A Toast to Summer: A Grill-Centric Memorial Day Menu

A couple months ago, something fun happened at my house: Two professional florists showed up and set my table with armfuls of flowers and expensive glassware. It was a shoot for a local magazine, and I made a summery, grill-centric meal of steak with zucchini relish, grilled melon with prosciutto rosettes, and more. I wanted to give you a peek, since the recipes are just right for a glammed-up Memorial Day party.

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I have to admit that it was pretty fun to have someone else taking the photos of food in my house, for a change. And my table was dressed up beyond recognition! I usually opt for lower-key style, but it was a treat to see things so dressed up for a change.

And the menu is just right for this weekend. There's grilled steak, sliced and served with a quick, tangy relish of zucchini and tomatoes. There are grilled skewers of prosciutto and melon, fruity sangria, a light and creamy potato salad, and a super-easy dessert of baked puff pastry squares with strawberries and sour cream.

See the whole spread: A Toast to Summer at Capital Style

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Sparkling Summer Sangria
Grilled Melon & Prosciutto Skewers
Red Potato Salad with Yogurt, Basil & Shallots
Grilled Steak with Zucchini-Tomato Relish
Strawberry & Sour Cream Tartlets

What are your food plans for Memorial Day? Are you grilling? Hanging out in the park?

Related: An Elegant Make-Ahead Brunch for Mother's Day

(Images: Will Shilling/Capital Style)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.