When the Memorial Day weekend arrives, it means summer is around the corner. Spend these three days celebrating outdoors for a grill or barbecue. Try these 65+ recipes including grilled meat, salads and skewers.
The arrival of the Memorial Day weekend always means that summer is around the corner, with all its fresh ingredients and tasty dishes. In fact, Memorial Day is often celebrated outdoors with friends and family by setting up a summer grill or perfect barbecue in the sunshine.
To make this three-day weekend of celebration special, we have selected a list of more than 65 easy recipes to make up your Memorial Day menu whether you are hosting a picnic or barbecue with friends.
Popular recipes include dishes you can't miss to make ahead of time and bring to a Memorial Day party such as BBQ ribs, skewers of meat or fish, pasta salads, casseroles, potato salad, and the must-have coleslaw. Just make sure to place the grilled food on ceramic or porcelain plates, so it will keep the food warm for up to 20 minutes.
Don't forget to make burgers and fries to go with delicious snacks and dips. We have also thought about desserts and drinks, so don't miss out on a good glass of sangria or fresh lemonade to make a toast in honor of those who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military.
If you're looking for inspiration for easy, healthy recipes instead try our veggie burgers or light salads. Is the weather forecast bringing rain this Memorial Day weekend? Don't worry, we have also thought of grill-free recipes to try such as sandwiches, pasta, and buffalo wings.
Spend this Memorial Day among tasty foods and good company by first checking out our tasty and easy-to-make recipe ideas.
There's nothing like sinking your teeth into a juicy, tender beef burger that's been grilled to perfection. Making mouthwatering burgers at home is easy and tastes better than anything you'll order from a fast-food restaurant. You can make this great-tasting classic American recipe with just five ingredients including ground beef, spices, and mustard, or you can jazz up your beef burgers with various add-ons.
When you're looking for an easy, tasty summer salad to serve at your picnics or backyard barbecues, there's nothing quite like an Italian pasta salad. This cold pasta salad is full of fresh ingredients like tomatoes, red onions, olives, which are complemented by savory chopped salami and mozzarella, to make a hearty, yet fresh salad.
Grilled corn on the cob is one of the ultimate summer side dishes. It's a perfect way to make the most out of that fresh, in-season sweet corn and requires virtually zero prep to make. Grilling adds a delicious smoky char which offers a tasty foil to the natural sweetness of the corn.
If you're planning on hosting any picnics, barbecues, or potlucks this summer, you'll definitely want to make this easy creamy potato salad. Made with tender boiled potatoes, crunchy chopped celery, and hard-boiled eggs coated in a creamy mayonnaise-mustard-relish dressing, potato salad is a classic, hearty side dish that everyone will love.
For an easy party appetizer that is sure to be a massive hit, cook up baked garlic parmesan wings. Ultra-crispy and with a mouthwatering garlic and cheese flavor, these crispy baked wings are a healthier alternative to fried chicken wing recipes you may have tried in the past because they're baked rather than fried. The secret is in broiling the wings for several minutes once they're done cooking. This crisps them up beautifully, especially if you leave the skin on. Don't be surprised if this becomes your go-to way to make wings!
Buffalo Wings are delicious and succulent fried chicken wings dipped in a delicious Buffalo sauce. This is a very popular US appetizer which is traditionally enjoyed with friends during Super Bowl league games.
The best chicken and rice casserole is easier than you think. 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time are all you need to make this satisfying and healthy chicken dinner tonight. You’ll be amazed by how easy it is to prepare this oven-baked rice and chicken casserole. Simply fill a baking dish with lean chicken breasts, add long-grain rice, cream of mushroom soup, and onion soup seasoning. Bake until the rice is tender and the chicken is cooked through and you have a one-dish dinner ready!
Slow cooker BBQ ribs are a sensational dish that's perfect for any occasion. With tender, succulent meat that falls off the bone and crisp, caramelized edges, crockpot ribs are a mouthwatering dish that takes less effort to prep and make than baked barbecue ribs.
Whether served as an appetizer or as the main dish, lemon pepper wings an easy, outrageously tasty way to enjoy chicken wings. These crispy fried wings get their finger-licking flavor from a generous dose of lemon butter sauce that will have everyone clamoring for seconds. Make this for a game day get-together or serve it with veggies as the main event during the week. We guarantee this simple, quick recipe will blow your friends and family away!
Decadent, show-stopping prime rib roast is the perfect main dish to serve on holidays and special occasions as it feeds a crows. Tender, juicy meat becomes rich and flavorful as it roasts in the oven with aromatic herbs and vegetables. Just remember to serve the prime rib roast rare or medium and never well done.
These braised short ribs are incredibly delicious, cooked slowly in wine and broth. Ribs are a very rich winter dish, easy to prepare and that will not disappoint your guests.
Busy week? Tired? Just don't feel like cooking? Then it's time you try this super easy and quick parmesan crusted pork chop recipe. You don't need many ingredients to make a great tasting dinner, and this parmesan crusted pork chop recipe is proof. The best part is that you can have a hearty pork chop dinner ready in under 30 minutes with a mere 6 ingredients. It's an ideal recipe for busy weeknights or when you're in the mood for a delicious dinner but don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen.
For a simple comfort food dish that your whole family will love, make baked pork chops with cream of mushroom soup for dinner. This hearty, flavorful meal is simple and quick to make, which is perfect for busy weeknights. Pork chops with mushroom soup are especially good in the winter when cravings for warming, cozy dishes are high in demand. The ultra-tender pork chops get their incredible flavor from baking in cream of mushroom soup mixed with garlic and spices. It's a mouthwatering dish that's sure to please!
Pork loin skewers are a main dish typical of the Italian tradition, very popular in some regions of the North. Also known as uccellini scappati (escaped birds), one the most famous versions are the Lombard and Venetian ones. The slices of pork loin are stuffed and then wrapped in bacon, so as to create classic rolls. Stuck on wooden skewers and alternating with small sausages, they are cooked in a pan with aromatic herbs and white wine. The original name derives from the fact that, in ancient times, hunted birds were roasted on skewers, ironically "escaped" when, in poor times, they were replaced by meat rolls because very similar in shape. Simple and delicious, let’s find out how to make pork loin skewers by following our recipe step by step and enjoy them at a family lunch.
These fragrant kebabs contain succulent ground lamb, garlic, onion, parsley and six different spices. They are quick and easy to make, and you can choose to swap the lamb for ground beef instead.
For a delicious, tender meat appetizer that everyone will love, try making Middle Eastern seekh kebabs. These delicious meat skewers are seasoned with flavorful spices and zesty herbs and grilled over an open flame, giving them a wonderful smoky, charred flavor.
Chicken kebabs (also called kabobs) are juicy pieces of chicken thigh meat threaded on skewers and left to marinate. Our Homemade Chicken Kebab recipe is marinated in yogurt and is definitely healthier than takeaways. The marinade is packed with spices and seasonings making it especially flavorful. Unlike chicken breast, which tends to cook tough and dry, chicken thighs are moist and tender. The meat is threaded on a skewer and sliced just like you would a traditional Chicken Kebab. Definitely a way to impress your friends and the perfect dish for summer! Add the meat to a salad, or stuff it in a pita bread. Whichever way you like it, you’ll love this recipe.
Zucchini skewers are a tasty and very simple idea to prepare for the summer. In a short time you can make nice finger food, to serve as an appetizer or as a second dish. The basic recipe that we present today is a completely vegetarian dish, but of course you can indulge yourself in enriching it as you like.
Squid skewers are a very quick and surprisingly good second course. After proceeding with the cleaning, the squid must be cut into strips and passed in breadcrumbs flavored with various herbs which, depending on the choice, will allow you to obtain an always different final result. Baking in the oven, simple and light, will make this preparation golden and tender, ideal to combine with a side dish au gratin or a fresh seasonal salad to make any meal of the day special.
Shrimp skewers are an easy and really tasty appetizer that can be prepared in just a few minutes. You can also use this recipe as a second course, accompanying the skewers with a fresh salad. In the version you find here, the addition of avocado, together with the lime sprinkling, give this dish a delicate exotic touch, as well as a quantity of monounsaturated fibers and fats, useful to fight diabetes and defend the heart. The shrimp skewers with avocado and lime will prove to be a precious recipe for a fast dinner with which to amaze guests and family when you don’t have so much time to prepare something, but you don't want to neglect taste and health anyway.
Packed with incredible flavor, classic macaroni salad is a perfect main dish that also works as a side for your summertime potlucks and barbecues. Richly creamy, savory, and slightly tangy macaroni salad is simple to make. This recipe calls for just the right amount of mayo – enough to make the classic macaroni salad creamy but without overwhelming the dish. You'll still taste the crunchy celery and bell pepper, sweet pickles, and the bite of the red onion. For a great-tasting summery main dish, you can't go wrong with classic macaroni salad.
Creamed corn is a quick, easy recipe you can enjoy as side. Ready in less than 15 minutes, this is a great last-minute dish that will save your meal. It's is creamy and tasty, a perfect recipe to enjoy all year long, from weeknight to holiday dinners like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Cold rice with rocket pesto is a variant of the most classic of summer dishes: rice salad. Simple to make and super fast, the rice is creamed with a rocket pesto and then enriched with cherry tomatoes, peppers and tuna in oil. Ideal to take to the office, to the beach or to a picnic in the park, it is tasty, fresh and convenient to prepare in advance. So let's see how to prepare cold rice with rocket pesto in a few easy steps.
This creamy cucumber salad is a much-loved favorite side dish to serve at potlucks, picnics, and barbecues. Made with refreshing cucumber and red onions tossed in a richly creamy sour cream dressing, this fantastic old-fashioned salad is light, crisp, and so easy to make.
Summer brings barbecues, garden parties and long lunches in the sunshine – and a big part of those are the salads we enjoy with family and friends.
Strawberry spinach salad is a colorful, refreshing recipe you can serve as a healthy side dish, or even as a light main course together with bread or croutons.
Sometimes all you need for a side dish is a fresh salad, chock full of nutrients. This Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad is an easy, quick, and light salad recipe you can enjoy in the spring and summer months. The avocado makes it slightly creamy, while the onion and cucumber make it slightly crunchy. Tomatoes and cilantro add tons of flavor, together with a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. This is the perfect side dish if you’re craving fresh ingredients without much of a hassle. It’s quick and easy to assemble—a simple salad with all the taste. Your guests will be surprised at the simplicity of this delicious, full-of-texture salad.
Spicy, smoky, and a little bit sweet (thanks to the fresh sweet corn), Mexican street corn salad, or esquites, is a fantastic summer side dish that's ready to eat in under 20 minutes. This ultra-flavorful Mexican street food recipe is the off the cob version of elote, Mexican grilled corn. You don't need a grill to make esquites, so it's effortless to prepare and cook – the perfect last-minute quick side dish that tastes amazing and goes with everything from tacos and enchiladas to your favorite barbecue dishes.
Creamy broccoli salad with bacon is a sensationally tasty dish that everyone will love. This is a brilliant recipe to serve for the broccoli skeptic in your life: the tantalizing combination of savory bacon and red onion combined with a hint of sweet raisins and a mouthwateringly red wine vinegar-mayonnaise dressing make broccoli bacon salad hard to resist. Even the most broccoli-averse folks out there will be converted. It's effortless to prepare, so you can throw this simple salad together if you need a quick, delicious side dish for your table.
Shrimp Salad is a light, summery salad recipe perfect for warm weather. Made with fresh shrimp, crunchy vegetables, and a refreshing, creamy dressing, this easy and savory lunch or dinner recipe is always a crowd favorite. You can serve this dish on its own, with a crunchy bed of lettuce for a satisfying salad, or turn it into a crunch sandwich with toasted bread. It also works as a delicious dip over salty crackers.
If you've never had a chili cheese dog, you're in for a treat. This easy hot dog recipe is a much-loved favorite made by topping a hot dog with spicy, savory chili sauce, onions, and of course, plenty of tasty cheese.
Don’t worry about grilling this winter. These simple, oven-baked hamburgers are perfect for a hungry crowd. No wire rack? No problem. This recipe offers the perfect, flavorful alternative to grilling!
Burgers are perfect for the weekend. Quick and easy to make, and you can add any ingredients you like. These crispy Chicken Burgers are everything you’d expect them to be: crispy on the outside, and juicy and moist on the inside.
If you're looking for a fast, easy dinner that will put a smile on everyone's face, look no further than BBQ chicken pizza. This easy pizza recipe has it all. Savory, with an irresistible tangy and sweet barbecue sauce slathered over a soft, fluffy crust, homemade BBQ chicken pizza is even tastier than anything you'll get from places like Domino's or Pizza Hut.
Oh my… this is such a filling dish that you certainly can’t have more than just once… I never thought that a vegetarian meal could taste so good and fill me up like an elephant!
Pea burgers are a healthy and easy-to-prepare vegetarian main course. Delicious vegetable burgers, ideal to serve with a side dish of salad or grilled vegetables or to taste with burger buns, as a single dish. They are excellent both hot and cold, perfect also for the lunch break in the office or for a picnic. In our recipe we will make the dough with peas, potatoes, egg, breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese, curry and parsley. The pea burgers will then be cooked in a pan with a bit of oil or in the oven, for an even lighter preparation. So let’s see how to make them in a few steps.
Who doesn't love biting into a perfectly crispy, golden brown French fry? With this easy recipe, you can make homemade French fries whenever you like. Homemade French fries are healthier, tastier, and much less greasy compared to the fries you'll pick up from a fast-food restaurant.
Bruschetta (pronounced "brusketta" broo-skeh-tuh) is an easy Italian appetizer (antipasto) recipe everyone loves. A classic bruschetta is basically a toasted French or Italian bread slice that's topped with diced fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar and oil.
Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer recipe but they are really delicious anytime, from parties to holidays. This great recipe is also known as stuffed eggs or Russian eggs. Super quick and easy to make, peeled hard boiled eggs are halved, stuffed and flavored with a mixture of mustard, mayonnaise, Tabasco and paprika – no vinegar is involved in this recipe. Serve this great appetizer cold or slightly warm.
Whether you're looking for a phenomenal party snack to serve your guests on game day or want a delicious, hearty something to snack on for movie night, nothing beats loaded nachos. It is made of perfectly crispy tortilla chips covered in savory ground beef and black beans, melted cheese, zesty cilantro, and more.
Grilled piota potatoes is a side dish that belongs to the Valtellina tradition, in Lombardy (Italy). It is a typical cooking method, particularly widespread in alpine cottages, which involves grilling food on a red-hot stone slab called pioda (a kind of soapstone in home version). It's a gentle technique which gradually releases the heat, and very light, since the seasoning is added only raw, but which allows to make potatoes that are golden, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It's a perfect side dish to serve with meat recipes. So let’s find out how to make perfect grilled piota potatoes by following our recipe step by step.
Whether you’re preparing burgers, steaks chicken, or more, these crispy baked sweet potato fries are the perfect side no matter the dish! This baked sweet potato fry recipe is incredibly tasty all while being healthier than classic French fries. In addition to all the health benefits that come with sweet potatoes, these fries are baked in the oven instead of being fried – omitting any unhealthy, unnecessary frying oil. Plus, they can be baked in a shorter amount of time! These crispy wedges of sweet potatoes are easy to make and result in a salty, sweet, crunchy, and spicy (if desired) side all in one!
Parmesan roasted potatoes is a delicious and appetizing side dish, an even more fragrant variant of sandy potatoes. It's so easy to make: the potatoes are first blanched in boiling salted water in order to remove the starch, then sprinkled with plenty of grated parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs, and finally roasted to form a delicious crust. The final result is a crunchy, golden and very tender dish, perfect to serve with grilled meats, roasts, and fresh and aged cheeses. So let’s find out how to make the perfect parmesan roasted potatoes by following our recipe step by step.
For a healthy, flavorful side dish that will go with just about any main dish, there's nothing better than roasted vegetables. Crispy and golden brown on the outside, tender on the inside, oven-roasted vegetables are the perfect nutritious side dish to make with everything from roasts to pasta, stews, casseroles, burgers, and more.
Sometimes you just need a recipe in your repertoire that’s quick to assemble and is a general crowd-pleaser. These Grilled Avocado Caprese Crostini are quick and easy appetizers. There is no cooking involved, and you probably have all the ingredients in your fridge already!
Fresh spinach dip is a crowd-pleasing, creamy and cheesy dip to serve as an appetizer to a crowd. Pair it with your favorite crackers, chips or veggies for an easy go-to party recipe.
No party spread is complete without homemade guacamole and tortilla chips. Whether you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo, have friends over for game day, or are hosting a barbecue, guacamole is a must-have on the table. This classic Mexican avocado dip can also be smeared on burger buns, or spooned onto tacos, burritos, and even baked potatoes, as well as served with chips.
The hummus is a healthy, smooth and creamy Lebanese dip recipe you can also serve as a spread. This typical Middle Eastern is made of boiled chickpeas, tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with paprika. Super quick and easy to make, you just need a food processor to blend all ingredients together until fluffy.
Caramelized onion dip is the perfect party dip to serve anytime you're hosting a get-together with friends and family. This simple dip recipe is made with mouthwatering caramelized onions, sour cream, cream cheese, and wine, and is a million times tastier than anything you'll buy from a store – including Trader Joe's!
This easy, creamy buffalo chicken dip has it all. Perfectly spicy, a little tangy, and cheesy, with tender, juicy pieces of shredded chicken throughout, it's a fantastic dish to serve up on game day or anytime you're hosting a party.
Southern pimento cheese is a quick, easy dipping sauce recipe that is very popular in Southern homes. Enjoy it during a barbecue with crunchy appetizers like chips, tortillas, vegetable sticks, or as a spread for grilled sandwiches or meat.
Make the most of your homegrown herb garden by making basil pesto. This simple Italian recipe is an excellent way to use a fresh crop of basil. Pesto is a wonderful, versatile sauce you can use as a pasta dressing, sandwich spread, pizza sauce, or even marinade.
Cheese sauce is a very easy and quick dipping sauces to make at home in no time. Creamy, smooth and delicious, this homemade recipe is a kid favorite as it is so richer and tastier than the store-bought. Use cream and your favorite melting cheeses such as cheddar or Emmental to make a flavorful sauce you can serve in several different ways. It's so versatile you can pair it with pasta, nachos or vegetables. You can make cheese sauce in a few minutes.
The babaganoush, also known as eggplants dip, is a sauce with eggplants, a typical appetizer of Middle Eastern cuisine, composed of a cream of eggplants seasoned with mint and tahini. Tahini is a cream made of sesame seeds toasted and processed to become a delicious cream that can be used in many courses (such as hummus) thanks to its delicate aroma. Baba ganoush has an earthy taste and should be served cold with warm bread or in a pita with chickpeas falafel: in this way it releases all its aromas.
Looking for an easy-to-make drink you can serve a crowd this summer? Sangria is perfect for you! Sangria is a wonderful cold wine-based drink from Spain, that's also popular in Portugal. It can be made from red, white, or rose wine. It can be still or sparkling. Thanks to its incredible versatility and bold, fruity flavor, a glass of chilled sangria is the perfect warm weather drink.
Homemade strawberry lemonade is a delicious and refreshing drink made with lemon juice, sugar and water to which you add blended strawberries. This recipe is very quick and easy, ideal when you want to make a healthy and refreshing drink on hot summer afternoons, a drink rich in vitamin C that will be also loved by children. Serve it with some ice cubes and lemon slices or with whole strawberries. It is an excellent idea for a non-alcoholic aperitif to share with friends. So let's see how to make strawberry lemonade perfectly.
Turmeric lemonade is a fresh and refreshing drink that relieves depression and anxiety thanks to its beneficial properties. Turmeric, in fact, is a spice with numerous beneficial properties, excellent for fighting anxiety, and it has also a diuretic and draining effect. Finding turmeric on the market is now very simple and it can be used in the kitchen to flavor risottos or meat-based second courses. Today we tried it in lemonade and the result convinced us! Preparing turmeric lemonade is easy and it takes just a few minutes: let's see how!
Mention the word smoothie, and some might conjure up an image of an overly-healthy looking green drink. Not this recipe! This chocolate banana smoothie is easy, healthy, and nutritional, but you won’t think so when drinking it. It’s more like a healthy chocolate milkshake!
Blueberries and lemon are a wonderful summery pairing that tastes fantastic in so many desserts. But for summer barbecues, picnics, and other get-togethers, there's nothing quite like a pie. Lemon blueberry pie is an amazing dessert to enjoy with your friends. Unlike the classic blueberry pie, with a bold layer of blueberry filling layered over a zesty, fresh lemon layer all set in a perfectly flaky pie crust. What sets this phenomenal pie apart from the rest is its mouthwatering streusel topping. This lemon blueberry pie is as beautiful as it is delicious, making it ideal for those occasions when you want to show off your baking skills to friends and family without making a classic lemon blueberry cake.
If you want to make the best Fruit Sorbet, then this recipe is for you. Homemade Fruit Sorbet is super easy to make. Not only is there an endless variety of flavors to choose from, but you also control the amount of sugar you add, which means it’s much healthier than store-bought sorbets.
Apple crisp has to be one of the absolute best fall desserts around. It is easy to make (even easier than making an apple pie as you don't have to make pie crust) and it tastes fantastic when made fresh.
There's nothing better than homemade chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven. This easy cookie recipe is always a popular treat to make, whether you want to satisfy your sweet tooth or are looking to slip a homemade snack into your kids' packed lunch.
Looking for an easy, freezer-friendly ice cream recipe perfect for summer? Then this recipe for homemade ice cream sandwiches is just what you need.
It’s summer and that means it’s officially popsicle time! Popsicles are great for cooling you down on a hot summer’s day, and there’s an endless variety of popsicles you can—try a new one each weekend. These Homemade Watermelon Popsicles are easy to make and are also super refreshing. The name comes not only from the watermelon as the main ingredient, the popsicles are also creatively made to look like watermelon slices. They even have chocolate chip “seeds”. Using a food processor, or blender, it’s quick to make. Simply fill your popsicle maker, and wait to freeze. Each bite is a pop of fruity flavor—it might just be your new favorite!
Chocolate popsicles are ideal for a tasty summer snack and they can be prepared with only 2 ingredients that are milk and hazelnut cream. Excellent if you want a quick and tasty dessert or if you want to make a delicious snack for children; they will love them! Once the ingredients are mixed, just put the mixture in the molds and let them harden in the freezer for a few hours or until completely frozen. A simple recipe that requires no special preparation skills. So let’s see how to make creamy and irresistible homemade chocolate popsicles in no time.