What to Serve With Pasta Salad

What goes with pasta salad? Serve this versatile dish as a main or a side! You can try it as…

What goes with pasta salad? Serve this versatile dish as a main or a side! You can try it as a side dish for burgers, sandwiches, chicken or fish, or as a main dish for lunch or dinner with other salads, slaws, and more.

Sides to Go With Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is one of our summer staples: it’s so hearty and versatile and can be served in so many ways. But what goes with pasta salad? What pairs perfectly with this crowd-pleasing side dish?

The fun part is this: pasta salad works as either a main dish or a side! Here are a few of the main ideas for what to serve pasta salad:

  • Serve it for lunch with veggies and dip, crackers or bread, or fresh fruit
  • Serve it as a dinner with other summer salads like bean salad, cucumber salad, or watermelon salad
  • Serve it as a side for burgers, sandwiches, chicken, or fish.

As two cookbook authors and recipe experts, Alex and I have made lots of cold pasta salad recipes. Keep reading for all the dishes we like to serve alongside!

What to serve with pasta salad

Top pasta salad recipes

Alex and I love pasta salad, and we make it often in the summer or for lunches. Here are a few different types of cold pasta salad recipes:

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

What Goes With Pasta Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 to 6
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What goes with pasta salad? This versatile dish can be a main or a side! Serve it as a side dish for burgers, sandwiches, chicken or fish, or as a main dish with salads, slaws, and more. There are so many ways to eat this tasty recipe! This Mediterranean pasta salad recipe is bursting with fresh flavor! Mix up a batch as an easy side dish or quick lunch.


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced into half moons (2 cups)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cups baby arugula (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, grated (or ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles (omit for vegan and add more salt)

Instructions

  1. Start a large pot of well-salted water to boil. Boil the pasta until al dente according to the package instructions. Drain the pasta and run cool water over it until it’s room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the cucumber and tomatoes, chop the sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts, and slice the onion.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, and kosher salt. Then whisk in the olive oil.
  4. Once the pasta is done, add it to the large bowl of dressing and toss with the chopped vegetables. Add the feta cheese and fresh ground black pepper and stir to combine. 
  5. Taste and add more salt to taste if necessary. Serve immediately. Stores up to 5 days refrigerated (leftovers taste great; allow to come to room temperature and add a swirl more olive oil or a bit more salt as necessary).
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

20 Easy Chicken Dinner Ideas

These chicken dinner ideas answer that age old question, what’s for dinner? Try all our best chicken recipes: pan dinners,…

These chicken dinner ideas answer that age old question, what’s for dinner? Try all our best chicken recipes: pan dinners, soups, salads, enchiladas, and more—including delicious ideas for both chicken breast and thighs! There’s something for everyone in this list.

Chicken dinner ideas

What’s for dinner? Even though we’re two-time cookbook authors and food bloggers, we’re also busy parents who are often stumped by this question. Chicken to the rescue!

There are so many fun, creative chicken dinner ideas that are easy to whip up. As two cookbook authors and recipe developers, we’ve made it our goal to uncover all of them! Here’s a list of our top chicken recipes that our readers and family love, including:

  • Skillet dinners, whipped up a skillet with a creamy sauce like Tuscan chicken, lemon garlic chicken, and more
  • One pot dinners like our easy chicken and rice
  • Grilled chicken like grilled chicken breast or thighs
  • Baked chicken like Greek chicken or baked chicken thighs
  • Salads like grilled chicken salad or chicken pasta salad
  • Enchiladas and tacos
  • Soups and sandwiches

And now, our top chicken dinner ideas (breast and thighs)!

Sides to serve with chicken dinners

How to make your chicken dinner into a meal? We’ve compiled all our ideas into this list of 50 Side Dishes for Chicken. Here are some highlights:

More chicken techniques

Learn more about these essential chicken techniques!

Frequently asked questions

What are some easy chicken dinner ideas for busy weeknights?

For busy weeknights, opt for quick and simple recipes like Lemon Garlic Chicken or Pan Seared Chicken, stir-fries, or pasta dishes with chicken. You can also try using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken to save even more time in dishes like enchiladas and soups.

What are some healthy chicken dinner ideas?

There are plenty of healthy chicken dinner options! Grilled chicken or Greek chicken with vegetables, chicken salads with light dressings like grilled chicken salad, and chicken soups are all great choices. Focus on lean protein, whole grains, and plenty of vegetable recipes for a balanced meal.

What can I do with leftover cooked chicken?

Leftover cooked chicken is a versatile ingredient that can be used in numerous dishes. Add it to salads, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, pasta dishes, or stir-fries. You can also shred it and use it in casseroles, chicken enchiladas, or quesadillas.

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Chicken and rice recipe

20 Chicken Dinner Ideas


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4
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This one-pot chicken and rice is the perfect easy dinner idea that’s bursting with flavor! Tender chicken thighs and fluffy rice simmer in a cozy broth, with a burst of freshness from the zesty parsley and lemon gremolata topping.


Ingredients

For the chicken

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the rice

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, minced
  • 1 ½ cups white rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill

For the gremolata

  • ⅓ cup finely chopped Italian parsley, (about 1/2 bunch)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 large lemon)
  • 1/2 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 grind black pepper

Instructions

  1. Dry the chicken thighs and season with the kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder and lots of fresh ground pepper. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, until golden brown. Remove the chicken to a plate, leaving the juices in the pan.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the garlic and onion. Cook for 5 minutes, until the onions are very tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the broth, rice, dill and kosher salt, scraping the bottom of the pan to pick up all of the seasoning from the chicken. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and top with the browned chicken thighs. Cover with a lid and cook at a low simmer for 15 to 18 minutes until rice is tender and all of the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl mix together the ingredients for the gremolata.
  4. Remove the heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff the rice with a fork, then top with the gremolata and serve warm.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Chicken
  • Cuisine: Chicken Dinner
  • Diet: Gluten Free

25 Grilled Dinner Ideas

Want to fire up the grill? These grilled dinner ideas are perfect for entertaining or a laid back evening in,…

Want to fire up the grill? These grilled dinner ideas are perfect for entertaining or a laid back evening in, from shrimp tacos to grilled cheese.

Grilled dinner ideas: chicken salad recipe

Want to fire up the grill? Yes, grilling season is all about infusing that smoky, charred flavor into everything you touch. Here’s the thing: the grill’s not just for burgers and hot dogs! There are so many grilled dinner ideas beyond the bun.

Alex and I are huge grill fans. In fact, if it’s food, we’ve probably tried to grill it! We love unique things like BBQ cauliflower and grilled Caesar salad, just as much as more traditional things like grilled salmon.

Here, we’ve collected our top favorite easy grilled dinner ideas! From our very best grilled veggie burger that stays together on the grill (we promise!) to our always popular grilled shrimp tacos, we think you’ll love every single one of them. Ready to get started?

Our top grilled dinner ideas!

More grilled dinner ideas

And, just in case you still need more inspiration: a few more dinner ideas where those came from!

Frequently asked questions

What are some easy grilled dinner ideas for beginners?

Great question! For those new to grilling, try simple recipes like purchased burgers, hot dogs, sausages, chicken breasts, or kebabs. These are easy to prepare and cook quickly, making them perfect for weeknight meals.

Can I grill fruit for dessert?

Absolutely! Grilled fruit is a delicious and healthy dessert option. Try grilled pineapple, grilled peaches, grilled bananas, grilled apples, or even watermelon for a unique flavor experience.

How do I know when my grilled food is done?

Use a meat thermometer to ensure your food is cooked to the proper internal temperature. You can also check for visual cues like tenderness, color change, and juices running clear.

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Italian dressing.

25 Grilled Dinner Ideas: Grilled Summer Salad & More!


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
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Get ready for a flavor explosion! This grilled chicken salad recipe combines juicy chicken, crunchy vegetables and a tangy Italian vinaigrette, topped with pepperoncini and Parmesan for a zesty, satisfying meal.


Ingredients

  • 1 recipe grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, grilled salmon, or grilled tofu
  • 1 recipe Italian Dressing*
  • 1 romaine heart (3 cups)
  • 5 cups leafy lettuce, like butter (Bibb) lettuce or other varieties
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, and drained
  • 1 English cucumber (2 cups chopped)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)
  • ½ cup jarred sliced pepperoncini
  • ¼ cup Parmesan shavings or shreds
  • Fresh basil or dill, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. If not already butterflied, place your hand over the top of each chicken breast. Use a sharp knife to carefully slice the breast horizontally, leaving the edge intact so it can open up like a book (or butterfly!). Unfold the breast like a book, then cut along the fold to separate the two halves.
  2. Add the chicken to a container and add the olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, dill, kosher salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Mix with your hands until evenly coated. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours). 
  3. Preheat a grill to high heat (450 to 550°F).
  4. Meanwhile for the salad, make the Italian dressing. Prepare the romaine, lettuce, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, and avocado. 
  5. Grill the chicken breasts until grill marks appear and it releases from the grates, 2 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until no longer pink in the center and the internal temperature is 165°F, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove to a platter and cover with foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing for maximum juiciness.
  6. Place the greens on a plate, then top with the vegetables, grilled chicken, pepperoncini, Parmesan shavings, and basil or dill. Drizzle with the desired amount of dressing and serve. If making in advance, refrigerate the components separately; bring the dressing to room temperature before serving. Leftover chicken stores up to 3 days, refrigerated.

Notes

*If desired, you can also substitute different dressing recipes or purchased dressings. Try Greek Salad Dressing, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Easy Vinaigrette, or Honey Mustard Dressing.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Grilled
  • Diet: Gluten Free

20 Fun Summer Dinner Ideas

Need summer dinner ideas? Here are all the best recipes for the season: grilled or no cook, with fresh seasonal…

Need summer dinner ideas? Here are all the best recipes for the season: grilled or no cook, with fresh seasonal ingredients!

Summer dinner ideas, summer dinner recipes

Summer is one of the best seasons for home cooking. This is the time of year to whip out the grill or make fresh, minimally-cooked recipes. Grab your tomatoes, basil, and corn, because we’ve got the freshest ideas for your patio!

Here are all top summer dinner ideas! They’re either grilled, involve minimal cooking, or feature the best fresh summer ingredients you’ll find at your farmers market or in your garden. Then keep reading for some side dish suggestions and drink pairings. Let the season begin!

And now, our favorite summer dinner ideas!

Summer side dishes to pair

Got your summer dinner recipes covered? Let’s move on to sides! Here are all our top summer side dishes and summer salads that make the most delicious complete meals.

Top it off with drinks & treats

Need some ideas for summer cocktails or summery desserts? We’ve got that too! Pair some of these tasty ideas:

Frequently asked questions

What are some easy, no-cook dinner ideas for hot summer nights?

Great question! When it’s too hot to turn on the oven, try refreshing salads with grilled chicken or grilled shrimp, flavorful gazpacho, or colorful veggie wraps. You could also assemble a charcuterie board with fresh fruit and cheese, or whip up a quick ceviche.

How can I incorporate seasonal produce into my summer dinners?

Summer is bursting with delicious fruits and vegetables! Take advantage of the season’s bounty by adding tomatoes, corn, zucchini, berries, and melons to your meals. Grill them, add them to salads, or use them as toppings for pizzas and tacos.

What are some fun, family-friendly grilling ideas for summer?

Get the whole family involved in grilling! Try kebabs with different combinations of meat, veggies, and fruit, or build-your-own burgers with various toppings. You could also grill pizzas, make grilled fish tacos, or even desserts like grilled peaches.

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Tomato basil pasta

20 Summer Dinner Ideas: Cherry Tomato & Basil Pasta


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
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This cherry tomato pasta pairs sweet tomatoes blistered in a hot pan with fresh basil and Parmesan. An easy dinner idea that’s simply stunning!


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces short pasta (penne, rigatoni, orecchiette (shown here), shells, cavatappi, etc)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pints whole cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup pasta water
  • 1 handful fresh small basil leaves, chopped if large

Instructions

  1. Make the pasta: Start a pot of well salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until it is just al dente. Start tasting a few minutes before the package recommends: you want it to be tender but still a little firm on the inside; usually around 7 to 8 minutes. Before draining, reserve some pasta water with a liquid measuring cup (at least ¼ cup). Drain the pasta.
  2. Blister the tomatoes: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a very large heavy skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the tomatoes, making sure there is space around each tomato (they are not touching) and the pan is not crowded. If you’re using a medium pan, cook the tomatoes in 2 batches.* Cook for 1 minute without touching the pan, then 2 to 3 more minutes until blistered, shaking the pan several times to rotate the tomatoes. Turn off the heat and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar, gently shaking several times to coat. Add 2 pinches kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Remove the tomatoes from the pan to a bowl.
  3. Finish the dish: Mince the garlic. Once the pasta is done, in the same pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium low heat. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute until fragrant. Deglaze the pan with ¼ cup pasta water, scraping the pan with a spoon to release all of the flavor of the tomato juices. Turn off the heat.
  4. Add the pasta to the pan and toss to coat. Add the blistered tomatoes, ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, and basil. Season with 2 pinches of kosher salt and lots of fresh ground pepper. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Serve with the remaining ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Notes

*If the pan is too crowded, the tomatoes will steam instead of blistering. It all depends on the size of your pan: if you’re using a medium pan, you’ll have to cook 1 pint at a time.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

25 Fun Vegetarian Grill Recipes

Here are all the best vegetarian grill recipes for the season! These summer favorites feature everything from burgers to side…

Here are all the best vegetarian grill recipes for the season! These summer favorites feature everything from burgers to side dishes to salads.

Vegetarian grill recipes, grill with vegetables

When grilling season rolls around, most people might think of burgers or hot dogs. But turns out, the grill is ideal for vegetables too! You can make endless recipes with the most delectable vegetables of the season, even main dishes like burgers and grilled sandwiches.

So, here are our top vegetarian grill recipes that satisfy any eater! Start with our grillable veggie burger that doesn’t fall apart on the grill (really!). Then there are skewers, grilled sandwiches, and even grilled eggplant Parmesan. Accessorize with a grilled side dish and you’re good to go. Ready to light the grill?

And now…our top vegetarian grill recipes!

Grilled dessert recipes to pair

What to pair with these vegetarian grill recipes? Grilled desserts, of course! Here are some fun ideas for grilled dessert recipes:

  • Make Grilled Apples with sugar and spices, then serve them with “a la mode” with melty vanilla ice cream!
  • Try Grilled Pineapple: it comes out smoky and juicy: serve drizzled with honey or topped with vanilla ice cream.
  • Or, go for Grilled Peaches or Grilled Bananas flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, and topped with melty ice cream.

Frequently asked questions

Are vegetarian grilling options as flavorful as meat?

Absolutely! Vegetarian grilling can be just as delicious and satisfying as grilling meat. The key is using flavorful marinades, rubs, and sauces, and choosing vegetables that hold up well on the grill. Think portobello mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and onions. Even fruits like pineapple and watermelon can be grilled for a unique and delicious dessert.

What are some easy vegetarian grilling recipes for beginners?

There are tons of simple recipes that even grilling novices can master! Some ideas include:

Veggie kabobs with a variety of colorful vegetables and a marinade of your choice

Grilled portobello mushroom caps stuffed with cheese, herbs, and vegetables

Grilled corn on the cob with chili powder, lime, and cilantro

Grilled tofu steaks marinated in soy sauce, ginger, and garlic

Are there vegetarian alternatives to burgers and hot dogs?

Definitely! There are many delicious options:

Portobello mushroom burgers make a hearty and flavorful burger alternative.

Veggie burgers made with beans or lentils (homemade or purchased) are packed with protein and flavor.

Purchased veggie dogs offer a satisfying hot dog experience.

Grilled halloumi cheese can be used as a delicious and unique burger or hot dog topping.

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Ultimate Grilled Veggie Burger | A Couple Cooks

Grilled Veggie Burger


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6
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This mouthwatering veggie burger recipe is slathered with barbecue sauce and doesn’t fall apart on the grill! One of the best vegetarian grill recipes you’ll find.


Ingredients

For the burger

  • 2 cups cooked white rice (1 cup uncooked)
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 15-ounce can Simple Truth Organic Garbanzo Beans
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour (or gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg white**
  • Barbecue sauce

To serve


Instructions

  1. Make the rice according to the package instructions or use our Instant Pot method. If making the rice directly before grilling, quickly cool it by spreading the rice into a single layer on a sheet pan and placing it in the freezer for 2 minutes until it cools. Otherwise, you can make the rice in advance and refrigerate until using.
  2. Preheat a grill to medium heat.*
  3. Mince the garlic and onion. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the the onion and saute for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and saute for for 2 more minutes until golden and translucent. Remove from the heat.
  4. Roll over the walnuts with a rolling pin until they are fine and crumbly.
  5. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Place them in the bottom of a large bowl and mash them with a fork. Mash until about 90% of the garbanzo beans are mashed; a few can remain whole.
  6. Measure out 2 cups of the rice and add it to the bowl with the garbanzo beans. Then add the onion and garlic mixture, 2 tablespoons olive oil, walnuts, flour, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, black pepper. Mix together, smashing any rice clumps so that everything mixes evenly. Stir in 1 egg white, then mix until everything comes together into a sticky dough.
  7. Using your hands, form five or six 1-inch thick patties by firmly patting and squeezing the dough together (making 5 results in a very thick burger; making 6 makes moderate-sized burgers). Set the patties on a baking sheet or plate for grilling. Brush both sides of the burgers with olive oil.
  8. Place the burgers on a grill and grill for 10 to 12 minutes on one side, until firm and grill marks appear. Gently flip the burgers and brush them with barbecue sauce. Grill for an additional 10 to 12 minutes on the other side, then serve immediately.
  9. To serve, place the burgers on a bun, topped with guacamole or another creamy sauce, tomato and lettuce (or other burger toppings of your choosing).
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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Looking for more summer recipes? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few more summer collections:

40 Fun Memorial Day Recipes

Fire up the grill and celebrate the holiday with these Memorial Day recipes! From classic BBQ favorites to refreshing salads…

Fire up the grill and celebrate the holiday with these Memorial Day recipes! From classic BBQ favorites to refreshing salads and desserts, find the perfect dishes for enjoying the day with friends and family.

Memorial Day recipes: grilled chicken salad on platter.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and what better way to celebrate than with a backyard barbecue or potluck? Every year, we fire up the grill and get ready to indulge in our favorite summer flavors!

This year we’ll be packing to travel out of the country, but we’ll still make a mini-feast. Here are all our favorite Memorial Day recipe ideas from our website for the holiday, created, tasted, and approved by the two of us and our family!

Types of Memorial Day recipes

When you think of Memorial Day recipes, there are a few categories of foods that fit into this holiday:

  • Grilled foods are a staple of any Memorial Day cookout. Think juicy burgers, grilled salmon or chicken, and veggie burgers or tofu. Grilled vegetables make great side dishes, like tender and smoky corn on the cob, asparagus, zucchini, and bell peppers.
  • Summer salads are a must-have. Refreshing and light, they offer a welcome contrast to the heavier grilled options. There’s everything from crisp green salads, pasta salads, potato salads, bean salads, and more.
  • Dips and finger foods make the meal fun. Whether you prefer creamy guacamole, spicy salsa, fruit skewers, or a classic hummus, these crowd-pleasers are perfect for snacking throughout the day.
  • Summer drinks are the most fun, like lemonade, iced tea, and infused water are all excellent choices. Or make summer cocktails like a watermelon mojito or a blueberry margarita.
  • Desserts go big on seasonal fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and peaches. Incorporate them into cobblers, pies, or simply enjoy them fresh with a dollop of whipped cream.

Our top Memorial Day recipes for the holiday!

More summer recipe inspiration

Memorial Day is all about summer salad, grilled items, fun frozen drinks, and fruit desserts! Here are a few more ideas for your holiday planning:

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

40 Memorial Day Recipes: Pasta Salad, Grill Ideas, & More!


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 to 6

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This Mediterranean pasta salad recipe is bursting with fresh flavor! Mix up a batch as an easy side dish or quick lunch.


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced into half moons (2 cups)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
  • 1 handful thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cups baby arugula (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, grated (or ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles (omit for vegan and add more salt)

Instructions

  1. Start a large pot of well-salted water to boil. Boil the pasta until al dente according to the package instructions. Drain the pasta and run cool water over it until it’s room temperature.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the cucumber and tomatoes, chop the sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts, and slice the onion.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, and kosher salt. Then whisk in the olive oil.
  4. Once the pasta is done, add it to the large bowl of dressing and toss with the chopped vegetables. Add the feta cheese and fresh ground black pepper and stir to combine. 
  5. Taste and add more salt to taste if necessary. Serve immediately. Stores up to 5 days refrigerated (leftovers taste great; allow to come to room temperature and add a swirl more olive oil or a bit more salt as necessary).
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pasta Salad
  • Diet: Vegetarian

45 Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas & Recipes

These fun Mother’s Day brunch ideas are easy and packed with flavor! Impress everyone with these fun and tasty recipes—especially…

These fun Mother’s Day brunch ideas are easy and packed with flavor! Impress everyone with these fun and tasty recipes—especially mom.

Mother's Day brunch ideas and recipes: asparagus quiche

When it comes to Mother’s Day, there’s nothing more fun than a luxurious brunch! (Well, that’s this mom’s opinion.) Here are our top Mother’s Day brunch recipes to impress everyone: especially mom!

Cozy up to spiced oatmeal bakes, savory quiche, smoked salmon bagel boards, and bright strawberry smoothies! Whoever you’re cooking for, we think she’ll love these Mother’s Day recipes.

And now, our favorite Mother’s Day brunch ideas & recipes!

More brunch recipes and ideas

Want more brunch ideas? We’ve got ’em! Try these brunch recipes we love:

Frequently asked questions

What kind of food should I serve for Mother’s Day brunch?

The beauty of brunch is its versatility! Here are some ideas to inspire you:
Sweet options: Pancakes, waffles, French toast, muffins, scones, fruit salad, yogurt parfaits.
Savory options: Quiche, frittatas, eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, smoked salmon platters, breakfast sandwiches.
Lighter options: Fresh fruit salad, yogurt parfaits, granola bowls.
Heartier options: Sausage links, bacon, breakfast potatoes, hash browns.

How can I make brunch special for Mom?

Personalize the menu! Consider Mom’s favorite breakfast dishes or dietary needs. Here are some extra touches:
Fresh flowers: A beautiful bouquet brightens the table and shows you care.
Homemade card or gift: A heartfelt message or small, thoughtful gift adds a personal touch.
Mom’s favorite beverage: MimosaBellini, coffee, tea, or a refreshing fruit juice.
Relaxing atmosphere: Set the table with nice dishes and flowers. Play calming music or set up a playlist Mom enjoys.

I’m short on time. Are there any quick and easy brunch ideas?

Absolutely! Here are some time-saving tips:
Make some things ahead of time: Prepare pancake batter, fruit salad, or breakfast casserole the night before.
Utilize pre-made ingredients: Frozen waffles, pre-cooked sausage links, or store-bought muffins can be lifesavers.
One-pan meals: Frittatas, quiches, or breakfast hash browns are great options for a complete and easy brunch.

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Blueberry waffles

45 Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas & Recipes!


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 waffles or 2 large Belgian waffles

Description

These fluffy blueberry waffles are about to become everyone’s favorite! Topped with a quick blueberry sauce, they’re brunch perfection on a plate.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (substitute coconut oil for dairy-free)
  • 1 ¼ cups milk (substitute non-dairy milk for dairy-free)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 recipe Quick Blueberry Sauce, for serving
  • Greek yogurt, Homemade Whipped Cream or Yogurt Whipped Cream, for serving (optional)