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53 Easy Recipes for Summer Celebrations & Holidays

Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day celebrations are about fun and the people you are blessed to spend time with. Celebrating shouldn’t involve wasting away in the kitchen while everyone else enjoys the festivities.

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Whether you are hosting a crowd at your house or taking something to a potluck, choose recipes you can easily make ahead or that you can quickly put together, and they will cook away on their own without lots of attention from you.

Try this great collection of Memorial weekend recipes, and then go celebrate! Have a great weekend!

1. Slow Cooker BBQ Country Style Ribs

Tender, smoky, succulent and beautifully caramelized Country Style Ribs are easy to make, and you don’t even need a grill!

Country Style Ribs - Slow Cooker Country Ribs on a platter.  Memorial Day favorite.

Tender, smoky, succulent and beautifully caramelized Country Style Ribs are easy to make, and you don’t even need a grill! These mouthwatering ribs only require five ingredients, 10 minutes of prep time and your slow cooker does the rest. Fabulous celebration recipe!

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  1. Loaded Baked Potato Salad
  2. Classic Potato Salad
  3. Easy Delicious Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
  4. Bell Pepper Salad, Easy Delicious and Crunchy

6. 10-Minute Taco Dip: Quick and Easy Recipe

10-Minute Taco Dip on white plate.  Easy recipe.

Yes, It’s a dip. But it’s also one of the most delicious quick, and easy meals you will enjoy serving. On its own, it has protein, dairy and vegetables, plus grain in the chips you serve it with. You can amp up the protein if you want by adding a layer of leftover chicken, roast beef or taco meat. Use the taco toppings and veggies your family loves best. Delish!

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  1. Asian Cucumber Salad
  2. Creamy Coleslaw with Homemade Coleslaw Dressing
  3. Mandarin Orange Salad | Easy 5-Ingredient Orange Jello Salad
  4. Shirazi Salad (Easy Persian Cucumber Salad)

11. Best Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes on a white plate with cheese and pickles.  Easy recipe.  Memorial Day favorite.

A Sloppy Joe Recipe packed with knock-your-socks-off flavor! It’s quick and easy, but it also tastes amazing! It has a subtle sweetness from caramelly dark brown sugar and savory goodness from the beef, onion and all-purpose seasoning. Then, just as you’re thinking how delicious it is, you get that little kick of heat on the back of your tongue. Boom! Seriously, guys, these are THE best sloppy joes!

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  1. Perfect Pulled Pork: 2 Ingredient Easy
  2. Slow Cooker Kalua Pork, Succulent and Smoky Hawaiian Favorite
  3. Mexican Shredded Beef, Slow Cooker Simple
  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts, the Juicy Secret

16. 10-Minute Pimento Cheese Recipe

Old Fashioned Pimento Cheese Recipe in a square white bowl.  Easy Recipe.

My scrumptous pimento cheese recipe is lusciously creamy and tangy with a bold Cheddar cheese flavor. It’s spiked with a touch of citrusy sumac and a mild kick of chipotle to wake up and excite your tastebuds! Slather it on crackers or toasted baguette slices. Stuff it in celery or cherry tomatoes. We love it with all types of fresh veggie crudites. My pimento cheese recipe is also a spectacular burger topping, and it will take your hotdogs next-level!

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  1. Creamy Hummus Recipe with Roasted Garlic
  2. Easy Homemade Taco Chips
  3. Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe
  4. Creamy Southwest Salad Dressing, Sauce & Dip

18. Strawberry Cottage Cheese Salad Recipe

Pink Strawberry Cottage Cheese Salad in a white oval bowl. There is a sliced strawberry garnish at one end of the bowl.  Easy recipe.

This creamy strawberry cottage cheese salad is a favorite throwback to the early 80s. It’s a cool and refreshing salad that both kids and adults enjoy. Strawberry Cottage Cheese Salad is only 4 ingredients and is gluten-free. It’s a perfect sweet relief for heavy, savory meals. We’ve served it with every kind of protein, with casseroles, and even with pancakes! It’s great at a barbecue with burgers and hotdogs or on the salad table at a summer potluck or family reunion.

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  1. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
  2. Best Baked Bean Casserole (Baked Beans with Hamburger)
  3. Slow Cooker Chicken Breasts, the Juicy Secret
  4. Italian Meatballs: Scrumptious, Savory and Oh So Easy

23. Charcuterie Cups

Individual charcuterie cups decoratively filled with deli meat, veggies, crackers, pretzels, crudites, cheese, nuts and berries.

Charcuterie cups are the perfect appetizer solution for any gathering or get-together. They are gorgeously colorful, individualized servings of munchies. Individual charcuterie cups can be made ahead, and the potential for myriad theme, flavor and color variations makes them as exciting to look at as to eat. And charcuterie cups are so simple to assemble.

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  1. Walking Taco Casserole Recipe (Frito Pie)
  2. Beef Enchilada Casserole Recipe, 5-Ingredient Simple
  3. Pulled Pork Tacos (Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for Tacos Recipe)
  4. Delicious Broccoli Ramen Coleslaw

28. Easy and Delicious Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa in a Clear Glass Bowl

Pineapple Salsa is simple to make. It’s tangy and bright. The juicy pineapple and flavorful veggies lift all your favorite meals. The salsa recipe is only mildly spicy, making it a kid-friendly dish that adults love, too!

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  1. House Salad Recipe, a Quick and Easy Favorite
  2. Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad
  3. Bean Salad | Simple and Delicious
  4. Homemade Avocado Ranch Dressing, Easy & Delicious

33. Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple Chicken on a Platter with Pan Sauce. Easy Recipe.  Memorial Day favorite.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken is a party in your mouth! It’s a tantalizing mix of savory and sweet with a mildly spicy kick. It’s fantastic served as the main dish centerpiece on any celebration table! We love it served as a chicken rice bowl with Pineapple Salsa. It’s also fantastic shredded into chicken salad, Cobb salad and chicken street tacos. It’s gluten-free and slow cooker simple. Your new favorite chicken recipe!

Pineapple Chicken Rice Bowl with Pineapple Salsa in a white ceramic bowl on a marble countertop with turquoise and white checkered napkin

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  1. Easy Crock Pot Cube Steak: Slow Cooker Savory and Comforting
  2. Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe: Tender, Juicy and Flavor-Packed
  3. Easy Maple Mustard Slow Cooker Pork Loin
  4. Best Crock Pot Ham Recipe, 3-Ingredient Simple

38. Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken

slow cooker southwest chicken whole in a serving bowl with sprigs of cilantro.  Easy Recipe. Memorial Day Favorite.

Toss six ingredients into the crockpot and let the appliance work its magic! Southwest Chicken is savory, tangy, spicy, deliciousness! You’ll love this juicy, melt-in-your-mouth tender chicken! It’s also gluten-free. Add Southwest Chicken to Chicken Street Tacos, chicken tacos, Buffalo Ranch Chicken Melts, burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas, taco salads, vegetable salads, casseroles, pasta salads, spicy chicken salad sandwiches and pizza.

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  1. Buffalo Ranch Chicken Melts
  2. Chicken Street Tacos
  3. Delicious Cuban Sliders, Mini Cuban Sandwiches
  4. Ham and Cheese Sliders: One Pan of Easy Savory & Cheesy Handheld Deliciousness

43. Homemade Beef Summer Sausage

homemade summer sausage on a wooden board with cheese and crackers

My Homemade Beef Summer Sausage recipe is EASY to make and so much more delicious than anything you’ll buy at the store. Summer parties, Memorial weekend, backyard barbecues and bonfire snacking are all just a few of the perfect times to whip up this easy summer sausage recipe. Pair it with cheese, crackers, toasty bread, pickles, olives, fresh fruit, and veggies for a spectacular movie night snack board. It’s perfect for tailgating, charcuterie boards, holiday buffet tables and gift baskets. You can’t go wrong with this delicious, savory, salty snack, no matter when you serve it.

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  1. Magic Cookie Bars: Ooey, Gooey Chocolate Perfection in Under 30 Minutes
  2. Meatballs in Brown Gravy: Savory Delicious Orbs of Comfort
  3. Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  4. Best Easy Chili Recipe | 6 Ingredients, 30 Minutes

48. World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white plate sitting on a concrete countertop with 3 milk bottles that have steel straws

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies satisfy every indulgently gooey, chocolatey cookie craving! Classic chocolate chip cookie goodness in a small batch perfect dozen! Double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd. My chocolate chip cookies have deeply caramelized brown sugar crisp edges and soft, chewy centers studded with gooey, melty chunks of chocolate. Cookie nirvana, my friend. You’re gonna love them!

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  1. Easy Chocolate Butter Cake: Just Like Grandma Made
  2. Homemade Apple Pie Recipe: a Make-Ahead American Classic
  3. Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies
  4. Best Easy S’mores Cookies Recipe, No Campfire Required

53. Easy Delicious Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

easy delicious cheesecake

The easiest, creamiest, most decadently delicious and perfect cheesecake recipe you will ever make or eat! Hands down! Cream cheese never tasted so good! You’ve never tasted a cheesecake crust as scrumptious as this chewy cookie-style one. You won’t believe the secret ingredient to make it! A simple, luscious, baked cheesecake that requires no water bath and can be baked in a 9×13 pan or in a 10″ springform. You’ll never want any other cheesecake recipe!

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