Memorial Day Potluck Recipes!



Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff for BBQ season!  Dips, salads, delicious sides, anything grilled, and easy desserts are perfect for the occasion.

Here are our top recipe picks for your Memorial Day potluck!:

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Baked Beans with Bacon

Broccoli Salad

Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting and Salted Peanuts

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Chili Cream Cheese Dip

Chocolate Caramel Cake

Easy Santa Maria Style Pinquito Beans

Edamame Salad

Feta-Stuffed Watermelon Blocks

Greek Pasta Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

Hawaiian Plate Lunch Mac Salad

Ice Cream Cake

Jamie’s Famous Pasta Salad

Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

Multi-Bean Salad

Pea Slaw

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

Portobello Burgers

Refreshing Watermelon Salad

Strawberry Dream Cake

Tarragon Potato Salad

Thai Peanut Slaw

Tom’s BBQ Tri Tip

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Twice Baked Potatoes with Soy Chorizo

Watermelon Cilantro Salad

White Sangria

Multi-Bean Salad

Multi Bean Salad

I was never a fan of bean salads until I had this one!  Fresh and delicious, this salad combines canned beans with fresh veggies and a great vinaigrette.

This recipe is from the Moosewood Cookbook which is a wonderful vegetarian cookbook that has never let me down.  It calls for dry beans, but I’ve substituted it with canned to make it quicker and easier.


15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

6 T. olive oil

3 to 4 T. lemon juice

6 to 8 T. red wine vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. salt

Lots of black pepper

1/4 lb. fresh green beans

2 medium stalks celery, finely minced

1/3 cup very finely minced red onion

Up to 1 cup (packed) finely minced parsley

1 small red or green bell pepper, minced

Optional:  a small amount of minced cucumber

Optional garnishes:  cherry tomatoes, sieved hardboiled eggs

Once the beans are drained well, place them in a large salad bowl.  In a separate bowl, combine the oil, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper.  Add the dressing to the beans and stir well.

Trim the tips of the green beans and cut into bite size pieces.  Steam until tender (approx. 5 to 8 minutes).  Refresh under cold running water and drain well.

Add the green beans and remaining vegetables to the beans and mix well.

Refrigerate for at least 2 to 3 hours.  And when it’s potluck time, then serve!

Baked Beans Recipe

Baked Beans with Bacon

Molasses, brown sugar, and bacon combine to make these delicious baked beans! And they are so quick and easy to make. Cooking them uncovered gives the sauce that yummy, dark caramel color.  Click here for the recipe!

Quick and Easy Refried Beans

Quick and Easy Refried Beans

These quick and easy beans are delicious!  Perfect for any fiesta-themed potluck.  Thank you to Claudine for sharing this recipe!


Garlic, chopped or minced


Canned pinto or black beans

Shredded cheese

Saute’ the garlic in oil until soft.  Add the canned beans and juice.  Let them boil and simmer for a while.  Use a masher to smash them up.  Stir in shredded cheese.  Serve.

Vegetarian Tamale Casserole

Vegetarian Tamale Casserole

This recipe originated from the back of a Lucerne grated cheddar cheese bag.  I’ve made some modifications.  This one is so easy and is a great vegetarian main dish.


2 cups frozen white corn, thawed

1 can red kidney beans with liquid

1 can black beans, drained

3 cups shredded sharp cheddar

1 cup green onions, sliced

2 T. chili powder

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Cornbread batter

Mix the all of the above, except the cornbread batter, together and put in a greased casserole dish.  Top with your favorite cornbread batter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until cornbread is completely cooked.

Serve topped with sour cream.

Baked Beans with Bacon

Baked Beans with Bacon

Molasses, brown sugar, and bacon combine to make these delicious baked beans!  And they are so quick and easy to make.   I made some revisions, but this recipe originated from The Joy of Cooking cookbook.  I cook it uncovered the entire time (as opposed to cooking covered for the first 30 minutes) which gives the sauce that yummy, dark caramel color.


3 cans of northern white beans, including the liquid

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup chopped sweet onion

4 T. dark molasses

4 T. brown sugar

2 T. apple cider vinegar

6 slices bacon

Grease a 9 x 13″ glass casserole dish.  Mix all of the ingredients, except the bacon, in the casserole dish.  Place the bacon slices on the top.  Bake uncovered for 60 minutes at 350 degrees.