These fresh Memorial Day salad recipes are perfect for serving during your Memorial Day cookout to help round out your menu of grilled meat main dishes. Add tons of flavor with tasty side dishes and summer vegetables.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer.
Before you toss those hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, it is important to pause during the long weekend to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Without those amazing and dedicated service men and women, we wouldn't have the opportunity to gather with loved ones to enjoy the holiday weekend and the amazing feast you've got planned for the party.
A perfect Memorial Day cookout is filled with fresh salad recipes that feature flavorful recipes with red, white, and blue elements balanced with seasonal flavors that pair perfectly with the main course.
I hope these delicious Memorial Day salad recipes along with my Memorial Day dessert recipes help you plan the perfect holiday meal.
- Fruit Salad with Fruit Dip
- Veggie Tray with Dip
- Watermelon Salad
- Southern Macaroni Salad
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Chicken Pasta Salad with Grapes
- Fresh Tomato Pasta Salad
- Warm Couscous Salad with Oranges
- Asian Chicken Pasta Salad
- Lemon Orzo Salad with Tomatoes and Dill
- Marinated Tomatoes
- Summertime Potato Salad
- Carrot Apple Salad
- Chow Chow Relish
- Green Bean Salad
- Roasted Peppers and Pineapple Salad
- Strawberry Basil Salad
- Caprese Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Mexican Corn Salad with Feta
- Deviled Egg Salad
- Pineapple Marshmallow Salad
- Pistachio Fluff
- Creamy Grape Salad
- Strawberry Pretzel Salad
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Fruit Salad with Fruit Dip
Filling your buffet table doesn't need to be difficult. Rely on a few store bought short cuts to make it super easy!
Buy a large fruit salad platter from the grocery store and simply add a sweet fruit dip on the side.
Fresh watermelon is an essential Memorial Day ingredient. You could slice it up into big wedges and just put it on a platter as as an easy side dish for everyone to enjoy.
You could also easily turn it into a fresh watermelon salad with fresh basil leaves and a simple creamy dressing.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Fresh strawberries also bring that pretty pop of bright red to the table.
Make a big salad with fresh strawberries AND fresh blueberries on a bed of spinach and drizzle it with my homemade strawberry vinaigrette for the perfect red, white, and blue salad.
Warm Couscous Salad with Oranges
If you want a simple side dish that is loaded with fresh vegetables, don't miss this easy warm couscous salad that can actually be served at room temperature, too.
Fresh peppers, onions, cilantro, and juicy mandarin oranges make this a perfect pairing with grilled chicken or pork.
Asian Chicken Pasta Salad
Whether or not you want to add the broiled chicken to this pasta salad, the zippy Asian lime vinaigrette dressing makes this chilled pasta salad a mayo-free pasta salad you could serve in the heat.
My Asian pasta salad has fresh crunchy vegetables including carrots, bell peppers, and green onions for tons of flavor.
Lemon Orzo Salad with Tomatoes and Dill
Bright red cherry tomatoes, fresh garden dill, and tangy feta cheese are the highlight of this lemon orzo salad that can be served warm, room temperature, or chilled.
If you're looking for a Mediterranean recipe to pair with grilled chicken or fish, this is a healthy recipe for a lighter Memorial Day menu.
Summertime Potato Salad
Is it really a backyard party if there isn't a summertime potato salad with bacon?? My recipe skips the mayo and uses a mustard vinaigrette with savory bacon, summery sweet corn, and fresh herbs.
You could add fresh crispy green beans to the mix if you prefer.
Chow Chow Relish
If you're planning grilled pork tenderloin, pork chops, spicy chicken, hot dogs or brats/sausages, you truly need to give my homemade chow chow relish a try this summer.
Filled with fresh veggies and a tangy vinegar dressing, it is the perfect complement to the main course.
Roasted Peppers and Pineapple Salad
With platters of savory meats on the dinner table, you need plenty of colorful veggies and fresh fruits to balance out the meal.
This easy roasted peppers and pineapple recipe can be made ahead and served chilled as a simple party salad.
An even better way to serve fresh tomatoes for your party is to slice up an easy caprese salad platter with fresh mozzarella and fresh basil.
You could add a sprinkle of fresh blueberries to the platter for a dash of red, white, and blue. The blueberries would still pair perfectly with that balsamic vinegar drizzle over the top.
Buffalo Chicken Salad
Want to offer a healthy salad recipe that your friends could choose to make their main dish instead of a heavy grilled entree?
This chilled buffalo chicken salad is so perfectly spicy and has just the right balance with the creamy blue cheese dressing drizzled over the top.
Deviled Egg Salad
Hard boiled eggs and a dash of hot sauce with fresh chives makes this deviled egg salad better than all the rest!
You could plan to serve it for egg salad sandwiches or just serve the egg salad in a large bowl next to a platter of crispy lettuce and let your friends top their own.
Pineapple Marshmallow Salad
When you want a creamy salad that brings a bit of sweetness to the table, you can't go wrong with my pineapple marshmallow salad.
Filled with pineapple and mandarin oranges with a little coconut for texture, this sweet dish can be served as a side dish or a chilled dessert.
Creamy Grape Salad
The sour cream and cream cheese dressing for this creamy grape salad has brown sugar for sweetness and pecans for crunch.
This is one of my favorite side dishes for a party because it is the perfect excuse for adding a little something sweet to my plate!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Well alright, let's be honest. This is likely considered to be more of a dessert than a salad . . . unless you live in the Midwest.
But this creamy strawberry pretzel salad with Jello topping is so pretty, it just simply belongs at your Memorial Day party!