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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. 


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.


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: 







Cheese Straws


Potato Salad


Chicken Salad







Veggie Burgers





Icebox Cake


Ice Cream Floats


Ice Pops 



Tags: Grilling, Summer, Memorial Day, Not Recipes