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Create a Memorable Memorial Day Menu

POSTED May 23, 2018

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to host a gathering. The weather’s changing, summer is just around the corner and everybody’s ready to party. We want your Memorial Day bash to be one for the books, so we’ve put together an ideal menu of delicious and easy picnic recipes. Mix and match your favorites or cook ‘em all—either way, we guarantee your guests will leave satisfied.

Show-Stopping Starters

Partygoers will want extra time to mingle over these delicious appetizers.        

Feta Spread with Roasted Red and Piquillo Peppers

This beautiful feta spread looks way too elegant to be so easy. Mix chopped roasted peppers with feta and a tangy marinade and give it 30 minutes to combine flavors. Serve with toasted bread and—voila!—you’re finished.

Roasted Red Pepper and Cauliflower Dip

Smooth and satisfying, this dip resembles hummus—but adds an extra serving of veggies to your plate. Simply blend roasted cauliflower, roasted red peppers and roasted piquillo peppers with olive oil, pesto and a few flavorful ingredients for the perfect snacking dip.

So Fresh & So Green Charcuterie Board

Running out of time to prep for your big party? Our charcuterie boards are as easy as it gets. The So Fresh & So Green board is chock full of green olives, pickled vegetables, stuffed pasta, cured meats and salty cheeses. Arrange the antipasti on a tray and it’s appetizer time.

On the Grill

Is it really a Memorial Day party without gourmet grilling? We don’t think so.

Grilled Flatbread with Pomodoro, Goat Cheese, Basil & Balsamic

You haven’t had flatbread until you’ve had it on the grill. We make this recipe easier by using naan and topping it with our Pomodoro Fresco sauce, soft goat cheese and fresh basil. Easy as pie!

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

Our bold Simply Pesto sauce makes a perfect marinade for grilled shrimp. Just brush the shrimp with pesto, toss it on the grill, and serve it with fresh basil and a squeeze of lemon juice. It doesn’t get easier—or more delicious—than that!

Sour Cherry and Bourbon Glazed Ribs

Don’t skip out on this crazy-good homemade glaze featuring our signature DeLallo Sour Cherry Spread and a splash of Bourbon.

Pasta Salads

These unique pasta salads are perfect picnic fare.

Mediterranean Acini Pasta Salad with Olives & Artichokes

Tiny Acini de Pepe pastina isn’t your typical pasta salad base—but we promise it won’t disappoint. Load it up with your favorite Mediterranean goodies, dress it in a zesty balsamic vinaigrette and your work here is done.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This crowd-approved side combines the key ingredients of chicken Caesar salad—juicy chicken, crunchy romaine, crispy croutons, salty Parmesan, and creamy Caesar dressing—with whole wheat pasta and fresh cherry tomatoes to create dish that’s tailor made for Memorial Day weekend.

Caprese and Strawberry Orzo Bowl

Caprese salad meets grain bowl meets…fresh strawberries? This recipe combines cooked orzo with fresh tomatoes, strawberries, mozzarella and a tangy drizzle of Balsamic Glaze. If that sounds a little different that’s because it is—in the best way possible.

Side Dishes

These sensational sides perfectly complement grilled meats, hearty pasta salads and savory appetizers. Pick your favorite or serve all three!

Spicy-Sweet Balsamic Grilled Pineapple

Celebrate summer with juicy pineapple and a sweet-and-spicy twist. Featuring our tangy-rich Balsamic Glaze and heat from our signature Calabrian Chili Peppers, this backyard barbecue treat is sure to become a summertime tradition.

Apple and Kohlrabi Coleslaw

This is our crunchy, tangy take on a best-loved picnic dish. Serve it alone or alongside grilled meats for a side that will have everyone talking…in a good way.

Italian Bean Salad

This is no traditional bean salad. We combine tasty legumes with some best-loved Mediterranean ingredients, like Marinated Artichoke Hearts and Calamata Olives, then dress it all up with a tangy-sweet Golden Balsamic vinaigrette. Bring on the beans!

Decadent Desserts

With these rich and tasty recipes, dessert will be the main event of your party.

Triple Chocolate Espresso Brownies

You’ve never had brownies quite like this. With Espresso Powder to enhance the deep chocolate flavor and a smooth and satisfying ganache on top, you might want to double the recipe.

Zuppa Inglese: Trifle with Fresh Fruit

Featuring loads of spring’s best fresh fruit, this beautiful trifle dessert is layered with homemade pastry cream and our Savoiardi Lady Fingers . Not only is it delicious, it’s certainly easy on the eyes!

Mocha Nut Cookies with Sea Salt

Our Espresso Powder adds the perfect amount of mocha flavor to a typical chocolate chip cookie. With irresistibly chewy centers and crisp edges, these cookies are the perfect after-dinner snack.

Need some more inspiration? Check our gallery of recipes!