Though it technically does not begin until the end of June, everyone knows that Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Whether you’re enjoying the inaugural weekend of warm weather and sun with a cookout on the beach, picnic in the park or a simple spread on your two by four balcony, the days ahead of you probably entail celebration in some form.
If you don’t have a sprawling beach house to retreat to [and let's be honest, most of us don't] all you need is a little bit of green space and some delicious food to enjoy under the sun with your friends, family or special someone. If you’re in charge of planning your Memorial Day menu, all you need is this delicious guide to help you usher in the summer season in a tasty way.
Photo Credit: David Leite
From the Grill: The next best thing to dining alfresco? Cooking alfresco. If you’re a carnivore, you’ll undoubtedly crave a burger – or one of its distant cousins – on the holiday weekend. With the smell of charcoal permeating the air no matter where you are, it will be hard to say no to second helpings.
Feta-Stuffed Turkey Burgers from In Good Taste
Pomegranate Lamb Kebabs from No Recipes
Bacon Chicken Wings from Leite’s Culinaria
Ginger Soy Marinated Flank Steak from In Jennie’s Kitchen
Salads and Side Dishes: From the lighter and refreshing to the more indulgent – can you say bacon and potatoes? – no Memorial Day menu is complete without a selection of side salads.
Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad from In Good Taste
Bacon Potato Salad from In Good Taste
Mediterranean Salad with Hummus Dressing from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Summer Panzanella from In Good Taste
Nut-Crusted Baked Chevre Salad with Summer Berries by The Pink Apron
Sauces and Toppings: Easy and time-efficient, a sauce, salsa or topping can take your Memorial Day meal to the next level. Add a little something extra to your barbecue mainstays, like onions on your favorite burger or a barbecue sauce with a special New England touch.
Picked Onions from Mango Tomato
Perfect Party Salsa from In Good Taste
Homemade Barbecue Sauce from The Perfect Pantry
Guinness Mustard from Kiss My Spatula
Mango Salsa from Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Beverages and Cocktails: When you’re sweating it out on the beach, there is nothing better than a cool cocktail to take the edge off of the summer heat. If you’re planning to entertain in your backyard, whip up a pitcher of something and your guests might never leave.
Tequila Thyme Lemonade from We Are Not Martha
Strawberry Mojitos from In Good Taste
Cucumber Lime Margaritas by Three Many Cooks
White Strawberry Sangria from In Good Taste