Updated: Jun 8, 2021
Here are the Best Chefling recommended recipes for Memorial Day Cookout. From burgers and side salads to lemonades and desserts, there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday weekend than with these summery recipes.
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1) Drinks and Lemonades
Watermelon Daiquiri with Basil: This Watermelon Daiquiri is a lightly sweet and refreshing summer drink! Adding basil gives it a unique twist. Get this recipe!
Spiked Red, White & Blue Jello Shots: Striped red, white, and blue Memorial Day jello shot recipe is perfect for a summer gathering and celebration! Get this recipe!
Strawberry Lemonade: This homemade strawberry lemonade is a simple yet refreshing combination of fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar. The ultimate summertime drink! Get this recipe!
Blueberry Lemonade: This super tasty and easy-to-make Blueberry Lemonade is a pretty pink color and the whole family will love it! Get this recipe!
Lavender Lemonade: It’s only three little ingredients—water, lemon juice, and sugar—and is perhaps the most iconic thirst quencher on a summer afternoon. I beg you, leave the powdered stuff behind and use real fruit. You deserve it, and the taste improvement is exceptional. Get this recipe!
2) Small Bites and Appetizers
Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels: Great as afternoon snacks, lunch, dinner, appetizer, and even for potlucks. These pinwheels are party favorites made with delicious shredded chicken, cream cheese mixture, spinach, bacon, and more. They’re fantastic both hot or cold! Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels: Easy to make and deliciously flavorful! Shrimp is seasoned with Mexican spices then pan-seared in just minutes. Then it’s layered in warmed corn tortillas and topped with a colorful variety of delicious toppings and a rich cilantro-lime crema. Get this recipe!
Cheesy Spinach Pinwheels: Golden, flaky puff pastry wrapped around melted cheeses and hearty, garlicky spinach, shaped into cute little spirals! Get this recipe!
Mango Salsa: This mango salsa is full of fresh veggies and sweet fruit! Perfect for a potluck or barbecue. Get this recipe!
Jalapeño Quinoa Corn Dip: This Jalapeño Quinoa Corn Dip is super delicious and easy to make! Makes for a perfect healthy lunch or snack that is loaded with flavor. Get this recipe!
Avocado Pesto Pinwheels: These Avocado Pesto Pinwheels with cream cheese, spinach, and onion are a quick and healthy appetizer for your next get-together. Get this recipe!
Healthy Macaroni Salad: The BEST healthy macaroni salad ever! Loaded with veggies and creamy, cheesy flavor, the best side dish for any cookout. Get this recipe!
Baked Potato Salad: This easy Baked Potato Salad is a guaranteed pot-luck FAVORITE! It’s a fun change from a regular potato salad, and instead includes the toppings and flavors you love from a loaded baked potato, including bacon, onions, sour cream, and cheese.
Rainbow Veggie Salad: Loaded with more so much nutritious stuff, this Rainbow Veggie Salad is as good for you and as pleasing to the taste buds as it is colorful! Get this recipe!
Classic Coleslaw: This Classic Coleslaw is a side dish staple in our house. It’s the perfect complement to any summer barbecue or grilled meat dish. Crispy cabbage coated in the yummiest, tangy, and creamy dressing—the perfect balance of texture and flavor! Get this recipe!
Creamy Pea Salad: Creamy Pea Salad is truly tasty and so easy to make. A no-fuss, low-carb side dish that is perfect for those busy midweek meals. Suitable for low carb, keto, and gluten-free diets. Get this recipe!
Beef Kabobs are an easy summer meal that is so fun to eat! Made with a flavorful marinade and loaded with tender steak, peppers, and onions, they’re great for summer entertaining! Get this recipe!
Vegetable Kabobs: These grilled vegetable kabobs with red onion, bell peppers, zucchini, and corn are perfect for your next BBQ! They’re grilled to perfection and drizzled with an easy olive oil and garlic marinade with freshly chopped herbs. Just perfect for summer! Get this recipe!
Grilled Chicken Kabobs: Grilling season is upon us, and I’m taking full advantage of easy, breezy Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Kabobs. Get this recipe!
Tandoori Chicken Kabobs: Hands down the best grilled tandoori chicken skewers you will ever throw on the grill this summer. The secret is in the super flavorful long marinade and homemade tzatziki sauce. Get this recipe!
Jerk Shrimp Kabobs: These jerk shrimp kabobs are skewers of shrimp, pineapple, and peppers, all coated in homemade Jamaican jerk seasoning, then grilled to perfection. A quick dinner option that’s full of flavor. Get this recipe!
Strawberry Cheesecake: This Strawberry Cheesecake features a creamy cheesecake on a graham cracker crust topped with fresh strawberry sauce. Get this recipe!
American Apple Pie: Discover the authentic American Apple Pie, packed with fall flavors. It features a sweet apple filling and a flaky butter crust with a shimmering lattice pie crust. This classic apple pie recipe is a keeper! Get this recipe!
Magical Chocolate Pie: This unapologetically rich chocolate pie is a chess pie and fudge brownie hybrid. It rises like chocolate soufflé in the oven, then falls as it cools which creates a crackly meringue-like top. You’ll love this pie in homemade buttery pie crust and served with fresh whipped cream on top. Get this recipe!
Cranberry Pie: This simple cranberry pie recipe will make an excellent addition to your celebration! This recipe calls for fresh cranberries but frozen can also be used. Get this recipe!
Pecan Pie: The purely irresistible, rich, and decadent Pecan Pie! It starts with a delicious flaky crust and is filled with the most irresistible pecan filling. Get this recipe!
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