Memorial Day Side Dish Recipes

Browse top-rated recipes for potato and pasta salad, baked beans, and grilled veggies for your Memorial Day cookout or picnic.

Community Picks

Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 5 stars 394
Whether it's sitting next to some smoky ribs or just a humble hot dog, this deli-style macaroni salad will always be a crowd favorite, as long as you pay attention to a few key details.

Kristen's Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 120
This is the easiest recipe because it can be altered in so many ways. Add a little taco seasoning to spice it up -- or you can add other veggies for texture.

Try Our 13 Very Best Creamy Cucumber Salads

Cucumber salads are a refreshing counter point to a rich meal, bringing a cool, slightly sweet crunch to the party.
By Leslie Kelly

18 Easy DIY Condiments to Kick Off Grilling Season

Your summer cookouts deserve delicious condiments. These sassy sauces are inexpensive, easy to prep, and just plain tasty on anything you can toss on the grill.
By Carl Hanson

Memorial Day Baked Beans

Rating: 4 stars 1
A recipe that was used for our town's annual Memorial Day barbecue. My mom made it for years and passed it down to me. She quit using measurements so long ago that I was only given the ingredients. I've only ever made it by taste.

12 Dill Potato Salad Recipes You'll Make Again and Again

If you're in the market for a satisfying side to bring to your next picnic or potluck, you've come to the right place.
By Corey Williams

Margarita Grilled Corn on the Cob

Rating: 4 stars 9
Grilled corn on the cob with a twist of lime and a little chili powder. Great for everyone!

Sweet Restaurant Slaw

Rating: 5 stars 3301
This tastes just like the cole slaw served at popular fried chicken or fish restaurants. It's excellent with burgers or on top of BBQ'd pork sandwiches, too!!!

Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 2704
This classic macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser at every cookout, potluck, and picnic!

Awesome Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 696
This is the best pasta salad I've ever eaten, and people request it frequently. It's a very easy, light-tasting side dish for a picnic or dinner.

Boston Baked Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 1336
Baked beans with bacon and onions, are a great side dish for any barbecue.

Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 250
Quick and easy potato salad recipe with a lot of old-fashioned potato salad flavor. This will become a go-to summer side dish recipe. Better if made the day before.

Inspiration and Ideas

10 Creamy Pasta Salads for Summer
These recipes have perfected the ratio of pasta, add-ins, and enough creamy dressing to pull it all together.
Memorial Day Recipes You Can Make in Your 9x13 Dish
Use your 9x13 pan for crowd-sized desserts, to assemble layered dips, or make summertime casseroles.
Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans
Rating: 4.5 stars 64

This slow cooker recipe delivers a hearty dish of hamburger, bacon, and beans in a thick and sweet sauce.