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Make this Memorial Day Menu While Sipping a Beer & Wearing a Speedo

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Here at Food52, we love recipes—but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.

Today: A Memorial Day menu without the fuss. 

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The temperature's rising and humidity's rearing its ugly head, which mean a couple of things:

  1. Slather on some of that ol' S.P.F.
  2. It's cookout season.

Of course, you don’t need a reason to fire up that grill and slap on a steak, but since Memorial Day marks the start of summer, it's the perfect time to gather family and friends outside and cook up a few seasonal staples.

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In the spirit of the holiday’s casualness—you probably have the day off, after all—ditch the recipes and stop paging through cookbooks. The time’s better spent sipping on fresh-made lemonade and slicing your way to stellar slaw.

Conveniently, lots of our favorite summer foods are intuitive, requiring just a little planning and a bit of know-how. So, crack open a cold one and break out the Speedo (or one-piece, if that’s your style). Your Memorial Day menu just got a whole lot easier. Here are some ideas to get you started: 

Sangria

 

Lemonade

 

Salsa


 

Cheese Straws

 

Potato Salad

  

Chicken Salad

 

 

Bruschetta

  

Burgers

 

Veggie Burgers

 

Slaw

 

 

Icebox Cake

 

Ice Cream Floats

 

Ice Pops 

 

Milkshakes

Tags: Grilling, Summer, Memorial Day, Not Recipes