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25+ Memorial Day Recipes

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Can you believe we’re more than half-way through April? It’s time to start planning for picnics and dining al fresco; this roundup of 25+ Memorial Day Recipes will definitely inspire you!

These delicious Summer Recipes are perfect for your menus all summer long!

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Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff to the summer cooking and grilling season. And, if you’re so inclined, to bring out the red, white and blue! I’ve decorated a 9 x 13 cheesecake dessert with strawberries and blueberries to mimic an American flag as well as monster cookies with red, white and blue M&M’s for patriotic holidays. Thanks to my talented blogger friends, I’m sharing loads of terrific summer recipes to get you through Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day! Let me know your favorites. I want to make them all!!!

Fabulous Summer Recipes to Kick Off the Season


  Jalapeno Bacon Burger – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Up the heat and grill some fabulous Jalapeno Bacon Burgers to kick off the season!


Jalapeno Bacon Burger on a white plate


Sweet Maple Barbecue Chicken Kebobs – A Dash of Sanity

A wonderful marinade works its magic on chicken. The maple glaze sounds divine!

Sweet Maple Barbecue Chicken Kebobs on wooden skewers


Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichokes, Tomatoes, and Peas – Domestic Superhero

This pesto pasta salad is perfect for summer picnics and potlucks!

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichokes Tomatoes and Peas in an oval white dish


Berry Swirl Cheesecake – Wine & Glue

A swirl of berries makes this cheesecake one that will be hard to forget!

Berry Swirl Cheesecake on a white plate with berries and a fork


Blackened Chicken & Quinoa Salad – Fake Ginger

I adore quinoa salads. Have you made one yet? With blackened chicken, avocados and more, you’ll love this one!

Blackened Chicken & Quinoa Salad on a white surface


Creamy Pea Salad – Love Bakes Good Cakes

This classic, old fashioned Creamy Pea Salad has stood the test of time for a reason! A must make for summer!

Creamy Pea Salad in a white bowl


Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers – Self Proclaimed Foodie

Ditch the beef and try a turkey burger for a change. The spicy southwestern flavors sound amazing!

Spicy Southwestern Turkey Burgers on a white platter with onion rings


Memorial Day Firework Cupcakes – Culinary Ginger

These festive firework cupcakes are perfect for any patriotic holiday!Memorial Day Firework Cupcakes on a cake stand with one plated cupcake in the foreground


Ranch BLT Pasta Salad – Let’s Dish

This BLT Pasta Salad is perfect for Memorial Day entertaining!  Or any time of year!

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad in a white bowl


Raspberry Shooters – White Lights on Wednesday

Berry desserts are perfect for the season, especially with built in portion control!

Raspberry Shooters line up on a white tray


Double Berry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt – Kleinworth & Co.

It won’t be long before the heat is one! This frozen yogurt will hit the spot on a hot summer’s day!

Double Berry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt in a red and white checked metal bucket


Broccoli Salad – Belly Full

Everyone has their own take on this potluck favorite. This version of Broccoli Salad looks perfect!

Broccoli Salad in a square white bowl with a fork


Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad – Mandy’s Recipe Box

Add some pasta to your broccoli salad and make it more filling! I’d call this lunch!

Broccoli Bacon Pasta Salad in an orange bowl with a wooden spoon


Patriotic Monster Cookies – That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Monster cookies have been a favorite since I was a teen. Adding festive colored M&M’s make these Patriotic Monster Cookies suitable for the holidays!

Patriotic Monster Cookies in a square white bowl


Lemon Cheesecake Trifles – The Recipe Rebel

These individual trifles are both stunning and delicious! And who doesn’t love their own dessert?!!

Lemon Cheesecake Trifles in small glass parfait dishes


Classic Italian Pasta Salad – Wishes and Dishes

This loaded pasta salad is perfect for picnics, potlucks and holiday celebrations all summer long!

Classic Italian Pasta Salad in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon


Spicy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks – Lemons for Lulu

Toss some spicy drumsticks on the grill and the whole family will be thrilled with their dinner!

Spicy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks on parchment paper with barbecue sauce and a brush


Potato Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs and Maple Mustard Dressing – Cooking and Beer

A yummy twist on potato salad for you soft boiled egg lovers!

Potato Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs and Maple Mustard Dressing on a white plate


Basic Macaroni Salad – 365 Days of Baking and More

A basic macaroni salad that brings back memories of your mom or grandmother’s recipe! Add in your favorite ingredients or eat it as is!

Basic Macaroni Salad in a serving bowl with a blue and white checked rim


Grilled Sausage with Peppers and Onions – Cravings of a Lunatic

The summer holidays aren’t just for hot dogs and hamburgers! Try some grilled sausage with peppers!

Grilled Sausage with Peppers and Onions sandwiches on a slate board


USA Flag Eclair Cake – Big Bears Wife

Celebrate the good ol’ U.S. of A. with a gorgeous Flag Cake!


USA Flag Eclair Cake in a white ceramic dish on a checked napkin


Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake – My Suburban Kitchen

A perfectly patriotic cheesecake decked out in red, white and blue!

Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake on a white plate on a red napkin


Spinach, Pine Nut & Parmesan Pasta Salad – Lemon Tree Dwelling

An out of the ordinary pasta salad with spinach, pine nuts and Parmesan! Shake things up!

Spinach, Pine Nut & Parmesan Pasta Salad in a red bowl


Triple Berry Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits – Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Have these beautiful berry parfaits for breakfast or a healthy dessert!

Triple Berry Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits in clear glasses on a blue and white striped napkin


No Mayo Roasted Potato Salad – The Love Nerds

Tired of the same old potato salad? How about this roasted potato version without mayonnaise???!

No Mayo Roasted Potato Salad {The Love Nerds} in a white serving bowl

To have access to all these terrific recipes, make sure to pin the collage below to your Pinterest boards. Stop by next month when we’ll be sharing another seasonal recipe roundup!  

Patriotic Recipes You’ll Love:

25+ Memorial Day Recipes pin collage
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17 comments on “25+ Memorial Day Recipes”

  1. What a beautiful gallery of recipes Liz! All of them are truly mouthwatering!

  2. Liz, I do appreciate this memorial!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice day

  3. This is the second day in a row I’ve seen a BLT Pasta Salad… Think I’ll have to make one:@)

  4. What a wonderful collection to eat al fresco! Love all of them Liz!

  5. Love all the salads and the rest ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for sharing Liz !

    BTW Liz I am not receiving your latest updates anymore to my mail. I always see your newsletter in my spam folder and now I am not getting any updates. There must be an issue with the mail system or it must be only for me. Just wanted to inform you …in case if you have an issue you don’t want to loose your readers. I know how important it is for bloggers.

  6. I am so ready for summer eats, what a great collection to get us started!

  7. Your pea salad sounds like a good dinner option for me. Mniam mniam! I’m the biggest fan of pean on this planet.

  8. Great collection of recipes! Was wanting to get a jump on Memorial Day weekend and now I can! Thanks! How you’re doing well!

  9. Memorial Day is really creeping up on us, isn’t it? Wow, summer is almost here! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great roundup of dishes for the warmer months — thanks so much.

  10. I can’t believe April is almost done, but I sure am glad to have good weather finally. These recipes just scream picnics and our door dining. A lovely way to end a stressful (weather-wise) month.

  11. Wow Liz…yes, Memorial Day is really around the corner…and all the recipes look perfect for the celebration…thanks for sharing them.
    Hope you are having a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Mmmm! LOVE Memorial Day!!! One of my favorite days of the year – aside from Thanksgiving but of course! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Definitely a colourful treat for the eyes! xoxo

  14. Now that is what I call a celebration..Very tempting indeed not to want one of everything!

  15. What a recipes….. I love that berry cheesecake and double beryr cheesecake frozen yogurt… This post is perfectly managed to drive me crazy…..

  16. I always find it so hard to think of recipes for patriotic holidays. These are some awesome ideas. I once made a flag cake that was crazy good.

  17. What a great recipe round-up some really tempting treats on this list.

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