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45 Memorial Day Picnic and Party Recipes

Memorial Day has always been a holiday I look forward to and an important reminder that our freedom really isn’t free! As a military spouse, I’m especially grateful for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to make and keep our country safe. This particular Memorial Day is extra exciting because our baby girl is due to arrive right around that day, give or take whenever she wants to make her appearance ;). So I figure I’d go big or go home with this comprehensive recipe roundup! Whether you’re hosting or attending a picnic or backyard bash, you’ll find plenty of appetizers, pasta salads, sides, main dishes, drinks and desserts that are perfect for any Spring or Summer gathering!


7 Layer Mediterranean Dip from KISS in the Kitchen

Beef Caprese Skewers from The Nutrition Adventure
Easy No-Mayo Pimento Cream Cheese Dip from Homemade Nutrition
Chicken, Cheese and Veggie Pinwheels from Create Kid’s Club
Tortellini Skewers with Lemon Spinach Pesto from Kroll’s Korner
Garden Harvest Pesto Veggie Skewers from Emily Kyle Nutrition
Hemp Avocado Deviled Eggs from Emily Kyle Nutrition
Healthy Dill Pickle Dip from One Hungry Bunny
The Best Homemade Salsa from The Oregon Dietitian

Strawberry-Basil Crostini with Balsamic Reduction from Homemade Nutrition

Salads and Sides

Fruity Quinoa Salad from Nutrition to Fit

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Peppers & Olives from Toby Amidor Nutrition
Farmer’s Market Chopped Summer Salad from CitNutritionally
Pesto Pasta Salad from Your Choice Nutrition
Roasted Cherry Farro Salad from Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN
Seafood Pasta Salad from Food 4 Success
Peach Quinoa Salad from Foods with Judes
Fresh & Easy Quinoa Tabouleh from Spicy RD Nutrition
Confetti Carrot & Pea Salad from Whitney E. RD
Summer Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Mint from Jennifer Hunt, RDN

Mexican Street Corn Salad Coleslaw from Nourishing Plate

Main Dishes

Citrus Salmon and Beet Salad from Beautiful Eats & Things

Berry BBQ Salmon from KISS in the Kitchen
Pineapple Pork Kebabs from Your Choice Nutrition
Easy Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers from Bucket List Tummy
Mushroom Black Bean Veggie Burger from The Foodie Dietitian
Grilled Chicken and Peach Kebobs from The Joy Of Eating
Easy Bean Sliders on Sweet Potato Buns from Eat Real Live Well
Balsamic Chicken, Strawberry & Beet Kabobs from My Menu Pal
Healthy Classic American Cheeseburger from Stacey Mattinson, RDN
Instant Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Nourish Nutrition
Orange Margarita Ribs from KISS in the Kitchen

Chicken Pesto Kabobs from RDelicious Kitchen

Drinks and Desserts

How to Make Agua Frescas from Nutrition to Fit

Watermelon Strawberry Pomegranate Margarita from KISS in the Kitchen
Spicy Strawberry Rhubarb Margaritas from Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN
Sparkling Watermelon Mint Lemonade from Lively Table
Sweet Passion Tea Lemonade from Homemade Nutrition
Apple, Rhubarb and Berry Crisp from Liz’s Healthy Table
Flatout Fruit Pizza from Amy Gorin Nutrition
Patriotic Summer Fruit Salad from Lively Table
Red, White & Blue Angel Food Skewers from Stacey Mattinson, RDN

Gluten-Free Mini Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits from KISS in the Kitchen

Wishing y’all a safe and happy Memorial Day! 

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8 Responses

  1. What a fabulous round-up and thanks for sharing my tabbouleh salad! And, a very special thanks to Mr KISS in the Kitchen for his service to our country 🙂

  2. All of these recipes sound absolutely delicious! I am most definitely going to be making some of these. Such great picnic + party foods.

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