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12 Memorial Day Side Dishes Everyone Will Love

12 Memorial Day Side Dishes Everyone Will Love

Memorial Day is a day to celebrate, remember, and honor the brave people who have died serving our country in the United States Armed Forces. Nothing brings people together on special occasions like great food. Here are some of the best side dishes to serve up at your cookout while you celebrate.

Baked Beans

There are many different ways to serve up this traditional yet delicious Memorial Day side dish. You can tweak the recipe to make it vegetarian or you can add some flavor by incorporating bacon.

Potato Salad

Potato Salads can be a hit or miss but if you know the right ingredients to use yours will sure be a hit. Potatoes, traditional mustard, hard-boiled eggs and a dressing made with apple cider vinegar, celery seeds and seasoning will give you a great Memorial Day side dish.



This Memorial Day side dish will go perfect with any BBQ main dish from chicken to pulled pork. In ten minutes, you can have a homemade Cole Slaw that will rival the most popular restaurant recipes.

Grilled Corn and Poblano Chile Salad

This is on the fancier side if you are feeling like sprucing up your food spread at your Memorial Day cookout. This Memorial Day side dish incorporates fresh lime juice, hot sauce, poblano chiles and butter to add flavor.

Orzo Salad with Grape Tomatoes, Feta and Mint

This fresh take on an Orzo salad uses grape tomatoes, lemon, and mint leaves to add a summer kick to your Memorial Day side dishes.


Kale Salad

Give Kale a chance, it can change your mind! Four simple ingredients are used to create this simple salad that you can make up to two days in advance, which will make your planning easier!

Pad Thai Noodle Salad

Add some international flavors to your All-American Memorial Day side dishes! What is great about this side dish is that you are swap out ingredients and customize it to your likings. Plus who doesn’t like rice noodles?


Chips and Guac is easy, simple and delicious. This is another recipe that you can customize to your liking. If you want a little kick you can mix in fresh jalapenos, if you are looking for more savory try adding chopped mangoes and pineapple.

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Loaded Grilled Corn

Grilled corn is super simple to make. Set up a condiments station with fresh cojita cheese, lime juice, bacon, chile powder and other ingredients and let guests make their own to their likings!

Nutty Green Beans and Asparagus with Bacon

Add some shallots and pecans to add depth to the flavor to the green beans and asparagus. The bacon will add some delicious fats that will work perfectly well with the pecans in this Memorial Day side dish.


Classic Succotash

This traditional Southern Memorial Day side dish also uses bacon, which seems to be popular among many side dishes. With a great helping of veggies, this dish is a great way to add some freshness to more hearty main dishes.

Radish and Citrus Salad with Candied Shallots

This salad’s mixed of flavors will cut out the bitterness that radishes have been known for and let more people enjoy their deliciousness. The candied shallots also help while adding great texture.

Bringing together your family and friends for these dishes great Memorial Day side dishes will be a great way to spend the holiday celebrating the brave people of the armed forces. The flavors of these dishes will work with many different main courses from burgers to delicious grilles steaks. Plan out your Memorial Day menu and let us know if you are using any of the recipes!

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