20 of The Best Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day might not be as flashy of a holiday as some of its counterparts, but it’s one of my personal favorites! It’s a greenlight to summer fun and a perfect excuse to spend time with family and friends enjoying really, really good food! Keep reading for some of our favorite Memorial Day recipes!

We are bound for Los Angeles this morning and have every intention of soaking up all of the California sunshine and fresh fare that we can in the next week.  While I am very much looking forward to a Gjelina kale salad and the chicken, bacon, and brie sandwich at Joan’s, the meals I am most anticipating are the ones we will be putting together ourselves in the company of friends in Palm Springs this weekend.  (The only restaurant feasting to be had for three days will be a girls-only brunch reservation at Reservoir!)  While I was menu planning for our holiday weekend festivities, I found too many delicious things not to share!  Hosting or attending a big bash?  These 20 Memorial Day recipes are sure to be crowd pleasers!

Don’t skip on appetizers this Memorial Day! Nothing sets the tone of a party like those first dishes that greet you when you walk in. Here are 5 of our favorite appetizer dishes!

These Pretzel Hot Dogs with Maple Bacon Mustard via Cooking and Beer are not just calling, they’re screaming my name! Bonus points for being kid-friendly, too!

Yum! My first “street corn” experience was at Cafe Habana in New York and I’ve never been the same since. This Mexican Street Corn recipe via Seeded at the Table looks so good! (Best when served fresh off the grill!)

This Ultimate Crudite Platter via The Omnivore’s Cookbook is a great thing to bring as a guest. It’s a dish that travels well and looks like you took a lot of time to prepare it. When in truth it’s really simple to pull together.

These Bacon Wrapped Ranch Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers via Belle of the Kitchen are a staple of our family celebrations! You won’t be disappointed!

Our past Memorial Day festivities have been known to span many hours! The best parties often times starter early and go late! If you’re getting things started around noontime, check out these lunch recipe ideas to add to your menu…

The Aloha Burger with Island Jerk Pineapple via Half Baked Harvest is the king of burgers, especially if you’re celebrating the start of summer!

These are not your dad’s hot dogs… Unless you’re dad makes Mexican Mole Hot Dogs via Country Cleaver. (In which case, go dad!)

These Coconut Honey Lime Chicken Skewers via Half Baked Harvest are such a healthy alternative to other traditional Memorial Day foods. You can set them out with rice, roasted veggies and a plethora of garnishes for a build your own mediterranean bowl / plate situation that’s a total crowd pleaser!

Zero things scream summer more to me than stonefruit mixed with herbs and soft cheese. This Summer Nectarine Salad via Honestly Yum looks delish.

The trick to Memorial Day dinners is creating a menu that can be made mostly ahead of time so you’re free to enjoy the festivities and merry making along with your guests!

The pulled pork from these Pulled Pork Sliders via What’s Gaby Cooking can be made much earlier in the day or even the day before and reheated. Just add buns, pickles, and pickled onions for a delicious and satisfying main course!

Again, make the meat ahead of time and then put out the tortillas, garnishes and sauces. Super easy for hosting! (Beer Braised Chipotle Chicken Tacos via How Sweet Eats)

Bratwurst with Zucchini and Apple Slaw and Sriracha Aioli via Wilde Flavors

A Self-Serve Fajita Taco Board via The Effortless Chic

Iced Hibiscus Tea Latte via The Merry Thought

Peach, Ginger, and Mint Slushie via Camille Styles

Sparkling Grapefruit Cocktails via Sugar and Charm

Citrus and Spice Margarita via Apartment 34

No-Churn Blackberry Cobbler Ice Cream via The Effortless Chic

Peach and Plum Crumble via Love and Lemons

Ice Cream Sandwiches via Sugar and Charm

Blueberry Oat Pie via Truffles and Trends

  1. Yay!!! I see a few familiar recipes in here 🙂 HEHE! Thanks JEN!!!!

  2. Everything looks so good!

    xx Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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