Delicious Memorial Day Side Dishes
As we get further and further through Spring, we come closer to the unofficial start of Summer in the US; Memorial Day! There is no better way to celebrate the sacrifices of so many men and women for our country than to spend this day with those friends and family we love. My favorite way to spend this time together is to host a backyard barbecue! The kids love to get together and play, the adults enjoy catching up and discussing upcoming vacations and the food is always to die for! These Memorial Day side dishes will give you some great inspiration!
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1. Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad
What could possibly be better than cucumbers, avocados, and tomatoes, all in one dish!? This is one of the healthiest and easiest bbq side dishes you can make! We love that it fits most any diet and can easily be customized to fit your tastes! Get this light and refreshing recipe from Tastes Better From Scratch!
2. Italian Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is a staple when it comes to bbq side dishes for a crowd. Pasta is incredibly affordable and you can add anything you can think of to make pasta salad exactly the way your family loves it. This delicious and simple recipe can be found at Tastes Better From Scratch.
3. Classic American Macaroni Salad
You can’t talk about classic barbecue dishes without classic American macaroni salad! If you haven’t made a version of this macaroni salad for your loved ones, you will want to this year! We include this delicious dish at most every gathering that involves food. It’s easy to make, easy to customize, and a definite crowd pleaser! Grab this simple to follow recipe from Strength and Sunshine!
4. Grilled Barbecue Beans
It is not Memorial Day without everyone’s favorite Baked (or in this case grilled) Beans! This recipe is one of the best Memorial Day side dishes to make year after year, regardless of what else you change up! Try out this recipe at Pocket Change Gourmet
5. Old Fashion Potato Salad
Ahhh the sweet, tangy flavor of a nice homemade bowl of potato salad! We are pretty sure that as far as southern bbq sides go, this one tops the list every time. Who doesn’t love potatoes in EVERY form? Find the super easy to follow recipe on Courtney’s Sweets.
6. Quinoa Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is a classic favorite for any get together but this puts a whole new spin on it! This is one of the Memorial day side dishes you will have guests wanting you to make again and again! It’s light, refreshing, and incredibly easy to prepare! Find the recipe at It’s Yummi!
7. American Flag Rice Krispie Treats
These adorable rice krispie treats get us in the mood for summer and all things patriotic! Memorial day dishes certainly aren’t complete without festive and delicious desserts on the list! There is just something about being patriotic that makes a dessert taste extraordinary! These were found on A Cultivated Nest
8. Firecracker Cupcakes
While these might seem like the perfect Fourth of July treat, we love them for Memorial day as well! Not only will these look absolutely adorable on your dessert table, they also happen to be filled with an adorable surprise! Check out the recipe at It’s Yummi.
9. Patriotic Pudding Pops
Remember those bomb pops we all knew and loved as kids? Especially when we got lucky enough to get them from that highly coveted ice cream truck! Well, these are an entirely new take and a much more delicious way to enjoy a refreshingly cold dose of red, white and blue this season! Get started on dessert with Coupons and Freebies Mom.
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7. Berry Punch
As delicious as this is on it’s own, feel free to shake things up a bit by adding some moscato or other white wine! The original (non-alcoholic) recipe is right here at Pocket Change Gourmet.
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There you have it! Some delicious side dishes, desserts, and even a beverage to get you started on planning that huge backyard bbq this Memorial Day weekend! Have fun, eat until you’re going to burst, enjoy good conversation and laughter, and spend time with family and friends!
Do you have any favorite holiday side dishes you always make? Leave a comment so we can feature your ideas in future posts!