5-Ingredient Fourth of July Recipes

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). 

  • Fire-Grilled Pork Chops
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Fire-Grilled Pork Chops

    Marinate 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.
  • <p>Tomato-and-Gorgonzola Pasta Salad</p>

    Tomato-and-Gorgonzola Pasta Salad

    We love juicy beefsteaks for their sweet, intense flavor. Colorful small tomatoes and any crumbled cheese work well here too.

  • Jell-O Stars

    Jell-O Stars

    No patriotic feast is complete without a plate of bite-size stars in festive colors!
  • Herb Butter Burgers
    Leigh Beisch

    Herb Butter Burgers

    These 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 Eggs

    Declaration of Independence Deviled Eggs

    These 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.
  • <p>Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad</p>

    Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo Salad

    Punch up this classic pairing of watermelon and feta with peppery watercress or arugula.

  • Smoky Ranch Dip

    Smoky Ranch Dip

    Ranch dressing mix, sour cream, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce are all you need for this humble chips-and-dip appetizer.
  • Honey-Chipotle Grilled Corn
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

    Honey-Chipotle Grilled Corn

    Dress 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!
  • Land of the Free Lemonade

    Land of the Free Lemonade

    Watermelon is the ultimate All-American summer snack. This year, make your 4th of July celebration even sweeter with a sweet-tart watermelon lemonade.

  • Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle
    Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle

    This 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.
  • Berry Meringues
    Pornchai Mittongtare

    Berry Meringues

    Top dainty, airy-looking homemade meringues with raspberries, blueberries, and whipped cream for a festive red, white, and blue dessert.
  • No-Cook Chocolate-Almond Ice Cream

    No-Cook Chocolate-Almond Ice Cream

    Some 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 Granita
    Photo: Ryan Benyl; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Strawberry Granita

    Make 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 Pops

    Red, White and Blue Ice Pops

    Celebrate 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 Cooler
    Photo: Van Chaplin; Styling: Ashley Wyatt

    Watermelon Cooler

    Blend 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 Tea
    Photo: Van Chaplin; Styling: Rebecca Kracke Gordon

    Blueberry-Lemon Iced Tea

    Blueberries and fresh lemon juice take traditional iced tea from ordinary to extraordinary.
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