Yes, we’re almost at 4th of July, our Independence Day in the U.S. And all of you reading in Canada are getting ready to celebrate your Canada Day. Clearly we’re in that wonderful season of summer. The time of year when fun, food, fireflies, favorite swimming holes, and long sunny days all combine to make you feel like you’ve been given a fabulous gift. To celebrate summer and our independence stand on July 4th, 1776, we want the tastiest and prettiest gluten-free 4th of July recipes, of course!
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—without the pressure of non-stop events and gift giving like some holidays.
Instead of creating a new recipe or sharing a new recipe roundup, I’ve decided to update this gluten-free recipe roundup once again to give you the tastiest and prettiest 4th of July recipes for the holiday, or for summer in general!
Tastiest and Prettiest Gluten-Free 4th of July Recipes by Category
~ 4th of July Drinks ~
~ Kim’s (Cook IT Allergy Free) 5-Minute Watermelon Strawberry Slushie (sooo refreshing and full of health benefits!)
~ My Blueberry Banana Foamie (this is a light smoothie-style beverage—no heaviness after this one)
~ Or my Raspberry Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie (all kinds of goodness in one smoothie)
~ Or my super simple Good Morning Sunshine! Smoothie (this combo is simple but delicious and definitely a nice way to wake up!)
~ Or Sarah’s The Only Margarita You Will Ever Need (the secret ingredient in this recipe surprised me!)
~ 4th of July Starters/Sides ~
~ My Cucumber Chickpea “Bruschetta” (these bites are loved by all—even by Mr. GFE who says he hates chickpeas!)
~ 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. (Now you know what to do with jicama!)
~ Who doesn’t want to know How to Cook Perfect Corn on the Cob? (This recipe is from Alisa of Go Dairy Free.)
~ Love quinoa? Then Zoe’s (Z’s Cup of Tea) Quinoa Fritters might be your perfect side.
~ Or perhaps my grain-free Zucchini Fritters. (These are so light and lovely. We never tire of them.)
~ 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.
~ 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!
And there’s always Pasta Salad …
~ Like Linda’s (Gluten-Free Homemaker) Southwestern Pasta
~ Or Amie’s (The Healthy Apple) Pasta Potato Salad (the two together is intriguing, right?)
~ 4th of July Main Dishes ~
~ My Gluten-Free Beer Can Chicken (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)
~ Ribs say 4th of July to many. Mr. GFE and Son vote for ribs ANY time! How about these Barbecue Country-Style Ribs from Shockingly 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.
~ Then there are Alyssa’s (Simply Quinoa) Vegetarian Black Bean Quinoa Burgers, Johnna’s (In Johnna’s Kitchen) Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers, and Ricki’s (Ricki Heller) Vegetarian Veggie Burgers That Are Made from Vegetables.
~ 4th of July 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.
~ 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.
~ 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.
~ Or how about the classic Neopolitan combo like in this Raw, Vegan & Paleo Neapolitan Cake from Unconventional Baker?~ 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.)
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!
~ 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.
~ 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 Cake) Chocolate Chocolate Cookies turned into Ice Cream Sandwiches? Or any of these gluten-free Ice Cream Sandwiches.
~ I love a simple dessert like this Red, White, and Blue Berries and Cream from Cook Eat Paleo. Such a pretty presentation and you can’t beat the ingredients either.
~ You also can’t go wrong with Linda’s (Gluten-Free Homemaker) Chocolate-Covered Strawberries, her Angel Food Cupcakes, her Angel Food Cake (this cake knocks everyone’s socks off! even the gluten-full folks!) or her Carrot Cake.
~ Mary’s (Gluten-Free Spinner) Dreamy Carrot Cake … soooo dreamy!
The challenge of gluten-free desserts is not that we don’t have enough choices, it’s deciding on which one to make!
Now don’t you agree that I’ve shared the tastiest and prettiest gluten-free 4th of July recipes?
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. 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.
Originally published July 3, 2012, updated January 23, 2018.