Friday, June 29, 2012

Patriotic Salad and More Red, White, and Blue Recipes for 4th of July

 The 4th of July is next week! I was planning to post this recipe and round-up this weekend, but I know many of you are planning your festivities and recipes now... so I'm sharing my favorite Independence Day recipes now! I'm not exactly sure what we will be doing this year. 2 and 4-year-olds go to bed pretty early so it's unlikely we will actually see any fireworks - perhaps an early BBQ is in order. What are your plans?
My Red, White and Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Pie with Granola Crust

This creative salsa sounds sweet and refreshing! From two peas & their pod.  

These remind me of the rocket pops I got from the ice cream truck as a kid - only better. From Family Fresh Cooking.

Cooking Light's Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

I love the sparkler on top of this cake/pie from Foodie Crush.

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches from a farmgirl's dabbles

Double Decker Flag Cookies from Munchkin Munchies

Patriotic Salad with Quinoa and Berries 

This salad is not only beautiful - it's fresh and delicious too. I love sweet summer berries in salads and quinoa adds protein and a hearty nutty bite.  It's nice to have a big healthy salad to fill up on when there's bound to be desserts later.

serves 8 

5 ounces salad greens (I used arugula) 
3  cups cooked, cooled quinoa 
1.5 cups blueberries 
1.5 cups raspberries 
Sliced watermelon cut into stars with a cookie cutter (optional) 
favorite salad dressing, served on the side 

On the bottom of a medium trifle dish or clear salad bowl, arrange one third of the greens. Top with half the quinoa, all but 1/4 cup blueberries, the remaining quinoa, another third greens, all but 1/4 cup raspberries, and top with the remaining greens. Arrange the remaining 1/2 cup berries over the top. If using watermelon stars, tuck into the sides and arrange on top of the salad. Make this salad up to 5 hours in advance, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Serve dressing on the side.


  1. i don't think that salad could look any better! i love it served in that dish so that it features all the colors!

  2. Your salad trifle is GORGEOUS! I made a 4th of July trifle but its certainly not as healthy (or as beautiful) as yours, love the round-up! :)

  3. Marina,
    I love the idea of the watermelon stars in a salad. I also liked the two peas and their pod salad. Great ideas for the holiday, thank you.

  4. That watermelon star is genius!!

  5. Those patriotic ice cream sandwiches are adorable!! And I used to love rocket popsicles as a kid!

  6. Wow that salad looks amazing! Happy 4th!

  7. Oh my goodness...this post really got me in the mood to plan our menu! I love the watermelon stars in the salad! And I just posted a tri-colored potato salad tonight...didn't even realize it was patriotic! haha.

  8. this is the perfect patriotic salad--and looks delicious! this one is on my list to make ASAP! xoh

  9. What a great looking salad! We have been eating so many salads lately. This one has a bunch of hubbies favorites, so I will have to make it!

  10. Your salad looks excellent and beautiful! All the other treats look great too!

  11. yellow cake pie is my kind of pie...pie tends to bring out the worst in me so i avoid it. but cake!

    have a wonderful weekend, yummy.


  12. I haven't visited in ages! Your recipe looks so healthy and refreshing. You must be the best Mom, giving your kids the healthiest, freshest foods. I want to be YOU! :) --Even though my "kid" is 21! LOL! Enjoy the 4th -- even if you can't watch the late fireworks, get some sparklers to light and your kids will LOVE looking at them. :)

    1. Hi Gloria! So nice to hear from you! Thanks for your sweet comments... unfortunately even sparklers are illegal in Santa Barbara...

  13. Everything looks so amazing! I mean EVERYTHING!!! so many great dishes. The photos look stunning.

  14. Love, love the looks of this salad. I love the color combinations and the adorable star shaped watermelon. You are to cute! I am also going to check out that yellow cake with chocolate mousse. My kids would love that.

    Have a happy 4th!

  15. First, I love that salad with quinoa and berries. Yum! Second, I've got a trifle bowl that has been in my cupboard unused for YEARS. I've never considered using it as a salad bowl! Great idea, thanks so much!

  16. Your salad looks amazing. I have been wanting to try a quinoa fruit salad!

  17. Your food is so beautiful I almost want to just look at them.....almost. I know they are just as delicious too. I love your blog!

  18. Thanks so much for the round-up! All are inspiring ideas and gorgeous pics! I have gotta try your salad and the one with berries and jicama, Happy 4th to you!

  19. youve got a beautiful blog here, fantastic pictures! I've nominated you for the versatile blogger awards, as your blog continues to impress me.

  20. Love your Frozen Yogurt Pie the best! Thank you for all the inspiration!!


  21. Before the summer is over, I vow to make your frozen yogurt pie! Thanks for including my cookies in your line-up! Happy 4th, Marina!

  22. Wow does that salad look terrific. Another use for my trifle bowl.

  23. Ohhhh those little res ice cream sammy's. I could die!!!!

  24. Love it! I added you to my RW&B recipe round up, with a link back to your site for the recipe, of course. If that's not OK, please let me know! Thanks!!


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