Want the Tastiest and/or Prettiest Food for Fourth of July or Any Summer Celebration?

4th of July View at Our Mountain/River Property

Yes, we’re almost at 4th of July, our Independence Day in the U.S. And our friends to the north just celebrated Canada Day. Clearly it’s that wonderful time of year called summer. The time of year when fun, food, fireflies, favorite swimming holes, and long sunny days all combine to make you feel you’ve been given a fabulous gift.

While Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, 4th of July is probably my next favorite. Both are focused on the fun and meaningful combination of food, family, and friends—not necessarily in that order.

Instead of creating a new recipe or sharing a new recipe roundup, I’ve decided to update this gluten-free recipe roundup that will give you all the recipes you need for the 4th of July or summer in general!

~ Drinks ~

Crab Claws Cocktail [from GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Crab Claws Cocktail

~ Kim’s (Cook IT Allergy Free) 5-Minute Watermelon Strawberry Slushie … sooo refreshing!

~ My Blueberry Banana Foamie

~ Or my Raspberry+ Smoothie

~ Or my super simple Watermelon Orange Smoothie

Watermelon Orange Smoothie [from GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Watermelon Orange Smoothie

 ~ Or my “high-octane” Crab Claws (shown previously) or Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

Frozen Watermelon Margaritas [from GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

~ or Sarah’s The Only Margarita You Will Ever Need

The Only Margarita You Will Ever Need
The Only Margarita You Will Ever Need

~ Starters/Sides ~

~ My Cucumber Chickpea “Bruschetta” (shown to the right) … these are loved by all!appetizer, cucumber, summer, chickpeas, garbanzo beans, bruschetta

~ Or these naturally gluten-free Garden-Free Herbed Cucumber “Flower” Bites (cucumbers cut into flower shapes with yummy topping) are pretty awesome, too.

~ Diane’s (The Whole Gang) Guaco Tacos are such great finger food, but you can easily make a meal from these gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and easily vegan, flavorful delights!

~ Who doesn’t want to know How to Cook Perfect Corn on the Cob? This recipe is from Alisa of Go Dairy Free and Alisa Cooks.

~ Love quinoa? Then Zoe’s (Z’s Cup of Tea) Quinoa Fritters might be your perfect side.

~ Maybe you’re looking for a great salad as a side, or your “main.” Hallie rounds up 101 Summer Salads.  I was so tickled that she included my Pulled Chicken Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing. Another favorite of mine for summer is this Fresh Zucchini Toss.

Fresh Zucchini Toss [from GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Fresh Zucchini Toss

~ For more salad recipes, you’ll want to check out Danielle’s (Against All Grain) Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten Free roundup of Seasonal Salads. Yes, even salads can be some serious “eye candy,” especially when Amber’s Candy Cane Beet, Strawberry, and Black Plum Salad with Ginger Lemon Honey Dressing is involved.  Don’t just indulge in amazing salads like these when eating out; make one at home for a festive and healthy 4th!

Candy Cane Beet, Strawberry, and Black Plum Salad with Ginger Lemon Honey Dressing The Tasty Alternative
Candy Cane Beet, Strawberry, and Black Plum Salad with Ginger Lemon Honey Dressing (photo courtesy of Amber Husten at The Tasty Alternative)

And there’s always Pasta Salad …

~ Like Linda’s (Gluten-Free HomemakerSouthwestern Pasta

~ Or Amie’s (The Healthy ApplePasta Potato Salad

Gluten-Free Pasta Potato Salad from The Healthy Apple [featured on GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Pasta Potato Salad from The Healthy Apple

 

~ Main Dishes ~

~ My Gluten-Free Beer Can Chicken; there’s still no gluten-free beer that comes in a can, but there’s an easy solution for that “deficiency” in the market. UPDATE! There are several gluten-free beers that come in a can now, but my method is still an easy solution if you don’t have access to such brands.

Gluten-Free Beer Can Chicken [from GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Gluten-Free Beer Can Chicken

~ Ribs say 4th of July to many. Mr. GFE and Son vote for ribs ANY time! How about these Barbecue Country-Style Ribs from Shocking Delicious shared on Kalyn’s Slow Cooker from Scratch blog?

~ Or these Oven-Baked Spare Ribs (perhaps if you’re in the Northwest … or Australia; probably not a good idea if in the Northeast during our current heat wave).

~ Love pork, but think ribs are too messy? Try my Slow-Cooked Pork Butt, Also Known as the World’s Easiest and Best Pulled Pork … at least by my family and friends.

~ Heidi’s (Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom) Homemade Barbecue Sauce would work well for all the pork recipes I’ve mentioned, but then there’s barbecue chicken, too. I do love barbecued chicken!

Or for a Few More Vegetarian/Vegan Options:

~ Try Johnna’s (In Johnna’s Kitchen) Faux Pulled Pork. I can personally vouch for this recipe and Heather just did a review here. Look at Heather’s photos; you would swear that you’re eating pulled pork. I’m not a vegetarian, but I loved that I could eat Johnna’s super tasty barbecue and not have that heavy “I want to go to sleep” feeling afterwards.

~ Son and I are nuts over my Blackened Black Bean Burgers. Seriously. I’d eat them over a regular burger any day.

Gluten-Free Blackened Black Bean Burger [from GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Blackened Black Bean Burger

~ Then there are Alyssa’s (Simply QuinoaVegetarian Black Bean Quinoa Burgers, Johnna’s (In Johnna’s KitchenSweet Potato Veggie Burgers, and Ricki’s (Ricki HellerVegetarian Veggie Burgers That Are Made from Vegetables.

~ Desserts ~

Oh, how we love our desserts, don’t we? They are without a doubt the most abundant—and most popular—recipes on blogs. I think you’ll enjoy all of the following. Not all at once, of course.

~ Lynn’s (Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures) Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad; Red, White, and Blue Kabobs; or Star-Studded Blueberry Pie

~ Jeanine’s (Faithfully Gluten Free) No-Bake Strawberry Ice Cream Cake. Although Jeanine included some balsamic vinegar in this recipe, she says you can leave it out if you wish.

Gluten-Free No Bake Strawberry Ice Cream Cake
Gluten-Free No Bake Strawberry Ice Cream Cake from Faithfully Gluten Free

~ Are you looking for frozen dessert? My Watermelon Sherbet is so refreshing. When you ask who wants watermelon for dessert and all the heads go up and down, pull out this treat and surprise them instead.

Watermelon Sherbet [from GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Watermelon Sherbet

~ If peaches are more your thing, how about Peach Sorbet? Or Crustless Peach Pie or Peach Upside Down Cake?

~ What starts out blue, but ends up purple? The answer is Ricki’s (Ricki Heller) Blueberry Ice Cream. There’s more frozen lusciousness with this one, so I don’t think anyone will mind that its hue is not blue and doesn’t fit the typical patriotic color scheme.

~ Speaking of blueberries, how about my Blueberry Honey Pie with Honey Whipped Cream? This pie is one of my most favorite gfe recipes! Guess what? It’s “no bake.” (I love you, too.)

Gluten-Free Blueberry Pie with Honey Whipped Cream [from GlutenFreeEasily.com]

Truthfully, I simply adore pies and tarts. Here are a few more gorgeous and delicious options!

~ Alta’s (Tasty Eats At Home) Strawberry “Cheesecake” with Almond-Macadamia Crust. Just look at it!

Strawberry "Cheesecake" with Almond-Macadamia Crust from Tasty Eats At Home [featured on GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Strawberry “Cheesecake” with Almond-Macadamia Crust from Tasty Eats At Home

~ Danielle’s (Against All Grain) Stunning Berry Tart. Oh my.

~ Stephanie’s (Hope for Healing) Fresh Strawberry Coconut Custard Pie. As wonderful as it sounds.

~ Or how about Ali’s (Nourishing Meals) Raw Berry Tart with a Coconut Pastry Cream Pastry? A work of art that I’d like to eat piece by piece.

Raw Berry Tart with a Coconut Pastry Cream Pastry from Nourishing Meals [featured on GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Raw Berry Tart with a Coconut Pastry Cream Pastry from Nourishing Meals

~ Or Amber’s (The Tasty Alternative) Strawberry-Studded Chocolate Tart?

Thankfully, we will never run out of amazing gluten-free desserts! (That’s worth celebrating all by itself.)

~ How about Maggie’s (She Let Them Eat CakeChocolate Chocolate Cookies turned into Ice Cream Sandwiches?

~ If you want a no-bake treat, try Arman’s (The Big Man’s World) Healthy No-Bake Ferrero Rocher Bites.

Healthy No-Bake Ferrero Rocher Bites from The Big Man's World
Healthy No-Bake Ferrero Rocher Bites from The Big Man’s World

~ Or Megan’s (Allergy Free AlaskaReal Food Strawberry Marshmallows or speaking of marshmallows how about Johnna’s (In Johnna’s KitchenCampfire Cones?

Real Food Strawberry Marshmallows from Allergy Free Alaska
Real Food Strawberry Marshmallows from Allergy Free Alaska

~ You also can’t go wrong with Linda’s (The Gluten-Free HomemakerChocolate-Covered Strawberries, her Angel Food Cupcakes, her Angel Food Cake, or her Carrot Cake.

Gluten-Free Angel Food Cupcakes from Gluten-Free Homemaker [featured on GlutenFreeEasily.com]
Gluten-Free Angel Food Cupcakes from Gluten-Free Homemaker
~ Mary’s (Gluten-Free Spinner) Dreamy Carrot Cake shared on my other blog, All Gluten-Free Desserts, All the Time, also is very popular!

Dreamy Gluten-Free Carrot Cake from Gluten Free Spinner
Dreamy Gluten-Free Carrot Cake from Gluten Free Spinner

You can find all the gluten-free dessert recipes of your dreams there! Like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Fruit Pizza, or Blueberry Pie?

Gluten-Free Fruit Pizza Desserts [featured on AllGlutenFreeDesserts.com]

The challenge of gluten-free desserts is not that we don’t have enough choices, it’s making the choice on which one to make!

Happy Canada Day, Happy 4th of July (or Independence Day, if you like), and Happy Summer to All!

p.s. If you’re eating at a group event for the holiday or any time soon, don’t forget to follow these rules to stay safe. Here are some more great guidelines from AndreAnna (Life As A Plate) specifically geared to summer. As always, please remember that ANY gluten is too much gluten for someone who is eating gluten free for medical reasons; enjoy the tasty and good times with friends, but stay vigilant.

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