We’ve found the key to being patriotic inside and out: eating the combo of red, white and blue, as well as wearing it. You don’t need to break out food dye to make Sunny Anderson’s red, white and blue mashed potatoes (pictured above) with bacon, Gorgonzola cheese and garlic, or an equally colorful side dish like blueberry and pomegranate salad.
Check out four more of our favorite red, white and blue side dishes below, perfect for a Memorial Day picnic.
Juicy peaches, pungent blue cheese and crisp prosciutto mix with a slightly sweet maple vinaigrette and big romaine lettuce leaves in an easy salad.
Kalamata olives are more purple than blue, but they work in Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos’ hearty grain salad, which also has red and white from tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
Fire up the grill for a picnic-ready side dish that can be served at room temperature. Pomegranate seeds and blue cheese add contrasting flavors and patriotic colors to Brussels sprouts.
This “salad” is really just a pile of crunchy lemon pita chips with blueberries, pomegranate seeds and salty cheese, which is the best kind of salad.
More Memorial Day side ideas from our friends:
The Lemon Bowl: Greek Pasta Salad
Creative Culinary: French Potato Salad with Mustard and Fines Herbes
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Three Spring Vegetable Bruschetta Recipes For A Memorial Day Feast
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Pulled Pork & Cabbage Salad
Feed Me Phoebe: Herb Marinated Steak Gyros Plates with Tomato-Onion Salad and Green Tahini Sauce
Healthy Eats: 6 Veggie-Packed Sides for a Lighter Memorial Day Feast
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Pineapple and Shrimp Fried Rice
Taste with the Eyes: Holiday Weekend Brunch: Shakshuka with Avocado, Epazote, Pinot Beans
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Healthy Mexican Casserole
FN Dish: 6 Memorial Day Sides That’ll Get More Attention Than the Mains