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12 Ideas For A July 4th Shabbat

This year July 4th falls on Shabbat.  So that means we have to BBQ early (actually BBQ chicken is great the next day) and maybe take our family for a picnic.  Maybe it's time to try a social distancing potluck picnic. Don't you miss your friends? 

Whether you are having a July 4th celebration on your own or joining others these recipes are perfect to take along.  You can even make individual containers of any of these foods.  The best option would be to use these take out containers with compartments to bring your picnic so everyone can have a little of everything. 



Typical Shabbat dips, such as hummus and guacamole, are perfect for your July 4th picnic. These dips will get gobbled down so quickly and can be packaged in smaller cups so everyone can get their own personal dip.

Papaya Guacamole

Papaya Guacamole

Take your guacamole to the next level by adding fresh, sweet papaya. 



Hummus is always appreciated. 

Wonton Chips With Edamame Dips

Wonton Chips with Edamame Dip

If you want to go Asian instead, try these wonton chips with edamame dip for a twist on hummus with pita chips. 


These fresh salads are perfect when made in advance and served on Shabbat. As these salads marinade in the fridge, the flavors become full and the salads become even more delicious!!

Watermelon Mint Salad


Because every 4th of July needs watermelon. 

Jicama, Green Bean and Pomegranate Salad with Walnuts

Jicama, Green Bean and Pomegranate Salad with Walnuts

Refreshing and gorgeous, you gotta have this salad. 

Tropical Slaw

Tropical Slaw

This goes along with our papaya guac for those in a tropical mood 

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Tomatoes and Zucchini


Something a bit heartier, this one sits well and fills you up. 


Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

In terms of mains, this Buffalo Chicken Sandwich is perfect, you can even use leftover chicken from Friday night, I promise it will taste completely different.  

Pastrami and Olive Cornmeal Flatbread

pastrami olive cornmeal flatbread

A great way to serve pastrami in a fancy way. 

Turkey and Carrot Sushi RollUps

turkey sushi-ish

Keep it simple with turkey roll-ups in tortillas, these are easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser.


These desserts are perfect for July 4th.  

Watermelon Almond Tart

Watermelon Almond Tart

This one just screams 4th of July so it has to be an option, use vegan yogurt to keep it parve. 

Neapolitan Trifles


Dessert in a jar is the best picnic dessert ever, especially now.  This one is layered so if you want to stick with the theme you can use blueberries on the bottom instead of cookie pieces.