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4 of the Easiest July 4th Recipes from Pinterest

Easy July 4 Recipes on PinterestLooking for a fun—yet easy—July 4 recipe? These are some of the easiest, sure-to-please dessert and snack ideas from Pinterest that are as patriotic as they are delicious!

If you’ve browsed a grocery store bakery, your favorite food magazine or even Pinterest about this time of year, you’ve probably noticed a burst of red, white and blue for desserts or dessert ideas.

And that layer cake with alternating red and white layers topped with blueberries (and possibly even more red and white stripes) always seems like a good idea ahead of time.

But somehow your inner Martha Stewart gets shoved to the side with work, kids and household responsibilities—and maybe even travel plans.

But you can still pull off one of those super Pinterest mom (or maybe even dad) desserts with one of these four easy options. They’ll just take a little slicing, skewering, light baking and patience.

1. Fabulous Fruit Skewers: By far the easiest of the four, these flag fruit kebobs only require slicing and skewering. Perhaps the kids can even help with this one, provided you slice the fruit and give some tips on skewering safety.

2. Patriotic Party Jell-O Snacks: The presentation of these may look a little intimidating (read: time-consuming), but you can skip painting the jar lids, the twine and the American flags if you must. This recipe is easy—all you’re doing is making Jell-O, adding fruit and letting it set in individual jars—but it will require some patience because it takes a couple of steps.

3. Wave Your Flag Cake: Several pre-packaged or store-bought shortcuts make this cake easier to prepare than it looks. Sliced pound cake on the bottom is covered with softened gelatin, sliced strawberries and blueberries. Once set, a layer of whipped topping and festively arranged strawberries and blueberries equals a pretty patriotic cake.

4. Flag Fruit Pizza: This one requires a little baking, but the rave reviews it’s gotten may just make it worth it. The crust is pre-packaged sugar cookie dough, and the sauce is a blend of cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipped topping. The most difficult step (other than maybe arranging the fruit) is the glaze, which will require using a saucepan to bring the ingredients—sugar, OJ, water and lemon juice—to a boil.

Best wishes for a safe and happy 4th!


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Make Your July 4 Celebration Pop with Colorful and Healthy Corn Salad

This blend of corn, onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices can be dressed up or down for any summer get-together. Best of all, it serves cold or at room temp—and it travels well!

This Fourth of July, try a new twist on a traditional summertime favorite. Instead of the usual corn on the cob, incorporate this easy, healthy, delicious corn salad into your menu to take advantage of some of the best flavors summer has to offer. The delicious blend of fresh, sweet corn, vine-ripened tomatoes, and fresh basil is light, summery, and sure to please!

For the best flavor, make this easy marinated salad a day ahead to allow the flavors to meld, but it can be made shortly before serving and works well as a dish for an impromptu backyard gathering. This yummy side travels easily and tastes great served cold or room temperature without worry.

As versatile as it is delicious, this dish can be slightly altered to suit whatever style celebration you have planned to mark Independence Day. Serve as a sophisticated salad over a stack of sliced tomatoes for a sit-down dinner, a side dish with grilled chicken or burgers for a neighborhood party, or with tortilla chips as an appetizer by the pool.

Search your local farmer’s market for the season’s best produce—it will be much more flavorful and nutritious than produce that has logged hundreds of miles on the back of a truck!

This dish incorporates The Delicious Dietitian Spice Blends and Wine Vinegars, which were created by dietitians as an alternative to commercially produced spice blends and vinegars. These spice blends and vinegars are hand crafted and contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives, they are salt-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, and are full of flavor!

The Blueberry Wine Vinegar is an unexpected hint of one more summertime favorite, and the Southern All Purpose Blend adds a punch of flavor without adding salt.

Corn Salad Ingredients:

5 ears of white sweet corn, shucked
1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
4 ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
3 tablespoons The Delicious Dietitian Blueberry Wine Vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 Tbsp The Delicious Dietitian Southern All Purpose Spice Blend
1/2 cup julienned fresh basil leaves


In a large pot of boiling water, cook the corn for 3 minutes. Drain and immerse it in ice water to stop the cooking and to set the color. When the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.

Toss the kernels in a large bowl with the red onions, tomato, vinegar, olive oil, and spice blend. Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.

More healthy eating advice and delicious recipes can be found on The Delicious Dietitian blog.