Festive Fourth Ideas

Whether you're grilling at home or bringing a dish to pass, these recipes are sure to add sparkle to your table this Fourth of July.

Festive Fourth Ideas

Festive Fourth Ideas

Family and friends will say "Hooray!" when they see these star-spangled Lemon Nut Star Cookies from our Test Kitchen. Make these treats throughout the year by using different cookie cutters and food coloring.

"Sweet 'n' Spicy Grilled Pork Chops started out with a mild sauce that I decided to 'spice up,'" shares Gladys Peterson of Beaumont, Texas. "You'll find it's easy to adjust the seasonings to suit your family's taste. I also like to use the sauce on boneless skinless chicken breasts."

"This colorful dish is a favorite of mine for entertaining," says Cindy Novak of Antioch, California. "I marinate the chicken and cut up the peppers the night before. Then the next day, I just assemble the Sesame Chicken Kabobs and grill."

For a refreshing summer side dish for any meal, our Test Kitchen recommends marinated Melon with Minted Lime Dip. You can also serve this fruity treat as a light dessert.

What would a picnic be without potato salad? In Picnic Potato Salad, mint adds a tasty twist on the traditional. Because it contains oil instead of mayonnaise, it travels well to picnics. Sheri Neiswanger of Ravenna, Ohio shares the recipe.

In Elkhorn, Wisconsin, one of Bonnie Hawkins' favorite all-time recipes is this refreshing Red, White and Bleu Slaw that's perfect for Fourth of July celebrations—or any time at all. "The blend of flavors is wonderful," she says. "I use this recipe as often as I can…it's just simply the best!"