Memorial Day Side Dish Recipes

Browse top-rated recipes for potato and pasta salad, baked beans, and grilled veggies for your Memorial Day cookout or picnic.

Staff Picks

Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 5 stars 361
Whether it's sitting next to some smoky ribs or just a humble hot dog, this deli-style macaroni salad will always be a crowd favorite, as long as you pay attention to a few key details.

Kristen's Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 115
This is the easiest recipe because it can be altered in so many ways. Add a little taco seasoning to spice it up -- or you can add other veggies for texture.

Crispy Cucumbers and Tomatoes in Dill Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 352
Crispy cucumbers, fresh tomatoes, and onion add spark to this simple summer salad.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 2649
This classic macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser at every cookout, potluck, and picnic!

Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 56
This slow cooker recipe delivers a hearty dish of hamburger, bacon, and beans in a thick and sweet sauce.

Boston Baked Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 1307
Baked beans with bacon and onions, are a great side dish for any barbecue.

The Best Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 935
Really good potato salad that is best served cold.

Sweet Restaurant Slaw

Rating: 5 stars 3262
This tastes just like the cole slaw served at popular fried chicken or fish restaurants. It's excellent with burgers or on top of BBQ'd pork sandwiches, too!!!

Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 222
Quick and easy potato salad recipe with a lot of old-fashioned potato salad flavor. This will become a go-to summer side dish recipe. Better if made the day before.

Awesome Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 689
This is the best pasta salad I've ever eaten, and people request it frequently. It's a very easy, light-tasting side dish for a picnic or dinner.

Southern Dill Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 269
My mother made this potato salad for me as a boy growing up in Spanish Fort, Alabama (on the Gulf of Mexico). I have re-created it with a slight modern tangy twist. I know you will like it! Best taste is achieved when the salad is covered and placed in refrigerator overnight.

Easy Apple Coleslaw

Rating: 4.5 stars 792
This is our favorite cole slaw recipe, a yummy combo of fruit and veggies in a sweet dressing.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Grilled Corn on the Cob
Rating: Unrated 541
Grilled corn on the cob in foil is the easiest way to serve corn all summer long.
Calico Bean Casserole
Rating: Unrated 357
Kidney beans, baked beans and butter beans are combined with ground beef, bacon and onion and baked. It's thick, hearty, and pretty tasty too! This can also be done in a slow cooker.
All-American Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Rating: 4.5 stars 22

This is a great twist on two all-American favorites--the potato salad and the loaded baked potato. Served cold, this has been a crowd-pleaser at our many family functions and is often requested. Even people who don't normally love potato salad seem to love this!