Spring is finally here! And now is when the holidays start rolling in. Before you know it, we’ll be celebrating labor day but before we get there, let’s begin with Memorial Day! This May holiday is the perfect time to get together with friends and family and enjoy the long weekend, soak up the warm weather, drink and eat good food, what could be better? So here are 15 delicious recipe ideas to put on your Memorial Day menu this year!
1. Pasta Salad
Is it even an outdoor party if there’s not pasta salad there? I don’t think so! This delicious recipe is fresh and super simple to make, filled with yummy pasta, and crisp vegetables, it’s a dish that everyone at your party will be sure to love. Customize this dish depending on your taste preferences, for a more Mediterranean flavor, throw in some kalamata olives, feta cheese, and Greek dressing. For a more classic recipe, stick with Italian dressing and regular olives but either way we promise you won’t be disappointed.
2. Big Green Salad
This dish is definitely a must-have for your Memorial Day menu! It’s not only the best way to make sure you and your guests get your greens in, but it’s also super delicious! Throw together all your favorite veggies, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised when your salad is the first thing gone from the table.
3. Spinach and Artichoke Dip
It wouldn’t be a proper Memorial Day menu if some great appetizers were included! And who doesn’t like spinach and artichoke dip? Warm, cheesy, and still packed with a great serving of veggies, it’s a must! Make a large batch of this dip for your guests to keep going back to this Memorial Day and serve with either chips or veggies! Or maybe they’ll just eat it on its own, who knows? It’s just that good.
4. Grilled Corn
It doesn’t get much easier than this appetizer for your Memorial Day menu! Just buy some corn on the cob and throw it on the grill! It’s sweet, crunchy, and goes with almost anything. Melt some warm butter or olive oil over it for some real-time deliciousness that you and your guests will fawn over.
5. Hummus Platter with Veggies
Another classic appetizer staple! After all, you need something for your guests to snack on while the real food is cooking on the grill this Memorial Day. To satisfy their cravings, serve them up with some delicious and creamy hummus dip! Pair it with some crisp vegetables to for a fresh twist on a classic menu item.
6. Devilled Eggs
If you’re not a fan of these delicious bite-sized snacks of goodness, then I don’t know you? Devilled eggs are a must-have for your Memorial Day menu this year! They’re easy to make a lot of and perfect for your guests to grab while they’re bouncing around and socializing. Full of protein, and their creamy filling, there’s no way that they can disappoint! Just make sure you make enough to go around because you’ll probably want to save plenty for yourself.
7. Potato Salad
There’s nothing better than a delicious side of fresh potato salad, which is why it better be on your Memorial Day menu this year! For a lighter take on this classic dish, go less heavy on the mayonnaise and sub for olive oil and fresh lemon juice instead. Either way, this dish is sure to be empty by the end of the day.
8. Chicken and Veggie Kabobs
For a yummy entree meal to add to your Memorial Day menu, be sure to include this easy recipe! Assemble chicken and veggie kabobs with your favorite vegetables and marinate or season them to your taste preferences! Throw them on the grill for a quick, easy, and super tasty meal that you’ll continue making all summer long. If you have any vegetarians at your party, be sure to assemble some without the chicken so everyone can enjoy!
9. Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Is there anything more tasty than a warm pulled-pork sandwich on a hot summer day? I think not! Your guests will be sure to love this dish this coming holiday. Pro-tip: serve with a fresh batch of cold coleslaw for the perfect combination that everyone will want seconds of.
10. Sub Sandwich
This dish is great to have on your Memorial Day menu because it’s easily customizable for all of your guests! Besides, a delicious sub sandwich during the summertime is easily one of the greatest things to munch on. Set up a substation so that your guests can easily assemble one that fits their taste!
11. The Best Dang Veggie Burger
It wouldn’t be a proper Memorial Day if there weren’t a cookout of some kind, and what’s better to throw on the grill than a burger? Or in this case, a veggie burger! This lighter, plant-based protein version of your favorite menu item is perfect for your herbivore guests to enjoy so be sure to put it on your Memorial Day menu this year!
12. Classic Burger
For the carnivores out there, you can’t go wrong with throwing some good ol’ fashioned burgers on the grill. Make sure you have all the fixings for your guests to enjoy!
13. Fruit Platter
This is the perfect plate to serve up after your entrees and apps have all disappeared, nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a piece of cold, juicy fruit so serve up a big platter of all the best for your guests to enjoy as the sun starts to go down!
14. Mini Strawberry Shortcakes
Talk about the perfect end to a great day! These bite-sized desserts are delicious, fluffy, and topped with fresh fruit so you won’t feel too guilty for diving into one. Be sure to include these yummy shortcakes on your Memorial Day menu this year, and count on people to go back for seconds.
This dessert is a fun twist on the classic brownie that everyone loves, lighter in color, but just as decadent! Mix up a batch of these sweet treats for a dessert everyone will be sure to want a piece of.