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9 of Our Best Summer Recipes To Make Memorial Day Memorable

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, and oh what a glorious time it is! Flowers are in bloom, the trees are green, and the kids are being loud outside instead of being loud inside. What a win!

(Speaking of, however, it’s not too late to plan your end of the school year party.)

Did you know it’s also the second biggest day for barbecuing after Independence Day, with Labor Day following close behind?!

Memorial Day deserves the best summer recipes to wow your guests and please their palates, while also honoring one of our most meaningful holidays.

If you’re like me, you devote yourself to grilling all three days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Memorial Day picnic is not a one day affair!

You got the meat covered, but what about side dishes and desserts?! You need a menu and a plan. Here’s where we can help.

Here are a few of our favorite summer recipes! They’re guaranteed crowd pleasers that will kick your summer started off right!

As you celebrate, join us in taking a moment to honor our fallen heroes and to remember why we are gathering. It makes the celebration even sweeter.

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Oatmeal Cookie Blueberry Peach Cobbler Recipe
My favorite berry mixed with my favorite stone fruit?! Yes please! If you can stir things in a bowl, then you can make this recipe. It requires a lot of stirring, so maybe do a few arm stretches beforehand. Or get an immersion blender with a whisk attachment to save yourself from wearing out and getting noodle arm. In all seriousness though, this epic cobbler recipe is about to be a new summer favorite. Don’t forget the scoop of ice cream on top!
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Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad Recipe
You won’t believe how incredibly easy this roasted corn and tomato salad is to throw together. It’s full of fresh veggies and a ridiculously simple vinaigrette. You can save time by using canned or frozen corn. I prefer fresh, but that’s not always a possibility. No need to stress! This is one of those great summer recipes that steals the show whether at a Memorial Day picnic or on any given weeknight served on the back patio along with your favorite burgers.
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British Baked Beans Recipe
Everyone knows how much the Brits love their baked beans. The difference between their beans and ours is the sauce. British baked beans tend to be more savory than sweet. In addition to the sauce being different, they’re usually meatless as well. I’m a carnivore, so I still add bacon to mine, but this recipe is completely vegetarian so it’s a great way to be able to serve delicious, savory baked beans to all of your guests! Baked beans go perfectly with all of your favorite summer recipes, pairing especially well with anything from the grill.
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Miso Glazed Burger Recipe
Who doesn’t love a good burger?! It’s one of my all-time favorite things to eat. This is a delicious take on a classic with an Asian inspired twist. It’s crunchy, sweet, tangy, and a little spicy. The miso glaze paired with the Asian cucumber pickles is an out of this world combination. Good luck getting those pickles on the sandwich without eating them all first!
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Strawberry Pimm’s Slush Recipe
It is my humble opinion that every barbecue should have some sort of slush drink on hand. It’s cold and refreshing and embodies everything about summer. This strawberry Pimm’s slush recipe tastes like actual summer! It takes just a few ingredients, a blender, and a few minutes to toss together and you’ll be slurping slushies ‘til sundown!
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Cilantro Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe
This is one of those salads that makes me forget about grilling meat. It’s so refreshing and delicious. The queso fresco crumbles cut through the acid of the tomatoes to really round out the flavors in a bright, savory way. My favorite part is how easy it is to make this salad. Ok, that’s my second favorite thing, because eating copious amounts of this delicious summer salad is absolutely #1. Special enough for a Memorial Day picnic, but simple enough for a weeknight, this salad is about to become one of your tried and true summer recipes.
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Peaches and Cream Pie Recipe
I have mentioned before my affinity for peaches and this dessert is no exception. I could eat this everyday for the rest of my life and be very happy. It’s just so good. I don’t even know what else to say except that you need this in your life immediately. Don’t wait. Go make it now! Summer is waiting and this quintessential southern dessert is calling your name.
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Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
Is it a taco? A pasta? A salad? The answer is yes. It’s all those glorious things in one big bowl of happiness. Pasta salad is one of my favorite summer dishes, and this one is no slouch. The rich, creamy dressing is so good that you’ll want to make extra and put it on everything. Don’t forget a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce! Because everything is a little bit better with hot sauce.
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Aperol Spritz Recipe
I saved my favorite for last. For the past couple of years, I’ve designated one cocktail for the summer. First it was a Moscow Mule, then a gin and cucumber drink, then a negroni, and now this. Don’t let the color fool you. While it does have some sweetness, it is bitter and tangy as well. The prosecco and soda give it a balanced refreshing taste. It tastes like summer in a glass and it’s perfect for kicking off the season!
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