Memorial Day Food is all about fun and easy recipes to share with friends and family. It’s about being outside and enjoying a bit of time off from work and school. Warm weather, simple recipes, drink in hand and sunshine on your face – welcome to the unofficial kick-off to summer.
Memorial Day Food Ideas
From burgers to side dishes, salads and appetizers, this is the kind of spread we put out on Memorial Day. Any summer holiday around here looks like this. We have the grill going all day long cooking up grilled vegetables, burgers and even grilled bread. The temps are high, so we do most of the cooking outside. This is the food of summer. Low key, easy recipes that don’t take much time or energy to make.
Caprese eggplant stacks are irresistible. Roasted eggplant brushed with flavorful pesto, gooey, melted fresh mozzarella and perfectly ripe summer tomatoes. It’s a hit with vegetarians and meat eaters alike!
I wanted to create something that reminded me of pork tacos. It had to have some heat, a vinegary bite from pickles, and the creaminess of avocado that you find it good tacos. It has all that and mixed with the juicy pork burger, it is absolutely delicious.
Salty bacon, creamy goat cheese and sweet spicy pepper jam make this Bacon Goat Cheese Burger incredibly tasty. It is packed with flavor and is one of the best burgers I’ve ever made. We really love a good burger in our house and this one was a definite winner.
Potato salad gets a spicy makeover when it meets all the components for pimento or pimiento cheese. Paired with fried chicken tenders on a cheddar dill potato biscuit, it makes the perfect picnic lunch.
Stuffed tomatoes are a great way to use ripe, summer tomatoes. They are plentiful in most gardens this time of year and if you are fortunate enough to have them; odds are, you are looking for ways to use them up. Try stuffing them with a mixture of flavorful herbs and breadcrumb mixed with crab meat. For a Greek twist, try them stuffed with orzo, feta and Kalamata olives
This grain salad is full of summer vegetables. Whole grains provide a satisfying, chewy texture to this salad, while the vegetables give it great crunch. Herbs and red wine vinaigrette make this salad super flavorful.
Grilled Vegetables with Red Pepper Dip is a tasty summer twist on the traditional vegetable tray.
Easy Memorial Day Desserts
My family puts out just as many desserts as food offerings. Sometimes, the dessert table is even bigger than the food table. Everyone likes to nibble a cookie or a bite of this and a bite of that, so we usually have quite a few to choose from. The best part is the leftover treats that get packed up and sent home with everyone. Whether you prefer no bake desserts or portable treats that can fit into little hands, there is something for everyone on this list.
Memorial Day Desserts
Sweet treats for celebrating Memorial Day or any of the red, white and blue summer holidays.
No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Bars have a chocolate crust with a thin layer of melted chocolate in between for that something extra. Super creamy, silky smooth filling swirled with fresh blueberry sauce make these bars as pretty as they are delicious
This Cherry Crisp recipe is made from scratch with only a handful of ingredients and is one of those obligatory summer desserts that I for one, happily make. Making a crisp couldn’t be easier. It’s nothing more than mixing a few things together and sliding it into the oven.
Blueberry Mini Pies are the epitome of summer. Ripe, juicy blueberries fill delicious buttery dough for the perfect hand-held pie. Perfect for lunch bags, afternoon treats or beach day picnics, these mini pies are small enough for little hands and great portion control for big hands
Simple vanilla cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting are the perfect cupcakes for any occasion. From birthday parties to summer backyard BBQ’s, these cupcakes will become your go-to recipe. Made from scratch, with zero artificial coloring, this strawberry cream cheese frosting is the perfect complement to this easy vanilla cupcake.
For times when dessert is necessary, but turning on the oven is not. It can be made with almost any fruit.
This recipe is more of an Eton mess, but if you leave out the meringue cookies, it is more “foolish”.
Either way, it’s delicious and easy.
Red, White and Blue Cocktails
What is a holiday weekend without a cocktail or two? There are a couple of non-alcoholic beverages on this list too, as well as ways to turn the cocktails into mocktails. Whether you want your drinks leaded or unleaded, there are nine drinks to choose from.
Memorial Day Drinks
Cocktails and Mocktails for celebrating Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day or any summer gathering.
Blueberry Spritzer is a light, refreshing, summery drink that you could sip on all afternoon. Spritzers are a great warm weather drink because they don’t leave you feeling weighed down and they are quick and easy to make. The other nice thing about a drink like this is the calorie count
This easy strawberry daiquiri recipe is made from fresh strawberries and has only five ingredients. This daiquiri recipe is made from scratch, it is the absolute best strawberry daiquiri and the only recipe you’ll ever need. No mixes, just a handful of ingredients, a blender and it’s an instant party.
Rosé sangria is my summer drink. It’s light, crisp and enjoyed chilled to combat the heat of summer. This is a great way to enjoy a less expensive bottle of rosé. Filled with berries, stone fruit and lemons, it is the ultimate summer sangria.
Looking for a really good spritzer recipe? This strawberry spritzer is light and as far as spritzer recipes go, it’s pretty straightforward. These types of drinks are not heavy on the alcohol, which makes them ideal for warmer days. Like a sangria, it is a great option when having a gathering. It is full of strawberry flavor and the lovely pink hue comes not only from the rosé wine, but also the berries themselves
A wine spritzer is a summertime staple. Light and refreshing, this strawberry cherry wine spritzer is a tasty way to brighten up a bit of wine and club soda. Meet your new deliciously easy summer drink.
This cherry rum slushie has quickly become my favorite summer sip for a few reasons. First and foremost, it is delicious! The fact that it is only 3 ingredients and it comes together in roughly five minutes flat is a close second. The best reason – you can make a big batch and serve everyone at once.
Summer berry smash made with fresh fruit and watermelon puree is like summer in a glass. It is similar to a spritzer, with the addition of vodka. Fresh mint adds a cooling note to the drink. This is a great recipe for easy entertaining. Invite a few friends over and make a pitcher.
Mint Lemonade has always been one of my summertime thirst-quenching beverages. Adding a sprig of lemon thyme to the mix really kicks up that herbaceous taste. This Lemon Thyme Mint Lemonade is great for sipping during the heat of summer while you are outside enjoying the sunshine.
This herbal iced tea recipe will help you beat the heat this summer. Made with fresh fruit juice and fruity tea, it’s the perfect thirst quencher for summertime. Make a big pitcher for the whole family to enjoy.
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