Make these 10+ Memorial Day Weekend Recipes to Win Your Cookout

Posted: May 18, 2022 3:20 pm

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season and everything that comes with it: beach days, barbecues, visits to beach houses, camping and more. Welcome it with these suggestions of holiday recipes, perfect for a cookout or whatever else you and your loved ones are up to!

Some Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend Recipes

Recipe #1: Perfect 15-Minute Grilled Salmon

Tender and moist, this grilled salmon goes perfectly with a green salad and crusty bread. Some simple olive oil adds flavor to sliced salmon, but it is the House Seasoning, garlic powder, kosher salt, dried parsley, minced onion and basil, that brings things together. This recipe lets you experience the wonders of grilling with a healthier dish.

Recipe #2: Easy Creamy Potato Salad

Whole, waxy small potatoes make for the best potato salad. Once they are cooked, add vinegar, sour cream, mayonnaise, yellow mustard, red onion, celery, dill pickles, herbs, like parsley, dill and cilantro and salt and pepper. Toss everything together in a big bowl for serving.

Recipe #3: Pasta Salad

Perfect for barbecues and cookouts, tri-color swirled pasta, salad seasoning mix, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, red peppers, yellow bell peppers and olives come together in a savory side dish that is a classic for a reason. Served cold, it is a favorite at warm weather gatherings!

Recipe #4: Skillet Cornbread (From Scratch)

Fluffy and golden brown, Skillet Cornbread is easy to make. Just mix the batter, cook it and serve it. It is tender, delicious, only takes two bowls and is not too much of a strain on one’s budget, which is a must when serving large crowds. It is also adaptable—perhaps you can top it with honey butter or add in some corn or jalapenos into the mix.

Recipe #5: Surf and Turf Kebabs

Steak, lobster, shrimp, steak and veggies make these Surf and Turf Kebabs delicious to eat. Cut up veggies, such as tomatoes and zucchinis, to stick on the skewers as well! Spray each skewer with oil to keep them from sticking to the grill.

Recipe #6: Mini Hamburgers

These snack-size hamburgers feature fluffy buttery buns, savory hamburgers, pickles and cheese slices—all the characteristics of a popular appetizer for a holiday or a cookout! Top with ketchup, relish, mustard or Secret Sauce. Since these are a popular party dish, maybe make double the recipe?

Recipe #7: Grilled Cajun Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Sure, wings are finger food, but they are popular at cookouts and family gatherings among those young and old alike. Toss the chicken with a flavorful rub and grill the meat until it is tender. Add the Cajun Seasoning for an extra kick of flavor. Get plenty of napkins and dig in!

Recipe #8: Broccoli Slaw Recipe

Dried cranberries contrast the crisp flavor of broccoli and the creamy, tangy dressing. This side dish is the perfect addition to a main protein course as it is a bit lighter but still hearty! It can also be eaten on its own as a type of salad.

Recipe #9: Grilled Corn, Mexican Style

Topped with cheese and seasoning, and grilled so that perfect char marks show on every piece, this Mexican-style corn adds some flavor and savory tastes to any cookout or outdoor gathering.

Recipe #10: Homemade Sparking Lemonade

Lemons, simple syrup and soda water are all that you need to make this Sparking Lemonade, which has the potential to become one of your favorite seasonal drinks. Sip it on the patio, under the breeze from the AC or at every summer gathering. Servqe in a pitcher and with old fashioned straws.

Recipe #11: Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs

These simple and delectable ribs feature a topping of cumin, chili powder, paprika and barbecue sauce. Get the Wet Wipes, the baked beans and the corn handy—you have got a meal!

Recipe #12: The Best Grilled Hot Dogs

Ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and olive oil bring these grilled hot dogs to the next level. Serve plain, on buns or with all the toppings. These also work sliced and served on top of baked beans.

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