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Healthy Memorial Day BBQ Recipes for Any Celebration

© Photo by Meals with Maggie

Even though your Memorial Day celebration is going to look a lot different this year – with no weekend getaway trips, large backyard bashes or jam-packed beaches – you can still enjoy spending time with a small group of people, relaxing and sharing good food.

If you typically think of backyard BBQs having lots of heavy, calorie-laden foods, like burgers, cheesy dips, sugary cocktails and rich desserts, it’s time to remake your holiday menu! In fact, you can easily “healthify” your summer celebrations because guess what?! Clean, healthy food can taste absolutely amazing! And we’re going to prove it…

Fire up the grill and let the fresh, healthy flavors of late spring and early summer come to life in these delicious Memorial Day recipes you’ll end up making all summer long!  

7 Yummy, Easy, & Healthy Memorial Day Recipes

 1) Quinoa and Kale Salad

kale and quinoa salad on white plate

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Need a new addition to your healthy Memorial Day salad recipes?! This one is a crowd-pleaser, for sure – even for those that don’t typically eat clean and healthy. This recipe will thoroughly prove that something as healthy as kale doesn’t have to be boring! With zesty citrus flavor, a naturally sweet touch from maple syrup, addicting crunch from almonds, and hearty additions like quinoa and avocado, it’s a salad you’ll surely celebrate!

Get this Quina and Kale Salad Recipe here.

2) Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest

grilled asparagus with lemon zest

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Who said everything on the grill has to be meat?!

For a healthy, flavorful, and nutrient-packed side dish, try this sumptuous asparagus recipe! In this simple yet enticing side dish, you toss asparagus with olive oil and spices, then grill it, and top it with fresh lemon zest! It’s the perfect addition to your plate and a nice complement to chicken, fish, red meat, and even pasta.

Get this Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest Recipe here.

3) Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp

grilled shrimp with lime

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This next recipe may be one of the most exciting ways to cook up shrimp for backyard BBQs! It includes a spicy, savory seasoning that you coat the shrimp in pre-grilling. The shrimp cooks up in 2-3 minutes, so you have succulent, juicy, lime and spice infused shrimp in record time! And the best part is, you can be totally creative about how you enjoy the finished result… Add the shrimp to a salad, wrap them in lettuce wraps, or eat them off skewer sticks – the choice is yours!

Get this Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp Recipe here.

4) Grilled Chicken Kabobs

grilled chicken kabob skewers

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When it comes to easy, healthy Memorial Day recipes, this one is up there at the top - taking a unique spin on typical grilled chicken kabobs!

The marinade in this recipe is a nice mix of sweet, salty and tangy, with olive oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic, salt and pepper. Since you drench the chicken and chopped veggies in the mix, the flavors soak in to bring out the intense taste – and then you just thread them on skewers and grill them. To top it off, this recipe can be prepped and cooked in 30 minutes (minus the marinating time)!

Get this Grilled Chicken Kabob Recipe here.

5) Grilled Turkey Burgers

turkey burger wrapped in butter lettuce

© Photo by Meals with Maggie

If you want to switch up your usual chicken or beef dishes, these grilled turkey burgers are one of the best healthy Memorial Day BBQ recipes! They’re a crowd-pleaser, yet have only 205 calories per burger – so you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in a juicy burger. And the prep is easy, with simple, hearty ingredients like egg, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and spices mixed with ground turkey. Once you grill the patties, feel free to add all your favorite healthy toppings like tomato, lettuce, onion, cheese, avocado and pickles! 

Get this Grilled Turkey Burger Recipe here.

6) Refreshing Frozen Lemonade

frozen lemonade on wooden surface

So far in this article, we’ve been sharing Memorial Day BBQ food recipes, but you’re definitely going to want this tantalizing drink recipe to go with it! The best part is, you can pick your flavor of 310 Lemonade as the star flavorful ingredient.

Choose 310 Original Lemonade made with real lemons, or pick a fruity favorite like blackberry or cherry limeade. Unlike other lemonades which are typically full of added sugar, making them more of an "unhealthy" choice, these lemonades don’t contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Plus, they’re very low in calories, have energizing minerals, and contain a special, metabolism-supporting green tea extract.

Get this refreshing 310 Frozen Lemonade Recipe here.

7) Healthy Fruit Pizza

fruit pizza with granola crust

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Now that you have a healthy, delicious beverage for your celebration, you can’t forget the dessert! And luckily, you can recreate a typically unhealthy sweet treat using body-nourishing ingredients instead.

In this recipe, you make a yummy granola crust with luscious Greek yogurt filling, and then add a variety of fresh fruit! Plus, the recipe includes only healthy, energizing and satisfying ingredients like rolled oats, coconut oil, honey, almond flour, and immune-supporting fruits!

Get this Healthy Fruit Pizza Recipe here.


Which of the easy, healthy Memorial Day recipes, above, are you excited to whip up first?! Let us know in the comments, below! Plus, find more clean, nutritionist-approved recipes for a healthy summer on the 310 Nutrition Blog.