Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer vacation for the young’uns, but most importantly, the beginning of the refreshing outdoor dining season.

Whether you go on a weekend road trip or have a relaxed staycation, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our favorite picnic and barbeque recipes for you to try this Memorial Day weekend.

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Lemonade is the ultimate summer beverage, and this recipe for Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade is classy and tasty! Don't forget to double the recipe - you won't regret it!

If you're on a health kick - try fruit infused water. SHEuncovered has six recipes that will definitely satiate your thirst.

Maybe you want something a bit Well, we've got you covered. For a breezy soiree, this Mimosa Pitcher Cocktail is perfect.

Or try this easy to make recipe for Peach Wine Slushies.


Obviously you'll need some snacks to pair with those drinks! You no longer need to worry about double dipping because The Girl Who Ate Everything came up with these awesome individual Seven-Layer dips. Guacamole, salsa, sour cream, black beans, and a sprinkle of cheese on top. I'm sorry, did I drool?

We love caprese salad and we love pasta, so here's a combination of the two. Make a huge batch for a potluck, and it'll definitely be a guaranteed hit!

You can't forget the potato salad! The secret to Guy Fieri's recipe for Smokin' Potato Salad is to grill the potatoes. Trust us, it's worth the extra effort. 

Last but not least - these juicy, beautiful, Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders from The Pioneer Woman are packed full of flavor.


Bon Appetit claims that this is THE Best-Ever Barbecue Rib recipe. It takes time - up to three and a half hours, but the reviews hold true. The meat will be oh so tender and fall right off the bone.

While these shrimp are prepared on a skillet rather than a grill, Mr. Jim's Louisiana Barbeque Shrimp is the ultimate Southern shrimp recipe.  

And for the picnics, this mess-free Muffuletta Shooter's-Style Sandwich with mortadella, soppressata, capiola, and provolone will be an instant crowd pleaser. 


Memorial Day isn't just a three day weekend - it's to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives serving our country. For a patriotic dish, try baking this Stars and Stripes Pie. It's hard to go wrong with both blueberry and cherry filling!

Okay. Strawberries. Yes. Jello.  Yes. And Pretzels?! You'd be surprised how tasty it is! Natasha's Kitchen calls it a Strawberry Pretzel "Salad" (though feel free to try different flavors or use different berries and fruit!)

And for the die-hard fruit fans, we've got a twist on the traditional cut fruit platter. Dessert Rice Paper Rolls, anyone? This dish with an Asian flair can be dipped in spicy mango sauce or peanut butter.

What's outdoor eating without s'mores? These Nutella and banana s'mores sandwiched between a warm cookie look heavenly.


How do you plan on spending your Memorial Day weekend? Will you be trying out any of these recipes? Let us know in the comments. 

Why not treat yourself to new draperies this weekend?