With Memorial Day right around the corner, barbecue season is officially in full swing! But instead of serving the typical potato salad and boring baked beans, spice up your event with some fresh and unique recipes. We’ve rounded up eight delicious bites sure to please even the pickiest eater. From refreshing summer salads, to mouth-watering kabobs, these savory dishes will make your backyard bash a hit!
1. We’ve Guac You Covered
Everyone knows a barbecue isn’t complete without a side of guacamole. The key to making the best guac? It’s all about using fresh, high quality ingredients. Pro tip: look for avocados that are ripe, but firm, and avoid soft and mushy ones at all cost!
2. Colorful Charcuterie
With loads of color and texture, cheese boards are perfect for entertaining and impressing guests. From sweet spring fruits, to savory nuts and delicious cheeses, this charcuterie board is the definition of appetizer goals.
3. Parmesan Garlic Grilled Corn
Nothing seems to scream summer like grilled sweet corn. Whether you eat it off the cob or not, this garlic butter and parmesan corn is definitely a winner. Don’t be afraid to leave them on the grill a little bit longer to get that extra smoky, charred taste, just be sure to remove their husks before!
4. Just Peachy
Take a cue from multi-talented Joanna Gaines with this fresh and summery salad. Straight from her new cookbook, Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering, this bright salad is a fun twist on the classic caprese salad. Swapping out tomatoes for peaches, this version is both a standout in taste and presentation.
5. Red, White, & Blue
What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with a festive red, white, and blue salad? With fresh strawberries, blueberries, and feta, this delicious salad is a great summer go-to. Topped with a poppy seed vinaigrette, this bright salad is a fun and healthy barbecue option.
6. Everything But the Kitchen Sink
The traditional pasta salad gets a major upgrade with this recipe. With a simple mix of pesto, veggies, pasta and cheese, this delicious dish takes no time at all and you get to clean out your fridge. Whether you’re going for a Mediterranean or classic Italian taste, the options are endless with this salad!
7. Honey BBQ Chicken Kabobs
Warm weather and barbecues can only mean one thing, it’s kabob season! Wow guests with these mouth-watering honey BBQ chicken skewers. The perfect combination of sweet, tangy and savory, these kabobs will have everyone at your barbecue going up for seconds.
8. Let’s Get it Poppin’
What better way to cool down than with a fresh and tangy popsicle, or should we say, poptail? With fresh grapefruit, sweet rosemary simple syrup and a touch of vodka, these greyhound popsicles are a fun twist on the classic kid desert.