The unofficial start to summer is right around the corner – and we could not be happier. Here in New England, we suffered through the winter that would not end. And there’s been lots of rain and chilly weather so far this spring. We’re not complaining, thought. As long as it’s not snowing, it’s all good in our book.
But there is something about summer! The long days, the bright sun, the beach, the grill – these are a few of our favorite things! To kick off the best season of the year, we want to help YOU have an awesome, compliant Memorial Day. Here are some of our favorite recipes that will allow you to grill, chill, and enjoy!
Fire up the grill with these Grilled Bacon Burgers from The Real Food Dietitians. Make sure you use compliant bacon, and whip up a batch of Whole 30 mayo to top these babies. (I like to add Frank’s Hot Sauce and some extra salt to my mayo to make it spicy!)
Our girl Physical Kitchness does it again with these 5 Ingredient Whole 30 Hawaiian Chicken Burgers. They’re easy to make and super tasty. Occasionally, when I’m impatient, they fall apart on the grill but I always save them and eat crumbled over a salad.
Looking for something a little different? These Jalapeno Turkey Burgers from The Organic Kitchen are SO good. My neighbor (Judith) makes them all the time and I am obsessed. She subs in a 4.5-oz can of chopped green chilis for the jalapenos, and says this recipe works equally well with turkey or beef.
Drumsticks are great for a cookout – and Nom Nom Paleo never lets you down! Check out her recipe for Orange Dijon chicken. While it calls to bake these drummies in the oven, you can certainly throw them on the grill.
You can also just marinate some chicken tenders or breasts in any of these Whole 30 compliant marinades from The New Primal. Leave them overnight in the fridge in a big Ziploc bag so they’ll soak up the flavor, and drain the marinade when you’re ready to grill. Pro Tip: Grill more than you need and keep the extra chicken in a Tupperware for later in the week. You can use for chicken salad, to top a green salad, or as part of a stir-fry!
Another super easy and delicious choice would be to toss a package of compliant chicken apple sausages (We like Aidell’s or Coleman’s Natural brands) on the grill. They are so juicy and sometimes when you cook on the grill food just tastes better!
It’s so easy to make your own Whole 30 coleslaw! This recipe for Mexican Cole Slaw from The Defined Dish is perfect for Memorial Day! Or try some Whole 30 Pina Colada Coleslaw from Physical Kitchness or this Sweet and Sour Rainbow Slaw from Maria Makes.
Our friend Michelle Smith at The Whole Smiths has a great Chipotle Potato Salad recipe – just be sure to use the Whole 30 modification she mentions.
This potato salad from Martha Stewart is great as well. And since it does not include mayo, it can stay out longer while you enjoy your celebration!
The Real Food Dieticians have an amazing Broccoli Cauliflower Salad that includes grapes, red onion and BACON! What is better than a salad with bacon!? I (Carla) have also been known to throw some shredded chicken in there and you have a one-bowl meal that covers all your template bases. Plus, it’s delish.
Another super easy veggie option is grilled asparagus. If you have a veggie basket, you can toss them in avocado oil, salt, and pepper and grill them just like that, or you could try this Bacon Wrapped Asparagus recipe from Slim Sanity. As always, make sure you are using compliant bacon with no added sugar.
Not in the mood to grill? Whip up some of these Paleo Whole 30 Greek Chicken Salads from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy. Find a spot outside, grab a fork, and dig in. This salad is also great to take on the go, if you’re spending part of the holiday weekend outside at the beach or at a park.
Paleo Running Momma never steers us wrong. This Chicken Bacon & Strawberry Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette would be a perfect salad option to supplement all the regular fixings. You could grill the chicken breasts or follow the recipe and cook it on the stovetop. The dressing recipe includes honey, so leave that out if you’re on a round. You could also replace the strawberries with dried cranberries and it would still be so good. Enjoy!
Another crowd pleaser is a cold Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad. I (Carla) have made this so many times and it’s delicious, super easy and the perfect salad to cover the added fat component of your Whole 30 plate. The lemon juice and cilantro are so refreshing and if you’re the kind of person who thinks cilantro tastes like soap, swap it out for parsley!
Looking to make your fruit a little more exciting for Memorial Day? Try this Summer Fruit Salad with Lime-Mint Dressing from Simply Delicious. Just be sure to omit the honey to make it Whole 30!
And, while the grill is fired up, throw some fruit on – and you can have a grilled fruit salad, like this one from Real Simple Good.
What’s on your Memorial Day menu? Whatever you’re making, we hope it’s tasty and that you have a safe and fun holiday weekend!