Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer for many people. Long evenings outside, fresh seasonal veggies, the smell of char-grilled everything … it’s the perfect time to share delicious meals with your friends and family. But instead of filling up on hotdogs and potato chips at your next barbeque, check out these tasty and healthy Memorial Day recipes prepared with mostly local and seasonal produce.
If your family is like ours, they love to snack. These delicious appetizers will stave off hunger with whole, fresh ingredients.
Green Pea Mocka-Guacamole: This dip is not only sweet and delicious, but you can make it from the freshly harvested peas that are winding their way up your trellis.
Baba Ghanoush: This is a smoky roasted eggplant dip that’s a simple and delicious addition to any celebration.
Black Sesame Whole Grain Bread: If you don’t eat gluten or just want a healthy alternative to chips and baguettes, try this tasty whole grain bread.
Sides and Salads:
In my opinion, it’s the side dishes that make the Memorial Day feast. These salads and sides will add color and flavor and keep your tummy happy.
Vegan Kale Caesar Salad: This is a delicious dairy-free version of the original, with kale in place of romaine and a creamy cashew Caesar dressing.
Grilled veggies: Why not throw some veggies on the grill? Brush asparagus, sliced zucchini, and thickly cut onion with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Yum!
Sweet Potato Fries: Packed with nutrients and a tasty alternative to regular spuds, these fries are sure to please your friends and family. Or, try a sweet potato salad made with crunchy dill pickles, thinly sliced red onions, and crispy farmer’s bacon.
The Main Event:
Though good ol’ salt and pepper will always cut it for grilling meat in my book, why not get a little more creative?
Kimchi Turkey Burgers: This recipe is spicy, tart, and just plain delicious—an awesome alternative to your garden-variety burger.
Edamame Burger: A healthy vegetarian option packed with flavor, these burgers are allergen-free and quick and easy to prep.
Grilled Salmon: Lemon juice, butter, fresh herbs, and a quick sear on the barbecue will provide your guests with protein and healthy omega-3’s, and leave them asking for seconds.
If your guests aren’t already bursting at the seams, they’ll think they’ve gone to heaven with some scrumptious berry recipes.
Whole Wheat Berry Pie: Head to your local farmers market and pick up the freshest, ripest fruit for the ultimate end to your meal.
Strawberry Paleo Ice Cream: If pie isn’t enough, why not add this unreal dairy-free ice cream to the lineup?