Quick and Easy Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day Weekend is almost here and with all of the fun, festivities, and barbeques, sometimes trying to whip up the perfect meal for your friends and family can become more of a chore than something enjoyable. Hamburgers and hotdogs are a classic Memorial Day staple in just about every meat-eating household. With the ease of the main dish, don’t let the side dishes and desserts fall to the wayside. Check out all of these deliciously festive Memorial Day Recipes that will be sure to “wow” your friends and family! All ingredients will be listed, for further instruction, check out the linked recipe for all of the information you will need!

Appetizers

These recipes are fairly simple, and can be whipped up in minutes! Try one of these yummy apps, snacks, and desserts, or add your own flare and make it personalized! Remember, recipes are just guidelines, they can always be altered! Plus, most of these recipes can be easily used as side dishes! Don’t feel confined! Make it your way, serve it how you want, and enjoy every single bite!

Mexican Style Corn

What you’ll need:
6 ears of corn on the cob
¼ cup mayo
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
½ tsp. chili powder
½ tsp smoked paprika
¾ cup crumbled Cotija or parmesan

This is one of the most simple recipes and uses items that most people have around their home! The best part is, the corn is grilled so just save some room on the grill for 6 ears of corn (or however many ears you need) and grill away! For further directions, check out the recipe!

Photo Credit: Food Network

Rainbow Veggie Kabobs

What you’ll need:
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp. smoked paprika
6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 lb. small green and yellow summer squash
1 pt. grape tomatoes
12 oz. broccoli florets
8 oz. cremini or button mushrooms
1 lime

Another GREAT Memorial Day recipe! These kabobs are quick, easy, and grill-able. The best part about kabobs is their versatility! If you don’t like the listed veggies or want to add chicken or even fruit, such as pineapple or watermelon, you totally can! They are completely customizable, fun for the kids, and great to grab and eat.

Photo Credit: Emily Kyle Nutrition

Caprese Salad Kabobs

What you’ll need:
24 grape tomatoes
12 cherry-sized fresh mozzarella balls
24 fresh basil leaves
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Another great kabob option, these Caprese style kabobs are a quick, no-cook option to serve as an appetizer or even as a side!

Photo Credit: Taste of Home

Parisian Potato Salad 

What you’ll need:
3 lb. Yukon gold potatoes
¾ cup. Greek yogurt
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. grainy mustard
4 stalks celery
1.2 cup cornichon pickles
½ small red onion
¼ cup parsley

Think ‘potato salad’ but make it Parisian! Yum! This Parisian flare on the classic potato salad recipe is a new, fun way to change things up! (Don’t worry—a classic potato salad recipe will be listed below also, for those who love tradition!) This salad is super simple once the potatoes are all prepared! Take a chance on this salad, you won’t be disappointed!

Photo Credit: Good Housekeeping

Creamy Potato Salad

What you’ll need:
3 lb. all-purpose potatoes
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup milk
2 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
2 large stalks celery
¼ cup parsley
2 tbsp chives

Have no fear, classic potato salad is here, one of the most popular Memorial Day recipes! In fact, Good House Keeping calls this their “Best Creamy Potato Salad Recipe”, so it has to be good! Make this as a side or leave it out to be picked over all afternoon long, it won’t last, so grab a bowl while you can!

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Strawberry Salsa

What you’ll need:
1 pint fresh strawberries
4 plum tomatoes
1 small red onion
1-2 medium jalapenos
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves

Salsa doesn’t have to be boring and it certainly doesn’t have to be store bought! Make your own this Memorial Day and add some delicious strawberries into the mix for a sweet bite. The best part about salsas is they require no cook time and can be refrigerated in advance. Be sure to wear disposable gloves when chopping jalapenos if you choose this recipe!

Photo Credit: Taste of Home

BLT Dip

What you’ll need:
2 cups sour cream
2 cups mayonnaise
2 lbs. sliced bacon
6 plum tomatoes
3 green onions
Crackers/chips

Who doesn’t love a good dip? This BLT Dip is to die for! It is absolutely delicious and will stimulate all of that umami goodness. Aside from cooking the bacon, there is no cooking required and the dip is served cold –so easy!

Photo Credit: Taste of Home

Creamy Taco Dip

What you’ll need:
8 oz. fat-free cream cheese
½ cup fat-free sour cream
½ cup taco sauce
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 can refried beans
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup fat-free cheese
1 medium tomato
½ cup olives
¼ cup green chilies
Tortilla chips

This Creamy Taco Dip is absolutely delicious and is another great option for dipping that is a crowd pleaser for sure! This is a Memorial Day recipe must make!

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Red, White, and Blue Snacks

Apps and burgers are fun, but red, white, and blue snacks? So much better! Check out these delicious sweet snacks, perfect for the kiddos to grab and go and are perfectly festive for Memorial Day recipes, July 4th, and any other day you’re feeling extra patriotic!

Patriotic Popcorn

What you’ll need:
4 cups of popped popcorn
½ cup blue candy melts
½ cup red candy melts
Red and blue sprinkles (optional)

This recipe is so easy it’s a no brainer and something the kids could easily have fun with! Decorate the popcorn red, white, and blue for Memorial Day or create your own color palette! This recipe is so versatile and can be tailored to any celebratory event!

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Fruit Sparklers

What you’ll need:
1 whole watermelon
16 oz. fresh blueberries
Bamboo skewers

Probably the simplest ingredient list ever—these fruit sparklers are so yummy, easy, and refreshing after being outside in 90-degree weather! If you or your kiddos don’t love watermelon, then substitute for a fruit you do like! Pineapple, cantaloupe, apples, anything will work—get creative and have fun with this one!

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Red, White & Blue Berry and Jello Parfaits

What you’ll need:
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 3 oz pack red jello
1-pint heavy whipping cream
2 tbsps sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 pt blueberries
1 pt blackberries
7–1/2 mason jars

This recipe is so cute and so festive! It is perfect for a day by the pool, a day at the beach, or for a quick dessert or treat during a cookout! It serves 7 people as is, but double or even triple the recipe (and mason jars) for a larger group!

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Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

Red, White, and Blue Double Berry Coconut Pops

What you’ll need:
7 oz. hulled fresh strawberries
3 packets powdered stevia
1 cup canned light coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

These fruity pops are delicious and refreshing. They’re also vegetarian and vegan-friendly and are perfect for even the pickiest of kiddos! Much like the other recipes, this recipe can totally be amended to suit your fruity desires and is a perfectly sweet treat all year round, especially in the sunshine state!

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Whether you’re feeling super festive and want a red, white, and blue snack or you just want the tried and true potato salad, there is something for you! Brand out of your comfort zone and serve your friends and family something that you have never made before! Get the kiddos involved too, there are so many kid-friendly recipes that they will love to help make! Remember to honor those who have served and still serve this Memorial Day and stay safe!

Featured Memorial Day Recipes image credit: Country Living Magazine

Check out more Memorial Day fun: Memorial Day Weekend Events 2019. Also, check out Three Perfect Days in St. Pete for local fun all year round!


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