If you’ve been invited to a Memorial Day BBQ, it’s important not to show up empty-handed. Bring an impressive dish to add to the picnic spread, whether you’re a gourmet chef or don’t have much experience in the kitchen. These treats are sure to make your outdoor celebration even more enjoyable.
Watermelon Rice Treats
These crispy rice treats are shaped like watermelon slices and are easy to transport to your Memorial Day picnic. This light, sweet dessert is a welcomed treat for kids and adults and they’re easy to make.
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Quick Taco Dip
Dips are a great appetizer for picnics since they give the host time to put the finishing touches on the main meal. This taco dip is tasty and only takes minutes to make. Top with your favorite taco fixings and serve with tortilla chips for dipping.
If you’ve been asked to bring the dessert to the Memorial Day barbecue, impress the guests with mini whoopie pies. These cream-filled cookies offer a delicious mix of chocolate and vanilla flavors. The desserts are also easy to eat while you’re socializing with everyone or playing some games at the picnic.
Margarita Tres Leches Cake
Tres leches cake is a delicious treat with decadent flavors that go perfect with barbecued foods. Give the cake margarita-like flavor and top with lime wedges to bring to your next Memorial Day party. This cake is also tasty with a classic margarita if cocktails are served at the celebration.
Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad
Potato salad is a staple at most barbecues and you can make this popular side dish appropriate for Memorial Day by adding red, white and blue/purple potatoes. This salad is flavorful and visually appealing so you’re sure to impress the party host with your creative rendition of a classic picnic treat.
Grilled Brats with Sriracha Mayo
If you want to have something a little different this Memorial Day, try grilled brats instead of hot dogs. Brats cook well on the grill and the sriracha mayo adds a spicy kick to this picnic treat.
Confetti Snack Mix
Snack mix is a go-to for a parties and includes something from everyone whether you love sweet or savory flavors. Pretzels, whole grain cereal, chocolate candy, raisins, and banana chips make this snack mix crunchy and delicious.
Colorful Cornbread Salad
This layered salad is delicious and packed with nutritious ingredients. Cornbread serves as the “croutons” for this salad and tastes great with lettuce, spinach, and cheese. This colorful salad is sure to impress all the guests at the Memorial Day celebration.
Summer Squash Salad
A flavorful salad filled with fresh veggies is the perfect side dish for grilled meat and a tasty alternative to coleslaw. This salad is filled with squash, zucchini, and radishes for mild flavor and a hint of sweetness.
Strawberry Lime Bars
This tasty dessert is great for taking to a picnic since the bars are easy for people to eat while socializing. The decadent combination of berry and citrus flavors will make these dessert bars a welcomed addition to the picnic.
Cherry Plum Slab Pie with Walnut Streusel
This pie is easy to prepare but it’s a delicious and gourmet-style treat that will make your Memorial Day picnic one to remember. Cherries and plums are both sweet and tart, and the walnut streusel is the perfect finishing touch for this dessert.
Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Bring a few bottles of homemade Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce to your Memorial Day celebration as a gift for the host. Be sure to bring enough sauce to flavor the grilled meats or vegetables as well.
Buttery Horseradish Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob seasoned with butter and horseradish goes great with grilled steaks or chicken. The corn is both savory and spicy and offers a sweet, satisfying crunch.
Freezer Strawberry Shortbread
If you love strawberry shortcake, try this icebox version of the classic dessert. The satisfying berry flavor and cool temperature is ideal for a picnic, and you’ll likely want to make this dessert after Memorial Day as well.
Sweet-Tart Cucumber Salad
This cucumber salad is both sweet and sour and goes great with smoky, barbecued meats. This cool and refreshing treat is a tasty vegetarian side dish that is simple to put together in a matter of minutes.
Shrimp Pasta Salad
If you want to bring pasta salad to the picnic, add some shrimp and a creamy dressing for a salad version of shrimp scampi. This dish is a perfect choice if you’re serving guests who are seafood lovers.
Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
This sweet version of chips and salsa will be a favorite with kids and adults alike. A salsa made with apples and strawberries goes great with chips dusted with cinnamon and sugar.
Southwestern Star Dip
Try this Tex-Mex dip if the guests at the Memorial Day picnic love the savory flavors of tomatoes, cheese, and chives. Shape the tomatoes in the shape of star to top the dip to add visual appeal to this holiday-appropriate treat.
Strawberry Jam Cake
This beautiful pink cake has a pronounced strawberry flavor which makes it ideal for a summer picnic. Frost the cake with a strawberry cream cheese icing for a sweet and delicious finishing touch.
Smores on a Stick
When you’re enjoying a meal outdoors, you may be tempted to start a fire and make smores. These delicious treats are appealing to chocolate lovers and when you serve the smores on a stick, they’re easier to carry around the picnic while you enjoy other activities.
Mango and Jicama Salad
This cool and refreshing salad can be served in place of coleslaw for a citrus and herb-flavored treat that offers the perfect complement to barbecued chicken.
If you’re going to a barbecue, take these smores brownies with you. Top the fudgy brownies with marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs for a delicious dessert that is sure to be a hit.
Avocado and Artichoke Pasta Salad
This vegetarian side dish is packed with flavor and is a colorful addition to the Memorial Day spread. Artichokes and avocado also add nutritional value to this creamy salad.
Cheesy BBQ Beef Dip
Beef and cheese are the main ingredients in this delicious dip that tastes like tacos. Bring along this appetizer to your Memorial Day celebration with red, white, and blue tortilla chips for dipping.
These beans are prepared with mustard and molasses for a sweet and savory treat that pairs deliciously with barbecued chicken or steak. The beans can also make a great vegetarian side dish so you can ensure everyone at the cookout has something delicious to enjoy.