Everyone loves a Memorial Day cookout. There’s just something about the day off from work, the sunshine, the American flag T-shirts and… oh, the food you can’t eat because you’re on a low-oxalate diet. Have no fear! We’ve got some simple fixes for your Memorial Day blues (and also the reds and whites, too!)
- Burgers are OK to eat if you stay aware of your tomato use; the oxalate content in tomatoes can add up when eaten in larger portions. For low-oxalate toppings, try onions, lettuce, and condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, and horseradish. For a new take on a burger, try our recipe for salmon burgers.
- Hot Dogs are a great low-oxalate option.
- Barbecued Meats such as chicken, pork and brisket are all low in oxalate. However, in the realm of sauce, we recommend that you avoid the kind that is based in tomato sauce like the Kansas City style sauces. Instead, try a ketchup-based sauce like Neely’s BBQ sauce recipe.
- Egg Salad is an awesome low-oxalate option because eggs, mayonnaise, and mustard are all low-oxalate. Try this awesome egg salad recipe from AllRecipes.com.
- Fruit Salad can be tricky, but it is definitely possible as long as you’re careful. Some low-oxalate fruit options include grapes, strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, bananas, blueberries, and melons. Watch out for fruits that contain a significant amount of oxalate like oranges, kiwi, raspberries, and grapefruit.
- Shrimp Salad is a great alternative if you’re not a fan of fruit. Here is a link to an awesome recipe from the Food Network. However, you’ll have to substitute the oxalate–packed celery with green onions.
- Mac and Cheese is a family favorite and pretty much a staple when it comes to a cookout side dish. It’s a great option for someone with a low-oxalate diet because the calcium from all of the dairy in the cheese sauce will help with your calcium oxalate balance. Here is a recipe we found that looks delicious.
- Coleslaw is a classic Memorial Day side dish. It is fine to eat on a low-oxalate diet as long as you leave out the celery and carrots. Here is a recipe we found from AllRecipes.com that you might enjoy.
- Pie is always a go-to on Memorial Day. Try to avoid the pies with the oxalate-packed fruit fillings like raspberries. Here is a low-oxalate recipe for Peach Crunch Pie.
Avoid These Foods to Keep Your Memorial Day Low-Oxalate
- Potatoes. Unfortunately, potatoes of all forms will be a no-go for those on a low-oxalate diet. Potatoes are notoriously known for being packed with oxalate. That means no french fries, potato salad or mashed potatoes. Try cauliflower mashed potatoes instead.
- Baked Beans. Legumes are not included in the low-oxalate diet.
Spinach. Spinach salads are a delicious summer treat, but they don’t make the cut when it comes to eating a low-oxalate diet.