Red, White, and Blue streamers, the American flag whipping in the wind and fireworks bursting in the sky above.
Barbecue pits blazing, sizzling meat hitting the grates, children’s laughter, parades, and the National Anthem piping through the speakers.
Plates heaped with food, ice chests filled to the brim, sparklers lighting up the sky as kids try to write their names, and being grateful for what we have.
The 4th of July is a huge day for grilling and celebrating Freedom with food, beverages, fireworks and friends.
Depending on where you live the temperatures can range from a mild 75° F all the way to a scorching 110°F, and whether you’re trying to warm up, cool off, or just enjoy all the delicious treats that are weighing down the picnic tables – you’d rather they not weigh you down as well.
As much as I love spicy, creamy potato salad loaded down with bacon, mustard, mayonnaise and bacon (heh) and even though the 24 hour salad seems to be a staple at all southern cookouts – I’d like to see lighter dishes making an appearances.
Dishes that feature flavor, not fat.
Dishes that are as gorgeous to look at, as they are yummy to eat.
Thanks to some wonderful food bloggers – I’ve got 9 delicious and healthier red, white, and blue recipes that will lighten up and liven up your 4th of July celebration.
Red White and Blue Summer Salad 1 of 9
Strawberries, Blueberries and Feta make this salad a healthy and festive option for your 4th of July feast. Recipe by Real Mom Kitchen
Blueberry, Strawberry, Jicama Salsa 2 of 9
This red, white, and blue salsa is the perfect healthy start to any 4th of July party. Fruity with a mild bite - it's sure to please any revelers. Get the recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod.
4th of July Potato Salad 3 of 9
Potato salad is a summer cookout staple, and this potato salad that features red, white and blue potatoes, and fresh herbs is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. Get the recipe on My Recipes
Lemon Cornmeal Berry Topped Pound Cake 4 of 9
Fresh Red and Blue Berries, and a lemon tinged cornmeal pound cake make this dessert one that you absolutely can't forget, and while it may weigh on your mind, it definitely won't weigh you down!
Lemon Cornmeal Poundcake Recipe from My Recipes
Red, White and Bleu Coleslaw 5 of 9
Ripe, red cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon and creamy, sharp bleu cheese turn this coleslaw into a recipe worthy of any 4th of July celebration.
Red, White and Bleu Slaw via Taste of Home
Fruity Patriotic Skewers 6 of 9
Foods on a stick are always a hit, add to that their dippability into a delicious creamy yogurt cheesecake dip and you have a firework worthy recipe that will please kids and adults alike.
Red White and Blue Fruit Skewers on Skinny Taste
Firework Worthy Strawberry Lemonade 7 of 9
This lemonade may be only 1/3 of the red, white and blue criteria, but the secret ingredient that makes it *pop* definitely makes it worthy of any 4th of July menu.
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade from Gimme Some Oven
Couscous Fruit Salad 8 of 9
This couscous fruit salad just might steal the thunder from your main dish at your 4th of July cookout. Fresh fruit, couscous and some toasted nuts add depth, flavor and dimension to this amazing red, *white*, and blue dish from Noble Pig.
Red, White, and Blueberry Smoothie 9 of 9
Whether this smoothie is the way you start out your 4th of July, or the way that you end it. Fresh fruit and layers of flavors make this cold, creamy, refreshing drink a perfect patriotic treat. Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie from Lunchboxbunch.Com