30+ Best Memorial Day Food Ideas

From classic American favorites and vibrant salads to refreshing drinks and ultimate side dishes, these Memorial Day Food Ideas are guaranteed to impress your guests and make your celebration memorable.

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What better way to honor and celebrate Memorial Day than by gathering with loved ones for a memorable feast? 

Nothing screams Memorial Day more than firing up the grill and coming together with friends and family for a delicious outdoor meal.

Enjoy a day filled with good food and good company, whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or enjoying a relaxing picnic in the park with friends.

These Memorial Day Food Ideas will make the occasion truly memorable!

From classic American favorites like 🔥 grilled meats, veggies and hot dogs to crowd-pleasing side dishes such as 🌮 corn ribs, fresh and flavorful salads 🥗, and cool and refreshing drinks 🍹, this round-up of recipes has something for everyone.

And let’s not forget about desserts to end the weekend on a sweet note.

1. Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers by A Farmgirl’s Dabbles Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Shrimp marinated in a mixture of tequila, lime juice, garlic, and seasonings. Perfect for summer grilling!

Tex Mex Hot Dogs Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by Homemade Home

A Classic American favorite with a bold fusion of flavors!

3. Simple Potato Salad by My Active Kitchen Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by My Active Kitchen

A classic, hearty, and satisfying side dish. Easily scalable, and easily customizable! 

4. Heinz Copycat Baked Beans by Recipe by Tin Eats Memorial Day Food Ideas
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 by Recipe by Tin Eats

A copycat homemade version of the classic Heinz baked beans. Perfect for barbecues, picnics, or as an accompaniment to grilled meats!

5. Fresh Watermelon Mojito by Aberdeen’s Kitchen
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by Aberdeen’s Kitchen

A light, fruity, and incredibly refreshing cocktail. Perfect for hot summer days! 🍹

6. Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Strawberries and Feta by Crowded Kitchen
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by Crowded Kitchen

A refreshing and vibrant dish – crispiness, tartness, juiciness, and creaminess! 🍉

7. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars by The Sea Side Baker
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by The Sea Side Baker

A nostalgic and delicious sweet treat, perfect for summertime!

8. Triple Layer Guacamole Creamy Party Dip
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by Soup Addict

Creamy, crunchy & fresh – All your favorite dips in one!

9. Boozy Grapes by Lena Abraham (Delish)
Photo by Lena Abraham (Delish)

by Lena Abraham (Delish)

Creamy, crunchy & fresh – All your favorite dips in one!

10. Buttermilk Cornbread by Damn Delicious
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by Damn Delicious

Super moist and slightly sweet. Loved by everyone!

11. Sautéed Garlic Asparagus by The Life Jolie
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by The Life Jolie

A deliciously addictive side dish, in just under 30 minutes!

12. Arugula Salad with Berries by Natasha’s Kitchen
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by Natasha’s Kitchen

Loaded with all the good stuff. Perfect for spring and summertime.

13. Jerk Chicken Tacos by The Modern Proper
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by The Modern Proper

With homemade jerk seasoning and simple grilled chicken. Super quick and easy to make!

14. Parmesan Zucchini Fries by Rasa Malaysia
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by Rasa Malaysia

There is no going back once you try these panko-crusted oven-baked fries!

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by Recipes by Tin Eats

A wonderful fresh corn salad in the form of Esquites, a street snack sold in cups on the streets of Mexico, made with butter-sautéed corn and creamy lime dressing

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by Cookerru

Crispy shrimp patties and melted cheese wrapped around buttery brioche buns, made in just 20 minutes!

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by Down Shiftology

Perfectly charred, insanely juicy, and glistening with BBQ sauce, a foolproof recipe!

18. Zesty Balsamic Grilled Vegetables by Modern Farm House Eats
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by Modern Farm House Eats

Crisp-tender grilled vegetables with a homemade zesty balsamic vinaigrette, are flavorful, healthy, and super easy to make!

19. Mexican Shrimp Cocktail by From a Chef’s Kitchen
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by From a Chef’s Kitchen

Crunchy vegetables and shrimp in a spicy, tangy tomato cocktail sauce, what’s not to love?

20. BBQ Chicken Pizza by Damn Delicious
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by Damn Delicious

Made with leftover rotisserie chicken, speediest, tastiest pizza ever!

21. Strawberry Lemonade by Yummy Mummy Kitchen
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by Yummy Mummy Kitchen

A pretty pink lemonade with simple ingredients!

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22. Lobster Rolls by Foodie Crush
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by Foodie Crush

Savory, creamy, and absolutely delicious!

23. Grilled BBQ Ribs by The Wooden Skillet
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by The Wooden Skillet

This will be your new go-to recipe for perfectly grilled ribs!

24. Deviled Eggs by The Defined Dish
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by The Defined Dish

Perfect for any gathering as everyone loves them!

25. Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad by Lemons and Zest Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by Lemons and Zest

Minimal ingredients yet bursting with so much flavor, it will definitely steal the show!

26. No Bake Berry Lasagna by OMG Chocolated Desserts Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by OMG Chocolated Desserts

Red, white, and blue. Perfect dessert for Memorial Day!

27. Kid Friendly Patriotic Punch by Mom Endeavors Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by Mom Endeavors

Made with three kid-friendly drinks, perfect for hot summer days!

29. Nutella Fruit Dip by Lil Luna Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by Lil Luna

Creamy, whipped, and heavenly delight!

30. BLT Panzanella by Pinch of Yum Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by Pinch of Yum

The best salad of summer. Superrrr YUM!

31. Grilled Watermelon by Two Peas and Their Pods Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by Two Peas and Their Pods

Juicy, sweet, and smoky watermelon drizzled with honey. Extremely easy to prepare!

32. Mixed Berry Crisp by Feel Good Foodies Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by Feel Good Foodies

Buttery crumble and absolute berry bliss. This easy dessert screams summer!

33. Salt and Pepper Pork Chops by Omnivore’s Cookbook Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by Omnivore’s Cookbook

Crispy and juicy restaurant-style pork chops!

34. Corn Ribs by Sprinkles and Sprouts Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by Sprinkles and Sprouts

Amp up your appetizer game by giving this recipe a try!

35. Huli Huli Chicken by The Girl Inspired Memorial Day Food Ideas
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by The Girl Inspired

Sweet and tangy – Full of amazing flavor!

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