20 Memorial Day Party Recipes

Where has 2012 gone? It’s almost half over! But now is the time of year to kick off summer, throw a party and have friends over, and enjoy some great food and drinks.

These are all easy, no-fuss recipes that will please the party go-er’s and please the chef. Everything is no-bake or nearly no-bake and all are hassle-free.


Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria


Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch (Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, No Sugar Added)

Horchata (vegan, GF)

Snacks, Sides, and Finger Food

Spinach and Artichoke Dip (no-bake, fat-free, vegan, GF)

Mango Basil Personal-Sized Tortilla Pizzas

Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls and 2-Minute Peanut Sauce

Tempeh and Cucumbers on a Stick with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction Dip (vegan)

Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Almonds

Sweet Corn Salsa with Mango, Lime, Red Pepper

Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches

Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing (vegan, GF)

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

Fruit and Desserts

Watermelon dipped into Frozen Mango Banana Dip (vegan, GF) – or just eat the dip as “ice cream”

Fresh Pineapple  and a How to Clean a Pineapple Tutorial dipped into Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate Sauce

Strawberries and Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter (vegan, GF)

White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow (GF)

Vanilla Cake Batter and White Chocolate Chip Caramel Corn

Strawberry Banana Bread

Buttery Toasted Cap’n Crunchies

Pink Lemonade Freezer Bars

Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies

Do you have a favorite crowd-pleasing or party food recipe?

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Do you have Memorial Day Plans?

We don’t have any formal plans and I’m not throwing a party. We plan to stay close to home, off the roads, and enjoy the day as a family. Maybe a park, walking around our neighborhood, relaxing, and keeping it mellow.

In San Diego, there are a few holidays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day) you just don’t go to the beaches. Traffic is a total mess and parking is impossible. We learned that lesson that hard way the first year we lived here and thought it would be “fun” to go to the beach for the day. Along with a half million other people. Locals, Northern Californians, half the population of Arizona, Mexico, and tourists who come here for holidays.

Keep the car in the garage, walk as much as possible, and soak in nice weather are our plans. And eat some party food, minus the party.

Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend!

50 comments on “20 Memorial Day Party Recipes”

  1. My younger sister lives very close by so we will go over there for a BBQ with all their little ones and our boys. It will be nice to hang with family and lay low. We will most definitely NOT be going out on the roads. Maneuvering through gobs of people is not my idea of fun. Gag.

    Food will also be simple…as always! :-) I think I am going to make your artichoke dip. Have not made it and it looks like a yummy thing to share! Have a safe and mellow day, Averie!

  2. We are hosting a Fiesta BBQ so that sangria would be perfect! I’m so excited for our grilled Taco Bar!

    We just hosted a BBQ and these are some of my favorites. I always make hummus because it is a healthy crowd pleaser and a good way to fill up on veggies!

  3. Well hooray for Pinterest for bringing me to your blog – and what a great blog it is! I’m practically drooling here, and seriously considering a quick trip to the nearest grocery store to get some cashews, that chocolate dip would go great with the fresh cherries I bought today. :)

    I love your take on food, and I love the fact that there’s both raw & healthy and, um, more sinful stuff here. I’ll definitely be coming back for more, and more, and more!

  4. Wow, what an impressive round up of recipes. I can’t decide which one I like best, but the rosemary chipolte almonds and pink lemonade freezer bars are making my mouth water. I love the look of the coconut water champagne punch too. Such a pretty pink.

  5. Great round up, A! I would love to start off with some Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria!!!

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  7. Averie, love this fun roundup of Memorial Day Party Recipes. Happy Memorial Day!

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