30 Light Memorial Day Recipes

Traditionally on Memorial Day weekend, my friends and I always get together and grill in one of our yards.  Being in the backyard with friends, smelling the deliciousness coming from the grill, and hearing the kids playing out back – it doesn’t get better than that! This year, I feel like Memorial Day weekend came super early. The only definite plans I have this weekend is going to friend’s wedding, aside from that we really have no plans, but I’m really ok with that too! Since the beach opens this weekend, and I am only 10 minutes away, I just might spend the day there!

30 Light Memorial Day Recipes

Whatever happens, I thought I would put together some of my favorite (light) recipes for backyard grilling to kick start the summer. Let’s start with desserts first!

These Red, White and Blueberry Yogurt Cupcakes taste too good to be under 100 calories!
Red, White and Blueberry Yogurt Cupcakes

Red, White and Blueberry Trifle is a beautiful, guiltless dessert that will make your Memorial Day gathering proud.
Red, White and Blueberry Trifle

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is the perfect combination of sweet and tart.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Skinny chocolate chip cookies made with absolutely no butter or oil sandwiched together with fat-free frozen yogurt and colored sprinkles make these Skinny Chocolate Chip Fro-Yo Sandwiches – a great way to kick off summer.
Skinny Chocolate Chip Fro-Yo Sandwiches

If you need a last minute EASY dessert, try these Red, White and Blue Fruit Skewers with Cheesecake Yogurt Dip – no cooking involved!
Red, White and Blue Fruit Skewers with Cheesecake Yogurt Dip

Frozen Banana Popsicles are an easy, fun summer treat for the kids and grown-ups too!
Frozen Banana Popsicles

No cooking required for Watermelon on a Stick. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the best desserts.
Watermelon on a Stick

If you want something quick and easy for dessert, Grilled Pineapple is wonderful!
Grilled Pineapple

What can be a better way to start off the Memorial Day festivities than with a glass of Freshly Brewed Ice Tea with Fresh Mint
Freshly Brewed Ice Tea with Fresh Mint

Iced Green Tea Mojito the perfect cocktail to welcome the start of summer and the start of your party.
Iced Green Tea Mojito

This Skinny Shrimp Salsa is the perfect light appetizer, just set out some baked chips!
Skinny Shrimp Salsa

Southwestern Black Bean Salad – this salad makes enough to feed a crowd as a side dish or to start the party off as an appetizer if you serve it with chips.
Southwestern Black Bean Salad

Guilt-free Grilled Potatoes are made right on the grill. Perfect along side a burger this weekend!
Grilled Potatoes

Summer Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini is the perfect macaroni salad without a ton of calories or fat.
Summer Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes and Zucchini

Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa and Mango Medley perfect as a side dish and for the vegetarians at your party.
Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa and Mango Medley

Asian Cabbage Mango Slaw.  A light, fresh, crisp slaw goes great with fish, pork or even burgers.
Asian Cabbage Mango Slaw

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, a protein packed salad with fresh Mediterranean flavors.
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Baby Red Potato Salad is great if you’re not a fan of the traditional potato salad loaded with mayonnaise.
Baby Red Potato Salad

If you love pesto as much as I do, you’ll love these Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs.
Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kabobs

Another recipe using my Skinny Homemade Pesto are these Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers – delicious!
Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

Lemon slices in between pieces of salmon make these Grilled Salmon Kabobs pretty as well as delicious!
Grilled Salmon Kabobs

The spicy, salty, sweet combination of the creamy chili sauce is what makes these Bangin’ Grilled Shrimp Skewers soooo delicious.
Bangin' Grilled Shrimp Skewers

The Best Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers are perfect for your vegetarian guests
The Best Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork will have your house smelling incredible while it slow cooks all day!
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy a burger, try this Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger.
Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger

Homemade blue cheese dressing makes these Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw amazing!
Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw

No one will know these Turkey Burgers with Zucchini are loaded with extra veggies.
Turkey Burgers with Zucchini

Salsa Verde Burgers (MY FAVORITE) are topped with pepper jack cheese, salsa verde and avocado…delicious!
Salsa Verde Burgers

You won’t miss the meat after one bite of this Spicy Black Bean Burger.
Spicy Black Bean Burger

Why not make your own barbecue sauce this year. Homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce is a great balance of sweet and spice; perfect on chicken, pork or beef.
Homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

What are your plans this weekend? Whatever they are, hope you enjoy!!

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24 comments

  1. Pingback: 5 Ways to Make a Memorable Memorial Day at Work | BTOD.com

  2. They look so delicious, I want to taste them all.

  3. this looks INCREDIBLE!!

  4. Great recipes!! Thanks so much!! Have a great Memorial Day!

  5. Just exactly what I was looking for! It's a wonderful weekend so I can't wait to try and make some of this. Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Amazing recipes!

  7. Can't wait to try some of these this weekend – thanks!

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  9. Thank you for sharing! Definitely going to try a few this weekend. 🙂

  10. All these recipes look INCREDIBLE! I love all of them!

  11. Perfect. I was in need of a few great recipes for this weekend. You're a life saver Gina xoxo

  12. So many delicious treats! I wanna go to whatever barbecue you're at, fantastic inspirational ideas 😀 x

  13. We tried the Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers tonight, AMAZING!! We have been faithfully eating skinnytaste dishes for over two years and your recipes have become some of our family's favorites. Thank you so much for your commitment to flavorful, healthy meals!

  14. making Mexican corn not mentioned here but great for a cookout!

  15. Great collection of recipes for Memorial Weekend!

  16. Ohmygosh all of these look so delicious! I especially can't wait to try the frozen banana popsicles – what an amazing idea! Perfect for a summer bbq 🙂 Thanks!

  17. OMG!!! everything looks freaking delicious… how should I choose…

  18. Mmmm, I am so hungry right now! And I agree, salsa verde is awesome, so I imagine it would be even better on a burger! 🙂

  19. Great pictures! Especially the trifle looks really delicious!

  20. THANK YOU for this amazing post! Your pictures are great and those dishes look so amazing.

  21. I forgot how much I loved your potato salad! Thanks for posting this – I somehow missed the grilled chicken pesto skewers, I will have to try those as well!

    • Thank you, I often forget my own recipes as well, it's good for me to go back to the archives : ) I am sure I missed a bunch that would also be great, but it's a good place to start!