21 Unforgettable Memorial Day Recipes For Your Holiday Cookout

21 Unforgettable Memorial Day Recipes For Your Holiday Cookout

If we are being honest, a Memorial Day get-together is all about the food. That’s why we’ve gathered up some of our most popular Memorial Day recipes to help you plan a tasty holiday menu worth celebrating.

Summer technically begins in June, but we all know that Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. The long holiday weekend is the perfect time to host a gathering. Whether you’re hosting a big cookout with friends and family or something a little more lowkey, we can help with your holiday cookout menu. The food is sure to be the center of your get-together, so make it memorable with creamy potato salads, corn on the cob, easy grilled favorites, chicken wings, colorful pasta salads, fresh strawberries and cut melon… and of course, some iconic Memorial Day desserts.

Finger Foods and Dips

Bring some traditional Italian flair to your Memorial Day get-together with crispy bruschetta toasts. This quick and easy appetizer is sure to be a hit. Serve it alone or alongside olives, peppers, cured meats and other charcuterie and cheese board bites.

Shake up your ordinary cookout food lineup with some unique Memorial Day recipes that will have them ooh-ing and ahh-ing. Italian-inspired finger foods like these skewers are sure to be the talk of the neighborhood.

Skip the bags of potato chips and up your app game with crispy artichoke hearts and an easy homemade dipping sauce.

The bold, briny, tangy flavors in this olive salad make for an irresistible addition to your Memorial Day menu. Serve with crusty Italian bread or pita chips. Use it as a condiment for burgers and hot dogs too.

Tired of traditional store-bought hummus? Create this smoky-sweet pepper dip and serve it with crisp veggies and pita for a fresh and colorful app.

Nothing gets a party started like a hot cheese dip. This cheesy bruschetta dip is super simple to throw together and totally worth the extra effort.

On the Grill

Memorial Day is the kickoff to grilling season. Take it beyond burgers and hot dogs with this crispy grilled bruschetta flatbread.

This Memorial Day recipe proves pesto sauce isn’t just for pasta and pasta salads. Sweet, fragrant basil pesto is the perfect ready-to-use marinade and flavorful finish for grilling season.

There are hot dogs and then there are pepperoni dogs. You heard us right! Italian food fans are going to love this new cookout creation.

Why does corn on the cob get to have all the fun? We love grilling asparagus for that tasty smoky-sweet flavor. Of course, we butter it up with a tangy-sweet balsamic butter.

Ready to spice things up this Memorial Day? These Italian sausage skewers are going to wow your cookout guests.

If you love pizza, you’re going to love pizza on the grill. Our DeLallo Pizza Dough Kit makes it super easy to create an incredible pizzeria-style dough at home. Serve it up with a fresh summer salad.

Pasta Salads

We can’t think of a better way to feed a crowd than a loaded Antipasto Salad. For a quick and easy summer salad, pile on the Mediterranean favorites: cured meats, pepperoni, mozzarella, olives and pickled veggies.

No cookout would be complete without a tasty pasta salad or two. Go green with this unforgettable Memorial Day pasta salad recipe.

Fresh strawberries, creamy goat cheese, spinach and grilled chicken come together in this incredible summer salad recipe.

This isn’t your grandma’s bean salad. We take a few pantry staples and some of your favorite Mediterranean ingredients to create this epic summer salad—a colorful tribute to your Memorial Day cookout.

The bold, bright flavors of Greek cuisine are the perfect way to celebrate the warm-weather season: briny olives, roasted red peppers, tender artichokes, tangy feta and that tangy balsamic vinaigrette.

Plan for your gluten-free friends with a tasty Italian-inspired pasta salad featuring our Gluten-Free Pasta with buttery Castelvetrano Olives, Marinated Artichoke Hearts, tomatoes and fresh basil.


Memorial Day desserts can be more than jello salads and pudding. These rich, chocolatey brownies are a treat worthy of your holiday celebration.

Cannoli are creamy, crisp and delicately sweet—the perfect dessert for serving. This quick and easy recipe gives you time to get creative with the decorating. Keep it red, white and blue for some real spirited Memorial Day flair.

You can’t go wrong with an easy dessert dip for your Memorial Day celebrations. You’re 4 ingredients away from this soon-to-be-favorite Cherry Cheesecake Dip. We love it with broken biscotti or pizzelle cookies.