Memorial Day Recipe Ideas


Memorial Day is just over a week away!  I gathered together some of my favorite drink, side dish, appetizer, dessert and grilling recipes that I think you should definitely add to your menu.

I hope everyone gets to have some time to relax and spend some down time with friends over the long weekend coming up.  I also know that this holiday, just like every other holiday, requires an abundance of food to celebrate, so enjoy these Memorial Day recipe ideas and eat to your heart’s content!

Memorial Day recipe roundup ideas for grilling out or picnics.


Layered Patriotic Non-Alcoholic Drink for the 4th of July. Kid-friendly!

Layered Patriotic Drink

Watermelon Lemon Cooler with Mint

Watermelon Lemon Cooler

Grilling – Main Course

Caprese Burgers on English Muffins with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Burgers & Balsamic Glaze on English Muffins

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Burgers Recipe

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Burgers

Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger Recipe for summer grilling. Can also make on stove top in a grill pan.

Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger

Key West Grilled Chicken Recipe with Mango Salsa Recipe. Perfect for summer grilling!

Key West Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa

Appetizers and Side Dishes

Creamy Garlic Shells Recipe. Perfect side dish for any barbeque or any occasion.

Creamy Garlic Shells

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe that is great for any BBQ or party where you need to feed a crowd. Easy!

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Crunchy Asian Slaw Recipe made with Ramen noodles. Perfect for a side dish to any party or barbeque.

Crunchy Asian Slaw

Fruit and Nut Salad made with fresh fruits, walnuts, and raw honey. Perfect breakfast, healthy dessert, or snack.

Fruit and Nut Salad

Mango Guacamole with Cilantro for Cinco de Mayo Recipe

Mango Guacamole

Caprese on a Stick. Caprese salad on toothpicks Recipe

Caprese on a Stick

Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad made by Rachael Ray on the Food Network.

Tomato, Onion, and Cucumber Salad

Summertime Grilled Corn, Chicken + Blueberry Chopped Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Summertime Chopped Salad

Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread

Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread

Mango, Pineapple & Cranberry Salsa with Lime and Cilantro Recipe.  Great for summer parties!

Mango, Pineapple and Cranberry Salsa

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction

Hearty Beef Taco Salad

Hearty Beef Taco Salad


Fruit Pizzas for 4th of July or Memorial Day. Very festive and patriotic!

Red, White & Blue Mini Fruit Pizzas

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cups Recipe

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Cups

Key Lime Pie Dip Recipe. Key Lime pie in a dip form!

Key Lime Pie Dip

Frozen S'mores made with Perry's Peanut Butter Chip Frozen Yogurt

Frozen S’mores

Golden Graham S'mores Bars

Golden Grahams S’mores Bars

Giant Pina Colada Cookie Cups dessert recipe have the best flavors of summer: pineapple and coconut. Great for Cinco de Mayo!

 Pina Colada Cookie Cups

S'mores Pie dessert Recipe with a graham cracker crust and marshmallow creme

S’mores Pie

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Lemon Mousse Sugar Cookie Cups

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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

4 Responses to “Memorial Day Recipe Ideas”

  1. May 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM #

    I can’t believe Memorial Day is almost here – this year is flying!! Awesome round up – although now you have me wanting some fruit pizzas! Happy weekend!

  2. May 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM #

    Those burgers look scrumptious! I really want to branch out into more than plain old hamburgers this summer! 🙂


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