It goes without saying that Canada Day is the most patriotic day of the year for Canadians. It falls during the summer so it’s a wonderful time to fire up the grill and plan an outdoor party. You might be wondering which Canada Day recipes to make this year or what to take to a Canada Day BBQ. If you’re wondering what to eat on Canada Day, read on for some great Canada Day party food ideas for July 1st for Canucks from coast to coast. If you are looking for red and white Canada themed food or red and white recipes for the upcoming festivities, this is for you…eh!
Pretty much anything red and white goes, of course – the colours of our flag. But there are lots of different red and white recipes for Canada Day so you have plenty to choose from. Savoury Canada Day party food includes gastronomic treats like lobster poutine or pizza lasagne. As for the sweet treats, there’s no shortage of Canada Day recipes.
How about strawberry coconut popsicles to help you cool down in the sun or easy Eton mess? Anything with red berries and cream fits the ‘red and white’ criteria so perhaps you want to make a patriotic family favourite.
A lot of tasty Canada Day recipes can be made ahead, such as the popsicles or red velvet cupcakes. This makes things easier since making a bunch of red and white Canada Day food at once can be stressful!
How to Decide What Canada Day Recipes to Make
I like to get started in advance so I don’t have to panic a day or so before the event! I like to make a couple of savoury dishes and then a few sweet ones. If you want to know what to take to a Canada Day BBQ then consider side dishes or a homemade cake.
Maybe you are hosting the get-together at your place, so ask everyone to bring a potluck dish. Anything red and white goes!
Canada Day recipes make the day complete and everyone can enjoy their favourite treats. Canada Day is a patriotic day when we celebrate unity and independence. So it’s definitely well worth taking your time to decide what to eat on Canada Day this year.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re considering what to take to a Canada Day BBQ at a friend’s place or making a selection of treats yourself. Celebrate all that we love about Canada with all your Canuck friends, family and neighbours.
Even if you’re just going to spend the day with the family, Canada Day recipes are so easy as well as fun to make, you can still create a couple of wonderful patriotic dishes.
Canada Day Recipes for Every Palate
Are you more of a savoury food connoisseur or someone with a sweet tooth? Either way, there are both savoury and sweet options when considering what to eat on Canada Day. You don’t have to get too ambitious and make a lot of different dishes. Just pick out a few things that you think everyone will enjoy.
There is red and white Canada themed food for every palate. Bruschetta tilapia is an idea for the seafood lovers. Strawberry trifle is a classic dessert which never goes out of vogue. Simple appetizers which are quick to put together include feta watermelon skewers or mini cherry cheesecakes. Yes, cheesecakes can be an appetizer – on Canada Day there are no food rules!
What Can I Take to a Canada Day BBQ?
If you aren’t hosting the festivities yourself, you might be tasked with bringing some food (or dessert) to a Canada Day celebration.
What should I make, you might be wondering. Well the sky is the limit here. You can make all kinds of exciting Canada Day party food. Strawberry shortcake and strawberry icebox cake are a couple of dessert ideas which you can make in advance.
Perhaps you want to make a special drink, in which case how about a Miami Vice cocktail? A white chocolate shake or mixed berry smoothie would also suit the ‘red and white’ theme. Don’t forget Canada’s national cocktail the Caesar. Not everything has to fit the color scheme though, since Canada Day is also about enjoying the food you love. So don’t forget other bits and pieces like napkins, glasses, chips, bread, and drinks.
Red and white recipes for Canada Day should be easy and fun to prepare. Since there are so many to choose from, you can pick out whatever you personally prefer.
Not into strawberries? No problem, there are plenty of other red fruits. Not keen on cakes? Not an issue – you might like cookies or another sweet treat instead. Frozen popsicles and frozen cocktails are always refreshing during the summer, so don’t forget about those.
Impressive Canada Day Recipes
I like to make a variety of easy appetizers as Canada Day party food and then maybe one or two extra-special things. Maple custard with strawberry compote is always an elegant dessert, while nobody will turn down a homemade raspberry blondie.
Raspberry poke cake is great to take to a Canada Day BBQ if there will be kids there. It’s just fun to eat. And then there are many other red and white Canada Day food choices – everything from red velvet cinnamon rolls to strawberry popsicles, perhaps with yogurt or coconut added in.
Red and White Canada Day Recipes and Food Ideas
Now it’s time to take a look at some of the best Canada Day recipes and take your pick! Whichever Canada Day party food you want to make is sure to be a hit at your event. So take your time and choose what to eat on Canada Day. Then you can have fun making these patriotic treats and everyone will love them.
They are perfect cookies to celebrate Canada Day and they’re not hard to make at all. These copycat Dunkaroo Canada Day cookies with cream cheese dip are always a hit. Make sure you get a photo, because these are impressive and perfect for the ‘gram. Check out these Canada Instagram Captions & Puns for the perfect caption.
Lobster Poutine by Yes To Yolks
Poutine is a well-known classic Canadian dish. What better way to celebrate Canada Day then with french fries, lobster meat, and a brown butter cheese “gravy”? If you are looking for a more classic version try this Canadian Poutine with Cheese Curds, Bacon and Gravy.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pavlova by Sugar Hero
This gluten free Canada Day dessert is a show stopper but also not too hard to make.
Maple Custard with Strawberry Compote by Maple + Mango
Maple Custard topped with a tasty Strawberry Compote! A fabulous little treat!
Red Velvet Blondies by Crazy for Crust
These blondies are a red and white show stopper for any Canada Day party! The best part is they are easy to make, too.
Easy Eton Mess by Lemon Blossoms
Homemade whipped cream, fresh raspberries, and meringue cookies make up this traditional dessert.
Pizza Lasagna by Cooked By Julie
Typical lasagna gets a red & white update with this pepperoni pizza inspired twist.
Miami Vice Cocktail by Food Meanderings
This red & white cocktail goes by many names Miami Vice, Lava Flow, or PIA. It’s Pina Colada meets Strawberry Daiquiri for a frozen treat that’s delightfully satisfying.
I know you will just LOVE these raspberry hazelnut thumbprint cookies with jam. These are my go-to classic thumbprint cookies.
White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries by Creme de la Crumb
Everyone always love chocolate dipped fresh strawberries. These are perfect for making ahead of time to bring to that Canada Day BBQ on July 1st.
Canada Day Watermelon Fruit Bowl by Celebrating Generation
It doesn’t get much more festive then this fruit bowl made by carving a watermelon! Step by step directions allow you to recreate this and fill it with red & white fruit.
Watermelon Feta Skewers by Salt and Baker
Salty feta cheese paired with sweet watermelon makes this festive appetizer irresistible.
The freshest berries make for the best shortcake and these individual jars of shortcake are a great Canada Day BBQ dessert. This treat is what to eat on Canada Day or any day!
If strawberries are one of your favourite berries too, this berry sorbet with just 4 ingredients should be right up your alley. The deep strawberry flavour makes this frozen dessert recipe an all-time favourite summer dessert idea. Red and white recipes can sometimes be made visually with accessories or garnishes.
With only six ingredients, this gluten free strawberry crisp is the perfect Canada day BBQ dessert. Even if you’ve never made a strawberry crumble or crisp before, this yummy dessert made with fresh berries and topped with ice cream is sure to impress.
Strawberry Trifle by Wholesome Yum
Creamy layers alternated with cake and strawberries – this trifle is made with coconut and almond flour for a low carb and gluten free festively colored treat! If you are looking for red and white recipes for July 1st, try to make this.
Red Velvet Donuts by Baker by Nature
Move over Tim Hortons, these red velvet donuts are the new Canadian donut in town! If you are wondering what to eat on Canada Day…ad these to the list.
Coconut Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling by Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Moist coconut cupcakes with a raspberry filling that are topped with a luscious buttercream that can’t be beat.
Oh (Yummy) Canada Drink by Visual Meringue
Cranberry juice and strawberries pair up for a visually Canadian beverage to sip on July 1st.
This light and creamy lemon berry panna cotta dessert couldn’t be any easier to make, but it is one of those things that looks spectacular for a July 1st party.
Bruschetta Tilapia by The Spice Train
A bright and tasty main course, tilapia that’s topped with chopped tomatoes, basil, and breadcrumbs. It’s sure to spice things up on the dinner table. Add this to the list of delicious Canada Day recipes.
Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles by Keep Calm and Eat Ice Cream
These popsicles combine layers of strawberry and greek yogurt for a healthy & fresh snack or dessert. These popsicles are always a popular red and white Canada themed food to serve any day.
Strawberry Icebox Cake by The Toasty Kitchen
An easy no-bake dessert that’s a bonafide crowd pleaser. Made with graham crackers, ripe red strawberries, and a strawberry whipped cream.
Mini Cherry Cheesecake Bites by The Ashcroft Family Table
Mini Cherry Cheesecake Bites are made with a cookie crust, cheesecake filling, and a cherry topping! A sweet red and white Canada themed food idea for you to try. This is one of my favourite Canada Day recipes.
Cranberry Bliss Bars
Cranberry and white chocolate make a winning Canada Day treat flavour (and colour) combination. You might want to try out these White Chocolate Cranberry Scones, too.
Peppermint Red Velvet Cake Roll by The Kitchn
Hand over a slice of this red and white cake roll! This Canada Day treat is sure to impress. Keep this as one of those Canada Day recipes that you make year after year.
This classic cocktail is a drink with strawberries, mint and lime. While a mojito has always been an easy summer cocktail recipe for a balmy evening on the patio on Canada Day.
If you are here, I am thinking you are Canadian…so Happy Canada Day! I hope you find some food inspiration from all these tasty red and white Canada Day inspired food ideas and recipes for tasty treats.