Fourth of July foods should be easy and breezy - just like summer. Take it easy on Independence Day with these simple recipes that call for 5 ingredients or less (excluding salt, pepper, and cooking spray).
Skirt Steak DiabloThis steak cooks in minutes. To ensure the outside is well browned and the inside pink, keep it cold in the refrigerator until you're ready to grill.
Watermelon with Mint and Lime
Fire-Grilled Pork ChopsMarinate these juicy chops overnight in olive oil, herbes de Provence, and pepper for the best flavor. Grill for just 5 minutes and each side, and you've got a pork chop that even George Washington would be proud of.
Strawberry Shortcake Shake
This minimal ingredient milkshake is a show-stopping, drool-inducing tall glass of strawberry shortcake heaven. When topped with a cake and strawberry skewer and drizzled with a luscious syrup, this gorgeous dessert might just be better than the real thing.
Tomato-and-Gorgonzola Pasta SaladWe love juicy beefsteaks for their sweet, intense flavor. Colorful small tomatoes and any crumbled cheese work well here too.
Jell-O StarsNo patriotic feast is complete without a plate of bite-size stars in festive colors!
Herb Butter BurgersThese burgers may not be light, but they sure are delicious. Butter and a selection of fresh herbs, such as parsley, thyme, rosemary, and dill, give the patties their incredible, rich flavor. Your fellow 4th of July-ers are sure to gobble these burgers right up!
Declaration of Independence Deviled EggsThese classic deviled eggs are the perfect appetizer or side dish for any 4th of July celebration. For extra party planning ease, you can make the filling up to 2 days ahead, and you can fill the eggs up to 2 hours ahead of your gathering.
Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo SaladPunch up this classic pairing of watermelon and feta with peppery watercress or arugula.
Smoky Ranch DipRanch dressing mix, sour cream, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce are all you need for this humble chips-and-dip appetizer.
Honey-Chipotle Grilled CornDress up fresh corn by grilling in the husks until blackened, then brushing husked ears with a mixture of butter, honey, garlic, and chipotle chiles. The spicy-sweet flavors will have friends and family begging for seconds!
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate DrizzleThis simple tomato salad is both colorful and tasty. A drizzle of pomegranate molasses paired with fresh oregano gives these tomatoes that little extra "oomph" of flavor.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter S'moresAnyone who's outgrown the kiddie classic will love this version—gooey-sweet melted marshmallow tempered by bittersweet chocolate cookies and salty roasted peanuts. Prep Time: 5 minutes
Berry MeringuesTop dainty, airy-looking homemade meringues with raspberries, blueberries, and whipped cream for a festive red, white, and blue dessert.
No-Cook Chocolate-Almond Ice CreamSome homemade ice creams require cooking an egg custard for the base, but this easy chocolate-almond ice cream recipe skips that step. Simply stir together sweetended condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole chocolate milk, and chocolate syrup, then pour into an ice cream freezer and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once the ice cream is ready, stir in almonds for that extra pop of flavor and crunch.
Strawberry GranitaMake your own sweet strawberry granita with just three ingredients (plus salt). Garnish with whipped cream and small paper flags, if desired, for a patriotic touch.
Red, White and Blue Ice PopsCelebrate red, white, and blue all summer long with these patriotic ice pops. The secret ingredient is a blue sports drink, along with cranberrry juice and lemonade.
Watermelon CoolerBlend frozen watermelon cubes, ginger ale, and frozen limeade concentrate for this summery, sweet-tart drink that's perfect for kids and adults alike.
Blueberry-Lemon Iced TeaBlueberries and fresh lemon juice take traditional iced tea from ordinary to extraordinary.