Memorial Day is often seen as the start of the summer season, which is why many people plan an outdoor party or barbecue for this holiday. If you’re getting together with friends and family to celebrate Memorial Day, add some of these tasty salads to the menu to impress your guests while complementing the main dishes you’ve prepared.
Pesto Caprese Macaroni Salad
If you love Caprese salad, you’ll enjoy this take on the classic Italian side dish. Tomato, fresh basil, and mozzarella combine with hearty pesto to make this salad a treat that you’ll want to include at all your Memorial Day celebrations.
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Cilantro Curry Potato Salad
This potato salad is smoky and slightly spicy. It goes great with grilled curry or jerk chicken and is topped with fresh cilantro for a refreshing touch.
Brussels Sprouts Salad with Roasted Jalapeno and Onion Dressing
This savory and slightly sweet salad features a tasty combination of Brussels sprouts, pomegranate seeds, and pumpkin seeds. The jalapeno and onion dressing adds a spicy finishing touch to this creative salad.
Summer Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing
This bountiful salad has several colorful vegetables that are just as beautiful as they are delicious. Corn, tomatoes, avocado, and chickpeas make this salad a tasty vegetarian main course, but you can also add bacon and feta for added flavor. The blueberry vinaigrette is a sweet and slightly tart flavor that adds a perfect finishing touch.
Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad
Cabbage salad is a delicious side dish at picnics and barbecues. This salad is infused with an Asian-inspired flavor and chicken for added protein to make the salad more filling.
Cheesy Bacon Potato Salad
If you love loaded baked potatoes, this creative take on potato salad will make your delicious Memorial Day meal complete. Add cherry tomatoes for a sweet and juicy element to this tasty salad.
Dill Potato Salad
Potato salad is a picnic staple and goes great with grilled entrees. Creamy potatoes topped with fresh dill will make your Memorial Day meal especially filling and delicious.
Classic Fruit Salad
This juicy and sweet fruit salad will make your Memorial Day picnic complete. Top the salad with honey and fresh mint to make the fruit more refreshing. This makes a great dessert but you can also serve this as an appetizer to get your guests excited for the main course.
Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad
The light flavors of dill and cucumber make this salad a refreshing and savory treat. This salad is perfect for a meat-free Memorial Day meal, but you can also serve it alongside grilled chicken with Mediterranean flavors.
Watermelon Salad with Verjus
This sweet and refreshing salad is a creative way to eat watermelon, which is a staple for most summer picnics. This salad makes a great appetizer for your Memorial Day picnic or you can serve it with a light seafood entree.
Lemon Ricotta Spring Pasta Salad
This is the perfect salad for springtime and provides a bright creaminess that tastes great with chicken or steak. You can also serve this pasta salad as an appetizer while you grill the rest of your Memorial Day meal.
Orange Cumin Chicken Couscous
This sweet and smoky salad is filled with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. The chicken adds protein to this side dish and the orange and cumin give this couscous salad defined flavor that your guests won’t soon forget.
Oriental Chicken Salad
Try this chicken salad with slivered almonds and tangerine slices is a bright and flavorful addition to any Memorial Day barbecue. This is a perfect side dish for chicken and seafood entrees.
Mexican Bean Salad
This smoky and savory bean salad goes great with steak or chicken and it’s topped with fresh herbs to add a refreshing touch to this protein-rich side dish.
Bacon Pea Pasta Salad
This simple pasta salad includes peas and bacon for a smoky and slightly sweet flavor. It’s the perfect side dish for grilled chicken or fish to make your Memorial Day meal complete.
Antipasto Pasta Salad
Try this delicious pasta salad that includes all your favorite antipasto ingredients. The cured meat and gourmet olives make this salad a tasty side dish for grilled meat, vegetables, or seafood.
Green Jello Salad
This lime and pineapple salad is a cool, refreshing treat which makes it a perfect addition to a Memorial Day barbecue. The chopped nuts and whipped cream are the ideal finishing touch for this sweet salad.
Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cashews
This crunchy and delicious broccoli salad is a delicious addition to your Memorial Day meal. You can top the salad with bacon and cashews for smoky and hearty flavors that pair nicely with broccoli.
Red White and Blue Fruit Salad
This tasty fruit salad features the colors associated with Memorial Day and is a healthy addition to your outdoor holiday meal. You can top the berry salad with fresh whipped cream for a delicious finishing touch.
Orange Creamsicle Salad
If you love creamsicles, you’ll love this tasty dessert which is basically a creamsicle in a bowl. It’s topped with fresh orange slices for a bright and refreshing kick.