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    30 (Really Good) 4th Of July Snacks And Appetizers To Add To Your Menu This Year

    We're starting the party off right!

    Grilling is often the main event of the 4th of July (OK, maybe the fireworks are), but the snacks and appetizers are just as important. Give the grill master a run for their money with these easy and delicious 4th of July recipes that'll steal the show. There's something here for everyone — including vegetarian, vegan, keto, Crock-Pot, and air fryer options. Happy 4th!

    1. Million Dollar Cream Cheese Dip

    Million Dollar Cream Cheese Dip
    Jennifer Banz / Via jenniferbanz.com

    This keto-friendly recipe will be devoured by everyone. 

    Recipe: Million Dollar Cream Cheese Dip

    2. Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

    Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs
    Jaylynn Little / Via jaylynnlittle.com

    These are so full of flavor that they're sure to be a hit, and they can be cooked in the oven if you don't have an air fryer. Pile them up on a platter, and spear with cocktail picks to serve. Or leave them in a Crock-Pot to keep them warm. 

    Recipe: Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

    3. Melon Berry Fruit Salad

    Melon Berry Fruit Salad
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    Add some white peaches or jicama into the mix if you're going for the full red, white, and blue vibe.

    Recipe: Melon Berry Fruit Salad

    4. Tamales De Elote

    Tamales De Elote
    muydelish.com / Via muydelish.com

    This recipe gives very clear and detailed instructions, and making them is easier than you might think. Imagine showing up to your BBQ with tamales that YOU made. Impressive. 

    Recipe: Tamales De Elote

    5. Red, White, and Blue Cheese Board

    Red, White, and Blue Cheese Board
    Jazzmine / Via dashofjazz.com

    Show off that good ol' red, white, and blue with a flag-inspired cheese board. 

    Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Cheese Board

    6. Whipped Vegan Feta Cheese with Maple & Thyme

    Whipped Vegan Feta Cheese with Maple & Thyme
    Shana Thomas / Via im-worthy.com

    And make sure you have a cheese option for the dairy-free among us. 

    Recipe: Whipped Vegan Feta Cheese With Maple & Thyme

    7. Cider-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

    Cider-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Dates
    Deb Perelman / Via smittenkitchen.com

    I've heard bacon-wrapped everything is a millennial food trend — and I'm not mad about it. It's delicious. 

    Recipe: Cider-Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

    8. Easy Vegan BBQ Cauliflower Wings

    Easy Vegan BBQ Cauliflower Wings
    Desirée / Via icanyoucanvegan.com

    Crispy, flavorful, and easier than you think. They look good and might trick your meat-eaters. 

    Recipe: Easy Vegan BBQ Cauliflower Wings

    9. Spinach Artichoke Dip

    Spinach Artichoke Dip
    Jaclyn / Via cookingclassy.com

    This one is served warm and melty. You can prepare it the day before and let it sit out at room temp for 30 minutes before baking. 

    Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Dip

    10. Homemade Healthy Otterpops

    Homemade Healthy Otterpops
    Becky / Via thevintagemixer.com

    Otter Pops. Doesn't that take you back? You can use any popsicle mold or even an ice cube tray to make these, but if you want to do the whole Otter Pop vibe, get yourself some of these

    Bonus tip! You can make these boozy for the grown folks. 

    Recipe: Homemade Healthy Otterpops

    11. Seven-Layer Taco Dip

    Seven-Layer Taco Dip
    Andrea (aka Mamma C) / Via cookingwithmammac.com

    This dip is delicious on its own, but if you want to add meat, you can add ground beef. Brown the beef in a pan, drain the fat, stir in a jar of salsa, and season to taste. Now you have eight layers. 

    Recipe: Seven-Layer Taco Dip from Scratch

    12. Prosciutto-Wrapped Tequila Lime Shrimp With Avocado Crema

    Prosciutto-Wrapped Tequila Lime Shrimp
    Ben Goodly / Via foodislovemadeedible.com

    If the grill master won't let you squeeze in your skewers, you can also cook these in a cast-iron skillet. But they're better on the grill, so try to get a little corner of it. 

    Recipe: Prosciutto-Wrapped Tequila Lime Shrimp With Avocado Crema

    13. Prickly Pear Lillet Spritz

    Prickly Pear Lillet Spritz
    Brittany / Via beestiing.com

    This pretty red and refreshing drink can be made booze-free easily. Just sub with sparkling cider and soda water!

    Recipe: Prickly Pear Lillet Spritz

    14. Pesto Couscous Salad

    Pesto Couscous Salad
    Emilie / Via emilieeats.com

    Anything topped with pesto is always a yes. 

    Recipe: Pesto Couscous Salad

    15. Baked Chicken Wings in a BBQ Marinade

    Baked Chicken Wings in a BBQ Marinade
    Jen Sim / Via simshomekitchen.com

    Baking your wings means you won't have to elbow anyone for grill space.

    Recipe: Baked Chicken Wings in a BBQ Marinade

    16. Fajita Grilled Chicken Skewers

    Fajita Grilled Chicken Skewers
    Somewhat Simple / Via somewhatsimple.com

    Perfect for alfresco dining. Be sure to have tortillas and other fajita toppings available!

    Recipe: Fajita Grilled Chicken Skewers

    17. Mini Lap Cheong Sausage Pigs in a Blanket

    Mini Lap Cheong Sausage Pigs in a Blanket
    Marvellina / Via whattocooktoday.com

    Lap cheong is Chinese-style pork sausage. You can find this sausage at Asian markets, and one commenter said they found it at Costco!

    Recipe: Mini Lap Cheong Sausage Pigs in a Blanket

    18. Queso Fundido With Chorizo

    Queso Fundido with Chorizo
    Jamie Silva / Via asassyspoon.com

    Easily make this recipe vegetarian by omitting the chorizo and adding mushrooms and poblano peppers. 

    Recipe: Queso Fundido With Chorizo

    19. Avocado Shrimp Salsa

    Avocado Shrimp Salsa
    Vanessa / Via mydominicankitchen.com

    This recipe will only take you about 20 minutes to make (less if you're using pre-cooked shrimp). It's not recommended to make it ahead of time, but you can prep most of the veggies the day before if you'd like. 

    Recipe: Avocado Shrimp Salsa

    20. Cheese Chips

    Cheese Chips
    Gaila / Via thepetitgourmet.com

    Homemade cheese chips are sure to be better than the packaged variety. 

    Recipe: Cheese Chips

    21. Crock-Pot Ribs

    Crock Pot Ribs
    Erin Clarke / Via wellplated.com

    No grill needed for these ribs! 

    Recipe: Crock-Pot Ribs

    22. Marinated Beef Kabobs With Broccoli

    Marinated Beef Kabobs with Broccoli
    ChihYu Smith / Via iheartumami.com

    It's like beef broccoli on a kebab! You can substitute tamari for coconut aminos, but be sure to add a bit of sweetener to balance the salty flavor.

    Recipe: Marinated Beef Kabobs With Broccoli

    23. Crostini Three Ways

    Crostini Three Ways
    Emily and Nathan / Via insidetherustickitchen.com

    An easy grab-and-go appetizer while people are mingling and sipping wine. 

    Recipe: Crostini Three Ways

    24. Broccoli Tots

    Low-Carb Broccoli Tots
    Olivia / Via primaverakitchen.com

    The key to getting these perfectly crispy is taking the time to squeeze as much water as possible out of the cooked broccoli. And if you're a cheese lover, go on and add some Parmesan!

    Recipe: Low-Carb Broccoli Tots

    25. Pulled Pork Nachos

    Pulled Pork Nachos
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    No matter what, nachos are always a good idea.

    Recipe: Pulled Pork Nachos

    26. Vegan French Onion Dip

    Vegan French Onion Dip
    Michaela Vais / Via elavegan.com

    This dairy-free dip is great for your vegan and lactose-intolerant friends. 

    Recipe: Vegan French Onion Dip

    27. Taco Egg Rolls (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

    Taco Egg Rolls (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)
    Sarah Mock / Via savoringthegood.com

    Yum. Yum. Yum. You can pretty much fill these with whatever ingredients you want, and they can also be cooked in the air fryer. 

    Recipe: Taco Egg Rolls (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

    28. Bacon Ranch Crispy Potato Skins

    Bacon Ranch Crispy Potato Skins
    Meseidy / Via thenoshery.com

    Don't toss those potato skins! They make a great and crispy lil' snack. 

    Recipe: Bacon Ranch Crispy Potato Skins

    29. Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad

    Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad
    Abby / Via manilaspoon.com

    A little something to satisfy the summer sweet tooth, it's your no-bake, no wait-for-it-to-set, cheesecake alternative. 

    Recipe: Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff Salad

    30. Patriotic Popcorn

    Patriotic Popcorn
    Laurie and Nancy / Via twosisterscrafting.com

    Red, white, and blue for the win. Happy snacking!

    Recipe: Patriotic Popcorn

    What are your favorite summer appetizers and snacks? Let us know in the comments!