5 Canada Day Menus
To commemorate Canada Day, we’ve curated five very different menus to suit every taste, time commitment, and budget so that you can spend less time preparing food and more time socializing with friends and family.
Classic BBQ Ribs
This recipe for barbecued ribs makes use of our signature dry rib rub, a versatile spice blend that can also be used to season pork tenderloin and chicken breasts. Rain in the forecast? Simply finish these oven-baked ribs under the broiler rather than on the grill. To celebrate the peak of strawberry season, we’ve paired this classic barbecue spread with strawberry shortcake. The biscuits in this recipe feature a generous addition of orange zest, but lemon or lime zest would be equally as tasty in its place.
Enjoy a maritime-inspired meal with this seafood menu featuring grilled shrimp, swordfish, and littleneck clams. If swordfish is unavailable, substitute another meaty fish such as tuna, mahi-mahi, or halibut. Crisp and refreshing, micheladas can be made up to a few hours ahead of time and served from a pitcher for a lower alcohol, no-fuss cocktail hour. If fresh wild blueberries are hard to find, frozen wild or regular blueberries can be used in their place.
This crowd-pleasing menu features familiar cookout favourites such as hot dogs, beef burgers, corn on the cob, and macaroni salad. Each of the recipes on this menu can be either completely or at least partially made ahead of time, which gives you more free time to sit back and enjoy the festivities on the day of the get-together. When making the wine coolers, try our WW On Point crisp white for a super-refreshing lower alcohol cocktail that’s perfect for a hot summer day.
Vegetarian Salad Medley
Cold salads take centre stage in this plant-based menu that makes use of mouth-watering fresh ingredients and familiar pantry staples. Make the salads up to a day in advance, adding fresh herbs and other delicate greens immediately before serving. Bubbly prosecco provides the base for the suggested raspberry cocktail, but any inexpensive sparkling wine will work just as well.
This Celebratory Vegetarian Menu is Sure to Please:
Canada Day Lunch
This memorable lunch menu features three iconic fixtures of Canadian cuisine: the Bloody Caesar, fresh salmon, and homemade butter tarts. Keep the meal a casual affair by serving a salmon Niçoise salad family-style along with a selection of dips and toasted pita chips. If you’re short on time, serve your favourite store-bought dip, choosing yogurt-, bean-, or veggie-based dip to keep the Points low. To serve the dips, simply decant to small serving bowls and top with a sprinkling of fresh herbs and citrus zest or juice before bringing them to the table.