Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor brave men and women who have died in service of the United States. It’s a day of reflection, patriotism, and a celebration of the good work they have done for us as well. Many families and friends get together on this weekend to bond and remember the sacrifices made for us, so whether it’s a BBQ, pool party, or a picnic, make it all the more patriotic by serving festive dishes to honor this great country! It’s a great time to kick off the beginning of the summer break right, with patriotism and camaraderie.
Lemony Potato Salad – A traditional dish for Memorial Day is a light potato salad! It’s easy to make and can be stored in the fridge until the guests arrive. Fresh, zesty lemon and chives makes this dish perfect for any menu that you’ve got planned! It’s a twist on a classic that guests are sure to love.
Colorful Egg Salad – Another traditional dish, egg salad can go on the table right next to the potato salad! It’s a favorite, and this recipe is so exciting that it’ll be gone in no time at all. Fresh peppers, sweet onions, chopped radish, and dill pickles give this salad a fun kick – top this dish with extra pickles!
Juicy Watermelon Salad – Who said that a healthy salad needs to be boring? This crazy watermelon salad is a fun appetizer for your Memorial Day party! Topped with nuts and crumbled blue cheese, this dish will bring a bit of class to your menu that everyone will love! If you’re having a larger party, you can toss all of the ingredients into a bowl and keep the watermelon slices separate.
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers – The easiest way to cook meat for a lot of people is skewers! They are easy to prepare, easy to marinate, and best of all, they are easy to eat! You don’t even need a plate to munch on this delicious combination of chicken and veggies. The sweet teriyaki sauce is a great flavor to add into your menu. Be sure to make enough for everyone to have seconds!
Balsamic Steak Skewers – Want to keep your party classy, but without all of the hassle of cooking a large meal? These steak skewers are the answer. The only ingredients you need are steak, cherry tomatoes, barbecue sauce, dijon mustard, and balsamic vinegar. With bold flavors like these, you won’t need to marinate the meat beforehand if you’re in a rush! Just prep, grill, and serve!
Garlic Mushroom Kebabs – Looking for an easy side dish to toss on the grill along with your chicken and steak skewers? Just add your mushrooms along side the rest! These mini mushrooms are marinated in balsamic vinegar, oregano, basil, black pepper, and pressed garlic cloves! Savory and smooth, these mushrooms are a great side to any main course. If you don’t want to grill them, you can always sautee them in a shallow pan, instead!
Red, White & Blue Cupcakes – After all of that delicious food, it’s time for something sweet! This fun pop of color will bring a happy end to your party! The recipe uses food coloring to get the cake vibrant and patriotic, and the soft, fluffy cake mix will have everyone begging for more! Top with cute sugar stars to complete these festive cupcakes!
Mixed Berry Pie – Here’s an even better way to end your party! A homemade berry pie! This recipe yields 8 servings, so you might need to bake more than one if you’re hosting a larger party. The best part of this recipe is that it can easily be changed depending on what fresh berries you have! Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are all included in this recipe, but if you don’t have one, just substitute in more of another! Top with whipped cream and you’ve got a delicious dessert that everyone will want a bite of!
Throw a festive Memorial Day party this year, and host it outside if there weather is nice! There’s nothing more exciting than a delicious BBQ on a nice day!