RECIPES: Side Dishes For Memorial Day

BarleyMash Grilled Baby Romaine (courtesy photo)

Memorial Day is just over two weeks away and if you’ve already got your weekend barbecue menu nailed down, well then…you’re way ahead most of us! If you’re one of those people who are still working on the details or too busy to have given it any thought yet, you are in luck. We’ve rounded up some impressive side dish recipes to serve to your family and friends this Memorial Weekend.

Grilled Baby Romaine

Recipe courtesy of Chef Kevin Templeton of barleymash

Serves: 1 – 4


  • 4 heads baby romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup high quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon herbs de province
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup shaved parmesan


Cut the baby romaine lettuce in half (long ways). Generously pour olive oil and balsamic into the romaine crevices.  Sprinkle the top of the lettuce with the herbs de province, and season with salt and pepper.  Place the romaine heads on a hot grill and char on both sides for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.   Pull off of the grill and top with shaved parmesan.

“This dish is one of my favorite sides when I grill. It capitalizes on the beautiful heads of baby romaine you can get during the summer. Its light, fresh, fun and easy to make,” says Chef Kevin.

Watermelon Salad

Recipe courtesy of Chef Daniel England of OMG Hospitality Group (restaurants include PB Alehouse, Backyard Kitchen & Tap and Union Gaslamp, among others)

Serves: 1


  • 1 pound watermelon, diced into large cubes
  • 1 seedless cucumber, diced
  • 2 red radishes, shaved
  • 1 handful mint, chopped
  • 1 Thai chili, minced
  • 1 handful Thai basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon toasted cashews, chopped
  • 5 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 limes, juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and voila – summer is served!

Nothing says summer kickoff like a recipe based around fresh watermelon

Chipotle Lime Slaw

Recipe courtesy of Chef Michael C. Brown of Barrel Republic

Serves: 4


  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle puree
  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded
  • ½ bunch green onions, chopped
  • ½ bunch of cilantro


Mix mayo, sugar, vinegar, lime juice, salt and chipotle. Add to cabbage, chopped onion and cilantro.

Barrel Republic serves this slaw atop their new Fried Shrimp Sandwich, but it’s so tasty you can enjoy it by itself!