20+ Healthy Memorial Day Recipes


Ready to kick off the summer season in style? Memorial Day is the official start of summer, synonymous with hot dogs, hamburgers, and your typical summer BBQ fare. Is there room for some healthy deliciousness in all of this? You betcha! Read on for 20+ healthy and delicious recipes to make for Memorial Day.

Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

Well, we are still “On Pause” here in NYC so our Memorial Day celebration will not look like it has in years past. I am hopeful that we will soon be back to outdoor bbq's, family picnics, and epic adventures. 

For now, we will have all of our adventures in the kitchen. The summer season brings with it an abundance of gorgeous produce, This recipe round up celebrates the bounty of the season.

So…turn that grill on, pop on some summertime tunes, pour me a glass of cold Rose, and let's get cooking!


Snacks and Apps!

I can very easily make a meal of small bites, snacks, and apps. Especially for a low key – we are still technically in quarantine – Memorial Day celebration. Here are some of my favorites.

Healthy Snack Ideas - Beautiful Snack Board

The Ultimate Snack Board

The best simple and healthy guacamole recipe, plus tips for making flawless guacamole every single time!

The BEST Healthy Guacamole

Watermelon Gazpacho - A light and refreshing chilled summer soup, savory with a touch of sweetness from the watermelon. Watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, jalapeno, scallions, and fresh herbs are the stars of this healthy soup!

Watermelon Gazpacho

Ricotta flatbread with roasted rhubarb, honey, and mint. A few simple real food ingredients, quick and easy, and so yummy! | abraskitchen.com

Rhubarb Ricotta Flatbread

Peach goat cheese crostini is the perfect little bite on a hot summer's day. Creamy goat cheese topped with fresh juicy peaches, earthy thyme, and a drizzle of honey. Appetizer, peach, vegetarian, healthy | abraskitchen.com

Peach and Goat Cheese Crostini


Salads and Sides!

I said I could make a meal out of snacks and apps but I lied… I need a few salads thrown into the mix too. From pasta salad to potato salad, summer is all about the salads. These are some of my favorites.

Sweet strawberries, creamy avocado, and addictive blue cheese come together to create the worlds most perfect summer salad.

Strawberry Avocado Salad

A light refreshing salad filled with fresh herbs, veggies, and heart healthy bulgur. Carrot top tabouli is my favorite summer lunch. Vegan, Plant Strong! |abraskitchen.com

Carrot Top Tabouli Salad

Crunchy dill pickles tossed together with creamy red, white, and blue potatoes, a huge handful of fresh dill and scallions. Dill pickle potato salad is quite literally THE BEST potato salad you will ever eat, for pickle lovers everywhere!

Dill Pickle Potato Salad

This potato salad has become somewhat infamous, I bring it to every party all summer long. The ratio of pickle to potato is 1:1, a pickle in every bite! OR if I'm making this salad for my sister in law the pickle to potato ratio is 4:1. We have been known to use 3 large jars of pickles in ONE potato salad, I'm not sorry about it. If you love pickles, you will LOVE this salad.

A fresh heirloom tomato salad with juicy sweet peaches, creamy avocado, and fresh herbs. This healthy, simple salad is the very representation of savoring the final weeks of summer using only seasonal local produce. 

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Peaches, Avocado and Basil

This salad is called, gather up the most beautiful produce at the market, specifically tomatoes and peaches, and make it beautiful. Also, if you've never had tomatoes and peaches together you are going to want to get on that!

Perfectly charred corn and jalapeno tossed with cilantro, lime juice, red onion, and cheese. This healthy Mexican street corn salad recipe is easy to prepare with only 6 ingredients and is the perfect summer side dish or, with the addition of protein, is the perfect healthy lunch.   

Healthy Mexican Street Corn Salad

This super healthy and delicious Thai broccoli salad is loaded with colorful veggies and a mouthwatering spicy peanut butter dressing. This healthy broccoli salad is gluten-free, vegan and makes the perfect side dish or main dish any night of the week!

Thai Broccoli Salad with Peanut Dressing

Roasted Beet Panzanella Salad - toasted bread with roasted beets, fresh tomato, parsley, and creamy burrata cheese all tossed together with a bright and tangy balsamic vinaigrette. An easy to prepare nourishing and insanely delicious salad.

Beet Panzanella Salad

Fresh Basil and Roasted Cauliflower pasta salad - roasted cauliflower, fresh mozzarella, chickpeas, roasted bell peppers, and tons of fresh basil. This is the easiest and healthiest vegetarian pasta salad. | abraskitchen.com

Cauliflower Pasta Salad with Fresh Basil


The Main Squeeze

From creative burgers to vegetarian grain salads. All of these recipes can be made in small batches for small gatherings at home.

Shawarma spiced grass-fed beef burger grilled to perfection and layered on toasted naan bread with a yogurt feta cheese sauce, and a ton of veggie toppings. Epic is the most accurate word to describe this burger experience

The ULTIMATE Beef Shawarma Burgers

Nutty chewy (and super healthy) farro meet a bounty of fresh herbs, perfectly roasted eggplant, garden fresh tomatoes, and lots of kalamata olives! All tossed together in a garlic vinaigrette. This healthy vegan grain salad is easy enough to prepare and so delicious!

Mediterranean Roasted Eggplant and Farro Salad

Quick and easy healthy steak tacos topped with a mouthwatering lime cilantro coleslaw. 

Healthy Steak Tacos

Get ready for the perfect healthy summer dish, Tuna Nicoise Spring Rolls. All the deliciousness of a tuna Nicoise salad wrapped up in a tasty Spring Roll and served with a Dijon-olive dipping sauce. Perfect for a light lunch, or as a refreshing appetizer at your next BBQ.

Tuna Nicoise Spring Rolls

Seriously the most flavorful moist turkey burger you have ever had! Piled high in crisp lettuce leaves with carrots, kimchi, avocado, and a special Korean inspired sauce. Perfect for a crowd!

Korean Turkey Burgers

Healthy Oven Crisp Turmeric Black Pepper Wings with a tangy yogurt dipping sauce.

Turmeric Black Pepper Chicken Wings

Loaded with fresh roasted vegetables, shrimp, dill, and feta cheese this Mediterranean inspired lemony orzo salad is a quick and easy summer side dish and is fantastic served warm or cold. 

Mediterranean Roasted Shrimp and Orzo Salad

Healthy Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potato

Healthy Sloppy Joe Stuffed Sweet Potato

Scallop Nicoise Salad with Caper Vinaigrette

Seared Scallop Nicoise Salad


Sweat Treats

A festive healthy dessert board loaded with seasonal fruits, nuts, chocolate, and a heavenly whipped lime honey ricotta dip. The perfect party platter to wow your friends and family. 

Festive Fruit and Dessert Board

Grain Free Tahini Espresso Brownies

Grain-Free Tahini Espresso Brownies

Delicious 6-ingredient paleo avocado key lime pie. Vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, no-bake and so easy!! Packed full of healthy fat and bursting with flavor. Your whole family will love this tasty zesty treat!

Avocado Key Lime Pie

Easy 7-ingredient paleo cherry rhubarb crumble. Served in individual portion, for a quick and delicious summer dessert for 2. Oat-free, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan optional. 

Paleo Cherry Rhubarb Crumble

Creamy whipped peanut butter mousse piled high on top of sliced bananas and decadent chocolate avocado mousse, all nestled inside a graham cracker crust. The best peanut butter pie ever!

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Homemade creamy yogurt popsicles with raspberry rhubarb swirl. A healthy snack, quick breakfast and only 84 calories!

Rhubarb Yogurt Popsicles

Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend filled with deliciously healthy food!

 

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