Last Minute 4th of July Ideas

Heading to a 4th of July cookout and not sure what to bring? Here are some ideas to inspire you!

Hi Friends!

Happy 4th of July! I hope you get to spend the day enjoying time with friends and family. If you’re looking for a last minute dish for something to bring to your cookout, here are some ideas to inspire you!


Need an appetizer?

Black Bean Guacamole

(or try this Sweet & Spicy Strawberry Peach Guac)

 sweet and spicy cucumber salad

Need a side dish?

Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad

(Or try this: Farmer’s Market Potato Hash)


Need a meatless main dish?

Greek Black Bean Burgers

grilled pork tenderloin

Need something for the grill?

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Rainbow Salsa

(or try this Teriyaki Salmon with Pineapple Black Bean Salsa)

ginger citrus avocado dressing

Bringing the salad? Add this:

Ginger Citrus Avocado Dressing

(Or try this Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette)


Time for dessert? Make these on the grill instead of in the oven!

Baked Apple Packets

(Or check out this roundup of 14 Frozen Desserts For Summer)


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Fourth of July reminds me of anything and everything grilled. I wish we weren’t experiencing a hurricane so grilling is not an option this year!
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  2. we’re coming over tonight! you are making all these, right? LOL!
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  3. Have an amazing 4th of July dear! xo
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  4. Wow. I love the grill and desserts so those baked apples look fabulous.
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  5. Great ideas! I love no bake summer cooking!
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  6. I see baked apple packets in my life very, very soon…and probably for breakfast lol
    Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Burgers on the grill for me tonight!
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  8. It was so chilly in NYC we did lamb stew! But how did I miss your fruit guac recipe before? I always overbuy peaches, nectarines, pluots, etc. every week in thecsummer and usually end up with some compote. But now…some new inspiration! Im trying it this week!
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  9. The baked apple packets with ice cream and chocolate chips are delicious! Super quick and easy to make as well which was a bonus.

    Thanks for the great recipe roundup :)

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