By “real food recipes” I mean simple from-scratch dessert, snack, and drink recipes without an onslaught of artificial ingredients. Think: 3 ingredient whipped cream, fresh fruit pies and tarts, focaccia with an easy homemade dough, strawberry lemonade made with actual fruit, make-ahead salads, and so much more.
I felt inspired to share this round-up because I was searching Pinterest for a festive Memorial Day recipe and found it difficult to sift through all the recipes with instant pudding, canned pie filling, and cool whip. Don’t get me wrong, shortcuts are convenient and my favorite cake batter chocolate chip cookies start with a box of cake mix, but nothing beats homemade. ♥
The following 30 Memorial Day recipes highlight summer’s beautifully fresh flavors!
1. Blueberry Crumble Pie
My blueberry crumble pie recipe combines blueberry pie and blueberry crisp in one. Literally the two best summer desserts on the planet in one pie dish.
2. Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Have your cake and eat your veggies, too. I crammed THREE cups of zucchini into this chocolate zucchini cake and you’d never even know it!
3. Angel Food Cupcakes
Light-as-air angel food cupcakes are the epitome of simple summer sweets.
4. Garlic Rosemary Herb Focaccia
This simple homemade focaccia comes together with a 6 ingredient dough and you can add any of your favorite toppings like garlic, herbs, tomatoes, olives, and more. It’s what you bring to a summer gathering when you don’t know what to bring. Everyone will love this. No crazy shaping or rolling pin required!
5. Fresh Berry Quinoa Salad
Fresh berry quinoa salad is a texture lover’s DREAM. There’s minimum lettuce and maximum fun!
6. American Flag Pie
Surprisingly enough, a small piece of aluminum foil makes this American flag pie possible!
7. Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles
Just 3 ingredients in these blueberry yogurt swirl popsicles!! So festive!!
8. Mini Key Lime Pies
What’s better than key lime pie? Teeny tiny key lime pies! If you love individual desserts, try mini cheesecakes (made in a muffin pan) or mini vanilla pound cakes. The crust is made from graham crackers, which aren’t technically homemade, but you get the point!
9. Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake
Lemon blueberry layer cake is a tried and true reader favorite year after year. Made with real ingredients, you’ll taste the bursts of bright flavors!
10. No Bake Cheesecake
By following this no-bake cheesecake recipe, you’ll be gifted with a smooth, chilled, and creamy dessert that sets up beautifully in the refrigerator. Unlike regular cheesecake, no-bake cheesecake isn’t overly heavy. It’s lightly sweet and perfectly refreshing!
11. Strawberry Feta Pasta Salad
This creamy strawberry feta pasta salad is bright and flavorful and, conveniently enough, tastes best made ahead of time!
12. Fresh Fruit Tart
Summer holidays and fruit tarts go hand-in-hand, so I hope you try my fresh fruit tart with vanilla mascarpone cream. A few readers noticed the mascarpone curdles when they mix it in step 7, so this time I whipped the heavy cream into stiff peaks separately, then folded into the mascarpone. This definitely helped! I garnished it with strawberries, blueberries, and homemade whipped cream.
14. Honey Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade
Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade is sweetened with honey and made from real strawberries and lemons. You can DEFINITELY taste the difference!
15. Homemade Cherry Pie
You won’t find canned filling or store-bough crust here. My recipe for homemade cherry pie is a 100% homemade from scratch summertime delight.
16. Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad
Southwestern chopped chicken salad has everything from fresh corn and avocado to grilled chicken and zesty taco seasoning (and tortilla chips!!). Something to please everyone at the party. A giant fiesta of flavor and texture in 1 bowl!
17. Mixed Berry Galette
Mixed berry galette is as delicious and impressive as pie, but half the work!
18. Strawberry Shortcake
Easy strawberry shortcake is pure homemade goodness that celebrates the season’s fresh flavors. Skip the store-bought biscuits loaded with who-the-heck-knows-what and have fun making it at home!
19. Fiesta Corn & Avocado Salsa
Fiesta corn avocado salsa is packed with avocado, black beans, cilantro, and plenty of flavor. Always a hit at summer gatherings. People can’t stop eating it!
20. Sparkling Fruit Sangria
Colorful and fizzy, this sparkling fruit sangria is full of champagne, sweet white wine, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, a kiss of lemon, a touch of OJ, and a lot of sparkle. Is it really a holiday without some sparkle?!
21. Fruit Pizza
22. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Even rhubarb skeptics fall in love with my strawberry rhubarb pie!
23. Blueberries ‘n’ Cream Cupcakes
Blueberries ‘n’ cream cupcakes burst with vanilla, juicy blueberries, and a hint of lemon. Topped with lush cream cheese frosting, they’re always a summertime favorite.
24. Honey Chipotle Salmon
Honey chipotle salmon only requires 5 simple ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare. It’s incredibly easy, tender, and a total crowd-pleaser! Make it on the grill. 🙂
25. Goat Cheese Crostini
Crunchy toasted bread paired with a blend of honey and goat cheese is the perfect match for seasonal fresh fruit. Goat cheese crostini is literally the easiest appetizer to ever come out of my kitchen.
26. Black Bean Burgers
With great reviews from taste testers around the world, I’m confident you’ll be satisfied with these black bean burgers! Grill or bake the black bean burgers and enjoy on a bun, plain, or on a salad. They’re big, thick, and hearty and even meat eaters LOVE these.
27. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños
Bacon-wrapped cheesy stuffed jalapeños are the hit of every party. People MIGRATE to these things whenever I bring them. It’s like I brought gold.
28. Berries ‘n’ Cream Icebox Cake
This berries ‘n’ cream icebox cake is the essential end to your BBQ. And it feeds a crowd! Homemade whipped cream instead of cool whip. You can really taste the difference!
29. Zucchini Herbed Ricotta Flatbread
Easy homemade flatbread pizza topped with summery zucchini, herbed ricotta, roasted tomatoes, and fresh basil. So much flavor in this one!
30. Lemon Berry Trifle
Trifles are as show-stopping as tall layer cakes, but much easier to assemble. My lemon berry trifle has 4 layers to love – lemon pound cake, lemon cheesecake, fresh berries, and homemade whipped cream. Make it ahead!
Q: What are you making this weekend?