Memorial Day Cookout Dishes


memorial day cookout ideasI don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for warm, sunny, cookout weather! I’m beyond happy that Memorial Day is right around the corner to kick off the Summer season! Here are some of my favorite things to make for Memorial Day cookout dishes.

Mom’s Potato Salad


5-pound bag of red potatoes
3-4 stalks of celery
1 small-medium sized onion
8 eggs
1 small-sized jar of Miracle Whip
Sweet pickle relish
Seasoning salt


  • Boil potatoes in skins until tender. They are done when the skin starts peeling/breaking open and you can stick a fork in them. Drain and peel and cut them into cubes (bite-sized). Put into large bowl.
  • Boil eggs for 20 minutes (boil them at the same time as the potatoes). Drain the eggs and let them cool in cold water. Crack, peel and rinse eggs. Add them to the bowl.
  • Chop up the onion (use about ½-¾ of it) and celery and add both to the bowl.
  • Start putting in mayonnaise (~4 big tablespoons), ½ jar of relish, mustard (~1 tablespoon), seasoning salt and pepper to taste. Mix and add more mayonnaise and/or mustard if desired. Sprinkle paprika on the top. Chill in the refrigerator.

Red, White, and Blue Strawberries

(easy and fun for the kids to help with)


Carton of strawberries
White chocolate melting wafers
Blue (or any color) sanding sugar (poured into a bowl)


  • Rinse strawberries.
  • Dip about half of the strawberry into the melted chocolate.
  • Dip the part of the chocolate-covered strawberry into the sanding sugar.
  • Set on parchment paper and put in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens.

Pasta Salad with A Twist

(prepare the day before)


1 box tri-colored rotini
6 tbsp Italian seasoning mix (1 packet)
1 16oz bottle Italian dressing
2 cups cherry tomatoes, diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
½ yellow bell pepper, chopped
1.5 bags cubed cheese (cheddar, colby, etc)
1 bag pepperoni


  • Cook pasta until al dente. Rinse under cold water and drain.
  • Whisk together Italian seasoning mix and Italian dressing.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine pasta, tomatoes, bell peppers, cheese, and pepperoni.
  • Pour dressing over salad.
  • Toss and refrigerate overnight.

Red, White, and Blue Drink (Non-Alcoholic):


1 cup of red juice (cranberry works well)
1 cup of Pina Colada mix or equivalent (white Sobe brand works well)
1 cup of high water content blue juice (think Gatorade)


  • Pour about ⅓ of a cup of the red juice in the bottom of the cup.
  • Fill the cup with ice.
  • Pour ⅓ of the white drink in slowly over the ice.
  • Pour ⅓ of the blue drink in slowly over the ice.

* A special note about this recipe :: the drinks with the most sugar content should be at the bottom of the cup. You can get this info by looking at the ingredients list on the bottle (usually listed in grams).

What fun dishes are you making this year to celebrate the holiday? Share in the comments below or tag us on social!

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Erin Reed
Born and raised in Columbus, I currently reside just outside of Cincinnati with my husband, 6 children ranging in ages from 3 months to 13 years (1 boy, 5 girls), and teacup dog. Working from home as a virtual assistant and having 2 eCommerce stores, I have learned how to manage a big household and business. Prior to my current positions, I have been a banker, worked at a daycare and then went on to open my own, and coached youth cheerleading. I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with family. I am excited to share my family ventures and life hacks with all of my readers.


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