Top 6 Memorial Day Recipes: Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw & More | Kraft in the Kitchen

Top 6 Memorial Day Recipes: Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw & More

Ahh, the Memorial Day cookout: Your annual chance to reconnect with family, enjoy the magical late-spring weather and flex your grilling muscles in preparation for the (hopefully many!) summer cookouts to come. And while burgers and hot dogs might be default Memorial Day entrées, that just gives side dishes and dessert more room to shine! I’ve gathered a few traditional-faves-with-a-twist, including potato salad, macaroni salad and my very favorite fruity (yep, fruity!) cole slaw recipe, to help up your patio-party game.

Family Reunion Macaroni Salad: Sure, you might’ve had macaroni salad with chunks of cheese in it, but a macaroni salad recipe with mac and cheese as an ingredient? Game-changer! Stir red peppers, celery and green onions into the tangy mixture for crunchy contrast.

Easy Patriotic Fruit Pizza

Easy Patriotic Fruit Pizza: Make a red, white and blue impression with this gorgeous dessert recipe that—no lie—takes all of 15 minutes to prep. Just smush refrigerated sugar cookie dough into a circle on a pizza pan, bake, then smear with sweet, vanilla-laced cream cheese and top with berries. That’s it…and it’s amazing.

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MIRACLE WHIP Rocking Bacon-Ranch Potato Salad: Why yes, we did amp up regular-ol’ potato salad with zippy ranch dressing, crunchy veggies and tasty, tasty bacon. If you’re using red potatoes, feel free to keep the tater peels on: They add pretty color and tasty texture.

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Apple Coleslaw: To look at this gorgeous multicolor coleslaw, you wouldn’t think it needs just four ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time—but it does. Honey-spiked dressing gives this crunchy slaw a delicate sweetness that’s simply amazing paired with hot dogs or pulled pork or chicken. (I pile mine right on top of my hot dog!)

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Blue Ribbon Layered Salad: Seven-layer salad is so two layers ago. This sky-high salad is constructed from nine tasty tiers: lettuce, radishes, peas, peppers, eggs, green onions, cheddar, bacon and a creamy crown of tangy, slightly sweet mayo-sour cream dressing. A cookout showstopper? I think so.

Strawberry Cream Pie

Strawberry Cream Pie: The best part about this luscious strawberry pie? No bake time required! Dish out dreamy, strawberry-dotted slices—filled with a fluffy mix of whipped topping, cream cheese, strawberry-flavor gelatin and chopped fresh berries—to bring any cookout to a sweet finish.

Looking for more Memorial Day inspiration? Look no further!

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