Memorial Day 2021 is quickly approaching. Below, you'll find my 20 best Memorial Day Recipes. They're quick and easy—many can be made in advance. ALL have tons of flavor. From dip to dessert, I have you covered!
Our family has always thought of Memorial Day as the unofficial kickoff for Summer. This usually means attending or hosting a Memorial Day cookout or potluck.
Last year at this time, we were under lockdown. So believe me: now that we're all fully vaccinated, we're ready to get out there and enjoy Memorial Day this year! (See the latest CDC guidelines for keeping it safe. Or, if you're concerned about safety, consider hosting a Virtual Memorial Day Potluck.)
We are known as the foodies of the family, so our crowd is always eager to see what our main Memorial Day dish will be...what sides we'll serve...the snacks...
After the party, I usually have several recipe requests. So, rather than one-off the recipes, I figured I'd put them all in one place. And here we are!
You'll notice some traditional Memorial Day recipes, but there are a few that are new-and-different.
One of my favorites in this category is my Chimichurri Pasta Salad: everyone raves about this "exotic" side—check it out below!
As you review the recipes, be sure to watch for the "MA" symbol: this indicates that you can make the dish in advance (Make Ahead). This will save you time and stress on the day of your Memorial Day Potluck!
Enjoy...and make sure to leave a comment and let me know how everything went!
Memorial Day Salads and Side Dish Recipes
Memorial Day Dips
You can't have a cookout or potluck without a spread of snacks to get the ball rolling, am I right? Here are our favorite dips for spicing up any party...
Memorial Day Dishes
These are more substantial dishes that either involve cooking at your party or potluck, or making in advance and keeping hot in a crockpot.
Memorial Day Dessert
Finally, I'll leave you with our favorite pack-up-and-go dessert recipe...
I hope these Memorial Day food ideas inspire you to host a bangin' Memorial Day cookout or potluck.
Stay safe. Stay well.