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4th of July Appetizers Worth Making

Planning your menu for the 4th of July? We’ve rounded up the best 4th of July appetizers perfect for your summer celebration here.

A photo collage of 4th of July appetizers including salsa, dips, fried avocados, and peppers.

Okay so you’ve got your ribs or your burger all planned out for this 4th of July weekend but what about a good appetizer recipe?

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

1. Chicken Satay with Green Curry Peanut Sauce

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.

Several chicken skewers on a plate with a dish of peanut sauce on the side and a dish of chiles and rice around it.

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.

A bowl of cheese dip on a wood tray with a spoon dipping into the bowl and several pieces of food behind it.
Image from G-Free Foodie

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.

A terracotta bowl of shrimp ceviche with watermelon, cilantro, and sliced radishes with a spoon dipping into one side.
Image from Salt & Wind

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!

A large bowl of charred shishito peppers with a lime cut in half. One half is squeezed over the top and there's a glass of wine.

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.

A charcuterie board in the colors of red, white, and blue with watermelon, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, and star crackers.
Image from The Delicious Life

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.

A rectangular flat bread pizza cut into square slices and topped with arugula, bacon, and cream.
Image from Salt & Wind

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.

A brown bowl with pineapple salsa in it with chips and a spoon on one side.

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.

11. Quick and Easy Hummus

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.

A red bowl of hummus topped with roasted red peppers, chopped herbs and sesame seeds.

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.

A bowl of avocado fries next to a silver container filled with a pink ranch sauce on a red tablecloth.

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.

A platter of deviled eggs topped with slices of jalapeño, a piece of bacon and a sprinkle of paprika.
Image from Big Delicious Life

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.

A white bowl with creamy feta dip in it topped with honey and chopped herbs.
Image from California Grown

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.

A bowl of guacamole with a blue chip dipping into the bowl and a blue spoon on the side.

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.

A baking dish of spinach artichoke dip surrounded by crackers and red peppers.
Image from California Grown

Your 4th of July Appetizer Game Plan Is Complete

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  1. I made the guacamole last weekend and we gobbled it up. All of these recipes look delicious, can’t wait to cook my way through the list all summer!