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Canada Day Menu Ideas

Looking for recipe ideas for Canada Day? This Canada Day Menu includes ideas for main dishes, sides, desserts and more. Happy Canada Day, eh!

It’s time again for What’s For Dinner! Since it’s almost time to celebrate Canada Day, I thought it would be timely to post a dinner menu with a Canadian twist. Once you’ve got your Canada Day menu planned, there’s nothing left to do but put out a bag of ketchup chips to enjoy with all these tasty summer recipes!

Main Dishes:

Aside from the classic barbecue favourites like hot dogs and burgers, here are a few more ideas for the grill!

Lemon Maple Salmon

This Lemon Maple Salmon is ready in less than one hour. This versatile recipe can be made on a sheet pan, or in foil on the barbecue. What’s more Canadian than BC Salmon and maple syrup?!

a sheet pan with Lemon Maple Salmon

All Dressed Lumberjack Burgers

These All Dressed Lumberjack Turkey Burgers are perfect for your next barbecue! A tender turkey (or beef) burger dressed with beer braised onions, cheddar cheese, bacon and a maple BBQ aioli. How Canadian.

turkey burgers and chips

Veggie and Sausage Shish Kabobs

If you’re looking for a meal idea that just screams SUMMER barbecue, then these Veggie and Sausage Shish Kabobs are it! Make them with your favourite vegetables and sausage for a dinner that everyone will love. These would be great for a Canada Day party because you can make a lot if you want!

a close up of barbecued sausage shish kabobs

The BEST Ribs

Ribs are always a great option for a Canada Day barbecue! And this really is the BEST Ribs recipe everrrrr! They’re made with a homemade 4-Ingredient Brown Sugar Spice Rub, slow baked for a few hours, then touched up on the grill. The result is THE most flavourful and tender ribs ever. 

a close up of barbecued ribs

Side Dishes:

Don’t forget the side dishes! (they’re the best part!)

Potato Wedges for Poutine

Make a batch of these Air Fryer Potato Wedges and serve them with gravy and cheese curds for a fun and delicious take on poutine!

a top down view of half of a yellow bowl filled with airfryer potato wedges.

Easy Tomato Burrata Salad

This super delicious Easy Tomato Burrata Salad is a great recipe for summer! It’s kind of like a Caprese Salad, but with extra creaminess from using Burrata cheese. Also, it fits the red and white Canada Day theme with the tomatoes and cheese!

a top down image of a tomato burrata salad

Side Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette is SO good. It’s amazing with tender greens, nuts, goat cheese and fresh mango (or strawberries for a red and white Canada Day theme). Pairs perfectly with roasted salmon!

a Green Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

Is it even a Canadian barbecue without a 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!

a top down close up image of a cheddar macaroni salad


Up your s’more game and make these Canada inspired Maple Leaf Cookie S’mores at your Canada Day bonfire!

a maple cookie s'more

Canada Day Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Canada Day Ice Cream Sandwiches are a simple and fun dessert idea for your holiday celebrations! Just 2 ingredients: store-bought ice cream sandwiches and red and white sprinkles. A fun and festive holiday dessert.

a woman holds a plate of ice cream sandwiches

Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon

Take ordinary watermelon slices and turn them into these Maple Leaf Shaped Watermelon pieces for Canada Day! Such a simple and fun way to serve this summer treat!

watermelon cut outs of maple leaves

5-Minute Dessert Kebabs

What dessert is more Canadian than a Timbit (well maybe Butter Tarts, but anyway…)? These 5-minute Canada Day Dessert Kebabs are made with just 2 ingredients: Timbits and strawberries. Ridiculously easy. A simple, delicious and festive red and white Canada Day Treat!

Timbit and strawberry kabobs

Butter Tart Square

Butter Tarts are a classic Canadian dessert! This Butter Tart Square has all the deliciousness of a Butter Tart, but without all the fuss. Delicious gooey, sweet and buttery layer over a shortbread cookie crust. Or try these Saskatoon Berry Butter Tarts…so Canadian!

a tray of butter tart squares

The Easiest Canada Day Cupcakes

No really, they are. Buy some cupcakes from your grocery store bakery, and dressed them up to make them fun and Canada themed. For these cupcakes I used small plastic toys of Canadian wildlife and placed one on each cupcake. Simple and oh-so-Canadian.

vanilla cupcakes with icing and topped with Canadian wildlife toys

Maple Cream Tarts

These Maple Cream Tarts are a delicious dessert! With a creamy maple filling made with Quebec maple syrup, on a buttery and tender shortbread crust. So much yum…and so Canadian.

a Maple Cream Tart


Classic Canadian 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. This Caesar is like a meal when it’s garnished with celery sticks, pepperoni sticks, pickles and a wedge of lime! So good.

glasses of classic Canadian Caesars with all the trimmings

I hope you found some tasty ideas for your own Canada Day menu! Happy Canada Day, eh!

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