Summer may be winding down, but we’re still planning our al fresco gatherings and BBQs – in between shopping for school supplies and getting excited for sweater season, that is. And there’s one summer holiday left for us to all look forward to: Labor Day! These easy-to-make Labor Day recipes are a roundup of our favorite warm weather snacks and sips, perfect for serving outside or indoors.
Vegetables with Artichoke Avocado Pesto Dip
Who doesn’t love a good dip? Contributor Shanna Schad brings us a savory starter of artichoke bruschetta, avocados and pesto, served with a variety of healthy veggies. This dip is perfect to serve before just about any kind of summertime meal.
Sesame Crab Noodle Nest
For a departure from the usual BBQ standards, how about these amazing sesame crab noodle nests? Tender crab meat combined with avocado, Sriracha mayo and green onions nestled in a crispy udon noodle nest not only looks impressive, it’s simple to make and DELICIOUS.
Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette
There’s nothing quite more refreshing (and easy) as a fruit salad appetizer, and Shanna Schad’s, with a honey-lime vinaigrette, is particularly good. The lime keeps fruit from discoloration, while the honey sweetens up any fruit that’s not 100% ripe.
Landyn Hutchinson gives us her recipe and serving suggestions for perfectly grilled sliders. These classics are a must-have at any BBQ or picnic, and their small size leaves room for appetizers and dessert! Landyn also has perfected her serving style and condiment offerings, if we do say so ourselves!
Garlic Kissed Pizza
Love the ease of one-dish meals? So does contributor Ashlyn Ickes, whose garlic, flank steak and roasted tomato pizza is made entirely on the grill with the help of a pizza stone. Make this one of your Labor Day recipes using any combination of ingredients you like and serve with a simple arugula salad.
Old Fashioned Lemonade
Everyone needs a classic lemonade recipe. It’s the most simple beverage – just lemons, sugar and water – but the secret of great lemonade is in the measurements and the preparation. We’ve got a step by step guide for perfect lemonade for those days when life literally gives you lemons.
Strawberry Basil Punch
It’s cocktail time! For a refreshingly boozy Labor Day party, serve up Kristin Guy’s strawberry basil punch with the liquor of your choice. This concoction is also perfect for packing up and taking to a picnic or on a camping trip. You’ll also love the fresh flavor of your own homemade drinks, rather than an overly sweet store-bought mixer.
Take advantage of both grilling AND stone fruit season and try Kristan Raines’ recipe for grilled peaches! Delicious peaches are seared and made even more decadent with fresh whipped cream, slivered almonds and a drizzle of dulce de leche. (This is why we’re serving small sliders – to make room for dessert!)
No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream
Two stars of summer – strawberries and ice cream are featured in this recipe contributed by Kristan Raines. Roasting the strawberries makes the most of their flavor, and all other ingredients are mixed together and frozen until ready. No ice cream machine required!
Wow, we’re going to need a nap after all of this delicious food. Let us know if you have any time-honored Labor Day recipes or end of summer traditions that you and your friends and family enjoy!