March 3, 2024


Than a Food Fitter

Healthy 4th of July Recipes

5 min read


If you need some delicious 4th of July recipes, below you’ll find some of my favorites! They are all quick & easy to prepare, and will be a hit with your friends and family.

finished flag cake by bowl of berries

Salads & Sides

If you’re attending a potluck or a picnic, these healthy recipes can be made ahead of time for your convenience.

cowboy caviar in bowl with side of chips
Cowboy Caviar (Easy Bean Salad)

Cowboy Caviar is one of my favorite recipes to bring to a party! It’s fresh and fast to prepare, and you can enjoy it as a hearty salad, or as a dip with chips.

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healthy potato salad in serving bowl.
Healthy Potato Salad

Healthy Potato Salad is tossed with an easy olive oil & herb dressing, instead of using mayo. It’s ultra-flavorful and can be made in advance for a potluck or party.

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cabbage salad in bowl with tongs
Sesame-Lime Cabbage Salad

This Cabbage Salad is lightly sweet and tangy, tossed in an easy sesame-lime dressing. The combination is addictive!

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strawberry spinach salad overhead on a white plate
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD is a colorful summer dish, with an easy Poppy Seed Dressing. Topped with strawberries, avocado, and red onion.

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vegan queso recipe
Vegan Cashew Queso

This is the BEST vegan queso recipe I’ve ever tried! Made with nutritional yeast and lemon juice, it comes together in just minutes for an easy cashew cheese sauce.

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broccoli salad in a white bowl overhead
Broccoli Salad Recipe (No Mayo!)

This Broccoli Salad recipe is quick & easy, featuring cranberries, sunflower seeds, and a creamy dressing. It’s perfect for potlucks and meal prep!

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vegan spinach artichoke dip in skillet
Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

This Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip is dairy-free and tastes like the original! It’s the perfect healthy dip for a party, made without cheese or sour cream.

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carrot salad in glass bowl with spatula
Sweet & Crunchy Carrot Salad

This Carrot Salad is quick and easy to prepare, and makes the perfect recipe to bring to a potluck. I love the addition of raisins and crunchy pecans!

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lentil salad in a bowl
Lentil Salad (Perfect for Make-Ahead Meals!)

This Lentil Salad makes an easy packed lunch! It’s packed with protein and loaded with veggies, for a flavor-packed make-ahead meal.

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roasted vegetable pasta salad
Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad (Vegan!)

This Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad is tossed in a creamy Italian dressing, for a flavorful veggie-packed meal. I love eating it warm or cold, as an easy vegan packed lunch!

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Main Entrees

These recipes are hearty, while being quick & easy to prepare. You can make them the night before and reheat them so you’re not cooking too much over the holiday weekend!

healthy burger sliced in half with toothpick.
Healthy Burgers

These healthy burgers are made with lean ground beef and lentils, for extra fiber and nutrients in each bite, but you can’t tell just by tasting them!

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black bean burger with sweet potato fries
Vegan Black Bean Burgers (Veggie Burgers)

This Vegan Black Bean Burger recipe is easy to make, without a mushy middle! Made with sweet potato instead of egg, they are packed with fiber and plant-based protein.

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chicken burger in lettuce wrap
Healthy Chicken Burgers (Low-Carb & Paleo)

These healthy Chicken Burgers take just 20 minutes to prepare, for a fast protein-packed meal. You can serve them with a lettuce wrap instead of a bun to keep them gluten-free and properly combined.

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vegan mac n cheese recipe with cashew sauce
The BEST Vegan Mac and Cheese (A Fan Favorite!)

This Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe is tossed in a quick & easy cashew “cheese” sauce, and is as fast to prepare as the boxed version. With over 200 reviews, it’s become a fan favorite!

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curried chicken salad in lunch box
Curried Chicken Salad (No Mayo!)

This healthy Curried Chicken Salad is an easy packed lunch, made with avocado, curry powder, and fresh veggies. I love how flavorful it is!

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veggie burger cut in half with french fries
Best Veggie Burger Recipe

Here’s how to make veggie burgers, without using eggs or flour! This recipe has a great texture and flavor, so you won’t miss the meat at all.

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jackfruit bbq sandwich closeup
Jackfruit Pulled Pork

Here’s how to make Jackfruit Pulled Pork! It’s an easy vegetarian alternative, cooked in a homemade BBQ sauce, that’s perfect for topping sandwiches and salads. No soy or gluten.

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Easy Ratatouille

Ratatouille is an easy cooked vegetable dish that you can serve as a side dish or main course. It’s the best way to use up summer produce!

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No holiday is complete without a delicious dessert, right? The following recipes include a variety of cold & refreshing treats for a hot summer day, along with a few options that are easier to pack for a crowd.

oat flour flag cake topped with berries
Flag Cake

This patriotic cake is baked in a rectangular pan for a “flag shape” and then topped with fresh berries to look like an American Flag! It’s perfect for Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or any summer party.

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red white and blue ice pops
Red, White & Blue Popsicle Recipe

These healthy 4th of July popsicles are dye-free, made with strawberries, blueberries, and coconut milk. They are dairy-free, naturally sweetened, and easy to prepare. 

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coffee ice cream scooped out of pan
Coffee Ice Cream

This Coffee Ice Cream is dairy-free, and tastes just as delicious as the traditional version. Made with just 3 simple ingredients, this cashew ice cream will be your new favorite.

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almond flour brownies on a marble board
Almond Flour Brownies

These are the best almond flour brownies you’ll ever make, and they are naturally gluten-free. I love how you only need a few minutes to stir the batter together!

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chocolate covered bananas on a baking sheet.
Chocolate Covered Bananas

These Chocolate Covered Bananas are an easy frozen dessert! The bananas develop an ice-cream-like texture when frozen, so it tastes like an ice cream bar, with less added sugar.

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chocolate almond flour cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles
Chocolate Almond Flour Cupcakes

These Almond Flour Cupcakes are amazing fluffy and naturally gluten-free! I love that they are sweetened with maple syrup, and are higher in protein than a traditional recipe.

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gluten-free peach crisp with ice cream
Gluten-Free Peach Crisp (Vegan & Paleo)

This healthy Peach Crisp is my favorite summer dessert! I love how the topping get nice and crisp, without using refined flour or sugar.

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paleo berry crisp overhead with ice cream and spoon
Paleo Berry Crisp

This Paleo Berry Crisp is an easy summer dessert, made with any fresh berries that you have on hand. It’s naturally sweetened and grain-free, and is perfect for a patriotic holiday, like Fourth of July or Memorial Day.

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Party Drinks

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Easy Mocktail Recipe

This mocktail recipe calls for just 3 ingredients, for a refreshing summer drink! It tastes like a cocktail, without using alcohol.

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honey lemonade in 2 glasses.
Honey Lemonade

Honey Lemonade is made with just 3 ingredients for a naturally sweet summer drink! Feel free to double or triple the recipe, as needed, to make a large pitcher.

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orange infused water with extra orange slices on marble
Orange Infused Water

A refreshing twist on regular water!

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basil lemonade in glass with yellow straw
Fresh Basil Lemonade

Basil lemonade is a refreshing summer drink, made with only 3 ingredients. Naturally sweetened and vegan-friendly.

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I hope you’ll find this round-up of recipes helpful for your 4th of July festivities, or any summer event you have coming up!

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