live & laugh: 4th of july food fun

Live & Laugh: 4th of July Food Fun

With the holiday coming up this week, there is a lot to look forward to — good food, friends and family, the summer sun, and fireworks!

The 4th of July is a big holiday for cooking out and grilling for many, so I wanted to make a couple of fun summer dishes that would be perfect for the July 4th celebration: Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup and Heirloom Tomato & Avocado Pasta Salad.

Both of these dishes are inspired from familiar summer cookout foods, but hopefully inspire a little change from the norm.

Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Heirloom Tomato & Avocado Pasta Salad

The pasta salad can be served in individual mason jars for a fun party twist, or just simply in a large bowl that everyone can get as much (or as little) as they please.

Both the burgers and the pasta salad are great for the summer season.  They’re also great paired together because the spice that comes with the chipotle ketchup on the turkey burgers is tempered with the cool and refreshing pasta salad that has buttery avocado, juicy tomatoes and a cool sour cream buttermilk dressing.

I hope you’ll try the Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup and Heirloom Tomato & Avocado Pasta Salad.

If you happen to be looking for a couple other ideas for your 4th of July celebration, check out some fun links below for more food fun!

Burgers and hot dogs are great, but perhaps you have a hankering for some barbecue and the will for a challenge! Here are 5 great tips for some mouthwatering ribs.





Okay, we’ve got a lot covered on the main dish side of things. Here’s a link for some great snack ideas that can serve as appetizers, finger foods, and desserts for your all American celebration!





Lastly (and to some, most importantly), here’s 21 red, white and blue desserts to eat with pride!




However you decide to spend the upcoming holiday, I hope you’ll get to enjoy some time outside in good company and great food.  Have a fun and safe 4th of July!!

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