Whether you’re going to a BBQ or you’re celebrating Fourth of July at home, I’ve got you covered with what to eat/bring. Here are some of my favorite healthy 4th of July recipes!
BBQ food doesn’t have to be super heavy. Most of these recipes are lightened-up versions of your typical party fare, and they taste just as good!
Plus, I’ll include some extra festive and red, white, and blue themed foods, too!
Healthy 4th of July Recipes
In this post, I’m focusing on appetizers and desserts. Some of these are especially perfect because of their red, white, and/or blue color, and some are just delicious and healthy barbecue food! Either way, they’re all great options for a summer celebration.
(If you’re looking for a main dish, check out this post: Healthy Grilling Recipes for Summer!)
Is there anything more quintessentially summer than pie? This particular recipe doesn’t require any baking, plus it’s naturally red, white, and blue!
If you can believe it, there’s no mayo in these. Just a secret ingredient that makes them delish (and not too heavy).
This crossover between guacamole and hummus is always a crowd-pleaser! Serve with whatever you like: raw veggies, crackers, etc.
Super flavorful and soft. One of my favorite cookie recipes ever — and they’re healthy, too! Plus, they’re super portable, making them a great BBQ dessert.
This cookie cake is exactly what you need at the dessert table for Fourth of July. It’s fruity, sweet but not TOO sweet, and super festive!
This recipe uses plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and mayonnaise. Your friends and family won’t even notice the difference, I promise!
The standard recipe uses sweet potatoes as the base, but if you swap them out with roasted purple/blue potatoes, you’ll have a tasty red, white, and blue appetizer!
These lemon bars are vegan, dairy free, and gluten free. They’re a delicious and refreshing summery dessert everyone will love!
This homemade watermelon sorbet is so refreshing, plus it’s got (optional) rum in it! And if it starts to melt before it’s finished, you can always drink it like a slushie. 😉
This crunchy no-cook salad features broccoli, cauliflower, sweet grapes, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and a tangy yogurt dressing. It’s easy to make and easily portable, so perfect for BBQ’s!
11. Beet Hummus
This bright red/pink hummus is naturally colored with roasted beets! It has a delicious flavor, is super smooth and creamy, and happens to be vegan (thanks to the tahini).
You can even make it with store-bought/pre-packaged beets if you want to skip the roasting step. Serve this delicious party dip with pita bread, crackers, and/or crunchy veggies like cucumbers, radishes, and carrots!
The red and white colors in this summery salad make it a perfect choice for a Fourth of July BBQ! It’s easy to throw together, too, and reduces waste by using both the flesh and the rind of the watermelon.
Peppery arugula, salty feta, and fresh herbs add depth of flavor to this must-try watermelon salad recipe!
I hope these healthy 4th of July recipes have inspired you! Whether you’re cooking for 2 or 10, your dish will be a hit. 🙂 Happy Fourth!
More delicious summer recipes:
- Recipes Using Summer Produce
- Healthy Summer Salad Recipes
- Heirloom Tomato and Peach Caprese Salad
- Honey Lime Chicken with Grilled Peach & Corn Salad
- Shrimp, Cucumber, and Feta Orzo
What are your favorite recipes to bring to BBQ’s? Links welcome!