Though not all considered traditional American fare, the dishes in each of these collections were carefully selected with stars and stripes in mind. They're all color-coordinated to appeal to the hues of the day—red, white and blue. Select your favorite menu, or mix and match to suit your tastes. Just make sure you take a peek at the suggested red, white and blue desserts and libations on your way out. You're going to want to choose a couple of those, too.
Surf and Turf
Plump shrimp dunked into tangy cocktail sauce, flaky halibut topped with juicy cherry tomatoes, stunningly fresh Blueberry Lemon Tiramisu...is your mouth watering yet? A surf and turf themed menu is a great way to satisfy a variety of tastes—seafood, meat and side options abound. Here are a few we love.
East Meets West
Looking to lend an eastern flair to your annual gathering on the Fourth? Tender Korean-Style Barbecue Short Ribs—wrapped up in flour-white tortillas—and vibrantly hued, exotically flavored sides are just the ticket.
The bounty of summer produce affords an excellent opportunity to get creative with hearty dishes—so much so that we couldn't not include a few vegetarian picks. We recommend the same for your summer menus.
Usually, when we think Fourth of July festivities, we think hands sticky with barbecue sauce, a banquet table dedicated to salads of all shapes and sizes, and pie. Here are a few of the classics.
More Red, White and Blue Desserts
Almost too patriotic to be true, brightly hued summer berries were practically made for Fourth of July desserts.
It's hot out. The kids will make do with the sprinklers, but you're going to want something cool to sip on.