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20 Dishes to make your Memorial Day delicious

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

What you should be eating this weekend

Fire up your grill, and make this Memorial Day weekend the best kickoff to summer yet while hanging with friends and eating delicious dishes.

Celebrate this Memorial Day weekend with great food and friends.

1. Grilled steak marinade recipe

Grilled steak marinade

A good marinade makes a steak, so use this grilled steak marinade for Memorial Day weekend and any other summer weekend gathering.

2. Ginger tamarind grilled chicken recipe

Ginger tamarind grilled chicken

The combination of ginger and tamarind makes this ginger tamarind grilled chicken the perfect addition to your cookout.

3. Grilled fish tacos with chile-lime slaw

Grilled fish tacos with chile-lime slaw

Grilling can be heavy on the meats, so make these grilled fish tacos with chile-lime slaw to lighten up your menu.

4. Grilled passion fruit shrimp skewers recipe

Grilled passionfruit shrimp skewers

Bring some tropical flavors to your cookout by making these grilled passion fruit shrimp skewers. Served alongside fresh avocados, it's the perfect summer meal.

5. Grilled Hawaiian chicken thigh recipe

Grilled Hawaiian chicken thighs

Try this recipe for grilled Hawaiian chicken thighs, packed with ginger, garlic, soy and pineapple flavors.

6. Kicked-up peachy baby back ribs recipe

Kicked-up peachy baby back ribs

Blend the flavors of summer — peaches and baby back ribs — to make these kicked-up peachy baby back ribs.

7. Citrus-marinated grilled chicken recipe

Citrus marinated grilled chicken

Brighten up simple chicken breasts with light citrus flavors. This citrus-marinated grilled chicken is the perfect protein for a quick cookout.

8. Teriyaki chicken skewers recipe

Teriyaki chicken skewers

Easy to make ahead of time, these teriyaki chicken skewers are the perfect Memorial Day weekend dish, whether you cook them on the grill or in the oven.

9. Grilled zucchini ribbons recipe

Grilled zucchini ribbons

The perfect side dish because zucchini is bountiful during the summer season, these grilled zucchini ribbons are light and delicious.

10. Summer orzo pasta salad recipe

Summer orzo pasta salad

This summer orzo pasta salad is a refreshing twist on the classic mayonnaise-packed pasta salad — plus it's loaded with vegetables.

11. Creamy avocado and kale potato salad recipe

Creamy avocado and kale potato salad

Put a healthy twist on your classic potato salad with this creamy avocado and kale potato salad, packed with nutritious kale. It's even naturally gluten free and vegan.

12. Grilled sweet potato and wilted kale salad recipe

Grilled sweet potato and wilted kale salad

Instead of regular white potatoes, use sweet potatoes in this grilled sweet potato and wilted kale salad for added nutritional benefits.

13. Mom's potato salad recipe

Mom's potato salad

What's the one thing all cookouts have in common? Potato salad. Try your hand at this classic salad.

14. Potato bites recipe

Potato Bites

Go ahead and make classic steak and potatoes, but give them a bite-size twist with this potato bites recipe.

15. Grilled halloumi cheese with fresh cherry salsa recipe

Grilled halloumi cheese with fresh cherry salsa

A great recipe for your vegetarian guests, this grilled halloumi cheese with fresh cherry salsa is refreshing, delicious and tasty.

16. Grilled zucchini nachos recipe

Grilled zucchini nachos

Save the calories for later, and make these grilled zucchini nachos, a healthy twist on traditional nachos.

17. Southwestern grilled sweet potato salad recipe

Southwestern grilled sweet potato salad

Another great potato salad using sweet potatoes, this Southwestern grilled sweet potato salad is packed with fresh summer corn and delectable seasonings.

18. Brown sugar grilled pineapple recipe

Brown sugar grilled pineapple

Grill up dessert this Memorial Day weekend, and make this brown sugar grilled pineapple, perfect when served with vanilla bean ice cream.

19. Grilled peaches with honey mascarpone recipe

Grilled peaches with honey mascarpone

Perfect use of fresh peaches is this grilled peaches with honey mascarpone dessert. Give it a try this Memorial Day weekend.

20. Strawberry fluff fruit dip recipe

Strawberry fluff fruit dip

End your cookout with a light dessert like this strawberry fluff fruit dip, in which you can dip fresh fruits and cookies.

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