Ready to make your July 4th menu extra fun and festive? We’ve searched from sea to shining sea for the best red, white and blue recipes—from a wowza watermelon cake to refreshing salads and playful popsicles. Flip through the photo gallery below for Independence Day dishes that are sure to impress.

Desert Nachos

Nachos for dessert? We’re in! Especially if it involves coconut cream, fresh fruit, and homemade tortilla chips. (Did we mention there’s minimal baking? Score!) Head to The Scrumptious Pumpkin for the full how-to.

photo: The Scrumptious Pumpkin


Which one of these colorful dishes will you make this year? Share feedback in the Comments below!

— Abigail Matsumoto