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30 (Really Good) 4th Of July Snacks And Appetizers To Add To Your Menu This Year

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Grilling is often the main event of the 4th of July (OK, maybe the fireworks are), but the snacks and appetizers are just as important. Give the grill master a run for their money with these easy and delicious 4th of July recipes that'll steal the show. There's something here for everyone — including vegetarian, vegan, keto, Crock-Pot, and air fryer options. Happy 4th!

1. Million Dollar Cream Cheese Dip

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This keto-friendly recipe will be devoured by everyone. 

Recipe: Million Dollar Cream Cheese Dip



2. Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

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These are so full of flavor that they're sure to be a hit, and they can be cooked in the oven if you don't have an air fryer. Pile them up on a platter, and spear with cocktail picks to serve. Or leave them in a Crock-Pot to keep them warm. 

Recipe: Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

3. Melon Berry Fruit Salad

Add some white peaches or jicama into the mix if you're going for the full red, white, and blue vibe.

Recipe: Melon Berry Fruit Salad



4. Tamales De Elote / Via

This recipe gives very clear and detailed instructions, and making them is easier than you might think. Imagine showing up to your BBQ with tamales that YOU made. Impressive. 

Recipe: Tamales De Elote

5. Red, White, and Blue Cheese Board

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Show off that good ol' red, white, and blue with a flag-inspired cheese board. 

Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Cheese Board



6. Whipped Vegan Feta Cheese with Maple & Thyme

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And make sure you have a cheese option for the dairy-free among us. 

Recipe: Whipped Vegan Feta Cheese With Maple & Thyme

7. Cider-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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I've heard bacon-wrapped everything is a millennial food trend — and I'm not mad about it. It's delicious. 

Recipe: Cider-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Dates



8. Easy Vegan BBQ Cauliflower Wings

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Crispy, flavorful, and easier than you think. They look good and might trick your meat-eaters. 

Recipe: Easy Vegan BBQ Cauliflower Wings

9. Spinach Artichoke Dip

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This one is served warm and melty. You can prepare it the day before and let it sit out at room temp for 30 minutes before baking. 

Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Dip



10. Homemade Healthy Otterpops

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Otter Pops. Doesn't that take you back? You can use any popsicle mold or even an ice cube tray to make these, but if you want to do the whole Otter Pop vibe, get yourself some of these

Bonus tip! You can make these boozy for the grown folks. 

Recipe: Homemade Healthy Otterpops

11. Seven-Layer Taco Dip

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This dip is delicious on its own, but if you want to add meat, you can add ground beef. Brown the beef in a pan, drain the fat, stir in a jar of salsa, and season to taste. Now you have eight layers. 

Recipe: Seven-Layer Taco Dip from Scratch



12. Prosciutto-Wrapped Tequila Lime Shrimp With Avocado Crema

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If the grill master won't let you squeeze in your skewers, you can also cook these in a cast-iron skillet. But they're better on the grill, so try to get a little corner of it. 

Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Tequila Lime Shrimp With Avocado Crema

13. Prickly Pear Lillet Spritz

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This pretty red and refreshing drink can be made booze-free easily. Just sub with sparkling cider and soda water!

Recipe: Prickly Pear Lillet Spritz



14. Pesto Couscous Salad

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Anything topped with pesto is always a yes. 

Recipe: Pesto Couscous Salad

15. Baked Chicken Wings in a BBQ Marinade

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Baking your wings means you won't have to elbow anyone for grill space.

Recipe: Baked Chicken Wings in a BBQ Marinade



16. Fajita Grilled Chicken Skewers

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Perfect for alfresco dining. Be sure to have tortillas and other fajita toppings available!

Recipe: Fajita Grilled Chicken Skewers

17. Mini Lap Cheong Sausage Pigs in a Blanket

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Lap cheong is Chinese-style pork sausage. You can find this sausage at Asian markets, and one commenter said they found it at Costco!

Recipe: Mini Lap Cheong Sausage Pigs in a Blanket



18. Queso Fundido With Chorizo

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Easily make this recipe vegetarian by omitting the chorizo and adding mushrooms and poblano peppers. 

Recipe: Queso Fundido With Chorizo

19. Avocado Shrimp Salsa

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This recipe will only take you about 20 minutes to make (less if you're using pre-cooked shrimp). It's not recommended to make it ahead of time, but you can prep most of the veggies the day before if you'd like. 

Recipe: Avocado Shrimp Salsa



20. Cheese Chips

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Homemade cheese chips are sure to be better than the packaged variety. 

Recipe: Cheese Chips

21. Crock-Pot Ribs

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No grill needed for these ribs! 

Recipe: Crock-Pot Ribs



22. Marinated Beef Kabobs With Broccoli

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It's like beef broccoli on a kebab! You can substitute tamari for coconut aminos, but be sure to add a bit of sweetener to balance the salty flavor.

Recipe: Marinated Beef Kabobs With Broccoli

23. Crostini Three Ways

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An easy grab-and-go appetizer while people are mingling and sipping wine. 

Recipe: Crostini Three Ways



24. Broccoli Tots

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The key to getting these perfectly crispy is taking the time to squeeze as much water as possible out of the cooked broccoli. And if you're a cheese lover, go on and add some Parmesan!

Recipe: Low-Carb Broccoli Tots

25. Pulled Pork Nachos

No matter what, nachos are always a good idea.

Recipe: Pulled Pork Nachos



26. Vegan French Onion Dip

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This dairy-free dip is great for your vegan and lactose-intolerant friends. 

Recipe: Vegan French Onion Dip

27. Taco Egg Rolls (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

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Yum. Yum. Yum. You can pretty much fill these with whatever ingredients you want, and they can also be cooked in the air fryer. 

Recipe: Taco Egg Rolls (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)



28. Bacon Ranch Crispy Potato Skins

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Don't toss those potato skins! They make a great and crispy lil' snack. 

Recipe: Bacon Ranch Crispy Potato Skins

29. Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad

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A little something to satisfy the summer sweet tooth, it's your no-bake, no wait-for-it-to-set, cheesecake alternative. 

Recipe: Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad

30. Patriotic Popcorn

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Red, white, and blue for the win. Happy snacking!

Recipe: Patriotic Popcorn

What are your favorite summer appetizers and snacks? Let us know in the comments!



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