Whether you’re hosting your own backyard BBQ or bringing a dish to a potluck, here are 20 recipes to make your Memorial Day celebration eats as memorable as the company you’ll be sharing it with. We’ve got you covered with everything from apps, salads, sides, main dishes, and desserts. There are options for all your guests, including meat-centric, vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options.
You can’t go wrong with seven layer dip in the shape of a flag for Memorial Day!
This creamy dip is inspired by two of the most popular dips out there, guacamole and ranch. Serve this with a variety of colorful crudite´ and pita chips.
Because food on a stick is fun and party-worthy! Plus, these can be made up to 24 hours in advance.
It’s almost like avocado was meant to be in all deviled eggs!
Sides & Salads
For all the bacon lovers in your bunch, this dish takes traditional roasted potatoes to the next level by adding salty crumbly bacon and parsley.
The secret to perfect potluck pasta salad is saving some dressing to add right before serving. This prevents the pasta from soaking up all the dressing and drying out the salad.
These are like part French fry, part potato chip, and they’re healthier than both! In either case, they’re delicious and a great addition to your grilling menu.
This can be used as a side but is also a great vegetarian meal because it contains protein from chickpeas, as well as fiber-rich carbs to keep your guests feeling satisfied throughout the party.
Kamut is a hearty whole grain that stands up well to grilled summer vegetables.
Lobster Rolls with Corn Tomato Mozzarella and Basil Salad by My Cape Cod Kitchen
“You may be thinking that lobster rolls are too much trouble, or are too intimidating to make at home. Make it easy on yourself and have your local fish market or grocery store steam the lobsters for you.” – Jenny Shea Rawn, Registered Dietitian and author of My Cape Cod Kitchen
You can’t go wrong with a flavorful yet simple chicken option. You can use breasts, thigh, or a mix of both to please everyone. A simple homemade marinade makes this recipe extra clean and delicious.
For a fun Hawaiian inspired flavor, try these kebobs.
Spicy Turkey Sliders from Live Best by Judy Barbe
What’s a BBQ without some burgers! These use ground turkey to make them a bit lighter, while getting a kick from cayenne and a flavorful spice blend. Their mini size makes them perfect for little hands, too!
These are a fun and delicious way to add fish to your menu, without much fuss (or expense!)
Tuna Burger with Mango Salsa by Lauren Kelly Nutrition
The mango salsa on these burgers can be used for other burgers you’re grilling up, too!
These patriotic red, white, and blue deconstructed s’mores are the perfect way to wrap up your summer kick-off party. Mini graham cracker crusts topped with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, blueberries, white chocolate chips, and a toasted marshmallow are super fun for the kids (and the kid in all of us!)
These gluten free cupcakes use garbanzo flour instead of wheat flour. They’re also nut free and vegan, so they’ll work for almost everyone!
Moist, lemony cake and fresh summer berries make the perfect outdoor picnic dessert. This dessert also happens to be gluten free.
Perfect served along with brunch or dessert, this option is as tasty as it is nutritious, with a whole grain oat crust plus fiber-rich berries and cashews, which provide healthy fats.
This cool creamy dessert is perfect for days where the thermometer keeps on rising. It’s made with Greek yogurt so you get a protein boost, which makes it more filling!