80 Real Food 4th of July Recipes

Summer is finally here, and it's almost time for family barbecues and red, white, and blue.

But as summer BBQ celebrations are being planned, processed foods are readily available to fill our get-together needs. Hot dogs, packaged breads, condiments, and cold salads fill the store shelves. They are quick to grab and full of artificial colors, additives, and preservatives.

With just a little planning, you can create a celebration that nourishes your family's time together as well as their bodies! Even if you are not the planner of the event, you can still make your contribution a “real food” one.

Happy Independence Day!

Main Dishes

Tip: Use a stainless steel grill pan to keep drippings off of your grill and make cleanup super simple.

1. Easy Homemade Burger Patties from Red and Honey

2. Buf-A-Cue Shrimp from Life Currents

3. Green Tomato Bacon Jam Burgers from Farm Fresh Feasts

4. Cedar-Cooked Wild Salmon from Keep the Beet

5. Argentinian Beef Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce from The Organic Kitchen

6. Beef Short Ribs with Paleo BBQ Sauce from Hollywood Homestead

7. Tri-tip with Pomegranate BBQ Sauce and Caramelized Onions from The Organic Kitchen


Side Dishes

8. Creamed Corn from Raia's Recipes

9. Confetti Potato Salad from Farm Fresh Feasts

10. Grilled Pineapple from It's a Love/Love Thing

11. Grilled Asparagus With Lemon Butter Sauce from Montana Homesteader

12. Vegetable Skewers from Gourmande in the Kitchen

13. Apple Chicken Salad from These Temporary Tents

14. Sprouted Baked Beans from Raising Generation Nourished

15. The Great American Potato Salad Revival from Holistic Squid

16. Simple Summer Carrot Salad (gluten-free, dairy-free option, Autoimmune option) from Delicious Obsessions

17. Gluten-Free Scalloped Potatoes from Raia's Recipes

18. Sweet N' Tangy Barbecue Bean and Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan) from MIX Wellness

19. Simple Cucumber, Avocado, Tomato Salad from Healthy Roots, Happy Soul

20. Microgreens Fruit Salad from A Harmony Healing

21. Citrus Kaleslaw from Economies of Kale

22. Spring Herb Potatoes from One Beet

23. Classic Coleslaw (Grain Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free Option) from Raising Generation Nourished

24. Apple Dill Coleslaw from Just Enjoy Food

25. Tangy Green Bean Salad with Crispy Walnuts (Gluten and Dairy Free) from Delicious Obsessions

26. Grainy Mustard Potato + Massaged Kale Salad from With Food + Love

27. Paleo Side Salad from Paleo Gone Sassy



Tip: Whipped cream over fresh fruit makes a simple and delicious dessert. Instantly turn your cream into whipped cream with this Cream Whipper.

28. Red, White, and Blue Popsicles from Oh Lardy!

29. 3 Super Simple Red, White and Blue Fruit Treats from Nourishing Minimalism

30. 4th of July Berry Cobbler from Life Made Full (grain free)

31. Red, White & Blue Muffins from Farm Fresh Feasts

32. Patriotic Popsicles from Fresh Bites Daily

33. Strawberry Yogurt Pops

34. Patriotic Waffles from It Takes Time

35. Patriotic Fruit Salad with Spiced Rum and Honey from Nourishing Minimalism

36. Mixed Fruit Cobbler Recipe (grain and dairy free) from Delicious Obsessions

37. Fresh Berry Mini Pound Cake Trifles from Healthy Roots Happy Soul

38. Rainbow Fruit Skewers from Finger Prickin' Good

39. Blackberry + Mango Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad from With Food + Love

40. Rich Strawberry Shortcake with Cream Cheese Filling from Richly Rooted

41. Deep Dish Apple Pie with Fennel and Ginger (gluten, grain, and dairy free) from Delicious Obsessions

42. Berry Custard with Sweet Cream from Our Nourishing Roots

43. Key-Lime Coconut Cake (Grain and Sugar Free) from The Humbled Homemaker

44. Baseball Nut Ice Cream from Life Currents

45. Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

46. Magic Chocolate Sauce from Our Nourishing Roots



Tip: Some organic condiments from the store are fine. Look for organic ketchup and mustard to start.

47. Mom's Homemade Barbecue Sauce from Raia's Recipes

48. Coconut Oil Chicken Glaze from Real Food RN

49. Homemade Ketchup by Rethink Simple

50. Avocado and Fig (Fertility) Salsa from MIX Wellness

51. Magic Mayonnaise by Lisa’s Counter Culture

52. Homemade Miracle Whip from Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

53. Fresh Garden Salsa (Lacto-Fermented)

54. Amish Hot Pepper Mustard

55. Spicy Horseradish Mustard by Pickle Me Too

56. Maple BBQ Sauce by Rethink Simple

57. Zesty BBQ Sauce by Scratch Mommy

58. GAPS Legal BBQ Sauce by Purposeful Nutrition

59. Dairy Free “Buttermilk” Ranch Dressing by Southern Test Kitchen

60. Hearty Blue Cheese Salad Dressing by Thyme Square Gardens

61. Mock Caesar Dressing

62. Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette by Little B Cooks

63. Herb Infused French Wine Dressing by Thyme Square Gardens

64. Guacamole by Southern Test Kitchen

65. Pineapple Salsa (raw-vegan) from Jar O' Honey

66. Probiotic Ranch Dressing

67. Fresh Summer Salsa w/ Cucumber from Recipes to Nourish

68. Bacon & Bone Broth BBQ Sauce from Real Food RN



Tip: Use glass beverage containers whenever possible (to avoid BPA and other plastic byproducts), like this Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser.

69. Strawberry Watermelon Slushee (Dairy Free, Autoimmune Friendly) from Delicious Obsessions

70. Raspberry Ginger Iced Green Tea from Richly Rooted

71. Cherry Mango Water Kefir Smoothie from The Humbled Homemaker

72. Fresh Homemade Flavored Water

73. Frozen Watermelon Pineapple Smoothie from A Harmony Healing

74. Hibiscus Strawberry Iced Tea Cooler from Recipes to Nourish

75. Honey-Sweetened Lemonade (GAPS-friendly) from Our Nourishing Roots

76. Healthy Strawberry Cappuccino from Healing, Yoga, and Qigong

77. Sparkly Mint Lemonade from South Beach Primal

78. Cherry Mint Lemonade (Honey Sweetened) from Recipes to Nourish

79. Refreshing Limeade from The Organic Kitchen

80. Watermelon Limeade from Richly Rooted


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Vanessa Pruitt, PLMHP, MS