A Day's Worth of Patriotic Recipes for Memorial Day
These red-white-and-blue-themed recipes pay tribute to the men and women who served in the military. Our Memorial Day recipes offer a patriotic way to start the day, and they keep that theme going strong with lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes that stay true to the red, white, and blue.
Patriotic French Toast
This French toast is topped with cream and fresh blueberries and strawberries. "Great idea!" says Melissa. "I have a lot of fresh strawberries and blueberries to use up, so I may just buy another loaf of bread and make this again tomorrow!"
Red, White, and Blue Flag Toast
Here's a quick, easy, and healthy Memorial Day recipe for breakfast toast with cream cheese, strawberry jam, blueberries, and banana slices. If you like, use ricotta, mascarpone, or goat cheese in place of the cream cheese. And if you can't find brioche, replace it with challah or Texas toast.
What's better than pizza? A patriotic flag pizza, of course! Stars of mozzarella balls are set on a majestic purple potato background with stripes made of pepperoni slices and shredded Italian cheeses. You'll arrange the ingredients on a refrigerated pizza crust spread into a rectangle and sauced with prepared Alfredo sauce.
Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken
This Memorial Day grilling recipe delivers smoky, spicy and sweet-and-sour flavors. "Smoky, spicy meats have been paired with sweet-and-sour, fruit-based sauces since we've had cooks, so that this combo works beautifully is no big surprise," says Chef John. "These colors don't run, but they do stain. So I recommend eating this delicious, red, white and blueberry chicken outdoors at a BBQ.
"These tasty red, white, and blue-cheese burgers will make any Memorial Day that much more special," says Shannon. "Fire up the grill and cook a batch for your troops! Top with your favorite veggies and condiments."
Red, White and Blue Deviled Eggs
"They're a bit fussy to make, but the colorful presentation is so fun, it's worth it. Spicy horseradish and smoked Spanish paprika give these deviled eggs a bit of a kick. This recipe scales easily; just be sure to go easy on the salt amount and season to your tastes." —Gremolata
Crunchy Cauliflower and Tomato Salad
"A crisp and crunchy salad that complements any summer picnic or barbeque," says Mary P.
Red, White, and Blueberry Fruit Salad
Strawberries, bananas, and blueberries combine in an "easy, refreshing fruit salad," says ManassasMa. "We usually reserve it for patriotic days, but it can be enjoyed all year long."
Dinner: Baby BLT
"Excellent addition to a hot/cold array of appetizers, and an attractive one, too!" — naples34102
"I liked the combination of blackberries and cherries — a different and tasty new salsa flavor for me. Also, I think this would be particularly good on grilled fish or chicken," says lutzflcat. "Good eye appeal. I would make this again."
Red, White and Blue Potato Salad
Naturally, your Memorial Day BBQ ideas will include patriotic sides. This crunchy potato salad features red radishes, white onions, blueish potatoes combined with crumbled blue cheese and mayo. "This recipe is great for something new to do with potato salad," says Melissa. "I have used both red, petite white and the blue potatoes the recipe calls for and all taste great. I recommend for potato salad with a twist."
Slightly Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Serve this dip with pita wedges or naan, or use it as a sauce to top your choice of protein. "Easy, delicious. I had this on some scrambled eggs with cream cheese," says Linda T.
The Best Red Cabbage Salad
Red cabbage, blue cheese, and slivered almonds team up in this crunchy, tangy salad. "Fan-freaking-tastic! Wow, this was so good, and my kids loved it, as well," Bruce Edwards says. "I also love that this seems to be a very forgiving recipe — adjusting to taste for particularly the sugar, but also vinegar and oil amounts."
Julia's Watermelon Gazpacho
"Had very ripe watermelon and several other ingredients in this recipe that needed to be used up. This was a great way to avoid throwing them away, and a pleasant surprise because we REALLY enjoyed this gazpacho," writes lutzflcat. "There are leftovers for tomorrow, and I suspect they'll be even better; garnished with a dollop of yogurt."
Fourth of July Layered Gelatin
Festive Jell-O squares feature layers of red and blue gelatin and sweetened condensed milk. "Easy and delicious," says MamaMia72. "I have seen similar recipes where the white layer is made with sour cream or whipped topping, but this one uses sweetened condensed milk."
If your Memorial Day cocktails aren't frozen or red, white, and blue, they're doing it wrong. This adult beverage features blue curacao liqueur, lemon-flavored vodka, and raspberry-flavored liqueur. "A cold drink that looks — and tastes! — like a rocket ice pop," says KitchenWitch.
Red, White, and Booze Ice Pops
These refreshing red, white, and blue ice pops are easy to make! Patriotic pops feature layers of fresh strawberries, cream cheese with simple syrup, and blueberries. A smidge of vodka brings the party.
No-Bake Cheesecake Flag Cake
This simple no-bake cheesecake is decorated like the American flag. The filling features cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, and fresh whipped cream. You'll spread the creamy filling over a chocolate graham cracker crust. "That you can make this lovely, sweet treat without turning on the oven is probably enough of a reason to give this serious consideration," says Chef John. "Besides the taste and light mousse-like texture, I think your guests will enjoy the iconic stars and stripes design provided by the fresh blueberries and strawberries."
American Flag Cake
Here's a Memorial Day dessert recipe that's more American than apple pie. Cut into the cake, and each slice is decorated with an American flag! Assembling the cake is simple; you'll use food coloring and white frosting to create red, white, and blue layers. "This cake is absolutely stunning," says DIZ. "It requires patience, but well worth the effort."
Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Pie
Layers of buttered phyllo dough make a crispy crust for this blueberry-filled cheesecake, topped with strawberry jelly and blueberries.