July is here! I love long summer days and warm summer evenings. I hope you have a fun long weekend in store. Independence Day has always been one of my very favorite holidays, since it’s an annual family reunion on my mom’s side. Now it’s also the anniversary of my brother’s wakeboarding accident. After a month in the hospital and learning to walk again on a prosthetic leg, he’s doing well. This is my public request to be careful out there, especially on the water.
Last month, I mentioned that my dog Cookie was not doing well. She’s actually doing much better! She has been cycling through some health issues for a while, but she’s in good shape right now. At the moment, she is trying to steal my breakfast. She’s ornery as ever, and her little sister, Clover, keeps her on her toes.
If you’re looking for Fourth of July recipes, here are some of my favorites. The more salads, the better! Browse with pictures here.
- Dips: Mediterranean Tomato and Feta Dip, Pimento Cheese or Strawberry Salsa
- Salads: Favorite Quinoa Salad, Black Bean Salad, Garden-Fresh Corn Salad, Herbed Potato Salad, Layered Panzanella or Watermelon Salad with Herbed Yogurt Sauce
- Main Dishes: Caprese Sandwiches, Favorite Veggie Burgers or Grilled Pizzas
- Desserts: Almond Cake with Berries on Top, Mixed Berry Crisp or Simple Blueberry Cake
- Extras: Classic Mojito, Easy Pineapple Mint Popsicles, or Strawberry Smoothies
Gluten free and vegan
“Made this immediately last night and loved it – my daughter as well! Quick and easy for when you get home from work – served alongside pasta.” – Connie
Berries! Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries & Strawberries
“Sooooo good. I added a little powdered sugar to the Greek yogurt and this was delicious. Thanks for the easy summer showstopper!” – Carrie
Gluten free and vegan if you use vegan ice cream
“I made this for a cooking class I taught and everyone loved it!! Hopefully you get some more readership, because I tell so many of my patients about your blog :)” – Tricia
Gluten free and easily vegan
“I made these last night and they were WONDERFUL! I loved the flavor; the lime adds a lot. I followed the recipe exactly and they are fabulous the next day for lunch!” – Laura
“This is the best tzatziki recipe ever. I come back to it again and again. Everyone who tastes it wants the recipe! Thank you so much” – Terry
Gluten free and easily vegan (skip the feta)
“This might actually be my favourite grain salad ever. The combination of textures is phenomenal– definitely don’t skip the toasted almonds! It’s a little bit involved but if you multitask it comes together fairly quickly. I’ve made it several times now and will definitely continue to do so as long as I can get fresh sweet corn!” – Elinor
Vegetarian and delicious
“Tried this last night it was DELICIOUS and SO EASY! On my lunchtime favorite list. Thanks Kate!” – Carolyn
Gluten free (with gluten-free accompaniments)
“Phenomenal Appetizer that everyone loves!! I have served it four times over the past two months and it is a big hit. Very easy to make!!” – Nancy
“Kate, this salad is so delicious. The DRESSING–I know everyone is going wild for your coconut bacon, which is wonderful and all, but the DRESSING! I love that it is oil-free so you can really load up on it. This salad is raising the bar for salads in my book. You’ve done it again, Cookie and Kate!” – Tory
Easily gluten free and easily vegan
“I made these tonight and they are so delicious. A perfect summer meal. I also mustvsay that this is the first time myself and my boyfriend have actually enjoyed (even, loved) tofu! Yay for soggy free perfectly crisp tofu.” – Deana
“My husband and my favorite recipe! Are you able to substitute the peaches for other fruits? Was thinking strawberry or raspberry!” – Mallory (the answer is yes—check out my Roasted Berry and Honey Yogurt Popsicles!)
Gluten-free and vegan
“Hi Kate, I had forgotten how delicious this salad is! Served it with slow cooker mac & cheese for dinner last night. I really like that you mix the whole salad at one time, no separate dressing to prepare, and also that the dressing just “dresses” the ingredients and does not drown them!! Perfect summer meal – easy, make ahead, no use of the stove :) Thanks, again, for sharing!” – Kris
Gluten-free and easily vegan (see notes)
“I made this as a dessert for a ladies group dinner and everyone LOVED it! Thank you.” – Daniela
Gluten-free and vegan
“Absolutely wonderful recipe- so fresh and light compared to traditional potato salad and was a hit during my father’s birthday! Liked it so much we’re making it again tonight!” – Tori
“I Just made these for dinner and they were delicious! My whole family loved them. Easy to put together and fun to assemble at the table. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!” – Katherine
Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)
“Didn’t think twice about whipping this one up for tonight since all I had to buy were the zucchinis and tomatoes. I made it vegan with nutritional yeast and OH MY this is an amazing recipe. So simple! You are quickly becoming my favorite food blogger! Can’t wait to share this creation with my loves. Thanks” – Lauren
“Made this tonight for a quick dinner. It was so delicious! I’ll be bringing this to all the parties/BBQs I go to this summer. I love your blog :)” – Jodi
Don’t forget to tag your recipe photos #cookieandkate so we can all see them! If you’re looking for an ingredient that didn’t make the list, check my ingredient index for relevant recipes.
More resources you might appreciate: 23 make-ahead breakfast recipes, 45 recipes that pack well for lunch and 20 simple weeknight dinners. You can shop my essential kitchen equipment here. Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for a steady stream of recipe inspiration!