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Fourth of July Appetizers and Recipes for Easy Desserts

The typical foods featured in Fourth of July festivities include barbecue dishes and picnic spreads, with finger foods, salads, dips and soups.

Here are some ideas for appetizers and simple desserts for the Independence Day celebrations, courtesy of USDA SNAP-Ed Connection and its MyPlate Kitchen program which developed a 4th of July summer menu.

Appetizers for Fourth of July

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

This refreshing starter is great for a day when it’s too hot to cook.

Cantaloupe Soup
Illustrative image of cantaloupe soup.
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Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • 1 cantaloupe (peeled, seeded and cubed)
  • 2 cups of orange juice
  • 1
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4 of Ina Garten’s Patriotic Appetizers for the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is almost here. Get patriotic with some festive appetizers from Ina Garten. The longtime host of Barefoot Contessa has a number of appetizers featuring the colors of the American flag. 

1. Ina Garten’s Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta is ready in 40 minutes

'Barefoot Contessa' star Ina Garten smiles for cameras in November 2017
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This recipe from the Barefoot Contessa has red and white. The tomatoes provide a pop of red against the white of the creamy feta cheese. Not only is this appetizer festive

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