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Memorial Day Weekend Recipes

Posted May 25 2012 8:51am

This weekend officially kicks off the start of summer picnics! If I had to pick just one thing that I love about summer, it would definitely be the picnics. There’s nothing like getting to try great food with great company outdoors in the sunshine.

The only downside about picnics for me is that I tend to over-think what I should bring. In case you’re like me, I thought I would round up a few recipes that are major crowd-pleasers and are sure not to let you down. Have a happy Memorial Day weeekend everyone!

(Click on the recipe title to see the full post and recipe)

Healthified Buffalo Chicken Dip

People really do go crazy over this buffalo chicken dip. You can let everyone feel better about dipping into this by letting them know that it’s made on the lighter side with the healthy swap of Greek yogurt for the calorie-heavy Ranch dressing.

Sweet Corn Guacamole

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that you can never go wrong with a dip or spread at large get-togethers. This guacamole is packed with fresh ingredients that just scream summer! Serve it alongside some colorful veggie chips for a pretty display.

Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

As I don’t know too many kids who would be brave enough to try a tapenade, this dish is probably best reserved for a gathering of mostly adults. I enjoy this tapenade best with pita chips, but feel free to serve it with any type of cracker or bread!

Capr-easy Salad

This tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad is one of my all-time favorite summer dishes. The flavors are fresh and summery and pair well mixed in with a leafy green salad, in a sandwich made with crusty bread, or stand out just on their own.

Curry Chicken Salad

From the moment I tried this curry chicken salad for the first time last summer, I was smitten. It has become a staple in my household and I am not exaggerating when I say that I have made this salad almost every single week for the past year. It’s just a bonus that it’s on the healthy side with the substitution of Greek yogurt for mayonnaise.

Mint Oreo Truffles

I don’t think these truffles need much of an introduction or explanation as to why they are such a crowd favorite. Make them and watch them disappear off the table faster than you can say mint Oreos.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

There is a reason why these cheesecake stuffed strawberries are still one of the most frequent items that I see on Pinterest. What better time to make them than right now as strawberries are just coming into season?

Jell-O Fruit Slices

Summer, fruit, Jell-O. There isn’t a better combination in my opinion.

Strawberry Basil Sangria

I don’t know of anyone who turned up at a party with booze who wasn’t received well. People like their drinks and this sangria filled strawberries and basil is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day!


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