30 Real Food Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend


30 simple, from-scratch, real food recipes for Memorial Day Weekend on sallysbakingaddiction.com


And by “real food recipes” I mean simple from-scratch dessert, snack, and drink recipes without an onslaught of artificial ingredients. Think: 3 ingredient whipped cream, fresh fruit pies and tarts, flatbread with an easy homemade dough, strawberry lemonade made with actual fruit, make-ahead salads, and so much more.

I felt inspired to share this round-up because I was searching Pinterest for a festive recipe to make for Memorial Day and found it difficult to sift through all the recipes with instant pudding, canned pie filling, and cool whip. Don’t get me wrong, shortcuts are convenient and my favorite cake batter chocolate chip cookies start with a box of cake mix, but nothing beats homemade. ♥

The following 30 summertime recipes celebrate the upcoming season by highlighting its beautifully fresh flavors!

1. BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE PIE

My blueberry crumble pie recipe combines blueberry pie and blueberry crisp in one. Did you read that? Literally the two best summer desserts on the planet in one pie dish.

Use up summer's fresh blueberries in this buttery, juicy, and completely delicious blueberry crumble pie. Topped with brown sugar buttery cinnamon oat crumble! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

2. CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE

Have your cake and eat your veggies, too. I crammed THREE cups of zucchini into this chocolate zucchini cake and you’d never even know it!

Chocolate zucchini cake on sallysbakingaddiction.com

3. ANGEL FOOD CUPCAKES

Light-as-air angel food cupcakes are the epitome of simple summer sweets. Looking to feed a crowd? My party angel food cake is fit for any celebration!

This easy recipe for angel food cupcakes is the perfect light dessert! Made from just a few ingredients, this angel food cake is light as air and topped with fluffy whipped cream. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

4. FRESH BERRY QUINOA SALAD

Fresh berry quinoa salad is a texture lover’s DREAM. There’s minimum lettuce and maximum fun!

Fresh berries, gorgonzola cheese, spinach, basil, and a simple honey lemon dressing makes this healthy quinoa salad hit the spot! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

5. AMERICAN FLAG PIE

The most festive pie to ever come out of my kitchen. Surprisingly enough, a small piece of aluminum foil makes this American flag pie possible!

How to make an easy American Flag Pie! Mixed berry fillings and flaky pie crust recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

6. BLUEBERRY YOGURT SWIRL POPSICLES

Just 3 ingredients to love in these blueberry yogurt swirl popsicles!! So festive!!

3 Ingredient Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles are definitely your new favorite summer treat! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

7. MINI KEY LIME PIES

What’s better than key lime pie? LITTLE BABY key lime pies! If you love individual desserts, try mini cheesecakes (made in a muffin pan) or mini vanilla pound cakes. The crust is made from graham crackers, which aren’t homemade but you get the point!

What's better than key lime pie? INDIVIDUAL mini key lime pies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

8. LEMON BLUEBERRY LAYER CAKE

Lemon blueberry layer cake is a tried and true reader favorite year after year. Made with real ingredients, you’ll taste the bursts of bright flavors!

Deliciously sweet and light Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake. Tangy cream cheese frosting gives each bite a sweet touch! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

9. STRAWBERRY FETA PASTA SALAD

This creamy strawberry feta pasta salad has the WORKS. It’s bright and flavorful and, conveniently enough, tastes best made ahead of time!

Creamy strawberry feta pasta salad is an easy summer pasta salad! It's super flavorful, feeds a crowd, and you can make it ahead. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

10. FRESH FRUIT TART

Summer holidays and fruit tarts go hand-in-hand, so I hope you try my fresh fruit tart with vanilla mascarpone cream. A few readers noticed the mascarpone curdles when they mix it in step 7, so this time I whipped the heavy cream into stiff peaks separately, then folded into the mascarpone. This definitely helped! I garnished it with strawberries, blueberries, and homemade sweetened whipped cream.

Fresh fruit tart with strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and vanilla mascarpone cream! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

11. PAVLOVA

Pavlova features three completely different textures in one single bite. Top with your favorite fresh fruits, homemade lemon curd, or strawberry compote. Love this summer beauty!

Pavlova is crisp on the edges, chewy on top, and marshmallow soft and creamy in the centers. Pile high with lemon curd, whipped cream, and fresh fruit to make a naturally delicious gluten free dessert! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

12. HONEY SWEETENED STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade is sweetened with honey and made from real strawberries and lemons. You can DEFINITELY taste the difference!

Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade has ZERO refined sugar and is FULL of incredible, healthy flavor! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

13. HOMEMADE CHERRY PIE

You won’t find canned filling or store-bough crust here. My recipe for homemade cherry pie is a 100% homemade from scratch summertime delight.

Learn how to make the best homemade cherry pie from scratch! With a buttery flaky pie crust and juicy cherry filling, this is the essential summer dessert! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

14. SOUTHWESTERN CHOPPED CHICKEN SALAD

Southwestern chopped chicken salad has everything from fresh corn and avocado to grilled chicken and zesty taco seasoning (and tortilla chips!!). Something to please everyone at the party. A giant fiesta of flavor and texture in 1 bowl! We are OBSESSED WITH THIS SALAD.

Fiesta in a bowl! This easy, make ahead chopped chicken salad is full of southwestern flavor and is on the table in minutes! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

15. MIXED BERRY GALETTE

As delicious and impressive as pie, but half the work. This mixed berry galette with a buttermilk cornmeal crust is the easiest!!!

As delicious and impressive as pie, but half the work! This mixed berry galette with buttermilk cornmeal crust is the easiest summer dessert!

16. BLUEBERRY LEMON ICEBOX CAKE

Blueberry lemon icebox cake is cool, refreshing, laid back, and SUPER simple. Everything a summer dessert should be! It’s fun to serve because people have no idea what to expect from graham crackers and whipped cream. Again, graham crackers aren’t homemade but the filling is from scratch. 🙂

Cool, refreshing, and SUPER easy blueberry lemon icebox cake with fresh whipped cream! No-bake, delicious, melt in your mouth summer dessert! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

17. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

Easy strawberry shortcake is pure homemade goodness that celebrates the season’s fresh flavors. Skip the store-bought biscuits and whipped cream loaded with who-the-heck-knows-what and have fun making it at home!

How to make strawberry shortcake at home! Sweet easy biscuits and whipped cream from scratch! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

18. FIESTA CORN AVOCADO SALSA

Fiesta corn avocado salsa is completely addicting and packed with avocado, black beans, cilantro, and plenty of flavor. I recommend a double batch and you can prep it the day before!

Completely addicting corn salsa packed with avocado, black beans, cilantro, and plenty of flavor! There are NEVER any leftovers. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

19. SPARKLING FRUIT SANGRIA

Colorful and fizzy, this sparkling fruit sangria is full of champagne, sweet white wine, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, a kiss of lemon, a touch of OJ, and a lot of sparkle. Is it really a holiday without some sparkle?!

A crowd-pleasing bubbly, fruity white sangria that is perfect for any occasion! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

20. FRUIT PIZZA

A summertime classic! Homemade fruit pizza starts with a from-scratch sugar cookie crust and is topped with thick cream cheese frosting and all of the fresh fruit you can pile on!

21. STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE

Even rhubarb skeptics fall in love with my strawberry rhubarb pie!

My new favorite strawberry rhubarb pie! The filling holds together nicely and the homemade pie crust is phenomenal! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

22. BLUEBERRIES ‘N’ CREAM CUPCAKES

Blueberries ‘n cream cupcakes are bursting with vanilla, juicy blueberries, and a hint of lemon. Topped with lush cream cheese frosting, they’ll be a new summertime fave!

These Blueberries 'n Cream Cupcakes are bursting with vanilla, juicy blueberries, and a hint a lemon. Moist, flavorful, easy! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

23. HONEY CHIPOTLE SALMON

Honey chipotle salmon requires just 5 simple ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare. It’s incredibly easy, tender, and a total crowd-pleaser! Make it on the grill. 🙂

5 ingredient honey chipotle salmon with delicious garlic honey butter on top! Moist and tender with crispy edges. Grilled or baked salmon! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

24. STRAWBERRY KIWI MARGARITAS

Sweet and tangy, you’ll be making pitcher after pitcher of these strawberry kiwi margaritas. Cheers!!!!

Sweet and tangy Frozen Strawberry Kiwi Margaritas - they're so easy, you'll be making pitcher after pitcher! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

25. GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI

Crunchy toasted bread paired with a blend of honey and goat cheese is the perfect match for seasonal fresh fruit. Goat cheese crostini is literally the easiest appetizer to ever come out of my kitchen.

Goat Cheese & Fruit Crostini makes for the easiest appetizer ever! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

26. STRAWBERRY ALMOND CHICKEN SALAD

This colorful strawberry almond chicken salad has it all – juicy berries, crunchy almonds, creamy avocado, chicken, and homemade poppy seed dressing. Summertime in salad form!

This salad has it all! Healthy, easy, and full of fresh berries, chicken, avocado and topped with creamy homemade poppy seed dressing. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

27. BACON-WRAPPED CHEESY JALAPEÑOS

Bacon-wrapped cheesy stuffed jalapeños are the hit of every party. People MIGRATE to these things whenever I bring them. It’s like I brought them gold.

Easy bacon wrapped jalapeños stuffed with a creamy cheese mix. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

28. BERRIES ‘N’ CREAM ICEBOX CAKE

This berries ‘n’ cream icebox cake is the essential end to your Memorial Day BBQ. And it feeds a crowd! Homemade whipped cream instead of cool whip. You can really taste the difference!

Easy icebox cake, perfect for summer, feeds a crowd, no baking, and made with homemade whipped cream! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

29. ZUCCHINI HERBED RICOTTA FLATBREAD

Easy homemade flatbread pizza topped with summery zucchini, herbed ricotta, roasted tomatoes, and fresh basil. So much flavor in this one!

Easy homemade flatbread pizza topped with summery zucchini, herbed ricotta, roasted tomatoes, and fresh basil. So much flavor! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

30. LEMON BERRY TRIFLE

Trifles are as show-stopping as tall layer cakes, but much easier to assemble. My lemon berry trifle has 4 layers to love – lemon pound cake, lemon cheesecake, fresh berries, and homemade whipped cream. Make it ahead!

This show-stopping lemon berry trifle recipe includes lemon pound cake, fresh berries, a lemon cheesecake filling, and fresh whipped cream. Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Q: What are you making this weekend? It’s my birthday on Sunday so there will most definitely be CAKE!



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