30 Real Food Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

From fruit tart and cherry pie to sangria and black bean burgers, get inspired with these 30 homemade Memorial Day recipes. Perfect for your summer BBQs!

Fruit tart with strawberries and blueberries

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!

collage of Memorial Day recipes including blueberry crumble pie, chocolate zucchini cake, angel food cupcakes, and focaccia

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!

collage of Memorial Day recipes including berry quinoa salad, American flag pie, blueberry swirl popsicles, and mini key lime pies

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!

slice of lemon blueberry cake on a plate

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!

collage of Memorial Day recipes including no bake cheesecake, strawberry pasta salad, fruit tart, and pavlova

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.

13. Pavlova

Pavlova features three completely different textures in one single bite. Top with your favorite fresh fruits, homemade lemon curd, or whipped cream. Love this summer beauty!

collage of Memorial Day recipes including strawberry lemonade, cherry pie, Southwestern chicken salad, and mixed berry galette

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!

strawberry shortcake on a silver plate

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!

collage of Memorial Day recipes including corn avocado salsa, champagne sangria, fruit pizza, and strawberry rhubarb pie

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

Homemade fruit pizza is a summer classic and starts with a from-scratch sugar cookie crust. Gluten free? I also have this Greek yogurt fruit tart, too!

22. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Even rhubarb skeptics fall in love with my strawberry rhubarb pie!

collage of Memorial Day recipes including blueberry cupcakes, grilled salmon, goat cheese crostini, and black bean burgers

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.

collage of Memorial Day recipes including bacon wrapped cheesy jalapeños, berry icebox cake, homemade flatbread, and lemon berry trifle

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?

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  1. THANK YOU. I have noticed that too – so frustrating sometimes! They are cute and yummy but eh.. I prefer the pie. I guess it works for some but not for others *inner baking geek intensifies*.

  2. Rashmi Asharam says:

    Happy Birthday Sally for Sunday – I hope you have a FUN (fetti) STATIC day.
    All your recipes look absolutely delicious 🙂
    My sister is baking us a chocolate cake this weekend, which will obviously have frosting and SPRINKLES.

  3. These all look amazing! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to try out more recipes. I love that you post recipes for more than just desserts, too. Have a Happy Birthday!

  4. Happy Birthday Dear Gemini! No wonder you’re so creative and cool!

    p.s. Geminis Rule! I know ’cause I’m one too! 🙂

  5. Cynthia Tucker says:

    Happy Birthday Sally! Hope your day will be just how you hope.
    I love all things lime. The first pie I ever made was Key lime. So dying to try the mini pie recipe. Thank you for your passion for getting your recipe perfect and making your tutorials very easy to understand. I made your scratch strawberry cake and floored everyone who had a piece.So when you have a ruff day remember you are a Superwoman!You accomplish mighty things! And you will get through that day and go on to do many more great things. Thanks again so much for sharing your passions.

  6. I was planning to make key lime bars for a bbq tomorrow, but I may have to try your mini pie recipe instead! Or I could do both since I have another bbq on Monday…and there’s no such thing as too many key lime treats, right?

    1. There has never ever been such a thing as too many key lime treats! Enjoy!! 🙂

  7. Judy Marvek says:

    Every one of these recipes look absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try each one of them! Thank you,

  8. Happy Birthday Sally, YUM great recipes. I am eager to try the Southwestern chicken salad.

  9. Wow¡¡ Everything looks yummy. I wish this holliday were longuer to have the time to make avery single recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I wanted to tell you I so much enjoy your website. You have such unique recipes. Thank you for all of the hard work!
    Kim

  11. Elza Jakovleva says:

    Ok, first I wanted to say that you are very talented at everything you make. The items you make look so delicious I wish I had your skills. My question was where did you get you star-shaped icing tip? Thanks so much for starting this blog you are amazing! I hope maybe one day you could start your own cooking show.

  12. Erin in Queens says:

    Hi Sally! Happy Birthday! I hope you feel loved and special all day long!
    This weekend, I am making the checkerboard cake in Red, White and Blue with a flag on top!
    And I’m also making the huge M&M cookies from your cookbook! They are a hit every single time!
    Thanks for being your awesome self!
    <3
    Erin

  13. Yum! Delicious recipes!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/aged-cheddar-sliders-with-pineapple-guacamole/

  14. Happy Birthday Sally! I hope you spend your day doing all your favorite things. I am making the Boston Cream Pie recipe you posted from America’s Test Kitchen. I just purchased an All-Clad 3 quart Saucier Pan and I am so excited to try it out by making the pastry cream recipe in it. I have never made pastry cream before so I am very nervous but also I know with your clear and very thorough instructions I will be able to handle it. Thanks for such a wonderful website. I just love checking in to see what new and exciting recipe you have whipped up for us. Your hard work and efforts are so appreciated!

    1. Hi Debbie! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and kind comment. When making the pastry cream, just remember to whisk it constantly and watch for those big bubbles on the surface. 🙂

  15. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite says:

    I’m glad you reminded me of the berry quinoa salad you posted from last year…I’ve been wanting to try that and now I will! Looks amazing.

    1. I hope you love it!

  16. Paula Braudaway says:

    Have a Happy Birthday Sally. I hope your Birthday is so very special as you are for all the wonderful things you do for others God Bless.

    1. Thank you so much, Paula! I really appreciate that!

  17. Happy Birthday, Sally! May your day be filled with much joy and love!

    1. Thank you so much, Theresa!

  18. Kathryn Grace says:

    Those jalapeño roll ups are the super stars of a star-studded show. I could spend half a year’s weekends trying these recipes, but I’ll have to start with those roll ups, and maybe the sangria. Thank you so much, and a happy birthday too.

    1. Would LOVE to know which recipes you try first! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes 🙂

  19. Happy Birthday Sally!! Enjoy it!

  20. Karen Cooperstein says:

    Yahoo!!! You made my weekend so much more fun with all of these scrumptious ideas! We’re trying the zucchini flatbread, stuffed jalapeños, chicken (fruit) salad, and the flag pie for starters! You have no idea how you’ve blessed our household (and neighborhood and church) plus my daughter is making your goodies now too.
    Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!
    Xoxoxo,
    Karen

    1. Hi Karen! I hope every recipe was a winner this weekend. Thank you so much for trusting my recipes! I love that zucchini flatbread 🙂

  21. Wishing you a most joyful and love filled birthday Sally! I appreciate all your talent and hard work more than you’ll ever know! Many blessings to you today and everyday

  22. Have a great birthday today, Sally! Thanks for this holiday round-up…it saves us all a bunch of browsing through your different categories :). I tried your icebox cake last year, and it was so amazing! It was such a different type of dessert than what most of us are used to, and well worth the little bit of work it takes to assemble. Plus, it’s fun!

  23. Happy birthday ma’am! I hope it was your favourite cake…

    I made Pavolva this weekend without even having seen this post, mainly because it’s Bank Holiday over here tomorrow and I didn’t want to have to make two lots of dessert. The three of us will easily finish it over two days – with whipped cream, raspberry sauce AND strawberries!

  24. Happy Birthday Sally! Hope you have a wonderful day. Do not cook one thing.

  25. This weekend I am trying to make French bread for a picnic and homemade marshmallows without corn syrup for s’mores and rhubarb torte. I also need to make brownie cookies for the s’mores and vanilla wafers and pastry cream for the rhubarb tort. As well as homemade fettuccine and limeade.

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