60 Memorial Day Sides, From Potato Salad to Veggie Kabobs

60 Memorial Day Sides, From Potato Salad to Veggie Kabobs

Time to fire up the grill and celebrate the unofficial start of summer! Memorial Day weekend marks warmer weather, and it's the perfect excuse to throw a BBQ party or a celebratory picnic. And no meal is complete without some flavorful and easy-to-prepare Memorial Day side dishes. We've picked our favorite delicious recipes —including traditional BBQ sides — that will add so much flavor to your plate. These easy Memorial Day foods, from potato salad to grilled peach caprese, are sure to satisfy.

Add some freshness, with our healthy salads, grilled vegetables and refreshing dips perfect for dunking. For those who need something more filling to bulk up the main course, try heftier side options like our grilled pizzas and loaded flatbreads. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the classics: Here you’ll find all of your summer favorites, like coleslaw, corn and delicious new.

Every one of these delicious side options will help round out your family's feast — just don't forget to save a smidge of room for Memorial Day dessert (of course!).

1) Ranch Slaw

Persian cucumbers and sugar snap peas — plus a healthy glug of ranch dressing — make this crunchy, zesty slaw the perfect partner to heavier dishes.

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2) Grilled Cabbage Wedges With Creamy Caraway Dressing

Charring the cabbage causes it to caramelize, amping up its natural sweetness while adding a hint of smokiness. Try it!

Get the Grilled Cabbage Wedges With Creamy Caraway Dressing recipe.

3) Cheesy Bay Biscuits

These tender, craggy drop biscuits, made with Cheddar and Old Bay compound butter, are much easier to shape than the rolled kind.

Get the Cheesy Bay Biscuits recipe.

4) Cheesy Kale Nests

Laced with ribbons of kale, these bites are surprisingly light but big on flavor — we bet you can’t eat just one! Bonus: They air-fry in only five minutes.

Get the Cheesy Kale Nests recipe.

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5) Shaved Fennel and Celery Salad

This light, refreshing salad gets a boost of flavor from chopped capers and Parmesan, which complement the honey-Dijon vinaigrette.

Get the Shaved Fennel and Celery Salad recipe.

6) Cucumber Radish Salad

Slightly spicy radishes, fresh cucumbers and sweet basil are a perfect start-of-summer salad combination.

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7) Cheesy Garlic Bread

Turn leftover focaccia into a seriously crowd-pleasing side, best paired with any main.

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8) Chickpea Salad with Smashed Cucumbers

Packed with irresistible veggies like red onion, crunchy cucumbers and sweet cherry tomatoes, this invigorating salad is great for Memorial Day and leftovers tomorrow.

Get the Chickpea Salad with Smashed Cucumbers recipe.

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9) Cobb Salad

This isn’t just your average healthy salad to enjoy while snacking at your desk, it's fit for a Memorial Day feast!

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10) Herby Red Potato Salad

You can't beat a classic, but you can elevate it! Potato salad gets a glow-up in this recipe with fresh dill, parsley, scallions and an irresistible dressing.

Get the Herby Red Potato Salad recipe.

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11) Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Marinated Feta

Spice up this veggie dish with roasted chickpeas and herb-infused feta for a flavorful and filling side.

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12) Bright Radish Salad

This salad is so beautiful it's a centerpiece all on its own! Thinly slice a variety of radishes for this stunning and colorful side dish.

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13) Spiced Snack Mix

In addition to a perfect pre-meal snack, this savory mix is completely customizable: Add in parmesan cheese, nuts or any spices your heart desires to create your ideal salty concoction.

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14) Wedge Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

The secret to this wedge salad? An all-green, herby dressing loaded with parsley, dill and chives.

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15) Watermelon Salad with Feta

Searching for a unique and refreshing side dish? Look no further than this watermelon salad paired with feta, cucumber and mint.

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16) Succotash

Get in all of your favorite summer veggies with this succotash loaded with corn, zucchini, tomatoes and green beans.

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17) Green Slaw

Serve up this classic green coleslaw for a dish sure to please each and every one of your guests.

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18) Peach Caprese Salad

This sweet and salty salad pairs peaches with honey, almonds, mozzarella and fresh basil. What more could you ask for?

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19) Grilled Broccoli

Give fresh broccoli a major upgrade with a little time on the grill and a dunk in a spicy lemon-butter sauce.

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20) Cucumber and Cantaloupe Salad with Savory Quinoa Granola

If you're bringing this colorful side to a party, pack the granola on the side so it stays crispy. Everyone will love it!

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21) Onion Flatbread

This cheesy onion flatbread is a mouthwatering side perfect for sharing.

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22) Thai Green Papaya Salad

Our take on this Thai dish stars green papaya, which is a mild-flavored fruit similar to an unripe mango.

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23) Vegan Caesar Salad

For the plant-based guests at your Memorial Day party, this creamy salad doubles as a main dish.

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24) Creamy Basil Potato Salad

Switch up your potato salad this year by ditching classic mayo for crème fraîche.

Get the Creamy Basil Potato Salad recipe.

(Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly)
25) Lemon Orzo Salad

Raw zucchini (a.k.a. summer’s finest veggie) gets “cooked” when added to the hot pasta. Bonus: It’s a cinch to make ahead of time and easy to double for big families.

Get the Lemon Orzo Salad recipe.

(Mike Garten)
26) Tomato, Peach and Basil Salad

This sweet-salty salad with fruit, feta and fresh herbs takes 10 minutes to make.

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(Mike Garten)
27) Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Dip

We lightened up the usual gooey baked version and made ours with tons of herbs, walnuts for crunch and cheese for a hit of savory flavor.

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(Mike Garten)
28) Rhubarb and Citrus Salad with Black Pepper Vinaigrette

Balance out the creamy and spicy flavors on your plate with this tangy salad, complete with fresh rhubarb and Cara Cara oranges.

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(Mike Garten)
29) Muhammara Dip

This Turkish-inspired dip is made with roasted red peppers, walnuts, lemon juice, garlic and ground sumac for a rich, intensely flavorful spread that will be the hit of your party.

Get the Muhammara Dip recipe.

RELATED: 80 Best Party Dip Recipes That Are Easy to Serve a Crowd

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30) Tangy Charred Coleslaw

Lightly charring wedges of cabbage before cutting it into smaller pieces transforms ordinary slaw into extraordinary.

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31) Sesame Cucumber Salad

Sick of salads? Try this fresh, crunchy version that contains zero lettuce.

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32) Grilled Carrots

Grilled carrots tossed with spicy harissa paste and a drizzle of honey make the perfect sweet and smoky complement to any main dish.

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33) Shaved Carrot and Radish Salad

The citrusy vinaigrette seeps into the crunchy salad as it sits, making this a great make-ahead option.

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34) Cayenne Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad

An added bonus: If there are any vegetarians at your picnic, this grilled eggplant dish can easily become a hearty main once you sandwich it between a burger bun.

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(Mike Garten)
35) Pesto Zucchini Orzo

Marinate zucchini and yellow squash in vinegar to add even more flavor to this perked-up pesto dish.

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36) Corn Wheels with Hot Honey Butter

Give summer a warm welcome by complementing your main with these sweet and spicy corn wheels. Top tip: The more honey butter, the better.

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(Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly)
37) Cowboy Caviar

Loaded with black eyed peas, tomatoes, scallions, yellow pepper, jalapeño and corn, this dip is practically a meal in itself.

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(Mike Garten)
38) Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Keep things light, fresh, and low-cal with Asian-inspired zoodles. Best of all, they only take 15 minutes from start to finish.

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39) Spinach and Yogurt Dip

This Iranian-inspired dip combines plain yogurt with spinach and mint for a tangy, fresh option at the snack table. Pass the pita!

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(Mike Garten)
40) Heirloom Tomato Salad

This heirloom and grape tomato salad gives summer's finest the spotlight they deserve.

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(Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly)
41) Greek Salad

This is our kind of salad, packed with feta, veggies, capers and tons of flavor.

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(Mike Garten)
42) Chilled Tortellini Romesco

You'll never go back to plain old pasta once you've had a cheesy side salad. Bonus: the Romesco sauce can also be tossed with potatoes, used as a dip or a killer sandwich spread.

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(Mike Garten)
43) BLT Pasta Salad

Your favorite sandwich totally works as a pasta salad with bacon, tomatoes and arugula.

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44) Grilled Veggies With Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

See? You greens (and reds and yellows) can be exciting. Just throw them on the grill until they're slightly charred before tossing with homemade vinaigrette.

Get the Grilled Veggies with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette recipe.

(Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly)
45) Parisian Potato Salad

That niçoise salad that you can't get enough of? This is basically the same thing but with potatoes as the main ingredient. Yum.

Get the Parisian Potato Salad recipe.

RELATED: 58 Easy Potato Recipes For Weeknight Dinners, Thanksgiving and More

(Mike Garten)
46) Tomato-Ricotta Grilled Pizza

This pizza with fresh ricotta, Pecorino Romano and a touch of honey will be the hit of the party.

Get the Tomato-Ricotta Grilled Pizza recipe.

(Mike Garten)
47) Marinated Mushrooms

Marinated in a sweet n tangy dressing, these 'shrooms can dress up any boring burger.

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48) Rainbow Veggie Kabobs

While you're making burgers and hot dogs, toss these seasoned veggies — tomatoes, broccoli, squash and mushrooms — onto the grill.

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(Mike Garten)
49) Spring Salad Recipe with Apricot Vinaigrette

Get in your greens with this butter lettuce, watercress and cucumber salad. It's almost too pretty to eat!

Get the Spring Salad Recipe with Apricot Vinaigrette recipe.

(Mike Garten)
50) Cabbage and Corn Slaw

Get all the flavors — sweet, spicy and creamy — in one bite with this corn, cabbage and cayenne blend.

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(Mike Garten)
51) Tahini-Lemon Quinoa with Asparagus Ribbons

Asparagus "ribbons" may sound fancy, but really they're just fresh asparagus shaved with a vegetable peeler. Easiest party trick ever.

Get the Tahini-Lemon Quinoa with Asparagus Ribbons recipe.

(Mike Garten)
52) Grilled Leek Potato Salad

Toss this mild oniony veg on the grill for a boost of charred flavor to a classic grainy mustard potato salad.

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(Mike Garten)
53) Miso-Glazed Radishes

Miso, a fermented soybean paste, adds saltiness to roasted radishes for a quick and easy side.

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(Mike Garten)
54) Honey-Lime Ramen Salad

Turn your college go-to into a standout summer side dish by mixing in chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and cabbage.

Get the Honey-Lime Ramen Salad recipe.

(Mike Garten)
55) Mexican Grilled Corn

Add some flair to your family picnic with this cheesy, Mexican-inspired corn.

Get the Mexican Grilled Corn recipe.

(Mike Garten)
56) White Bean and Broccolini Salad

Thanks to red pepper flakes, this beans and greens salad brings the heat to your table.

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(Mike Garten)
57) Summer Squash Pizza

This summer stunner topped with zucchini, yellow squash, fresh herbs and goat cheese goes with anything.

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(Mike Garten)
58) Melon Mosaic

Fruit salad but fancy. Lean on summer's staple trio feta cheese, watermelon and tomatoes for a pretty side.

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59) Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip

Grilled corn is even better when paired with creamy ricotta cheese and warm baguettes. This recipe is proof.

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(Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly)
60) Tomato Panzanella

A plate full of sourdough bread and sliced tomatoes? Your picnic table is looking better already.

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(Mike Garten)

Ahead of your Memorial Day barbecue or picnic, make these easy Memorial Day side dishes to pair with your burgers, hot dogs or other grilled staples.