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25+ Long Weekend Recipes

Get ready to celebrate the arrival of summer in the most delicious way possible with these 25+ Long Weekend Recipes! Drinks, Salads, Burgers, Barbecue, Sandwiches and Desserts.

Winter is finally behind us (officially anyway haha) and that means we get to once again look forward to backyard long weekend celebrations! The first ‘summer’ long weekend we celebrate here in Canada is May Long Weekend. Even though on this weekend it can rain, snow or shine, us hardy Canadians still bust out the summer fun and mark the beginning of summer!

It’s all about the food!

Long weekends in summer are something we all look forward to. Time with family and friends over a campfire or barbecue, delicious food and great drinks. If you’re hosting any long weekend celebrations and are looking for some tasty recipes, then you’re in the right place! I’ve gathered 25+ long weekend recipes…everything from drinks to salads, burgers, barbecue, sandwiches, lunch and desserts. Enjoy!

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25+ Long Weekend Recipes



Classic Caesar

The Classic Canadian Caesar is one of Canada’s most loved drinks! Made with Clamato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and a blend of delicious spices. Make it a meal and garnish with celery sticks, pepperoni sticks, pickles and a wedge of lime haha!  So good.

long weekend recipes: three glasses of classic Canadian caesars

Summer Sangria Slush

This Sangria Slush is the perfect drink to kick off summer! Made with  red wine, Grand Marnier, brandy, pomegranate juice and frozen fruit, this blender drink is so refreshing and delicious!

long weekend recipes: four glasses of Summer Sangria Slush

Lavender Tea Lemonade

This Lavender Tea Lemonade is a delicious and unique twist on classic lemonade! Made with frozen lemonade and steeped lavender tea. Garnish with sprigs of lavender and slices of fresh lemon. So easy and tasty!

long weekend recipes: four glasses of lavender tea lemonade

Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

This Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail is a simple and delicious summer drink! Make them extra special with edible flower ice cubes and fresh edible flowers.

long weekend recipes: four glasses of Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktails

Ruby Red Grapefruit Punch

This Ruby Red Grapefruit Punch is SO simple and delicious. The no-alcohol base makes it a punch both kids and adults can enjoy! Recipe gives the option to make it a cocktail too.


Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

This Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad is the perfect summer pasta salad. It’s loaded with peppers, celery, onions, chunks of cheddar cheese and elbow noodles, all covered in a tangy sour cream dressing. Simple, quick and so delicious!

long weekend recipes: a top down image of a creamy macaroni salad

Bruschetta Pasta Salad

This Bruschetta Pasta Salad is a perfect summer side dish. Loaded with tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese and noodles this salad is a must make dish for backyard get togethers!

long weekend recipes: a top down image of bruschetta pasta salad

Classic Potato Salad

This Classic Potato Salad makes an appearance at every long weekend celebration we have! It’s SO delicious…tastes just like what Grandma used to make!

long weekend recipes: a top down image of potato salad

Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

This Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad is a perfect summer (or any time) side dish! Loaded with tortellini, tomatoes, olives, cheese, salami, artichoke hearts, and fresh basil, all tossed in a tangy parmesan garlic dressing.

a top down close up view of a wooden bowl of tortellini pasta salad. three small bowls of salad sit off to the left

Avocado Corn Couscous Salad

This Avocado Corn Couscous Salad is simple and delicious! Made with pearl couscous, roasted corn, avocado, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and bocconcini cheese. Tossed in a tangy dressing. A perfect barbecue side dish.

long weekend recipes: a top down image of a couscous salad

Ramen Cabbage Salad

This flavourful and delicious Ramen Cabbage Salad is loaded with shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, mushrooms, ramen noodles, almonds and seeds, all tossed in a tangy dressing.  Makes a big batch, so it’s perfect for summer gatherings!

long weekend recipes: a top down image of a full serving bowl of Ramen Cabbage Salad

Burgers + Barbecue

Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Burgers

Fire up the grill for these Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Burgers! They’re like a beef burger crossed with a jalapeño popper! So flavourful and delicious. If classic burgers are more to your liking, here’s my favourite recipe for those.

long weekend recipes: a front view of a burger

All-Dressed Lumberjack Turkey Burgers

These All Dressed Lumberjack Turkey Burgers are SO DELICIOUS! A tender turkey burger dressed with beer braised onions, cheddar cheese, turkey bacon and a maple BBQ aioli. YES.

The BEST Ribs

This really is the BEST Rib Recipe! Apply a homemade 4-Ingredient Brown Sugar Spice Rub to the ribs, then slow bake them for a few hours, then touch up on the barbecue. Resulting in THE most flavourful and tender ribs ever. 

Flank Steak Marinade Recipes

If you love flank steak, here are 7 flavourful and delicious Flank Steak Marinade Recipes that you need to try!  Along with the recipes you also get practical marinating tips, as well as instructions for grilling.

BBQ Turkey Breast

This BBQ Turkey Breast with Brown Sugar + Spice Rub and barbecue sauce is a perfect summer dish! Easy, healthy and so delicious!

Sandwiches + Lunch

Turkey Pesto Sandwiches

These Turkey Pesto Sandwiches are delicious! A soft bun stuffed with slices of deli turkey, flavourful basil pesto, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and mozzarella. They’re perfect for lunch, picnics and parties!

Easy Italian Sandwich

This Easy Italian Sandwich is made on an Italian bread loaf, then it’s loaded up with Italian meats and cheese, vegetable spread and fresh basil. It’s SO delicious! Double or triple this simple recipe to feed a crowd.

Pull Apart Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

These Easy Pull Apart Pepperoni Pizza Sliders are made with soft buns stuffed full of pepperoni, pizza sauce and ooey gooey cheese, then slathered in delicious garlic butter!  A perfect recipe for lunch for a small crowd, and easily doubled.

Easy Meatball Subs

These oven baked Easy Meatball Subs are meaty, cheesy and SO flavourful! Great for parties!

Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels

These Easy Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are a great option for lunch! Delicious, flavourful little bites filled with cream cheese, taco spice, peppers, onions, cilantro, salsa and cheese.


Easy No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert

This Easy No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert is a light and delicious dessert! Made with a graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling and a blueberry pie topping. A perfect make ahead dessert for a summer barbecue or party.

Classic (and the BEST) Chocolate Cake

If you’re looking for THE BEST Chocolate Cake this is it. No really, it is. This rich chocolate cake is topped with a creamy chocolate buttercream frosting. Perfect for a crowd!

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake

This Strawberry Jello Poke Cake is an easy and delicious dessert recipe! Vanilla cake with strawberry jello poked throughout the cake, and topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. This cake is always a favourite at parties!

Coconut Popsicles

These Coconut Popsicles are homemade, refreshing and a perfect summer treat! Only 3 fresh ingredients for this simple-to-make popsicle recipe!

Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff Dip for Fruit

With this 3-Ingredient Strawberry Fluff Fruit Dip, you are just 3 ingredients and 5 minutes away from the most delicious fruit dip you’ve ever had! Makes a big batch to serve with your favourite fruit…a perfect summer dessert.

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Don’t forget the s’mores for your long weekend celebrations! Aside from a classic s’more of graham crackers, toasted marshmallows and chunks of chocolate, here are more super delicious s’more recipes you can make ahead of time!

I hope you enjoy these Long Weekend Recipes! Happy Long Weekend!

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