13 of the Top Pinned 4th of July Recipes

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).

1. Colored Deviled Eggs

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.

2. Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad

This recipe is a breeze to throw together: Simply mix watermelon with antioxidant-rich blueberries, feta cheese, and a pop of green mint. Get the recipe here.

3. American Flag Vegetable Tray

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.

4. Red, White, and Blue Pasta Salad

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.

5. Blueberry Strawberry Jicama Salsa

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.

6. Red, White, and Blue Sangria

Booze isn’t exactly a health food, but this sangria is filled with fruit, so at least there’s that. Get the recipe here.

7. Fruit Sparklers

These are prime Instagram content, and super easy to make. All you need is a star-shaped cookie cutter. Get the recipe here.

8. Healthy Fruit Pizza

Top with all the red and blue fruit you can find, or any fruit you can’t get enough of this summer. Get the recipe here.

9. Star-Spangled Pies

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.

10. Coconut Water and Fresh Berry Popsicles

If there’s a heat wave coming your way, prep these pops. Pick your favorite coconut water, add some berries, and freeze. Get the recipe here.

11. Creamy Summer Pasta Salad

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.

12. Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Glaze

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.

13. Fruit Cubes

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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