Healthy and Creative 4th of July Recipes for Grilling

Americans have been celebrating Independence Day (or the 4th of July) for more than 230 years.  Modern day celebrations often involve fireworks, parades, and barbecues.  If you’re looking for some healthy and creative grilling alternatives you should try some of these 4th of july recipes.

Grilled Fruit

Who said the grill was just for meat?  Some fruits hold up really well on the grill, and taste great too!  Have some skewers, stone fruit, and ginger around?  Try this simple skewered grilled fruit with ginger syrup recipe by Mark Bittman.  Pineapple is also great on the grill, and one fruit goes a long way.  You can slice up a pineapple and just grill it as is, or you can try this 4 ingredient recipe from whole foods that is unique as it uses a chinese 5 spice powder: grilled pineapple with balsamic honey glaze.

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Photo by Laura Flowers

Grilled Salad

Simple grilled vegetables are always good, but did you know you could even make a grilled salad?  Romaine leaves hold up well on the grill as they char slightly but stay fresh and crisp.  Here is a caesar salad recipe using grilled romaine, or you can always follow the directions for the grilled romaine, and then dress with your own favorite recipe.6785080427_8ed367effd_o

Photo by Dana Robinson @skampy

Pizza

Grilling a pizza may seem like a foreign idea, but in the summertime heat, the last thing you want to do is be in a kitchen with the oven turned up to over 400 degrees.  Making a pizza on the grill also cooks the pizza more like a wood-fire oven does.  You can go with a classic tomato, mozzarella, and basil pie, or feel free to use this as a base and add your favorite toppings.  If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try a grilled pizza with pears, fresh pecorino, and walnuts.

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Dessert

Yes, you can grill your dessert too!  Grilling fruit often brings out the flavor in a different and delicious way.  This grilled plum sundaes recipe has a hint of ginger and the grill brings out the sweetness of the plums.  If you’re looking for a light and refreshing dessert on a hot July 4th, try this grilled watermelon with yogurt recipe.

Remember, with a grill, the possibilities are endless.  So have fun with friends and family, be safe, and enjoy the sunshine this July 4th!

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