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Trying to stay cool this 4th of July? Here are some nutritious, easy to make “cool” food ideas. They are cool and refreshing, fun and festive to serve to your 4th of July guests!

Red, White and Blue Cheese Salad

Combine the following in a bowl:

5 cups cubed watermelon
2 cups sliced strawberries
2 cups raspberries
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tbsp. fresh, chopped mint
Drizzle with ½ cup of raspberry vinaigrette.

Serves 6

Firecracker Macaroni Salad

Combine all of the following ingredients in a large salad bowl:

1 pkg. cooked shell macaroni

1 chopped green pepper

1 small can chopped pimiento

1 chopped onion

1 cup chopped sweet pickles

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp. vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

Serve immediately or chill for a couple of hours.

Fiesta Salad

Combine these ingredients to make the dressing:

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

1/4 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. chili powder

salt and pepper to taste

cayenne to taste
1 small clove garlic, mashed

Add these ingredients to the dressing:

2 cans whole kernel corn, drained

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1 red bell pepper, diced medium

2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 red onion, finely chopped

4 green onions, chopped

3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped

Toss all ingredients together with the dressing.

Cool Veggie Salad

Combine the following ingredients together in a medium sauce pan, bring to a boil. Stirring until sugar dissolves.

3/4 cup vinegar

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon water

1/2 cup sugar

Combine the following veggies and mix together with the vinegar mixture above:

1 can (16 oz) French style green beans, drained

1 can (17 oz) English peas, drained

1 can (12 oz) shoe peg whole kernel corn, drained

1 jar (2 oz) chopped pimento, drained

1 cup chopped celery

1 green pepper, finely chopped

1 bunch green onions, chopped

Cover and place in refrigerator for 12 hours, stirring occasionally.

All American Salad

In a small bowl, whisk these ingredients together until smooth:

1/4 cup blueberry or raspberry vinegar

1/4 cup blueberry chutney

1/4 cup minced red onion

Salt and pepper, to taste

Incorporate 2/3 cup canola oil, until smooth

Toss together these veggies in a large bowl:

8 cups washed and torn salad greens
3 cups blueberries

2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese

Add the dressing and toss to coat evenly. Top with 1 cup toasted almonds.

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A.Marie said... @ 7/03/2009 7:22 AM

Wonderful post!! I bookmarked it and shared it on my blog and gave you the linky credit! These are fabulous ideas for the 4th and I THANK YOU for posting them! :)

Mommy Kennedy said... @ 7/09/2009 11:18 PM

Yummmmm! Thanks for sharing! They sound great. Can't wait to try them.

Anonymous said... @ 7/12/2009 7:11 PM

Those look good, i'll have to try it out!

The Mother said... @ 7/19/2009 7:15 PM

That red white and blue salad sounds wonderful--blue cheese with fruit. Yum.

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