Memorial Day Cookout Mega-List: 25 Healthy Recipes to Make This Year

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May 17, 2021

By Lauren Paige

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial arrival of summer and what better way to celebrate than with a gathering of friends and family and plenty of good food. We’ve gathered up all the Memorial Day recipes you’ll need, from dips and salads to pitcher-size drinks and all the grilled things. These easy warm-weather recipes are guaranteed to kickstart the season of outdoor shindigs. 

beet dip
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We’re not saying you can’t have a great get-together without a good dip (or three), but it won’t hurt either. Here are a few ideas to get you started, from the lovechild of guac and salsa to a hot-pink vegan beet dip. Serve with a mix of veggies and chips. 

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All the Salads

Salads are cookout staple, whether you’re talking potato salads, pasta salads, veggie-centric salads, or fruit salads. With a variety of textures and flavors, they pack a lot of nutrition and go a long way when feeding a crowd. 

watermelon agua fresca
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Pitcher Drinks 

If you are looking for something to sip under the sunshine, then whip up a pitcher of one of these cooling, refreshing drinks. With or without alcohol, these thirst-quenching beverages will keep your crowd hydrated and happy.

grilled veggies
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From the Grill

Nothing says summer like that smoky, barbecue flavor from the grill. A bit of charcoal adds that distinct seasoning to veggies, fish, burgers, and even fruit if you dare! 

Clean Plates

Good food brings people together.
So do good emails.

Clean Plates

Good food brings people together.
So do good emails.