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Memorial Day Grilling Recipes You’ll Love

It’s Memorial Day Weekend. You know what that means. In addition to attending a ceremony or parade to honor those who died in service to our country, it means the first big backyard party(ies) of the season. For many, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer.

If you haven’t yet hit the grocery store to stock up for the weekend, check out some of these mouth-watering recipes. While you may want to still do burgers and hot dogs for the kids, expand your culinary horizons and try something new. These recipes are courtesy of Bon Appetit, Epicurious, and Food & Wine.

memorial day grilling recipes

Grilled Scallops with Nori, Ginger, and Lime

If you’ve only done sea scallops on the stovetop, you’ll be amazed at how they turn out when you grill them. Just be sure they’re dry, so they will sear and caramelize well.  This grilled scallops recipe is quick and easy. And delicious!

Jerk Baby Back Ribs with Pineapple Salsa

Did someone say ribs? Yes, please! This recipe for jerk baby back ribs with pineapple salsa is a crowd-pleaser. They’re a little more labor-intensive, as they need to marinate for at least 24 hours, and you’ll need to baste them frequently as they cook slowly. There are several elements of this recipe you can make ahead of time. Trust us, the effort is worth it!

Spicy Jerk Vegetables with Yogurt-Scallion Sauce

This grilled spicy jerk vegetables recipe can be a main dish for vegetarians but will also pair well with the jerk baby back ribs as a side dish. Mushrooms, fennel, bell peppers, asparagus, eggplant, scallions, and onions team up for a hearty and healthy dish.

Grilled Summer Squash with Red Onion and Feta

This grilled summer squash with red onion and feta recipe is great as a side dish, but can also be a main dish for your vegetarian guests. And if you pick up some vegan feta, it’s a tasty treat for the vegans in your life as well.

And of course, if your Memorial Day tradition is strictly burgers, brats, potato salad, and cole slaw, you can save these recipes for another day. Have fun visiting with family and friends, and stay safe!

Related Reading: Memorial Day – A Day of Contrasts

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