Let’s get festive!
There is no denying it, I love getting festive with foods I am prepping for holidays. And these festive 4th of July side dishes are quick and easy dishes to take to any festivity. But if you aren’t planning on doing anything, still make these at home and enjoy a festive spread with the family.
Fruit salad ingredients:
- Optional: juice of a lime, Manuka honey drizzle, sea salt
How to prepare fruit salad:
What I love about this fruit salad is that it can be prepared ahead of time or easily day of. And I first start by cutting up my watermelon into bite size bites and add to a bowl. Then I add my blueberries and sliced strawberries. And for the jicama, I peel the jicama, cut into thin slices, and with a star cookie cutter, form the jicama stars. But if you can’t find jicama in the store you could use banana or pears. And then add to the bowl along with fresh chopped mint, assemble, and if adding the optional add ins add on top.
But if I am prepping this salad ahead of time, I make sure to leave out the optional add ins. And add all the chopped fruit to an airtight Tupperware, and store in the refrigerator. And the day I plan on serving, I add it to my serving bowl, assemble it all, and top with the optional add ins.
Other ways to get festive:
The possibilities are endless when it comes to getting festive with appetizers for the 4th of July. And here are some other delicious options to bring to your festivities or enjoy in the comforts of your home.
Since you’ll have watermelon left over from the fruit salad, why not make some festive watermelon flags! And plus making these are simple. First, slice your watermelon, dip into the raw melted coconut butter, and let harden up in the refrigerator. And once it has hardened, dip into the blue coconut butter (I used Pearl Butter) and let it harden in the refrigerator. But if you don’t have access to these coconut butters feel free to use whit chocolate to make these too. And also feel free to add some festive sprinkles because who doesn’t love sprinkles?
I always have to take a salad to any festivities I get invited to, because I love my greens. And this salad combination is one of my summer time favorites. Plus it is super easy to make it look festive for the 4th of July.
Ingredients you will need:
- Blackberries or blueberries
- Feta cheese or goat cheese
- Candied pecans
- Diced rotisserie chicken
And simply throw it all in a bowl, mix, and add your favorite dressing to it (I like balsamic and vinegar dressing).
And there is something about dips that everyone loves right? And one of my favorites is homemade guacamole. I like to keep mine simple, avocado, lime juice, salt + pepper, cilantro, and garlic powder. And get extra festive with some red, white, and blue potato chips.
But let’s be honest, what’s a party without a charcuterie board? This is one of my favorites to prepare because I can add a variety of items and it’s something all guest will enjoy. And if you don’t know how to start, check out my how to build a charcuterie board here.
Now we can’t forget about dessert right? And these are some easy options you can meal prep ahead of time.
Strawberry shortcakes scream summer desserts! And my grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free version is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It can meal prepped ahead of time too, so it is one less thing you have to prep the day of. And did I mention it is super delicious?
Most people love a good cookie and these grain-free strawberry white chocolate chip cookies are a yummy summer combo. Because there is something so delicious about the combination of white chocolate chips and strawberries.
Stone fruit crisp:
And this stone fruit crisp is always a crowd pleaser. And what I like about it, is that it can be meal prepped ahead of time. The day I plan I enjoying, I bake, let cool, and top with dairy-free ice cream or gelato.
I hope this guide helps makes your 4th of July extra festive and delicious. And I can’t wait to see all your creations over on Instagram. Happy 4th of July friends!
4th of July Fruit Salad
- 2 cups watermelon
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 Tbsp fresh chopped mint
- 1/3 cup chopped strawberries
- 1 small Jicama
- Optional: Drizzle of honey juice of 1/2 lime, pinch of sea salt
- Chop your watermelon into cubes
- Add to a bowl
- Add blueberries
- Add in chopped strawberries
- With a small star cookie cutter make stars with jicama
- Add to bowl and if using optional add ins add on top