July 4th Party Dishes You Can Eat No Matter What Diet You're On

And they couldn't be easier to make!

Whether you're heading to the beach, spending time by the pool or claiming your spot for firework viewing a few hours early, chances are you're going to need some snacks for Independence Day. However, backyard barbecue classics like mayo-laden macaroni salad, hot dogs and desserts galore aren't exactly diet-friendly. Let's not even talk about the cooler packed with cold beer and sugary sodas.

Just because you're not chowing down on classics, doesn't mean you can't celebrate the Fourth of July with good food. We have tons of dishes fit for a picnic table that work for all kinds of diets including keto, vegan, gluten-free and paleo, so you won't miss out on any of the barbecue fun.

If you're just starting a new diet or sticking to one that's worked for you for years, here are some delicious dishes worthy of a spot on any party spread. Don't be surprised if your host asks you to make them again next year!

If You're Keto...

For those following a strict keto diet, deviled eggs are the perfect homemade app to bring to your next summer cookout. Just make sure the mayo you're using is keto-friendly. Some store-bought versions contain added sugars, which are a no-no when you're going keto.

If You're Vegan...

Vegan Queso

Vegan Queso

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

Even the dairy lovers in our test kitchens rave about this vegan version of everyone's favorite party food. Whip up a double-batch for your backyard barbecue and watch it disappear before your eyes.

If You're Gluten-Free...

These cheesy pinwheels are perfect for both adults and kids. Plus, they're packed with both goat cheese and cream cheese, so you don't have to sacrifice any kind of indulgence.

If You're Paleo...

Sunny Anderson makes Steak Supreme, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 17.

Sunny Anderson makes Steak Supreme, as seen on The Kitchen, Season 17.

Sunny Anderson's grilled steak recipe is perfect for paleo peeps, since it's simply grilled and topped with minimally dressed veggies. It'll impress even those guests who aren't big red meat eaters.

If You're Pescatarian...

Photo by: Ryan Dausch

Ryan Dausch

This super-impressive dish is actually pretty simple to make. Snag some cedar planks on Amazon for easy prep. All you have to do is pick up some fresh fish at your local market.

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