Every Memorial Day, we celebrate the courageous men and women who have died serving our country. If you’re a retired or active member of any of our armed forces, we thank you for your service!
On this special holiday, many people get their friends and families together and host a delicious picnic or BBQ. And while traditional burgers, potato salad, and watermelon slices are always good picnic staples, we thought you might like a few new ideas for your picnic menu this year.
If you’re hosting—or attending—a Memorial Day picnic, we recommend adding the following recipes to your menu to mix things up. We hope you love them!
Crisp Cucumber Salad
If you’re attending a picnic feast, chances are someone is already bringing your standard potato or green leaf salad. In an effort to not double up on the same menu item, we recommend giving this recipe for a crisp cucumber salad a try.
Not only is this a unique salad option, but it’s a cool and refreshing menu option for a hot day.
- 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 small red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. In a medium bowl, combine cucumbers, scallions, and red pepper.
2. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; pour over cucumber mixture.
3. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before tossing and serving.
Recipe Source: https://www.mrfood.com/Deli-Salad/Crisp-Cucumber-Salad
A burger is a classic summertime picnic staple. Yet, as tasty as they are, you’re bound to get bored of the traditional ground beef burger—especially if you cook out a lot or are attending more than one picnic over the weekend.
This year, impress your seafood-loving friends with a new twist on a classic menu item and make them a shrimp burger.
- 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
- 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup canola oil
Old Bay Mayo Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1. Coarsely chop half of the shrimp.
2. Put the remaining shrimp in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Then, combine both shrimp in a large bowl with the breadcrumbs, lemon juice, salt, garlic powder, pepper, scallions, and egg, and mix.
3. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, and then form into 4 patties. Refrigerate 10 more minutes.
4. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the burgers, about 3 minutes per side.
5. Make the mayo by combining the mayonnaise and Old Bay to taste in a small bowl.
Recipe Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/katie-lee/shrimp-burgers-with-old-bay-mayo
Lime Margarita Bars
No picnic is complete without a tasty dessert.
These lime margarita bars are sweet, tangy, and salty and will be sure to please any palate. And don’t worry, despite the name, there is absolutely no alcohol in this dessert so they are 100% kid friendly!
- 1 1/2 cups finely crushed pretzels
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, melted
- 2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 4 teaspoons grated lime peel
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, combine pretzels, sugar, and butter. Press firmly into bottom of prepared baking dish.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until crust is firm; remove from oven and cool slightly, leaving oven on.
4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour into cooled crust.
5. Bake 25 to 30 additional minutes, or until center is firm. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars and serve, or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe source: https://www.mrfood.com/Bar-Cookies/Lime-Margarita-Bars-1550
What’s your favorite picnic recipe? Share it in the comments below!