Memorial Day weekend is almost here and we’re all ready to get the summer fun started! This holiday marks the unofficial start of the summer season. But more importantly, it’s also a time to remember those who served in our military and made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country and our freedom.
Many Americans celebrate the day with barbecues, parties, and trips to the beach. To help you stay on track with your weight loss goals this holiday, we’ve put together a list of our favorite healthy Memorial Day recipes that everyone will enjoy.
From protein-packed grilled main dishes, fresh fruit dishes, and patriotic picnic plates, these 20 Memorial Day cooking ideas are sure to be a hit.
Corn on the cob is a summer treat. Take it to the next level and save space on the grill and stove by making healthy Mexican street corn in your air fryer. We even made the creamy Mexican street corn sauce healthy and Nutrisystem– approved! Click here for the full recipe. >:
Keep grilled chicken simple and delicious with an easy marinade. We’ve perfected this balsamic marinade that includes olive oil, balsamic vinegar, italian seasoning garlic and Black pepper. Click here for the full recipe. >:
Healthy pasta salad recipes are essential for Memorial Day cooking ideas. This seasonal summer salad is colorful, flavorful, and unlike any other pasta salad recipe you’ll find at a BBQ. Click here for the full recipe. >:
Who knew you only needed five ingredients to make a creamy, dreamy cheesecake dessert? This healthy Memorial Day cake recipe includes the colors of the flag and a crunchy graham cracker crust. Try making the berries into an American flag design if you have extra time. Click here for the full recipe. >:
It’s burger season. If you’re stocking up on burger recipes for a Memorial Day barbecue, this Caprese Turkey Burger will be a hit. Click here for the full recipe. >:
Healthy Memorial Day recipes and cooking ideas should include fresh fruit and grilled protein. This healthy fruit salad recipe checks the first box and pairs perfectly with all your barbecue main dishes. Click here for the full recipe. >:
A cedar plank makes grilling fish easier (and tastier). Simply add seasonings to your salmon, toss it on a wet cedar plank, and grill for 14-18 minutes. Click here for the full recipe. >:
A delicious take on a classic barbecue side dish, our simple recipe for Dill Pickled Egg Salad for Memorial Day calls for just four ingredients: eggs, pickles, dried fennel, and mayonnaise. Click here for the full recipe. >:
Toast the start of summer with this refreshing and fruity mocktail recipe. All you need for this blended drink are fresh and frozen strawberries, water, and lime juice. Click here for the full recipe. >:
A tender, juicy steak shines in this protein-packed main course essential to your holiday cooking. These easy skewers also provide fiber with baby potatoes, red onions, and bell peppers. Click here for the full recipe. >:
Memorial Day desserts should include a sweet strawberry surprise. Our strawberry pie recipe is a must-try with its graham cracker crust and fresh and fruity filling. Click here for the full recipe. >:
Enjoy creamy potato salad with a twist. Cauliflower florets are the base of this healthy potato salad recipe that’s low carb and super delicious. Click here for the full recipe. >:
Add this Marinated Grilled Chicken to your list of Memorial Day Cookout ideas. Tender chicken thighs are marinated in citrus juices, olive oil and seasoned with a blend of spices. Click here for the full recipe. >:
This American Flag Fruit Platter is a spectacular addition to your healthy Memorial Day menu. An assortment of red, white and blue fruits create a beautiful American flag that is the perfect centerpiece for your picnic table. Banana slices dipped in white chocolate make this tray special. Click here for the full recipe. >:
Although Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, it’s still technically spring. Celebrate the holiday with an easy pasta salad recipe featuring one of our favorite seasonal vegetables: asparagus. Click here for the full recipe. >:
It’s not Memorial Day weekend without barbecue. Make a healthy burger recipe with lean ground beef. Worcestershire sauce, jalapeño peppers, shredded cheese, and a savory spice mix. Serve them on whole wheat sandwiches with a dollop of salsa, diced tomatoes and lettuce leaves. Click here for the full recipe. >:
This red, white and blue fruit salad will be one of your favorite side dish recipes for your Memorial Day barbecue. Sliced watermelon, black pepper, fat-free feta cheese, and fresh mint are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Feel free to wrap it in the shape of an American flag. Click here for the full recipe. >:
Shrimp and scallops are skewered with sliced vegetables for one of the tastiest Memorial Day cooking ideas. (We used zucchini, red onion, and bell pepper, but you could also include cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.) Dressed in a homemade lemon garlic butter sauce, they’re packed with protein and flavor. Click here for the full recipe. >:
The pie crust is easy to make with crushed pretzels, light butter and coconut sugar. The creamy filling of this simple pie is even easier, featuring a lightly whipped topping, lime zest, and beautifully sliced peaches and plums. Feel free to swap out your favorite fruits for one of the best healthy Memorial Day desserts. Click here for the full recipe. >:
S:eltzer water and a light lemonade mix combine to create this refreshing drink. Simply add red, white and blue fruit, pour into a glass, add a straw and enjoy. Click here for the full recipe. >: