5 recipes for keeping your cool on July 4th


An American Flag with fireworks exploding in front of it

Whether you’re staying close to home this holiday or picnicking before the fireworks, here are five tasty dishes to share with friends and family. (And not one requires a grill, stove or oven!)

Summertime eats are even better when they don’t require heating. Try these five recipes while you stay cool.

Charcuterie Platter

This crowd pleaser relies on a lot of little somethings with big taste. Cured meats, cheeses, olives and crisp crackers are just the starting point. Include bite-sized veggies and fruits as well as gherkins and nuts to round the platter out. Really, any small bites you like can be included on your platter. The Reluctant Entertainer’s video on How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board also recommends adding dipping oils.

Marinated Cheese Cubes

It doesn’t get much easier than this! Cube semi-hard or hard cheese, toss with olive oil, a splash of lemon juice, and herbs. Make this one ahead of time or at the last minute. To get the most flavor, allow the cheese to reach room temperature. Try this version from Midwest Living.

Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Served on bread or bed of lettuce, chicken salad is crowd pleaser. Tweak any recipe to suit your tastes. Here are some recipes to get you started:

Caprese Tomato Salad

Nothing captures the taste of summer like tomatoes layered with basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh mozzarella. Flavor with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper and you’re done. If you like using precise measurements, follow this recipe from CookingLight.

Strawberry Lemonade

Give your lemonade patriotic flair! Adding strawberries to this summertime favorite gives it a beautiful red hue and an exciting, fresh flavor. Toss fresh strawberries in the blender with prepared lemonade or make it from scratch with this recipe from Allrecipes.

For the finishing touch, slice a strawberry part way through and slip on each glass for garnish.

Enjoy the tastes of summer and have a wonderful Independence Day!

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