Memorial Day Picnic Recipes

Celebrate the holiday weekend with picnic-friendly main dishes, salads, slaws, desserts and drinks.

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Antipasto Salad

Giada gives classic pasta salad an Italian twist, tossing traditional antipasto ingredients like salami, cheese, peppers and olives with fusilli.

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Curried Chicken Wraps

Ina adds cashews to her curried chicken salad for a bit of salt and crunch. Plan ahead by cooking the chicken a day in advance and allowing it to cool overnight –– this will make it easier to shred on the day of the big cookout.

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Crunchy Lemonade Drumsticks

Treat skin-on drumsticks to a fragrant lemon-buttermilk marinade for at least 4 hours up to overnight before breading and baking them. It's best to dip the drumsticks in mayo before rolling them in panko to ensure the breading sticks.

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What could be better than the tried-and-true combination of fried chicken and coleslaw on a summer's day? For the best results, try preparing the slaw the night before the big cookout –– that way, the cabbage and carrots have time to soak up the tangy dressing.

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Cornbread Salad

Assemble this salad as you would a trifle. Layer store-bought cornbread with corn, tomatoes, peppers, cheese and more.

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The Neelys' Lime Bars

The Neelys' creamy, zesty lime bars are just the thing to top off a picnic. For the neatest presentation, use a metal spatula or a baker's scraper to remove the bars from the pan. 

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Poppy-Seed Potato Salad

Try this mayo-free take on potato salad, made instead with an easy dressing of Dijon mustard, poppy seeds, oil and vinegar.

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Daikon-Carrot Salad

Use a vegetable peeler to slice carrots and daikon radishes into ribbons for this refreshing salad.

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Spiced Burgers with Cucumber Yogurt

A light, refreshing yogurt sauce made with cucumber and cilantro is just the thing to cool down these curry-flavored burgers.

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Pat's Picnic Potato Salad

Pat mixes boiled red-skinned potatoes with a quick homemade pesto sauce for a hearty picnic side that's good served cold or at room temperature.

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Potato, Tomato, Corn and Basil Salad 

Summer salads don't have to come with a high price tag. Dave's delicious version uses seasonal ingredients, which will save you money.

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Strawberry Country Cake

Ina flavors this impressive country cake with sour cream plus lemon and orange zest. Spread generous spoonfuls of whipped cream and fresh strawberries between the cake layers and on top for a decorative picnic table centerpiece.

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Frozen Grape Sangria

A light summer wine, like Pinot Grigio, is best for this white sangria. Freeze only the green grapes before assembling the drink –– this makes for a refreshing cocktail that isn't overwhelmingly cold.

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Creamy Potato Salad

Add some kick to this quick potato salad by stirring in some horseradish.

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Cucumber Salad

Ellie's refreshing cucumber salad is an easy addition to any picnic or cookout.

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Fried Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken cooks much faster than meat with the bone in. This way, you'll have a platter of hot fried chicken ready to feed a crowd in no time. 

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Avocado Salad

Creamy avocado pairs beautifully with sweet mango and crunchy jicama.

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Lady Marmalade Chicken Salad 

Aarti's take on chicken salad features a Greek yogurt dressing and extra crunch from roasted cashews.

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Flank Steak and Rajas Fajitas

Spice up your picnic with Aarón's grilled fajitas. He fills tortillas with strips of flank steak, onions and both jalapeno and poblano peppers. 

Get the Recipe: Flank Steak and Rajas Fajitas

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