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Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and we’ve curated this collection of recipes to kick off the warm season. Get ready to fire up the grills and gather your favorite people for all the cookouts.

Memorial Day Recipes Collection
This mouthwatering collection contains the perfect recipes for a great summer kick-off!

Memorial Day Recipes

This is the weekend many of us, particularly in Minnesota, literally crave all year: the start of summer. Around here, nobody waits until the calendar says it is officially summer; instead, we’re ready to rock our grilling game the minute snow melts for the season. All that to say: prepare your taste buds for the most patriotic cookout party yet. These Memorial day recipes will have your neighbors begging for an invite – we’ve got everything from crisp salads to savory main dishes to luscious desserts. Let’s dive in and give your taste buds a holiday to kick off the summer with.


When it comes to hosting a cookout, one of the most exciting aspects is undoubtedly the appetizers. These tantalizing bites set the stage for a delicious and memorable meal, preparing the taste buds for the meal to come. From savory finger foods to refreshing dips, cookout appetizers are the perfect way to kick off a gathering filled with laughter, good company, and amazing flavors.

  • Peach Caprese Salad
    Peach Caprese Salad

    Here’s a delectable twist on the classic caprese salad. It’s sweet, tangy, and succulent all at once. Not to mention it’s ridiculously easy.

  • avocado salsa with black beans and tomatoes in a bowl
    Avocado Salsa

    This is one of our favorite go-to appetizer recipes, as it’s easy to make, can be prepared ahead of time, and is always well received.

  • Mango Salsa

    We absolutely love this mango salsa, with its tropical sweetness and refreshing flavors!

  • watermelon salad
    Watermelon Salad Recipe

    Come late May, watermelons abound. This is a fabulously refreshing way to serve up everyone’s favorite summer fruit.

Main Dishes

As friends and family gather around, one thing that steals the spotlight at these backyard parties is the main dishes. Cookout main dishes are the crowning glory of any outdoor gathering, boasting an array of mouthwatering options that has something for everyone. From juicy burgers and tender ribs to succulent steaks and flavorful grilled chicken, these easy dishes transform an ordinary cookout a simply extraordinary experience. The main dishes at a cookout are more than just food; they bring out the spirit of summer, ushering people together to celebrate good company and great food.

Crisp Salads

Tossed with an assortment of colorful, vibrant vegetables, crunchy toppings, and drizzled with tantalizing dressings, they elevate the cookout experience to new heights. Crispy green salads not only provide a healthy and nutritious option but also add a touch of elegance and freshness to any outdoor gathering.

Pasta Salads & Potato Salads

Whether served as a main course or a side dish, pasta salad offers a balance of heartiness and lightness, making it a welcomed addition to any cookout spread. So, as you prepare to celebrate and share good times with friends and family, let the goodness of pasta salad transform your gathering into a feast of flavors and textures.


Whether enjoyed at a picnic in the park, a backyard barbecue, or a leisurely gathering in the sunshine, summer desserts bring smiles, laughter, and a touch of sweet to every get-together, all season long.

strawberry caprese salad

Memorial Day Recipe: Strawberry Caprese Salad

5 from 25 ratings
This refreshing, tangy, and sweet salad is perfection for all the summer cookouts.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amy Dong


  • cup balsamic vinegar, good quality, thicker is better
  • 1 cup mozarella pearls, extra-mini size
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, seeded and halved
  • 1 cup strawberries, ripe, hulled, halved
  • 1 large avocado, semi-rip, diced and sprinkled with lime juice
  • ½ cup basil, freshly torn, leaves only
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: honey roasted almonds or other nuts, chopped or slivered


  • Balsamic Reduction: In a small saucepan, add the balsamic vinegar and bring to a boil. Boil and stir 3-4 minutes or just until liquid is reduced by about half; should be thick and syrup-like. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool to room temp.
  • Toss: When ready to serve, add all remaining ingredients to a large platter or bowl, folding very gently with rubber spatula. Add kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Drizzle with balsamic glaze, sprinkle with almonds if desired, and serve immediately.


  • Slice the avocado last, prior to serving, and sprinkle with lime juice in order to prevent browning.
  • Caprese salad is best when tossed and served immediately. Be sure all ingredients are chilled prior to slicing/combining.
  • Balsamic reduction can be made up to 24 hours in advance and kept covered at room temperature.
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


Serving: 1g | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: Amerian, American Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Method: Mixing, Tossing

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