Star-Spangled skewers are the easiest 4th of July appetizer that you’ll ever make! They only take 5 minutes to assemble and you can store them in the fridge until party time! Vegan and gluten-free.
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I can’t believe it’s already the first week of June!
Before you know it, it’s going to be the 4th of July. I’m trying to plan early this year so I’m already working on our 4th of July appetizer and dinner menu.
Our 4th of July Dinner Menu
For dinner, I’m throwing around the idea of making (red) beet burgers, (white) potato salad or cashew broccoli salad, and (blue) blueberry cobbler for dessert. Red, white and blue: everything has to match the holiday theme!
My mom always makes a big deal about the 4th of July, she goes all out! I won’t be going as hardcore as she does but we will probably hang out by the pool, make some drinks (I’m working on a killer watermelon Moscow Mule recipe to share soon!) and watch the fireworks on TV.
Since we’re most likely going to be hanging outside by the pool, I wanted to have an easy finger food 4th of July appetizer that we could munch on. Travis loves vegan feta cheese and I’ve been craving watermelon like crazy, so this app is perfect for both of us. I just picked up a gorgeous watermelon from Costco too, so I’m, going to have lots of watermelon inspired recipes coming your way soon!
How to Pick the BEST Watermelon
Did you know that not all watermelons are equal? There are a few key things to look for when you pick out a watermelon.
- Shape – Boy watermelons are oblong and watery while girl watermelons are round and sweet.
- Field spot – the white/yellow spot on the bottom of the watermelon is the field spot, it’s the spot it rested on in the field where it grew. You want to look a watermelon that has a golden yellow spot, not white.
- Webbing – My mom and grandpa always called webbing sugar lines. You want to look for the watermelon that has the most sugar lines. The more sugar lines it has = the sweeter it tastes.
- Tap it – You should see my mom at the grocery store, she taps all the watermelons until she finds the perfect one. When you tap it, it should sound hollow inside. The hollow sound means it’s ripe and at its peak.
Easy 4th of July Appetizer: Star-Spangled Skewers
This is probably one of the easiest recipes that I’ve ever made and shared but that’s part of what’s so great about it. Big flavors + little prep work = a perfect holiday recipe. Whenever I’m cooking, Travis always wants a snack. If he doesn’t have anything to nibble on he usually ends up in the kitchen trying to snag bites of whatever I’m making.
It’s like, Travis doesn’t know that he’s hungry until he sees me prepping food and then he’s automatically starving and about to faint from hunger pains.
I don’t want to lose him while I’m trying to get dinner on the table so an easy appetizer is exactly what I need to have out for him. I made a big tray of these star-spangled skewers in about 5 minutes yesterday and Travis inhaled almost the whole tray. He happily approved this recipe to be a 4th of July appetizer on our menu.
We both love the flavors of the sweet watermelon, tart blueberries, and salty vegan feta cheese. Like my mom would say, “It’s the yin and the yang, the sweet and tart!” I think she would love this 4th of July appetizer too. I drizzled the balsamic glaze over the top right before I serve it, it’s the perfect sauce that ties it all together.
How Do You Cut Out the Stars?
I used a quarter-sized star-shaped cutter to cut out the watermelon stars so it would be the perfect size for a quick appetizer bite. You could use a bigger star cutter if you wanted to make it more substantial and have it be a side dish. If you cut out bigger watermelon stars, you could grill them before putting them on the skewer. That would be delicious!
Vegan Star-Spangles Skewers
- 1 small watermelon, cut into stars
- 24 blueberries
- 7 oz block of vegan feta (I used Violife feta)
- 2-3 tbsp balsamic glaze
- Cut the watermelon into slices and then use the star cutter to cut out 24 stars. Cut the vegan feta into chunks and assemble the skewers: Star->Blueberry->Feta.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze over the skewers and serve cold.
- If you don't like vegan feta, you could substitute baked tofu cubes instead.
- You could use a bigger star cutter for the watermelon if you want to make it more than just a small bite.
- You could easily deconstruct the skewers to make a beautiful 4th of July appetizer salad!