Memorial Day is a perfect time to relax and renew, and I’m also remembering those who served. My grandfather was a veteran, and I am so grateful to all who serve and protect us. For any holiday, I always find food at the center, and this one is no exception, especially because it’s time to start celebrating the bounty of local produce! I’ve got so many amazing ideas and wonderful recipes included in my menu for Memorial Day to help you kick off summer in the most delicious way.

Food truly unites us all, and it’s a great way to bring friends and family together, which is one reason why I love a holiday weekend. Use the moment to take a deep breath and know that you can create a little bit of magic time to be with family or friends.

Memories of Mom’s House: A Celebration of Family, Music, and Patriotic Holidays

Until we lost my mom, we spent our holidays at her house. All the kids and grandkids gathered there, and it was simply about being together, enjoying a beverage, swimming in the pool, and having something delicious to eat. On the red, white, and blue holidays, there would be a 5K race that ran past my parents’ house, and my mom loved to set up a cheering section. She was also part of a band, and here they are, playing informally and letting the kids join in the fun on Memorial Day.

Fabulous, Simple Recipes for a Flavorful Memorial Day Weekend

It’s not the weekend for an overly complicated recipe, and it’s definitely the time to get out and grill. Even though I love to grill 365 days a year, the true grilling season has officially arrived. Here are some of my favorite recipes that are perfect for your menu for Memorial Day. 

teri holding a smashburger

Smashburger with Special Sauce

A Smashburger does not have many steps, but it does take some serious finesse.

Crispy Grilled Brick Chicken

Brick Chicken is a great option depending on the size of your crowd. It’s so crispy and delicious and truly fun to make!

It’s perfect for keeping the heat out of the kitchen throughout the summer, and you’ll have a delicious dinner ready in an hour, making this recipe great for a menu for Memorial Day.

brick chicken on a white platter with potatoes and greens
grilled vegetable summer salad in a bowl

Grilled Vegetable Salad

This grilled vegetable summer salad is easy to throw together with what you have on hand. I used peppers, asparagus, zucchini, potatoes, and sausage. Have fun with what’s available in your area and what’s in season! That’s what I love about a recipe like this. It’s so customizable and, in many ways, foolproof!

Epic Skirt Steak Taco Salad

My Epic Taco Salad recipe is kind of a masterpiece. I use some of my favorite hacks from the Epic Salad in my cookbook to make this Epic Taco Salad come to life!

portrait of the epic taco salad

Tuna Treasure

My Tuna Treasure Poke Bowl is also a great, easy recipe to add to a menu for Memorial Day. Bright, light, and fresh, this dish is always well-loved when I serve it.

Panzanella Salad

I love a dish I can make ahead of time and bring to a party or gathering. My Panzanella Salad is perfect because you can prep all of the different elements in advance, put them in individual Mason jars, and then simply assemble them when you’re ready.

Who can say no to delicious bread and cheese? Once you make this salad you are going to want to make it all summer long.

panzanella salad on robyns egg platter
grilled vegetable salad in a bowl

Vegan Pesto Grilled Vegetable Salad

Grilling season has officially arrived, and my Vegan Pesto Grilled Vegetable Salad is perfect for any day you want an easy, delicious meal. Plus, it is an especially great recipe to make for Memorial Day. 

Grilling your vegetables sounds simple, but I shared some tricks to make it successful and ensure you get that beautiful crunch. 

Chicken Salad with Mandarins

My easy, Asian-Inspired Chicken Salad also lends itself well to advance prep and is a total crowd-pleaser.

Bring it in containers, have your chicken already sautéed, and you can easily toss this deliciousness at the event. It is a magnificent dish to take to a party.

Tropical Thunder Esquite Salad

You likely already know that I love to eat my greens, and recently in Mexico, I enjoyed this exquisite Esquite Salad by the pool. The minute I tasted it, I thought it would be amazing with my Coconut Lime Vinaigrette, and their sumptuous bowl of goodness inspired me to create my own version.

Ice Cream Pie

I absolutely love that this pie is so simple and no-cook. You can choose your favorite ice cream and get to making this amazing summer treat.

ice cream pie with slice cut

Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

I’m not much of a baker, so I love putting together a crumble. They are sneakily easy to make and pretty much a fail-proof dish. Not to mention they are so delicious. There’s practically no better dessert, or next-day breakfast, for summer. Always use fruit that’s ripe and in season. I love the combination of strawberries and rhubarb.

Whatever you choose to do, cook, or eat this holiday weekend, I hope you’ll find time to take a deep breath and enjoy the day.

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Food is my love language, and this book is a guide to getting you in the kitchen with me, rolling up your sleeves, and reigniting passion for everyday cooking. Woven throughout the book are my Teri’s Tips as well.

This cookbook is a love letter to my mother because it offers the recipe for a well-lived life.

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