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19 Quick & Easy Recipes We're Making for Memorial Day

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Easy, breezy get-togethers are a hallmark of summer. From last-minute picnics in parks to potluck parties poolside (or just in the backyard), we want dishes that feed a crowd without excessive planning. After all, summer brings a bounty of ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables that basically just ask you to slice them up and set them out.

Summer technically begins June 21, but Memorial Day’s our first long weekend in warm, sunny weather. And you can bet we’re throwing some sort of gathering outdoors. If you’re on the fence, these 19 simple, party-ready recipes will have you inviting a few friends over, too.

Nibbles before the main event

Grilled Corn with Basil Butter
Grilled Corn with Basil Butter
Grilled Okra with Sriracha Lime Salt

Grilled Okra with Sriracha Lime Salt by Beth Kirby | {local milk}

Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin-Spiced Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Grilled Avocado Halves with Cumin-Spiced Quinoa and Black... by Gena Hamshaw

Zahav's Hummus Tehina
Zahav's Hummus Tehina

Everyone's Going to Want Seconds

Halfsies Chicken
Halfsies Chicken
Steak for a Brooklyn Backyard Barbeque

Steak for a Brooklyn Backyard Barbeque by Giulia Melucci

J. Kenji López-Alt’s Grilled Shrimp Scampi-ish With Garlic and Lemon

J. Kenji López-Alt’s Grilled Shrimp Scampi-ish With Garli... by Genius Recipes

Black Bean and Corn Burgers

Black Bean and Corn Burgers by Gena Hamshaw

Alabama-Style Chicken Kebabs

Alabama-Style Chicken Kebabs by inpatskitchen

Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ricotta
Speedy Romeo's Grilled Pizza with Marinated Tomatoes & Ricotta

And just In case you feel like frying

Save room for dessert

Maialino's Olive Oil Cake

Maialino's Olive Oil Cake by Genius Recipes

Salted Chocolate Buckwheat Cookie

Salted Chocolate Buckwheat Cookie by Food52

Lime Posset With Graham Cracker Streusel

Lime Posset With Graham Cracker Streusel by Emma Laperruque

Chocolate Butterflies

Chocolate Butterflies by Leah Bhabha

And don't forget to stay hydrated

Big Batch Matador

Big Batch Matador by Samantha Weiss Hills

Tea Thyme Soda

Tea Thyme Soda by hardlikearmour

Watermelonade

Watermelonade by Merrill Stubbs

Pineapple Daiquiri Punch

Pineapple Daiquiri Punch by Food52

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What are you making for Memorial Day? Firing up the grill? Hosting a potluck? Share all your ideas in the comments below!


Tags: Grill/Barbecue, Quick and Easy