9 of Our Best Summer Recipes To Make Memorial Day Memorable

Ryan Nadolny

6. Cilantro Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe

This is one of those salads that makes me forget about grilling meat. It’s so refreshing and delicious. The queso fresco crumbles cut through the acid of the tomatoes to really round out the flavors in a bright, savory way. My favorite part is how easy it is to make this salad. Ok, that’s my second favorite thing, because eating copious amounts of this delicious summer salad is absolutely #1. Special enough for a Memorial Day picnic, but simple enough for a weeknight, this salad is about to become one of your tried and true summer recipes.

7. Peaches and Cream Pie Recipe

I have mentioned before my affinity for peaches and this dessert is no exception. I could eat this everyday for the rest of my life and be very happy. It’s just so good. I don’t even know what else to say except that you need this in your life immediately. Don’t wait. Go make it now! Summer is waiting and this quintessential southern dessert is calling your name.

8. Taco Pasta Salad Recipe

Is it a taco? A pasta? A salad? The answer is yes. It’s all those glorious things in one big bowl of happiness. Pasta salad is one of my favorite summer dishes, and this one is no slouch. The rich, creamy dressing is so good that you’ll want to make extra and put it on everything. Don’t forget a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce! Because everything is a little bit better with hot sauce.

9. Aperol Spritz Recipe

I saved my favorite for last. For the past couple of years, I’ve designated one cocktail for the summer. First it was a Moscow Mule, then a gin and cucumber drink, then a negroni, and now this. Don’t let the color fool you. While it does have some sweetness, it is bitter and tangy as well. The prosecco and soda give it a balanced refreshing taste. It tastes like summer in a glass and it's perfect for kicking off the season!

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