What to Cook for the 4th of July

I love everything about the Fourth of July, especially the food! I have an affinity for hamburgers and a soft spot for hotdogs too. If you have a fun afternoon planned with friends, Louisa has your menu covered, whether you’re hosting everyone or bringing one dish to a party.

What to Cook for the 4th of July

Guest post by Louisa from Living Lou

Hotdogs and hamburgers are a given for the 4th of July, but there are so many other delicious eats and drinks that you can make to add a little something different to your 4th of July spread.

We just celebrated Canada Day, and I went to a couple of different barbecues (and ate plenty of burgers), but the real stars of the show were always the salads and sides.

Here are some of my favorite barbecue eats that are the perfect way to celebrate!


Quinoa Salad with a simple balsamic dressing. This is totally foolproof and 100% delicious.

Grilled Asparagus Salad has a simple basil vinaigrette (pro-tip: this basil vinaigrette works on everything).

A light and refreshing pasta salad with lots of lemon and spinach, totally on the healthier side.

Coleslaw with Italian dressing is my go-to coleslaw, it’s also something you can prep the day ahead and it will be even more flavourful.


Slow cooker pork ribs with a simple homemade barbecue sauce, these are the absolute best ribs I have ever made.

Grilled salmon skewers will be a surprising addition to any spread. If you’re a little nervous to grill fish this is the perfect way to start.

Greek turkey burgers if you do feel like making burgers from scratch, these would be my recommendations. Truth be told, sometimes it’s just easier to buy the frozen patties—no judgement!


Homemade barbecue sauce is necessary, this one isn’t sickly sweet like the store-bought kind and is totally worth it.


Grilled sweet potato wedges are one of my favorites, I just love the way the smokiness from the grill balances the sweetness from the sweet potatoes.

Broccoli and gouda twice baked potatoes are a crowd pleaser, you could totally swap out the cheese here for a sharp cheddar.


I feel like the only dessert worth making are my s’mores rice crispy treats. You can thank me later!

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