This Independence Day, cook up a spread of star-spangled 4th of July recipes worthy of America’s birthday. Make your own creative foods for lunch, we’ve rounded up mouthwatering recipes to help you celebrate the summer holiday in the most delicious way possible. Any of these recipes will ensure your best Independence Day food spread to date, no matter where you are—and don’t hesitate to mix and match from this 4th of July lunch menu ideas!
A good steak chimichurri recipe should have four things: plenty of fresh green herbs, punchy red wine vinegar, a hefty dose of garlic, and a touch of spice. Oh, and perfectly charred, juicy grilled steak. Chimichurri is a classic Argentinian sauce or marinade that turns everything it touches into flavor gold. It’s garlicky, tangy, and fresh thanks to a full cup of cilantro and parsley, so it brightens up any dish
Chilled Tortellini Romesco
You’ll never go back to plain old pasta once you’ve had a cheesy side salad. Bonus: the Romesco sauce can also be tossed with potatoes, or used as a dip or a killer sandwich spread. Toss pesto with tortellini to coat and sprinkle with parsley before serving.
Grilled Chicken Wings
Grilled chicken wings hit every note (both for party guests and for a quick family dinner): sweet, saucy, smoky, and just a little spicy. They’re the perfect easy option for backyard summer parties or weeknight comfort food cravings. Plus you can brush the apricot-bourbon glaze on pork chops, chicken, or salmon.
Grilled Chicken with Herbed Corn Salsa
Think salsa can only be the tomato variety? Think again: this cheesy-herby fresh corn version is peak summer, especially when piled on top of juicy chicken thighs. This juicy chicken dinner packs a ton of flavor with fresh herbs, sweet corn, spicy garlic, and lots of lemon juice.
Cayenne Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad
Here’s a grilled entree for your vegetarian friends that the meat-eaters will want to eat, too. Smoky grilled eggplants, fresh juicy tomatoes, and cool and creamy yogurt for the win. This colorful vegetarian meal brightens up the dinner table with smoky grilled eggplants, fresh juicy tomatoes, and cool and creamy yogurt.
Swordfish With Summer Salad
4th of July doesn’t have to be all about red meat: Add swordfish steak skewers to your arsenal with this flavorful lime juice and chili powder version, paired perfectly with fresh summer corn and zucchini. Use metal skewers to save yourself the half-hour needed to soak bamboo ones in the water.
Take your 4th of July accompaniments to the next level. No matter how you celebrate the 4th July—whether you throw a family reunion, backyard barbecue, or lakeside party—these easy 4th of July lunch recipes are sure to please.