recipes to bring to summer BBQs
I hope those of you here in the U.S. are getting excited for the long weekend! Memorial Day marks the unofficial first day of summer, but of course is much more important than that. It’s a day we honor those who have died serving our country. So before I get on to the summer recipes, I’d like to thank the military families for all you do. 

Summertime means al fresco get togethers with family and friends. Today I’m sharing over 15 recipe ideas that are all great for bringing to a summertime backyard dinner or picnic. Whether it’s for Memorial Day, Forth of July (see the Red, White, and Blue recipes below!) or any day, these recipes are easy crowd pleasers. These summer BBQ recipes are all chosen because they are hearty enough to be made in advance. No mushy green salads here. 
I hope these Summer recipes come in handy the next time you’re invited to a summer party and left with the question of, “Wait, what should I bring?” I like to bring dishes that can be made well in advance so I have time to actually get myself ready for the party without scrambling at the last moment. So without further adieu, here are my top picks to bring to summer BBQs and get togethers… Happy unofficial summer! 
This recipe is so simple. You may want to assemble it once you’re at your destination so the bread doesn’t get soggy. 

watermelon feta bites
Loaded Greek Hummus Dip
guacamole recipe
caprese quinoa stuffed tomatoes
Serve this flavorful salad in tomatoes, scooped up with crostini, or on it’s own. 
the best summer quinoa salad with peaches
My favorite summer salad. 

Red White and Blue Patriotic Salad for 4th of July or Memorial Day