Red, White & Blue

Better late than never, right? This year for the Fourth of July, my family got together for a potluck-style dinner. Each of us contributed something yummy to the table to celebrate America’s birthday.

On the menu:

  • Red, White & Blue Sangria*
  • Watermelon Salad with goat cheese, basil & avocado*
  • Macaroni & Cheese (recipe to come)
  • Pork Tenderloin (recipe to come)
  • Butterfinger Pie (recipe to come)
  • Red, White & Blue Star Tart*

*My contributions

Every dish fit perfectly together and we all left the table in a food coma. My red, white and blue-themed items were inspired by Pinterest. Shocker. I did my best to recreate a watermelon salad that I tried last weekend in Raleigh at Poole’s Diner. Never in a million years did I think I would like the combination of watermelon, goat cheese, basil and avocado but it turns out I do…and so do a lot of people.

Here are the quick and easy recipes for each of my three contributions:

Watermelon Salad (5 servings)


  • 1/2 of medium-size watermelon
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 5-7 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 avocados


There are several ways to serve this. You could cube the watermelon and avocados, or use big slices (as shown).

Watermelon Salad

Red, White & Blue Sangria


  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple chunks
  • 2 bottles dry white wine
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Cup berry-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup


Mix all ingredients in large glass pitcher. Refrigerate until cold.

Red, White & Blue Sangria

Star Tart

For the graham cracker crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tbsp of melted butter
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar

For the pudding:

  • 2 (3.4-ounce) packages “cook and serve” vanilla pudding
  • Milk (according to pudding package instructions)


  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries


  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees.
  2. Make pudding as instructed. When thickened, refrigerate until pie crust has cooled.
  3. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and brown sugar in a bowl.
  4. Mix together until ingredients are thoroughly combined into a wet sand-like texture.
  5. Spoon mixture into a pie plate. Pat with hands until entire dish is covered with crust.
  6. Bake for 7 minutes.
  7. When pie crust is cool, fill with pudding.
  8. Decorate the top with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Any design will look patriotic, but this star design was fun to do.

Star Tart


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