9 Ways To Add Red White And Blue Hues To Your Party Foods

by Katy Keogh, MS, RDN, LD

Last Updated: May 25, 2021

Summer is full of patriotic holidays and patriotic foods. From Memorial Day to the 4th of July to Labor Day, you can’t celebrate without red, white, and blue foods. Of course, dietitians can’t talk about food without including fruits and vegetables! Luckily there are plenty of fruits and vegetables to add patriotic colors to your party spread naturally. From appetizers to entrées to dessert, we’ve got the flag-covered with these produce-packed patriotic party foods:
  1. Classic Crudites
    Arrange a vegetable tray into a flag design with rows of red (radish, red pepper, grape tomatoes) and white (cauliflower, jicama, cucumber) vegetables. Add a corner of blue (or purple/blue/black) fruits or vegetables such as purple carrots, blueberries, blackberries, black grapes, or black olives.
  2. Old Glory Skewers
    On toothpicks arrange an appetizer with similar red, white, and blue foods as listed above. For example:
    • Roasted red pepper + fresh mozzarella mini ball + black grape
    • Grape tomato + fresh mozzarella mini ball + black olive
    • Strawberry + White cheddar cube + Large blueberry
  3. American Flag Taco Dip
    Serve with whole-grain tortilla chips and/or vegetables to dip as well, such as cucumbers, pepper strips, carrots.
  4. Uncle Sam Salad
    Make a red, white, and blue simple salad by tossing together: lettuce or spinach, blueberries, cut strawberries, feta, and a balsamic or poppy seed dressing. You can also check out the recipe for Blueberry Mixed Greens Salad.
  5. Purple Potato Salad or Red, White & Blue Potato Salad
  6. Red, White, and Blueberry Slaw
  7. Mahi-Mahi with Fruit Salsa
    Feel free to swap the Mahi-Mahi in this recipe for any other type of white fish, tuna, shrimp, or chicken and top with the same salsa.
  8. Star-Spangled Melon
    It wouldn’t be summer without watermelon. Make the classic fruit salad housed in a bowl carved from the watermelon rind. Up the ante by using small, star-shaped cookie cutters to cut the watermelon into star shaped bites to add to the fruit salad. Or, instead of a fruit salad, use larger star cookie cutters to make watermelon “cookies.” You can decorate the watermelon cookies with Greek yogurt “icing” and blueberry toppings.
  9. For a “sweet land of liberty” finish, try the Patriotic Ombre Sorbet!

Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to bring on the red, white, and blue food flare to your next gathering! Try to think beyond the apple pie and hot dogs this year (though we wouldn’t discriminate against those classics either). For more personalized advice about your nutrition or to add excitement to your meals, book a Telenutrition appointment with any of our talented Kroger Health Dietitians who are true foodies at heart.

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.


Katy Keogh, MS, RDN, LD

Katy Keogh, MS, RDN, LD

A mom of 2 little kiddos and over 15 years experience in nutrition, Katy enjoys helping her patients squeeze good nutrition and activity into an already “full” life and find their own balance with nutrition and health while still enjoying food to the fullest. She is an expert in weight management, mindful eating, digestive health, anti-inflammatory nutrition, culinary nutrition, cooking/baking, and any other topic related to food! Outside of work, you’ll find her traveling, walking, jogging, beer tasting, and eating gelato.