn't think there would be just one dessert, did you?! Cherry pie [11] is classic and crowd-pleasing — a must make for your Fourth of July shindig!

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