What are your plans for this Fourth of July? Picnic, BBQ, pool party, lakeside bash, rooftop chillin’ and grillin’? Whatever your way of celebrating, if you’re not a chef or organized planner, you might still have no clue what you’re bringing to the party. Chill out and choose one of these 10 last-minute appetizers you can quickly make for your July 4th:
1. Charred Corn on the Cob With Thai-Chili Lime Mayo
This corn on the cob is perfect for summer, and you’ll be much loved if you bring corn for grilling to your July 4th bash. The chili-lime mayo adds a nice touch instead of butter.
2. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
If you’ve got a blender or food processor, this appetizer is so simple to make. Throw in a couple of cans of chickpeas along with olive oil, tahini, and your choice of spices. Thus hummus is flavorful and festive with red peppers.
3. Miso Roasted Tomatoes and Spiralized Carrot Noodles
Roasted tomatoes have a deep, rich flavor that is just divine. As they roast and burst, the miso seeps further into the skin, adding an amazing flavor to the overall dish.
4. Veggies and Mushrooms Mini Bites
To make this recipe easier, skip marinating the mushrooms for 1 – 2 days. You could sautee them instead and add in a bit more spice.
5. Spinach Artichoke Dip
This spinach artichoke dip is simple to make if you have a food processor and an oven. Make sure you have some nutritional yeast on hand, which helps give this dish a creamy, cheesy consistency.
6. Chickpea Fries
Chickpea flour is great for frying, and these fries are large, crispy, spicy, and addictive. Everyone will love them!
7. Carrot Coconut Salad
You can whip up this simple salad in just a few minutes. You will need carrots, sesame seeds, currants, coconut flakes, salt, pepper, coriander, olive oil, and lime.
8. Warm ‘Vegeeta’ Cheese Dip
This simple dip is as easy as throwing some ingredients into a blender, then heating it on low for 5-8 minutes in a small saucepan over the stove, stirring in 1-2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk.
9. The World’s Healthiest Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
This sun-dried tomato pesto is lower in fat than regular pesto, oil-free, and ridiculously creamy. This simple spread is great to put over chips, crackers, or raw veggie strips.
10. Tremendous Papaya Salsa
Papaya adds a nice, sweet touch to this salsa. Pair it with grilled tofu or vegan burgers.
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