Food & Drink

The Best Fourth Of July Party Foods

When you're over burgers and hot dogs, get out these gorgeous antipasto platters and cheese plates.
Let's celebrate the fresh, sunny elements of summer with some colorful antipasto platters, cheese plates and veggie boards.
Let's celebrate the fresh, sunny elements of summer with some colorful antipasto platters, cheese plates and veggie boards.

With every Fourth of July comes the pressure to stand over a hot grill while you sweat profusely over piles of searing meat. But maybe this is the year we change all of that.

Burgers, hot dogs and kebabs aren’t the only foods that evoke summer. In fact, their hot, salty meatiness only reminds us of the most unpleasant parts of the season. How about we celebrate the fresh, sunny elements of summer with some colorful antipasto platters, cheese plates and veggie boards?

There are three food blogs in particular that nail summer party food ― Half Baked Harvest, Foodie Crush and How Sweet Eats ― and we’ve gathered our favorite picks from their offerings. Chill out and enjoy your independence from your grill on this Independence Day.

Greek-Inspired Antipasto Platter
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Greek-Inspired Antipasto Platter recipe from Half Baked Harvest
Cheese Board with Beet Whipped Feta
How Sweet Eats
Get the Cheese Board with Beet Whipped Feta recipe from How Sweet Eats
The New Crudité Platter
Half Baked Harvest
Get the New Crudité Platter recipe from Half Baked Harvest
Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Burrata Salad on Grilled Garlic Toast
How Sweet Eats
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Everything But The Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad recipe from Half Baked Harvest
Summer Crostini 6 Ways
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Summer Crostini 6 Ways recipe from Half Baked Harvest
BLT Pasta Salad With Avocado
Foodie Crush
Get the BLT Pasta Salad with Avocado recipe from Foodie Crush
Greek Marinated Flank Steak and Party Hummus Plate
How Sweet Eats
Get the Greek Marinated Flank Steak and Party Hummus Plate recipe from How Sweet Eats
Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad recipe from Half Baked Harvest
Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs and an Easy Summer Cheese Plate
How Sweet Eats
Get the Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs recipe from How Sweet Eats
Antipasto Salad Platter
Foodie Crush
Get the Antipasto Salad Platter instructions from Foodie Crush
Summer Crostini with Whipped Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese
How Sweet Eats
Simple Summer Cheese Board
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Simple Summer Cheese Board recipe from Half Baked Harvest
Summer Garden Whipped White Bean Dip
How Sweet Eats
Get the Summer Garden Whipped White Bean Dip recipe from How Sweet Eats