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Fast Ideas For Healthy July 4th Recipes, Part 1

Published on: July 2, 2015

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Sure, you could get some burgers and dogs and have yourself a classic July 4th grill-up. But why not make it a little more special? Summer is when the produce markets are full of fresh bounty, and there are tons of ways to take advantage.

Here are some thought-starters to play with for fun, different takes on your 4th cookout:



Chiles are bringing the heat, but fear not, as spicy food is one of the best ways to cool off in the summer swelter — the sweat you get from eating it actually cools you off. One of the easiest ways to use fresh chiles is to slice them thinly with a chef’s knife or a mandolin and sprinkle them over crostini, salads, or grilled meats for an extra zing.

Bon Appetit’s crab, chile, and mint crostini




Beets are an American ingredient through-and-through, so you can feel extra patriotic eating them this Saturday. Think cooking them will be a pain? Think again. Wrap them in foil with a little bit of oil, salt, and pepper, then throw them right on your barbecue coals for 30-45 minutes, or until they’re tender all the way through. Use your hands to peel the skin right off, then quarter and toss together for a smoky, warm beet salad.

AllRecipes: Beets on the grill




Cantaloupe is the jewel of summer fruit — orange, tender, and deliciously sweet. While the grilled fruit phenom is taking off, the cantaloupe really shines in its raw form, served alongside a bit of prosciutto and cheese for a salty-sweet contrast in the tradition of Italy.

SimplyRecipes: Prosciutto, melon, and mozzarella 




Cherries are coming into peak ripeness right now, and one excellent way to make use of their sweet, tart flavor is to blitz them up in a barbecue sauce for any grilled meats. Balanced with ketchup, brown sugar, and other common ingredients, it’s likely you have everything else you need sitting at home already.

Taste of Home: Cherry Barbecue Sauce




Corn is synonymous with summer, but cooking it is usually limited to throwing entire ears on the grill. Get a little creative with Mexican inspiration and go for elote, which pairs the sweet corn with the spicy, rich, and bright flavors of cream, cheese, lime, and chili powder.

Serious Eats: Mexican Street Corn (Elotes)




Endives add a bitter, crunchy note to any salad, but they’re truly incredible brushed with oil and put on a hot grill to get charred and tender. With a little vinegar drizzled on top, you’ll be wondering why anyone ever eats endives raw.

Food and Wine: Charred and Smoky Belgian Endives


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