20 Favorite Memorial Day Recipes to savor on the holiday.

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In addition to recognizing the women and men who have given their lives in service to our country, to whom I am forever grateful, Memorial Day weekend is also the unofficial kick-off to summer, and everything that comes along with it. Sunglasses, wine spritzers, and suntan lotion – it is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year. This summer will be especially special as I’ll be turning 30 (eek) and having a baby (hooray!)

Anyway, Memorial Day is also one of the biggest grilling, BBQ, and picnic holidays of the season so I thought I’d dedicate a post to 20 of my favorite recipes that would be perfect to include in this weekend’s festivities. From pasta side dishes, to grilling mains, summery treats, and sweet sippers, I hope you find a recipe or two to make and enjoy this Memorial Day weekend!

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Side Dishes

Grilled Corn Orzo Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette: This fresh and tasty pasta side dish is smokey and tangy, with just a hint of sweet honey. Fabulous cold or at room temperature.

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Grilled Potato Packs: These are one of my most favorite things to throw on the grill. Crispy, creamy potato slices with no clean up!

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Judy’s Baked Beans: Still don’t know who Judy is, but her baked beans are the only ones I’ll eat. Sweet, smokey, savory – your house will smell Heavenly as these bake in the oven.

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Mediterranean Orzo Salad: Light and fresh, this pasta salad filled with bold Mediterranean flavors is also good cold or room temperature.

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Fruit Dip: The 80s are calling – they want their fruit dip back! It’s not hard to see why after just one taste. This creamy, silky, just-sweet-enough fruit dip was a favorite of mine growing up. You’ll absolutely devour it.

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Main Dishes

The Iowa Burger: Beef and bacon burger patties smothered in cheese, sweet corn, and smashed avocado. That’s all Iowa, baby!

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Grilled Chicken with Mom’s Barley Corn Salad: My Mom makes this barley-corn salad all the time in the summer. It’s all-summer, and goes really well with grilled chicken breasts.

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Clubhouse Turkey Burgers: With bacon, BBQ sauce, and cheddar cheese mixed right into the ground turkey, these burgers are packed with flavor.

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Grilled Flank Steak with Salsa Verde: Marinated grilled flank steak melts like butter in your mouth after a quick sear on a hot grill. Dip in bright and zippy salsa verde for an extra kick.

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Maple Grilled Salmon with Cauliflower Rice: For the seafood lovers out there! Try this quick grilled salmon with a perfectly sweet maple-orange glaze. The flavor in this dish is off the charts.

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Desserts

Dirt Cake: One of my all-time favorite desserts, Dirt Cake is a hit with both kids and adults. MMM MMM MMM!

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Strawberry Angel Food Cake Jars: A fun twist on a classic summer dessert. Take some help from the store and use bakery-made Angel Food Cake to make assembly of these sweet treats go even faster.

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Boozy Berry Cups: It’s hard to find anything wrong with fresh berries marinated in sweetened wine then served with cold vanilla bean ice cream. Elegant but SO. EASY.

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Chocolate Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Icing: This recipe comes from my Aunt who has never baked anything I wouldn’t absolutely inhale. Great to have around for an easy treat on Memorial Day weekend.

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No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites: Part jello, part pudding, and all awesome, No-Bake Strawberry Lemonade Bites are sweet and refreshing.

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Drinks

Skinny Cherry Berry Smash: A little rum, mint, and fresh berries + some elbow grease = a fun little cocktail that’s full of antioxidants.

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Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers: Quite possible THE most refreshing patio drink I can think of. Perfectly fizzy and sweet.

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Sparkling Peach Black Tea: Mix a batch of this sparkling, lightly sweetened tea to sip on all weekend long. It is so, so, so good.

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Strawberry Mojito: The only way to make my beloved Mojito better is to add fresh strawberry simple syrup. I go crazy for these babies!

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Sangria: An oldie, but absolute goodie. Make a double, nay, triple batch if you’re serving to friends!

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Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! :)