25 Easy Memorial Day Side Dish Ideas

Fresh Corn Salad with Stone Fruit and Herbs
Photo: Carson Downing

We've rounded up our best Memorial Day side dish recipes for your outdoor meal. We like the idea of spending more time outside instead of in the kitchen, so these quick or grilled recipes are perfect for your Memorial Day menu.

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Heirloom Tomato and Green Bean Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Green Bean Salad
Paul Costello

This summer side dish is filled with in-season ingredients like heirloom tomatoes, herbs, and green beans. Ready in just 30 minutes, this hearty salad packs a flavor punch thanks to mint, capers, and fresh lemon juice. Toss in sliced jicama to add plenty of crunch.

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Grilled Corn with Pimiento-Cheese Butter

Grilled Corn with Pimiento-Cheese Butter
Annie Schlechter

It wouldn't be summer without sweet corn. Grill fresh corn on the cob and slather it with a zesty cheddar cheese butter. Serve up the grilled corn on a large platter and let each family member add their own topping.

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Tiny Tomato Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Tiny Tomato Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
Andy Lyons

This tomato salad is one of our favorite Memorial Day barbecue recipes because it's so easy—and so yummy! Toss assorted tiny tomatoes with arugula, fennel, and parsley and top with a delicious Champagne vinaigrette for a quick and easy side dish.

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Fresh Corn Salad with Stone Fruit and Herbs

Fresh Corn Salad with Stone Fruit and Herbs
Carson Downing

This bright summer salad recipe combines fresh corn with juicy stone fruits (like peaches or nectarines) for a side dish that's packed with flavor. Serve it over toasted flatbread for an extra crunch. You can make the salad ahead of time and plate it on top of the flatbreads just before the celebration begins.

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Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread
Jason Donnelly

This cheesy spread makes a delicious Memorial Day appetizer. Serve it on a board with toasted bread, or set it out with sliced veggies. Yum!

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Zucchini, Summer Squash and Chicken Salad

Zucchini, Summer Squash and Chicken Salad
Carson Downing

This fresh summer side dish recipe mixes corn, tomatoes, summer squash, and zucchini for a colorful mix of in-season flavors. Because it's made with citrus-infused chicken, you could also serve this as a main dish.

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Grilled Potato Slices

Grilled Potato Slices
Jason Donnelly

We're all about easy foods for Memorial Day so you can spend time with family instead of in the kitchen. Grilled potato slices are a great option if you're already using the grill, saving you time and effort. Slice russet potatoes, red-skin potatoes, and sweet potatoes, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then cook on an uncovered grill until tender.

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Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad
Kritsada Panichgul

Pasta salad is a must for summer. Combine pasta, chicken, and all your favorite veggies for a bright and healthy salad that makes the perfect Memorial Day side dish!

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Smoky Grilled Corn, Poblano, and Cheese Dip

Smoky Grilled Corn, Poblano, and Cheese Dip
Carson Downing

We love a good party dip, and this smoky grilled corn and cheese dip is perfect for your Memorial Day menu. With charred poblanos and pickled jalapeños, it's a spicy spin on the classic pimento cheese dip. Serve it with chips, crackers, or fresh veggies.

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Corn Cups

Corn Cups (Esquites)
Jason Donnelly

Add a little something unexpected to your Memorial Day menu. Instead of serving traditional corn on the cob, give each family member their own cup to season how they like—we love it with Mexican crema, queso fresco, and butter.

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Grilled Honey-Orange Chicken Salad

Grilled Honey-Orange Chicken Salad
Blaine Moats

Top a bed of your favorite greens with grilled chicken (marinated in orange zest), sweet peppers, and orange slices—perfect for summer!

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Red Potato Salad with Bacon

Red Potato Salad with Bacon on white plate
Blaine Moats

Potato salad is a summer barbeque classic, and our red potato salad with bacon is the perfect recipe for Memorial Day. Combine potatoes, celery, and onions with a few sauces and seasonings to make a delicious and tangy potato salad, then top with bacon crumbles. What's not to love?

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Pizza Poppers

Grilled Pizza Poppers
Andy Lyons

These bite-size poppers are made with pizza crust, cheese, and a topping of cherry tomatoes and basil. Bake them in the oven or make them outside on the grill.

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Buttermilk Herb Slaw

Buttermilk Herb Slaw picnic table white bowl
   . Annie Schlechter

Classic cabbage coleslaw is a crowd favorite and this twist on the favorite is no exception. We've added new flavors like banana peppers, pickled okra, and fresh chives to this modern summer side dish. Serve it on its own or try it piled on grilled burgers or hot dogs.

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Grilled Bread and Veggie Kabobs

Grilled Bread and Veggie Kabobs
Jason Donnelly

If you're creating a Memorial Day BBQ menu, these bread and veggie kabobs are a must. They're easy to make ahead and throw on when you fire up the grill, plus they taste delicious. Turn them into a main dish by adding small pieces of chicken or beef in between veggies.

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Saucepan Baked Beans

Saucepan Baked Beans
Jason Donnelly

Baked beans are always a favorite—and these saucepan beans are no exception! Our easy recipe is faster than making traditional baked beans, without sacrificing any of the flavors. Finish this pork and bean dish with crispy crumbled bacon. Yum!

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Grilled Corn & Halloumi Salad

Grilled Corn & Halloumi Salad
Andy Lyons

This grilled corn salad is the perfect Memorial Day side dish. Halloumi cheese is a firm, brined Greek cheese that won't lose its shape when grilled. Can't find it? Try substituting feta.

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Corn on the Cob

Boiled-in-the-Husk Corn on the Cob
Andy Lyons

If you're looking to serve something other than plain old corn on the cob, look no further! We've rounded up ten of our favorite toppings for corn. From flavorful spices to infused butters, these delicious toppings will take your corn on the cob to the next level.

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Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

Italian Pesto Pasta Salad
Andy Lyons

Throw together all of the ingredients into one bowl for this bright pasta salad. Secretly protein packed, the cannellini beans are a tasty hidden addition. Customize it by adding ingredients like cherry tomatoes or bacon.

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Cheesy Southwestern Potato Casserole

Cheesy Southwestern Potato Casserole
Andy Lyons Cameraworks LTD

Frozen hash browns steal the show with this cheesy basked casserole. Top with tortilla chips, diced tomatoes, and cilantro, and add as much spice as you like by sprinkling sliced jalapeños or drizzling hot sauce over it.

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Cilantro Cucumber-Melon Salad

Cilantro Cucumber-Melon Salad
Jacob Fox

This summer salad is one of our favorites because it's so easy—and so tasty! Arugula, cucumber, melon, and cilantro pair perfectly with an easy lime dressing and a sprinkle of feta cheese.

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Grilled Asparagus in Dill Butter

Grilled Asparagus in Dill Butter
Andy Lyons

Memorial Day is the perfect time to work asparagus into your summer menu because it's still in season. Add fresh asparagus to the grill and top with melted butter and fresh dill—and don't forget a sprinkle of fresh cheese!

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Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad

Bean Corn and Tomato Salad
Carson Downing

Toss together this fresh veggie salad in just 20 minutes! Heading out for a family picnic? Package up the dressing separately and add it just before serving. Finish this easy side dish with fresh mint and basil.

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Herbed Potato Salad

Herbed Potato Salad
Andy Lyons

Customize this creamy potato salad with any assortment of fresh herbs you like. We used fresh parsley, tarragon, and green onions in ours. A dash of vinegar helps thin the dressing and adds a flavor punch to this quick summer side dish.

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Loaded Creamed Corn with Tomato and Bacon

Loaded Creamed Corn with Tomato and Bacon
Andy Lyons

This recipe takes creamed corn to an entirely new level. Packed with tomatoes, bacon, onion, and cheese, this a tasty side dish recipe will bring a scoop of comfort food to your Memorial Day grill-out. Finish by sprinkling fresh parsley on top.

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