American Flag Salad and 7 Other Incredibly Easy Patriotic Plates

Give your party a patriotic makeover with these red, white and blue dishes.

Food Network Kitchen’s American Flag Caprese Salad.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Between the backyard barbecues, beachy picnics and fireworks viewing parties, summer is packed with patriotic events. When planning your next party don’t limit the theme to the decor – food can be patriotic, too! And while a surprise-inside flag cake looks amazing, not everyone has the time to make one. We rounded up our favorite red, white and blue dishes that will look great, but won’t take all day to make.

The addition of purple potatoes to the classic mozzarella and tomato salad makes for a patriotic side dish, perfect for any summer party. It looks adorable in the flag design, but will look equally tasty mixed together in a bowl if you don’t have the patience to set it up.

It sounds almost too simple, but red, white and blue fruit cups are a fail-proof dessert that’s ready in just about 10 minutes.

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Food Stylist: Karen Evans

Photo by: Sam Kaplan

Sam Kaplan

Use three varieties of potatoes to create a red, white and blue side dish that everyone will love.

Red, white and blue pretzel salad, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen.

Photo by: David Katz

David Katz

Pretzel salad is a salty-sweet Southern dessert. Normally made with a combination of fruit, gelatin, whipped cream, cream cheese and, yes, pretzels, this patriotic take on the dessert takes only a few minutes to put together and then sets up in the fridge, perfect for a make-ahead treat.

Food Network Kitchen’s Patriotic Healthy Popsicles.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

No artificial coloring needed for these ice pops: pureed strawberries, blueberries and coconut milk make up the separate layers for a healthy, refreshing summer treat.

Achieve the flavor of a freshly baked cheesecake without the hassle (or the calories!) in this patriotic parfait.

Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Whipped Cream and Strawber

Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Whipped Cream and Strawber

Food Network Kitchens Blueberry French Toast Casserole

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Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, GP. All Rights Reserved

Handling the prep work ahead of time makes brunch a breeze with this blueberry-studded French toast casserole. Macerated berries and slightly sweetened whipped cream make for flavorful (and patriotic) toppings.

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Brian Kennedy , 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Store-bought pie dough and cherry pie filling make these free-form pies so easy to make. A scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh blueberry sauce drizzled over the top is a simple way to elevate this dessert.

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