4th of July is essentially the big start to summer. I mean, Memorial Day kicks off barbecue season, but it doesn’t come with a fireworks display and hot weather isn’t always guaranteed. Plus, who doesn’t love to rock a good red, white, and blue look?
I love cheeseburgers, potato salad, and pasta salad as much as the next person, but having fruits and veggies on the side is always advisable and welcome. Luckily, there are tons of healthy (and kinda healthy) 4th of July recipes on Pinterest that are so cute and fun, everyone will want to eat them—after posting them on Instagram, of course. We rounded up the most delicious-sounding (and prettiest) options for a 4th of July spread that would make Taylor Swift, queen of Independence Day celebrations, weep with envy. We’re partial to anything with watermelon, but would be happy if anyone showed up with any of the following 13 recipes (hint hint, nudge nudge).
Thanks to a little food-coloring magic, these eggs are perfectly patriotic. Plus, there’s not too much mayonnaise, thanks to a healthy dose of Greek yogurt for some added protein. Get the recipe here.
A crudité platter is my mom’s go-to at any pot luck, but sometimes veggies can get a little boring. This one has a dill- and parsley-filled dip, and the arrangement is simple but adorable. Get the recipe here.
Make the pasta this weekend, then add in all the fixings—red bell peppers, onions, olives, and artichoke hearts—right before you head out for the party. If you don’t love those toppings, add your own! Get the recipe here.
You really can’t go wrong with a fruity salsa. Scoop this up with hint of lime tortilla chips, or use it to top tacos or burgers. While it is sweet, there’s also a jalapeno pepper in there, so it packs some heat. Get the recipe here.
These are prime Instagram content, and super easy to make. All you need is a star-shaped cookie cutter. Get the recipe here.
OK, so pie isn’t health food. But this one is pretty much pie crust filled to the brim with fresh blueberries and strawberries—way healthier than a sugar-packed store-bought pie. Get the recipe here.
Use the pasta as the white in your red, white, and blue theme, then add some red and black veggies to ~almost~ hit all three colors. This one also features broccoli, cucumber, and green onion. Get the recipe here.
Fruit salad has a place at every barbecue, especially because it works as an appetizer or a dessert. Top bananas, strawberries, and blueberries with honey and lime, then mix it all together. Get the recipe here.
Spruce up any glass of water (or you know, something else) with frozen fruit ice cubes. Drain your glass, eat, repeat. Get the recipe here.
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