The perfect picnic foods are those that travel well! Pack sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit, wraps, chips, veggies, dip or salsa, refreshing drinks and a make-ahead dessert like brownies or cookies.  

Nothing says summertime like a backyard BBQ. Cook up BBQ favorites like BBQ chicken, hot dogs, burgers, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans and grilled veggies. Prep toppings for hot dogs and burgers like onion, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, grilled mushrooms, cheese and more. And don’t forget some fresh watermelon or grilled pineapple for a refreshing dessert! For more inspiration, browse our BBQ Recipe Collection.

When the weather is hot, nothing is better than an ice-cold drink. We suggest serving iced tea, lemonade, infused water, soda or pop and adult beverages like beer or hard seltzer at your next summer soirée. Shop a selection of delicious and affordable beverages at your local ALDI. 

A classic Memorial Day recipe to make is an American Flag Cake. You can make a white or yellow cake from scratch or grab a boxed mix. Let the cake cool and frost with whipped cream or vanilla frosting. Next, use strawberries and blueberries to decorate the cake to make it look like an American flag. Then enjoy your easy, delicious and patriotic dessert.

Start the celebrations off right with delicious appetizers. Easy favorites are ham pinwheels, chips and salsa or guacamole, deviled eggs or taco dip. For more inspiration, check out our Appetizer Recipes.

If you’re planning on bringing food to a Memorial Day party, be sure to pick foods that travel well such as tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, cereal treats, cookies or sun tea. If you don’t feel like preparing any food, you can also bring backyard games to play!  

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. It has become a popular day to have a cookout. Some favorite side dishes to make include corn on the cob, pasta salad, potato salad, fresh fruit and baked beans.

Don’t wait until dinner to start your Memorial Day off. Start the holiday with a tasty brunch to kick off the celebrations. Top waffles or pancakes with blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream for a Patriotic twist on brunch classics. Welcome the season with dishes that feature the fresh produce and flavors of summer like a vegetable quiche, spinach frittata or lemon muffins. For more inspiration, check out our Breakfast and Brunch Recipes from the ALDI Test Kitchen.  

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States that honors fallen military personnel. The holiday is also the unofficial start of summer, so it has become a time for friends and family to relax, cookout and enjoy the warmer weather. Here are some fun ideas to make this Memorial Day one to remember:  

  • Decorate with red, white and blue decorations  

  • Fire up the grill and host a backyard BBQ  

  • Go swimming or break out the sprinkler 

  • Serve up some red, white and blue drinks 

  • Play some outdoor lawn games like cornhole, bocce ball, horseshoes or croquet 

It can be difficult to avoid overindulging during a holiday. However, there are plenty of healthy and delicious foods that you can make to celebrate Memorial Day! Check out our Healthy Living Recipes from the ALDI Test Kitchen to plan the perfect menu for your Memorial Day festivities.  

Since Memorial Day kicks off the start of summer, refreshing drinks like lemonade are always a hit! You can also craft red, white and blue for a festive touch.