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When you think of Independence Day food, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a spread of red, white and blue desserts. But, do you know what else you should be thinking of, though? A bunch of yummy Fourth of July appetizers. Chances are, your party starts in the afternoon and goes until after the fireworks end, so your guests are probably going to need plenty of easy dishes to snack on throughout the night.
The best part about these Fourth of July appetizers is that they don’t all necessarily need to stick to that same red, white and blue theme. Summer means that you have access to a bounty of fresh produce (in pretty much every color!) and it would be a shame to limit yourself to only three, you know? Plus, nobody will turn their nose up at less-colorful classics like sliders, hot dogs and cheese dips. They’re crowd favorites for a reason!
Even if your menu is already planned out, it’s worth browsing the list below for a little Fourth of July appetizer inspo. Maybe you’ll see something you hadn’t thought of before (like watermelon fries!) and add it to your list. Or, maybe you’ll just remember to make an old favorite dish you’d forgotten about. Either way, these crowd-pleasers are ready to celebrate Independence Day with you and your friends.
So, read on to check out a bunch of the most festive (and best-tasting) Fourth of July appetizer recipes. Learn ‘em now and make them throughout the rest of the summer!
1. Strawberry Feta Bruschetta
Use summer berries to make sweet and savory bruschetta. It’s a classic!
2. Caprese Skewers
Skip caprese salad and go straight for these hands-only caprese skewers.
3. Watermelon-Feta Flag Salad
Easier than a flag cake and just as patriotic, this flag salad is the perfect centerpiece for your appetizer spread.
4. Honey, Ricotta and Peach Crostini
These sweet, creamy crostini take advantage of peaches at peak season.
5. Watermelon Fries
This creative dish works as an appetizer or as part of a dessert spread (alongside plenty of cakes and pies, of course). Cut watermelon fries, then serve ’em up with a coconut-lime dip.
6. The Ultimate Patriotic Cheeseboard
Cheeseboards are a must-have at any good party. This red, white and blue cheeseboard is the one you should serve on the Fourth of July.
7. Chili Lime Shrimp Cups
Store-bought wonton wrappers make these crunchy shrimp cups a total breeze.
8. Summer Corn Salad
Nothing tastes like summer the way a bowl of corn, tomatoes and cheese does.
9. Hot Dog Sliders With Mango-Pineapple Salsa
You don’t need special dogs or buns for these hot dog sliders, you’ll just cut regular ones in half!
10. Goat Cheese Tomato Dip
This baked dip hits the spot, even on a warm day.
11. Tequila Jalapeño Shrimp
Get the party started with some tequila-marinated shrimp.
12. Watermelon, Blackberry and Feta Skewers
These mini skewers are the easiest way to go red, white and blue.
13. Mini Hasselback Potatoes
Hasselback potatoes are perfect for soaking up maximum dipping sauce.
14. Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches
These two-ingredient prosciutto-wrapped peaches area guaranteed hit and perfect if you’re scrambling last-minute.
15. Black Bean and Corn Salad
Straight up or eaten with tortilla chips, you can’t go wrong with black bean and corn salad.
16. Mini BLT Sandwiches
I mean, how cute are these tiny BLTs!?
17. Baked Cheeseburger Sliders
It’s tough to been a sheet pan of cheesy sliders.