Saturday, May 18, 2024

Memorial Day Weekend Recipes

As we gather with friends and family this Memorial Day, there's nothing better than sharing good food and drinks. To make your holiday entertaining easy (and delightful) I'm excited to share a few recipes from the family-owned tree fruit experts at Stemilt. These recipes are not only delicious but also highlight the best of fresh, seasonal produce. Let’s dive in!

BBQ Shrimp, Apple & Cauliflower Skewers

These skewers are perfect for a Memorial Day BBQ. The combination of succulent shrimp, crispy cauliflower, and sweet apples makes for a delightful medley of flavors. The best part for me is there's not much clean-up to do when you serve skewers!


2 Stemilt Apples cut into 1-inch cubes
1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
1 head cauliflower (stems removed), cut into florets 
1 tsp lemon juice
BBQ Sauce for serving (optional)

1/4 c olive oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp light brown sugar
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
4 garlic cloves minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


Mix together all ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl.
Divide between two zipper top bags or tupperware containers.
Add the shrimp to one container and the cauliflower to the other container. Toss to coat.
Place in the fridge and let marinate for 2-6 hours.
When ready to cook, toss the apples with the lemon juice.
Alternating between the three, thread the apples, shrimp, and cauliflower onto skewers.
Preheat a grill over medium-high heat.
Add the skewers to the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes, flipping halfway through, until shrimp are just opaque and pink.
Serve immediately with barbecue sauce if desired.

Cherry Limeade Mocktails

No celebration is complete without a refreshing drink. This cherry limeade can be enjoyed with or without alcohol, making it perfect for all guests.


½ lbs Stemilt Dark Sweet Cherries, pitted
12 ounce can frozen limeade concentrate
2 liter bottle lemon-lime soda (like 7Up or Sprite)
Vodka (optional)
1 small lime, cut into wedges
6 Stemilt Dark Sweet Cherries, for garnish


Add the cherries to a large glass pitcher. Muddle until the cherries are crushed and juices have been released.
Add the frozen limeade concentrate and lemon-lime soda and stir.
To prepare a drink, fill a pint glass with ice. Add 2 oz of vodka if using. Top each with the cherry limeade mixture until the glass is full.
Garnish with a lime wedge and cherry and serve.

Apple & Pear Fruit Salad

This Apple & Pear Fruit Salad makes a great side dish or a scrumptious (but still light) dessert that is perfect for Memorial Day gatherings!


2 Stemilt Pink Lady® Apples
1 Stemilt D’Anjou Pear
1 cup grapes
1/4 cup coconut cream
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp poppy seeds
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon


Core and dice the apples and pears into ½ inch pieces. Add to a serving bowl.
Slice grapes in half. Add to serving bowl.
Whisk coconut cream, maple syrup, poppy seeds, lemon zest, and lemon juice together in a small bowl.
Pour over fruit in serving bowl. Toss to coat and serve.

For more recipe inspiration, be sure to check out Stemilt website. Enjoy your Memorial Day celebrations with these delightful dishes and drinks!


  1. Replies
    1. In my dreams. ;) I work Monday. :) Thank you just the same though!

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    1. I hardly ever make them and I don't know why. Mocktails can be so delicious and there are so many different kinds to be made!

  3. I'll have to try one or two of these recipes over our Canadian long weekend (Victoria Day). It's on right now!

  4. All of these recipes look so delicious! Perfect for the Memorial Day long weekend. :)

  5. Hi Rosey - pity about working on Monday - but enjoy the weekend ... and I'd have two or three courses of the shrimp et al - they sound delicious! We had cherryade as kids - so perhaps this version would take me back to days of yore-taste ... have a happy time - cheers Hilary

  6. Your collection of Memorial Day weekend recipes is perfect for celebrating the holiday with family and friends! Each recipe looks delicious and festive, making it easy to plan a memorable and tasty gathering.

  7. These recipes will help me have a great Memorial Day Party! Thanks for sharing!

  8. This all sounds like ideal summer treats. I love the cherry drink idea, and that apple salad sounds refreshing!

  9. Those skewers sound very interesting to me. I never tried a combination of cauliflower and apples before

  10. I bet the fruit in the salad was so refreshing, not something I'd always think about doing. The mocktail sounds really tasty. Rhian x

  11. That fruit salad sounds pretty good.

  12. Apple and pear fruit salad sounds absolutely delicious ! - Kira

  13. I'm ready for the holiday weekend now! I'm definitely going to try the Apple Pear Fruit Salad. It sounds lovely and refreshing.

  14. I can't wait to try out those BBQ shrimp skewers - they sound like the perfect addition to our holiday BBQ.

  15. Thank you for some delicious ideas to enjoy on Memorial Day Weekend.

  16. I can't believe Memorial Day is almost here! This post is exactly what I needed for some recipe inspiration. Those BBQ Shrimp, Apple & Cauliflower Skewers sound amazing, and perfect for grilling. The Apple & Pear Fruit Salad also caught my eye - such a refreshing and light dessert option. Thanks for sharing these delicious recipes!

  17. These foods are kinda easy to prepare and not time consuming especially when you have the memorial day. It is delicious foods that whole family can enjoy.

  18. I love fruit salad, and this sounds yummy to have apple and pear. I don't think I've tried it before. Interesting combination.

  19. I haven't had a mocktail in awhile. I may have to treat myself to a few of these recipes next weekend. I, unfortunately, have to work Thursday through Wednesday, so I'll be missing all of the Memorial Day celebrations this year :(

  20. I love the sound of these flavours together, such a great combo for Memorial Day.

  21. I can't promise that I won't be using this mocktail for non memorial day purposes lol


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