60 Easy Memorial Day Side Dishes That'll Take Your Holiday to the Next Level

These flavor-packed side dishes might even steal the grill's thunder.

grilled zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus and red pepers with honey thyme vinaigrette
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

Whether you’re planning a picnic or a BBQ for this celebratory weekend, welcome to your one-stop-recipe shop for easy and flavorful Memorial Day side dishes. We've gathered our favorite ideas, from traditional BBQ salads to zesty BBQ side dishes, that all add a little extra pizazz to your menu. Be sure to make plenty of extras — these tasty additions are sure to go fast!

Craving some fresh veggies to go with your BBQ main course? Look no further than our favorite healthy salads, grilled vegetable recipes and refreshing dips perfect for veggie-dunking. For those who need something more filling before the main course, try heftier side options like our grilled pizzas and loaded flatbreads. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the classics: Here you’ll find all of your summer gathering favorites like coleslaw, corn and delicious new takes on potato salad.

We’ve got something for all of your guests and their appetites, from vegan recipes for meat-free diets and simple but classic dishes for the pickiest of eaters. Every one of these delicious side options will partner perfectly with any Memorial Day food ideas you decide on, so go ahead and fire up the grill (and get ready to feast)!

a cobb salad with avocados, red onions, soft boiled eggs, lettuce, and tomatoes
Mike Garten
1 of 60
Cobb Salad

This isn’t just your average healthy salad to enjoy while snacking at your desk, it's fit for a Memorial Day feast!

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an herby red potato salad with cilantro on top, served on a blue plate
Mike Garten
2 of 60
Herby Red Potato Salad

You can't beat a classic, but you can elevate it! Potato salad gets herby in this recipe with the addition of fresh dill, parsley, scallions and an irresistible dressing.

Get the Herby Red Potato Salad recipe.

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a plate of roasted carrots and chickpeas with marinated feta
Mike Garten
3 of 60
Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas with Marinated Feta

Spice up this veggie dish with roasted chickpeas and herb-infused feta for a flavorful and filling side.

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a bright radish salad with mint on a white plate
Mike Garten
4 of 60
Bright Radish Salad

This salad is so beautiful it's a centerpiece all on its own! Thinly slice a variety of radishes for this stunning and colorful side dish.

Get the Bright Radish Salad recipe.

a bowl spiced snack mix that includes pretzels, chex mix, crackers and more
Mike Garten
5 of 60
Spiced Snack Mix

In addition to a perfect pre-meal snack, this savory mix is completely customizable: Add in parmesan cheese, nuts or any spices your heart desires to create your ideal salty concoction.

Get the Spiced Snack Mix recipe.

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wedge salad with creamy herb dressing on a white plate
Mike Garten
6 of 60
Wedge Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

The secret to this wedge salad? An all-green, herby dressing loaded with parsley, dill and chives.

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watermelon salad with feta and cucumber on a blue plate
Mike Garten
7 of 60
Watermelon Salad with Feta

Searching for a unique and refreshing side dish? Look no further than this watermelon salad paired with feta, cucumber and mint.

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corn, red small tomatoes, zucchini and green beans on a white plate
Mike Garten
8 of 60
Succotash

Get in all of your favorite summer veggies with this succotash loaded with corn, zucchini, tomatoes and green beans.

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a bowl of green slaw with wooden utensils
Mike Garten
9 of 60
Green Slaw

Serve up this classic green coleslaw for a dish sure to please each and every one of your guests.

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grilled peach caprese salad with basil and fresh mozzarella
Mike Garten
10 of 60
Peach Caprese Salad

This sweet and salty salad pairs peaches with honey, almonds, mozzarella and fresh basil. What more could you ask for?

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grilled broccoli with pepper flakes in a white bowl
Mike Garten
11 of 60
Grilled Broccoli

Give fresh broccoli a major upgrade with a little time on the grill and a dunk in a spicy lemon-butter sauce.

Get the Grilled Broccoli recipe.

cucumber and cantaloupe salad with savory quinoa granola on a black and white striped plate
Mike Garten
12 of 60
Cucumber and Cantaloupe Salad with Savory Quinoa Granola

If you're bringing this colorful side to a party, pack the granola on the side so it stays crispy. Everyone will love it!

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an onion flatbread cut into squares
Mike Garten
13 of 60
Onion Flatbread

This cheesy onion flatbread is a mouthwatering side perfect for sharing.

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thai green papaya salad with papaya, carrots, bean sprouts and more
Mike Garten
14 of 60
Thai Green Papaya Salad

Our take on this Thai dish stars green papaya, which is a mild-flavored fruit similar to an unripe mango.

Get the Thai Green Papaya Salad recipe.

a vegan caesar salad with grilled radishes, onions, chickpeas and croutons
Mike Garten
15 of 60
Vegan Caesar Salad

For the plant-based guests at your Memorial Day party, this creamy salad doubles as a main dish.

Get the Vegan Caesar Salad recipe.

a creamy basil potato salad with fresh basil and scallions on served on top
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
16 of 60
Creamy Basil Potato Salad

Switch up your potato salad this year by ditching classic mayo for crème fraîche.

Get the Creamy Basil Potato Salad recipe.

lemon orzo salad with zucchini, basil, and chopped chives in a bowl
Mike Garten
17 of 60
Lemon Orzo Salad

Raw zucchini (a.k.a. summer’s finest veggie) gets “cooked” when added to the hot pasta. Bonus: it’s a cinch to make ahead of time and easy to double for big families.

Get the Lemon Orzo Salad recipe.

a tomato, peach,and basil salad on a blue plate
Mike Garten
18 of 60
Tomato, Peach and Basil Salad

This sweet-salty salad with fruit, feta and fresh herbs takes 10 minutes to make.

Get the Tomato, Peach and Basil Salad recipe.

a cacio e pepe pizza with grilled lemons and parsley on top
Mike Garten
19 of 60
Cacio e Pepe Pizza

Grilled lemon slices add just the right amount of zing to this cheese-and-pepper combo. Slice into strips for easy side dish sharing!

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spinach and artichoke dip in a blue bowl with a glass of water on the side
Mike Garten
20 of 60
Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Dip

We lightened up the usual gooey baked version and made ours with tons of herbs, walnuts for crunch and cheese for a hit of savory flavor.

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a rhubarb citrus salad with spinach, slices of citrus and cheese shavings served on a white plate
Mike Garten
21 of 60
Rhubarb and Citrus Salad with Black Pepper Vinaigrette

Balance out the creamy and spicy flavors on your plate with this tangy salad, complete with fresh rhubarb and Cara Cara oranges.

Get the Rhubarb and Citrus Salad with Black Pepper Vinaigrette recipe.

a red peper muhammara dip with chopped walnuts and olive oil in a white bowl
Mike Garten
22 of 60
Muhammara Dip

This Turkish-inspired dip is made with roasted red peppers, walnuts, lemon juice, garlic and ground sumac for a rich, intensely flavorful spread that will be the hit of your party.

Get the Muhammara Dip recipe.

RELATED: 80 Best Party Dip Recipes to Feed a Crowd

a charred coleslaw salad toasted peanuts on a white plate
Mike Garten
23 of 60
Tangy Charred Coleslaw

Lightly charring wedges of cabbage before cutting it into smaller pieces transforms ordinary slaw into extraordinary.

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a sesame cucumber salad in a blue bowl
Mike Garten
24 of 60
Sesame Cucumber Salad

Sick of salads? Try this fresh, crunchy version that contains zero lettuce.

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grilled carrots with yogurt and pistachios served on top
Mike Garten
25 of 60
Grilled Carrots

Grilled carrots tossed with spicy harissa paste and a drizzle of honey make the perfect sweet and smoky complement to any main dish.

Get the Grilled Carrots recipe.

shaved carrot and radish salad on a white plate
Mike Garten
26 of 60
Shaved Carrot and Radish Salad

The citrusy vinaigrette seeps into the crunchy salad as it sits, making this a great make-ahead option.

Get the Shaved Carrot and Radish Salad recipe.

cayenne grilled eggplant with fresh tomato salad on a white plate
Mike Garten
27 of 60
Cayenne Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad

An added bonus: If there are any vegetarians at your picnic, this grilled eggplant dish can easily become a hearty main once you sandwich it between a burger bun.

Get the Cayenne Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad recipe.

a bowl of pesto orzo with  zucchini and yellow squash in a bowl
Mike Garten
28 of 60
Pesto Zucchini Orzo

Marinate zucchini and yellow squash in vinegar to add even more flavor to this perked-up pesto dish.

Get the Pesto Zucchini Orzo recipe.

a clear bowl of corn wheels with butter
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
29 of 60
Corn Wheels with Hot Honey Butter

Give summer a warm welcome by complementing your main with these sweet and spicy corn wheels. Top tip: The more honey butter, the better.

Get the Corn Wheels with Hot Honey Butter recipe.

a corn, bean, tomato, jalapeno, garlic and cilantro salsa
Mike Garten
30 of 60
Cowboy Caviar

Loaded with black eyed peas, tomatoes, scallions, yellow pepper, jalapeño and corn, this dip is practically a meal in itself.

Get the Cowboy Caviar recipe.

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