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Plan Your Fourth of July Menu Without a Recipe

By • June 30, 2014 • 2 Comments

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Fourth of July, like any good American holiday, revolves around food and entertaining. And while it’s fun to spend time in the kitchen, poring over a cookbook while your friends lounge in your backyard is not an ideal way to spend your holiday. Plus, what if you want to host an impromptu party and don't have time to get all the necessary ingredients? Those cookbooks are just holding you back.

So, in the spirit of independence, go rogue and ditch the books today for some Not Recipes instead. You’ll spend less time making sure you got the exact details right and more time enjoying the afternoon. If you're still on the fence about hosting a party, you can dive in with what you have at home right now and throw together a fête with ease. Here are 14 of our favorite recipe-less dishes that make for perfect Fourth fare.


Salsa on Food52


Quinoa Salad

NR Quinoa Salad on Food52



Marinade on Food52



NR Burgers on Food52


Fruit Crisp (or Crumble)

Fruit Crisp on Food52



NR Slaw on Food52


Grilled Steak

NR Grilled Steak on Food52

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Cereal Treats

Cereal Treats on Food52



Vinaigrette on Food52


Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Cake on Food52



NR Sangria on Food52


Pasta Salad

NR Pasta Salad on Food52


Icebox Cake

Icebox Cake on Food52


Galette (or Crostata)

Galette or Crostata on Food52

Tags: holiday, 4th of July, BBQ, barbecue, how-to & diy, everyday cooking, summer, grilling, entertaining

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11 months ago Ellen Francis

You've got to try the 4th of July Edition of the Amazing, Easy, No-Bake Watermelon "Cake"!! It's dazzling, healthy and ridiculously simple!


11 months ago Kt4

Haha! Great idea Ellen!
I'd like to note, you had someone comment about it being expensive... Where I am, only strawberries are sometimes inexpensive; all other berries tend to cost at least twice as much for half the amount. Though with so few ingredients, I personally wouldn't call your idea expensive.