Planning your menu for the 4th of July? We’ve rounded up the best 4th of July appetizers perfect for your summer celebration here.
Truth be told, if it were up to me, the whole celebration would skip the main dish and just be a big happy hour at home. A generous selection of quick appetizers and fun cocktails featuring summer’s freshest produce sounds like way more fun, right?
These tasty snacks vary in effort from easy to a bit more time consuming. I suggest picking one or two and then supplement with some good store-bought classics like crackers, nice olives, good tortilla chips, and yummy nuts.
I think you’ll find lots of inspiration here. So many flavors to choose from. Have a great long weekend friends!
4th of July Appetizers
If you have the grill fired up for other food you can cook these Thai-inspired chicken skewers on there. Otherwise, broil in the oven. Your guests are going to love the curry peanut sauce. Serve with extra cucumber slices for dipping.
2. Pimento Cheese Dip from G-Free Foodie
This pimento cheese dip is party food at its best. Loaded with yummy ingredients like sharp cheddar cheese, jack cheese, pimentos, and green onions. This is an appetizer that is fast easy and delicious.
3. Spicy Shrimp and Watermelon Ceviche from Salt & Wind
Tons of fresh herbs, a little coconut water, and lots of heat from serrano chiles makes this shrimp and watermelon ceviche completely irresistible.
4. Blistered Garlicky Shishito Peppers from ¡Hola! Jalapeño
Make a huge platter of these peppers and watch them disappear. Most shishitos have little more than a gentle kick of spice but be careful—every once in a while you’ll get a fiery shishito that will knock your socks off!
5. Mexican Street Corn Nachos from This Mess Is Ours
Meg has outdone herself this time. These are the most epic nachos ever! Fire roasted corn, Cotija cheese, black beans, roasted poblano cashew cream, and more on top of crispy tortilla chips.
6. Red White and Blue Charcuterie Board from The Delicious Life
How much do you love Sarah’s charcuterie boards? She really hit it out of the park with this one with all the colors of the American flag including fresh veggies like radishes and colorful fruit like strawberries, figs, and even the gorgeous blueberry makes an appearance. Plus cheese, salami, crackers…this is by far the most beautiful (and patriotic) platter ever.
7. Bacon and Arugula Flatbread from Salt & Wind
This seems like it might be complicated but Aida has made this appetizer super easy with store-bough pizza dough topped with potatoes, crispy bacon, blue cheese, and fresh, peppery arugula. Cut into slices and top with a drizzle of sour cream.
8. Grilled Pineapple Salsa from ¡Hola! Jalapeño
Again, if the grill is on you might as well make a smokey delicious salsa while you’re at it. This sweet and spicy salsa makes a great dip or as a topping for everything from tacos to burgers.
9. Shortbread Pizza Bites from Baking The Goods
These crumbly savory shortbread snacks are the perfect combination of savory and sweet with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, butter, parmesan, and just a touch of sugar.
10. Crispy Oven-Baked Cajun Bbq Wings from Britney Breaks Bread
Super saucy, but still crunchy cajun-spiced chicken wings bring a round of applause to your party. Let’s just call it pre-fireworks, fireworks.
I know, I know hummus may seem boring but the truth is, everyone LOVES it and homemade is so much better than store-bought. Give it a glow up by topping with roasted red peppers, good olive oil, and fresh herbs.
12. Oven-Baked Avocado Fries with Harissa Ranch from ¡Hola! Jalapeño
There are fries and then there are avocado fries. Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside and served with a zingy harissa ranch dip.
13. Bacon Jalapeño Deviled Eggs from Big Delicious Life
Stretch out that picnic blanket because the deviled eggs are coming in hot! Jessica’s got all the spicy, creamy goods with this recipe.
14. Avocado Caprese Salad from Beyond Sweet and Savory
So summery and fresh this salad features fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and the welcome creamy addition of ripe avocado.
14. Honey Thyme Feta Dip from California Grown
One of the easiest Fourth of July appetizers that comes together in 5 minutes. This creamy dip is made with feta, Greek yogurt, honey, and fresh herbs. Serve with fresh vegetables like cherry tomatoes, radishes, and crunchy celery.
15. The BEST Guacamole Recipe from ¡Hola! Jalapeño
Your Fourth of July party is not complete without a bowl of seriously, the best guacamole you will ever make. It is easy, only a few ingredients, and truly mind-blowing. The secret is lots of cilantro, fresh lime juice, and kosher salt.
16. Artichoke Dip with Spinach from California Grown
Cream cheese, garlic, and onions flavor this elegant and rustic crowd pleaser! I mean let’s face it, you can never have enough dip.
Your 4th of July Appetizer Game Plan Is Complete
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