Memorial Day Menu Ideas

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Memorial Day is almost here. It’s time to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Here are 21 Memorial Day Menu Ideas to help you celebrate this May holiday. And while we’re all celebrating our freedoms, lets be sure to thank a Veteran for his or her service to our Country.

When planning an outdoor event, you’ll want to make things simple with disposable plates and colorful paper napkins. Jazz things up with cotton tablecloths and wildflowers in glass jars. You might also consider buying outdoor serving ware such as a large drinking container or service utility caddies.

A Few Outdoor Serving Ware Ideas

I love using galvanized serving ware for an outdoor party. They offer a fun country chick vibe to your table presentation. (As an Amazon Associate, I may earn from purchases below.)

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Memorial Day Menu Ideas – Main Dish

Memorial Day has always been a time when our family gets together for an evening dinner, either a barbecue or a wiener roast–an activity that is dear to our hearts! But even if it’s cooking hotdogs on a stick, there is always room on the plate for your favorite salad or side dish. See below for some of our favorite grilled entrées.

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Sourdough Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
Grilled hamburgers with Sourdough Whole Wheat Buns.  I love serving grilled burgers on homemade buns that are sturdy and delicious. No more buns that fall apart in your hands when you're eating.
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Recipe for Venison Burgers with Fry Sauce
Venison Burgers with Fry Sauce
Here is a delicious recipe to make in a skillet or on the grill. Ground venison works especially well, but ground beef is good too.
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BBQ Baby Back Ribs - Backyard Barbecue Menu Ideas
BBQ Baby Back Ribs
We love BBQ Baby Back Ribs. They are so tender and delicious. The seasoning for these ribs are just right. A little savory spice. A little sweetness. And baking in the oven for 3-4 hours guarantees a tender, juicy meat, finished off on the grill for that wonderful black char we love.
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Recipe for Cajun Shrimp
Cajun Shrimp
Cajun Shrimp is a great addition to any barbecue. We love shrimp at our house. This recipe is sure to please any shrimp-lovers out there. 
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Recipe for Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs
Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs
Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken Thighs are a perfect choice for summer grilling. Very easy and quick to make for a weeknight dinner. They are tender and delicious, with a light honey sweetness and a little tang from the soy sauce. 
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Recipe for Grilled Pork Loin Chops
Grilled Pork Loin Chops
If you're expecting a large gathering, you might want to consider buying a whole pork loin and slicing thick chops. These are easy to make and taste wonderful.
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Every Celebration Needs an Appetizer

I love serving appetizes, and summer is the time to do so, when everyone is gathered outside waiting for the food to finish on the grill. Fresh, cool dips with salty chips or crackers are perfect for such occasions. Plus, you can make a little or a lot, depending on the size of your festivity.

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Easy Corn Dip
This dip goes great with corn chips or even lime-flavored corn chips. It's so easy to make and so yummy! Our family loves this dip.
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Recipe for Garlic Hummus with Smoked Paprika
Garlic Hummus with Smoked Paprika
This recipe is one of the easiest hummus recipes I’ve made. And it’s so delicious. I could eat it every day, or almost every day. It's perfect for a gathering of friends or family.
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Chili Shrimp Dip
This Chili Shrimp Dip is quick and easy to put together and tastes wonderful. Serve with Frito corn chips.
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Deviled Eggs
Every picnic or barbecue should include some deviled eggs!
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Moving on to Salads and Side Dishes

As mentioned earlier, salads and side dishes go with grilled dinners, backyard barbecues, or a wiener roast. Be sure to use divided plates that will keep juices from mixing into other foods. And disposable is the answer for quick and easy clean-up.

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Grandma’s Coleslaw
Slaw goes best with barbecue, so if that's on your menu, be sure to include some cabbage!
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Potato Salad
How about some cool, delicious potato salad. This recipe is always a family favorite. Goes well with baked beans and barbecue.
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Recipe for Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad - Summer Salad Ideas
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Here's a recipe that reminds me of the boxed Suddenly Salad dish you can buy in the store. Only better!
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Recipe for Corn and Black Bean Salad
Corn and Black Bean Salad
This is a delicious and easy salad recipe to make this summer. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or even a family picnic.
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Yummy Baked Beans
A picnic or barbecue just wouldn't be complete without some baked beans on the menu. Here's an old family recipe that gets rave reviews.
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Featured Image - Recipe for Cheesy Corn and Macaroni Casserole
Cheesy Corn and Macaroni Casserole
Cheesy Corn and Macaroni Casserole is a favorite recipe on my husband's side of our family. It’s quite nice for church dinners or family gatherings and is a perfect choice for your next picnic, barbecue, or even a holiday dinner.
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Time for Dessert

It’s May so that means strawberries are in season. As are blueberries and tart cherries. Don’t forget about one of my favorite spring fruits (or is it a vegetable) RHUBARB! Be sure to end your festivities with a wonderful fruity dessert. Here are some of my picnic and barbecue favorites!

Recipe for Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake
Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake
Whether you prefer shortcake or angel food cake, be sure to include this dessert on your menu. There's nothing quite better than fresh strawberries in May!
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Country Blueberry Pie
Country Blueberry Pie
Country Blueberry Pie that uses fresh blueberries and a homemade pie crust. So yummy! Especially when served with whipping cream or ice cream!
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Cherry Pie
Here's a yummy recipe to try when you have fresh cherries–tart or dark sweet cherries.
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Recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
This is a delicious dessert to make for your family this spring. Filled with fresh or frozen strawberries, rhubarb, and apples, then topped with a cinnamon oat crumble, it’s warm, sweet, and delightful with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Recipe for Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie
Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie
When I was a girl, my mom made Fresh Tart Rhubarb Pie from the rhubarb she grew in her garden. It was green, very sweet, very juicy, and so delicious. Paired with her flaky pie dough, it was always a hit. And still is today. My daughters request it every spring. 
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