Memorial Day Side Dish Ideas

Grilled Asparagus in Dill Butter
We've rounded up our best Memorial Day side dish recipes for your outdoor grill-out. 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.

Tiny Tomato Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

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, fennal and parsley and top with a delicious Champagne vinaigrette for a quick and easy side dish. 

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

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

Grilled Honey-Orange Chicken Salad

Serve a few healthy options at your Memorial Day gathering. Top a bed of your favorite greens with grilled chicken (marinated in orange zest), sweet peppers and orange slices—perfect for summer!

Corn Cups

These corn cups are too cute! Instead of serving traditional corn on the cob, give each barbecue guest their own cup to season how they like—we love it with Mexican crema, queso fresco and butter. 

Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

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

Red Potato Salad with Bacon

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

Grilled Bread and Veggie Kabobs

If you're creating a Memorial Day barbecue 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. 

Roasted Cherry Tomato Pizza Poppers

Individual finger foods are great for large gatherings, so these delicious poppers are the perfect addition to any Memorial Day menu. 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. 

Saucepan Baked Beans

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


Grilled Corn Salsa

This grilled corn salsa is the perfect Memorial Day side dish for any style of gathering. Serve this grilled salsa with tortilla chips, with fresh vegetables, or as a topping on grilled meat. 

Corn on the cob

Corn on the cob is one of our favorite summer party foods. 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.


Grilled Potato Slices

We're all about easy foods for Memorial Day so you can spend time with family and friends 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. 

Cilantro Cucumber-Melon Salad

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. 

Grilled Asparagus in Dill Butter

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

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