20 Dishes Perfect for Your Memorial Day Barbecue

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20 Dishes Perfect for Your Memorial Day Barbecue

From burgers to side salads, we have all the recipes you'll need for your Memorial Day barbecue.

1. Creamy Potato Salad with Eggs, Peas, and Chives

Potato salad is the perfect side for any barbecue. Make yours a little healthier with this recipe from Ellie Krieger that includes Greek-style nonfat yogurt, dijon mustard and white wine vinegar.

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2. Grilled Scallops with Honeydew-Avocado Salsa

If you'd like to cook up a fish option this holiday, these scallops with a sweet salsa will be a fresh new addition to your menu.

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3. Fresh Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad

The kernels from grilled corn are cut off the cob for this salad with grape tomatoes and basil.

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4. Corn Dogs

Corn dogs are a quintessential summer food. They may be typically enjoyed at the county fair, but this simple recipe ensures you can serve them up right at home.

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5. Coleslaw with Apple and Yogurt Dressing

Slaw is a great dish you can serve cold at a barbecue. This recipe includes broccoli, carrot and scallions tossed with green apples and coated in a tangy dressing.

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6. Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Kalamata Olives, Capers and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Looking for a hearty side? This salad filled with bow-tie pasta and grilled chicken is a nice cool dish for a warm day.

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7. Grilled Strip Steaks with Onion Wedges

This steak is great for a party because you can cook it ahead of time and just put it back on the grill to warm right before serving.

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8. Grilled Tomato and Scallion Salad

Tomatoes and scallions are grilled and drizzled with lime juice and crumbled cheese in this light salad.

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9. Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

Bet you didn't know you could grill eggplant parmesan. Well, almost. In this recipe, eggplant and tomato slices are grilled until lightly charred and then baked in between layers of olives, chiles, basil and Fontina cheese.

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10. Chianti Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Don't make a boring burger this year. This version has Tuscan touches with a modern twist—it incorporates a gingery homemade ketchup for a big boost of flavor.

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11. Sausage Mixed Grill

If you prefer sausage to hot dogs, you may want to try grilling sweet Italian sausages and weisswurst on skewers as this recipe demonstrates.

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12. Grilled Tofu Steaks with Piquillo Salsa Verde

Going meatless or have a guest who is? This grilled tofu is a great outdoor party alternative for vegetarians.

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13. Roasted Asparagus Salad With Citrus Dressing

Another beautifully fresh side dish, this salad combines roasted asparagus with cherry tomatoes in a lemon, orange and honey dressing. The best part? You can make it ahead and store it in the refrigerator for up to five days.

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14. Beer-Battered Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Chicken wings, thighs and drumsticks are soaked in buttermilk and then coated in a batter of beer to make this finger-licking dish perfect for a picnic or outdoor gathering.

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15. Creamy Cucumber and Grilled Potato Salad

For a different take on potato salad, try this version that mixes grilled potatoes and cucumbers with a dressing of crème fraîche, vinegar, mustard, sugar and garlic.

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16. Apple-Glazed Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

Ribs are a great addition to any barbecue, and these are no exception. A rack of baby back ribs is rubbed down with a mixture of spices, baked, brushed with barbecue sauce and then grilled.

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17. Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt

Greek yogurt, freshly squeezed lemon juice, vinegar and thyme are mixed and used as a sauce atop grilled watermelon triangles in this recipe for a nice light dessert.

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18. Carrot Avocado Salad

Avocado, roasted carrots and almonds pair great with a dressing of grapefruit juice, coriander and olive oil in this refreshing side salad.

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19. Blue Ribbon Barbecue Chicken Cheeseburgers

No outdoor barbecue would be complete with out a cheeseburger. This recipe veers slightly from the classic, using ground chicken for the patty. It's topped with the essential fixings of crisp bacon, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce.

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20. Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwiches with Walnut Brownies

You'll probably want something sweet to cap off your meal, and what better than an ice cream sandwich? Try pistachio ice cream and walnut brownies—you can't go wrong!

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Image Credit: Ice Cream Treats by Charity Ferriera/Chronicle Books, 2011

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Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, when barbecues and picnics become the norm and grilling kicks into high gear. To help you get prepared, we've gathered a delicious spread of dishes you'll want to serve up this holiday. Whether you're hosting a large group or an intimate get-together, we have the steak, salad and sandwich recipes you'll need.

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