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Summer is, hands down, our favorite time for patriotic displays. Red and blue berries are in season, and between Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July? There's no excuse not to jump on the bandwagon at every opportunity.
While we certainly agree there's a time and place for jello salad and flag cakes-although, be careful your attempts don't turn out like these-we think that with a little imagination, thematic displays can be downright elegant. Peruse these dishes with accents of red, white and blue that will blend seamlessly into the summer party circuit.
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There's no time like summer to indulge in sweet ice cream dotted with fresh, ripe raspberries. And actually, this recipe requires no cream, no ice cream maker and is surprisingly healthy.
Get the Recipe: Walnut Raspberry Icecream
The gradients of this deeply hued drink will pop against any warm-weather backdrop. Enjoy the fresh taste of basil, blackberry jam and lime juice in your gin for a classy, understated patriotic celebration.
Get the Recipe: Blackberry Martini
It doesn't get more quintessentially American than homemade cherry pie. This adorably hand-held variety-perfect for no-fuss outdoor gatherings-shows off just a peek of the sweet cherry filling.
Get Recipe: Cherry Hand Pie
Slice into this dessert to find it studded with vibrant fresh blueberries. The flavor contrast of white cream frosting and tart lemon cake make for a complex, refreshing addition to any warm-weather dessert table.
Get Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Cake
Feeling adventurous? Try this crimson beetroot risotto topped with creamy goat's feta for a show-stopping but health-conscious red dish. Loved it so much you want to try a similar dish? Check out this variation on beetroot risotto.
Get Recipe: Beetroot and Fennel Risotto
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This trout dish is the perfect way to work some protein into your color scheme. Serve on a steel blue dish to bring out the hues in this chic salt-baked trout recipe from Food & Wine.
Get the Recipe: Salt Baked Trout
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C'mon outside, sip some lemonade on the veranda and enjoy a bowlful of this decadent cheesecake ice cream. Warning: you may have sweet blueberry and sticky ice cream running down your chin. It's that irresistible.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
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Fresh summer strawberries baked into a rustic galette? Yes, please. This French pastry is a simple, grown-up dessert perfectly suited for your next summer soiree.
Get the Recipe: Honey Balsamic Strawberry Gazette
What's classier than pavlova? The clean white meringue base is topped with natural red hues, courtesy of strawberries and rhubarb. This dish is sure to impress.
Get the Recipe: Pistachio Pavlova
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Did your pavlovas fail? Here's a secret: make eton mess instead. This recipe features hazelnut meringue with coconut whipped cream and bright red, sour cherries.
Get the Recipe: Sour Cherry & Hazelnut Eton Mess
Take all the nostalgia of evenings spent fireside with friends and family, and blend them into this to-die-for shake. Garnish with a classic striped red straw to add a patriotic twist.
Get the Recipe: Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake
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If your budget is low but you're still looking to impress, look no further. This recipe is a hit with guests (that won't hit your wallet). And how gorgeous are those vibrant radicchio cups?
Get the Recipe: Radicchio Cups
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While this beet hummus verges on magenta, we still find it fitting for a subtle nod to an all-American occasion. It's a beautiful, standout dip for any gathering.
Get the Recipe: Beet Hummus
It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
Take a pass on the vibrantly red, white and blue cupcakes for understated (but delicious) vegan cupcakes. These white treats will compliment any decor, and don't let the "vegan" aspect steer you clear-these cupcakes are to die for. Still after a pop of color? Garnish with your favorite berries!
Get the Recipe: Vegan Earl Grey Cupcakes
This dish pairs lamb with a whole roasted cauliflower and finishes with parsley, pine nuts and pops of red pomegranate seeds. This makes for an elegant, unique and visually interesting way to present a rich meat dish during the hot summer months.
Get the Recipe: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Lamb
The slightly translucent ravioli of this dish reveals a beetroot red that is only fully realized upon the first bite. This dish is ideal for your next sit-down-dinner affair.
Get the Recipe: Beet Ravioli
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