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Fourth of July food for kids

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Fourth of July recipes

Fourth of July is right around the corner. If you are planning a family party or a get-together with neighbors, try some of these Fourth of July recipes that kids (and adults) will love. From burgers to sides to desserts, we have all the Fourth of July food you could want.

Creamy buttermilk-herb potato salad

This year, instead of ordinary mayonnaise-based potato salad, create this delicious recipe with buttermilk, courtesy of Cooking Light Big Book of Salads.

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1⁄2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 1⁄3 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1-1⁄4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • dill sprigs (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until just tender; drain. Cool 30 minutes.
  2. Combine creme fraiche and next seven ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add warm potatoes; toss gently to coat. Garnish with dill sprigs, if desired. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Make sure the potatoes cook until just tender and no more; that way, they’ll hold their shape.

Patriotic pound cake

Award-winning BBQ champion Troy Black adds some sizzle to your sweet tooth this Fourth of July with this patriotic pound cake recipe. As part of the Sam's Club Simply Delicious Brigade, Troy Black created this simple, festive dessert that uses less than five ingredients and is ready in only a few minutes.

Serves 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Sam’s Club Artisan Fresh Slice Pound Cake
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat grill to medium high heat.
  2. Place slices of Sam’s Club Artisan Fresh Slice Pound Cake on grill for 30 seconds. Flip to alternate side and cook for another 30 seconds and then remove from the grill.
  3. Place strawberry slices and blueberries on top of pound cake and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Watermelon and blueberry salad

One of the easiest ways to turn any food into a Fourth of July treat is with cookie cutters. Tonya Staab suggests a watermelon and blueberry salad. Simply slice the watermelon and then use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the stars. Gently layer the stars with blueberries in a bowl. Serve chilled.

Next up: Homemade popsicles

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