25 Memorial Day Picnic Recipes
These top-rated recipes and prep tips will help make your Memorial Day meal a complete success, even if you're just picnicking in your own backyard.
You can make a colorful and simple-to-serve Caprese Appetizer ahead of time and store it in a baking dish so it stays coated in olive oil to keep the basil green.
Super Easy Hummus
Salsa Fresca (Pico de Gallo)
Classic Savory Deviled Eggs
Triple Dipped Fried Chicken
If you love fried chicken with a kick of spice, then you can't go wrong with this crispy, crunchy picnic favorite. Served hot or cold, you might want to make a double batch. Tip: When packing this crispy chicken for a picnic, make sure to cool it completely (so the skin doesn't get soggy) before wrapping in paper bags, to catch any extra oil.
BBQ Pork for Sandwiches
Try this delicious, saucy pork piled high on buns. "My husband said it was the best barbecue pulled pork he'd ever had," CookingMama says.
Real N'awlins Muffuletta
A giant slice-and-serve muffuletta sandwich would be perfect for a picnic, too. Wrap it in deli paper or wax paper to transport it.
California Club Chicken Wraps
Spicy Grilled Shrimp
It's an unwritten law that we should celebrate the unofficial first day of summer by firing up the grill. You can't have a Memorial Day barbecue without a little fire and smoke.
Chicago-Style Hot Dog
Tex-Mex Burger with Cajun Mayo
The grill isn't just for meaty mains. It enhances the flavor of plants, too. Case in point: corn on the cob.
Quick Savory Grilled Peaches
Here's another side to add to the grill. "Truly amazing. The salty herb taste complements the sweet juicy peaches so well," Jennifer Baker says.
Antipasto Pasta Salad
Every Memorial Day cookout menu needs a round-up of classic sides. The Antipasto Pasta Salad "serves a crowd and is great for picnics," Dayna says.
Sweet Restaurant Slaw
Boston Baked Beans
Authentic German Potato Salad
Steamed potatoes are tossed in a sweet-tart dressing of sugar and vinegar, and mixed with a generous helping of bacon. Tip: For extra flavor, double the dressing ingredients and save half to toss with the salad right before serving.
No-Bake Cheesecake Flag Cake
This easy Memorial Day dessert won't heat up your kitchen when you make it, and it can feed a crowd. You can use strawberries or raspberries to create the red stripes, if you wish. Tip: To make sure your flag is picture perfect (and the berry juices don't stain the frosting), slice and pack the fruit in separate containers, then top the cake after you get to your picnic perfect spot.
Red, White and Blueberry Fruit Salad
American Flag Cake
Plum Jam Cookies
Good Ol' Alabama Sweet Tea
Whether the weather is hot or not, you'll want to have a few refreshing beverages on hand. One of our most popular summer thirst-quenchers, this sweet tea will delight kids and grown-ups alike.