In remembrance of our fallen troops, Americans across the country celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday in the month of May. Folks traditionally observe the holiday by attending local parades, visiting memorials and spending time with family during a welcome day off.
In addition to honoring our troops, we also associate Memorial Day with the start of the summer season – and so the backyard barbeques begin! Give these eight yummy recipes a try at your Memorial Day picnic this weekend to kick off the season right.
There are a million potato salad recipes on the web, but this one from the Brown Eyed Baker boasts about being the "best ever," and even claims to turn potato salad haters into lovers. With red potatoes and bacon bits, we think it lives up to its name.
Everyone loves fried chicken – and who does fried chicken better than Paula Deen? This southern recipe shows how easy it is to make this picnic favorite.
Change it up! Instead of eating watermelon straight from the rind, cut it into cubes and enjoy it in a mache salad with this recipe from Southern Living. Don't forget to top it with pecans and Gorgonzola cheese, and this dish is ready for the picnic table.
Leave the boring sandwiches at home. This Martha Stewart creation is filled with turkey, ricotta cheese, roasted red peppers and crisp arugula leaves that will definitely keep you taste buds guessing – and begging for more.
Add some crunch to your meal by including these homemade potato chips from Steamy Kitchen. Whip up some of the smoky paprika dip and you've got a snack that is sure to please.
Put a festive twist on classic corn on the cob this Memorial Day. This grilled corn on the cob recipe from Oprah tops the veggie with chili powder and lime that gives it an exotic flavor.
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice-cold glass of lemonade. It's simple, quick and always a crowd pleaser. Try this classic recipe – another great Martha Stewart find – to serve up at your next picnic.
Bring the ultimate American desert along with you on your picnic by baking it – in a jar! Using this recipe from Our Best Bite, you can let your imagination run wild when picking fillings and toppings.