9 Magnificent Memorial Day Dishes You Must Have This Holiday Weekend

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Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired May 20, 2015

by Lisa Lozano

Memorial Day marks the official start of summer, and if you’re planning to celebrate with a BBQ or picnic, we’ve curated the absolute best dishes in each possible category for you. Whether it’s burgers, hot dogs, steak, or dessert, we’re bringing you the best of the best.

Must-Make App: Guacamole Traditional

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What makes you think of summer quite like guacamole? This authentic recipe will have your guests mobbing the bowl and you running to the kitchen to make a second batch!

Tip: Pair with your favorite Mexican beer for a festive vibe.

Must-Make Salad: Rotisserie Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

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The summery salad features rotisserie chicken, so it’s extremely easy to put together, and will look amazing on the table.

Must-Make Steak: (Also Must-Make Mexican): Josh Capon’s Skirt Steak Tacos with Charred Pineapple

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These tacos are easy to prepare to feed a crowd, and the smoky grilled flavor of the meat will remind everyone of what's right around the corner – summer!

Must-Make Burger: BLT Ranch Burgers

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Nothing says Americana quite like ranch dressing, and this burger has that AND crispy bacon with fresh tomatoes. What more could you want?

Must-Make Hot Dog: West Virginia-Style Hot Dogs

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When you think of regional hot dog recipes, usually New York or Chicago-style comes to mind. But Katie Lee is bringing you West Virginia-style dogs! Her dogs are slathered with a delicious homemade chili sauce, yellow mustard, onions and cole slaw -- delish! Katie says, “If you make this for your neighborhood block party, you will be the hero of the neighborhood.”

Must-Make Seafood: Cindy Saavedra's Wicked Good Lobster Sliders

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If you want to evoke the summer flavors of New England at your gathering, try Cindy Saavedra’s lobster sliders.

Must-Make Chicken: Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Red Cabbage Mango Slaw

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These BBQ chicken sandwiches are a crowd-pleaser and easy to make in bulk. Bonus – Elisabeth’s recipe is gluten-free, so your gluten-free friends will definitely appreciate having a option they can eat.

Must-Make Drink: Andrew Zimmern’s Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

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This lemonade is refreshing for the whole family, and will cool guests down on a hot and steamy day.

Must-Make Dessert: Jessica Alba’s Fresh Fruit Ice Pops

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End your meal with a delicious and nutritious treat that Jessica Alba makes for her own kids. Homemade ice pops bursting with fresh fruit!

How do you celebrate Memorial Day? Tell us in the comments.

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