What to Make for Labor Day
Enjoy one last hurrah of summer with a Labor Day BBQ. Wondering what to make for Labor Day? Here are our top favorite recipes for drinks, appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts – 25 recipe ideas in total. There is something for everyone here!
It’s so strange to think that we’ve been back in school for 2 weeks already. Gone are the days of not starting school until after Labor Day. But, sometimes it’s nice to have a long weekend after the transition back to the routines of getting up early, homework, and school sports.
I know we are looking forward to the long weekend for sure! It’s been a busy start to the year already and it will be great to have an extra day to recharge after the busy end to August.
I have no idea what we’ll be making for our Labor Day BBQ yet, but I’v been browsing through my Recipe Archives for ideas. Here are some of the top contenders!
Labor Day Appetizers
Fresh Zucchini Corn Salsa
Fresh Zucchini Corn Salsa would make a great appetizer or snack, but with the added protein from the black beans, it also makes a perfect light and healthy lunch.
Roasted Tomato Crostini with Walnut Almond Pesto and Goat Cheese
Take advantage of summer's colorful and delicious produce and make this Roasted Tomato Crostini with Walnut Almond Pesto and Goat Cheese. Crostini is a great summer appetizer to serve while sitting out on the patio in the evening.
Greek Yogurt Pesto Dip
This simple Greek Yogurt Pesto Dip only requires 2 ingredients - Pesto and Greek Yogurt. Use it as a healthy dip for your favorite summertime grilled veggies.
This deconstructed guacamole is also perfect for snacking with chips, or for adding on top of tacos, fajitas, grilled meats or a Mexican salad. And it is great for entertaining!
Cucumber Feta Rolls
Thinly sliced cucumbers are rolled up with a mixture of feta, sundried tomatoes, greek yogurt, and kalamata olives. The result is a cool, fresh summer appetizer.
Labor Day Drinks
Watermelon Mint Lemonade
Homemade Watermelon Mint Lemonade is a fun take on the traditional homemade lemonade recipe – and it couldn’t be more summery with it’s gorgeous bright pink color. The perfect fruity and refreshing drink for the whole family on a hot day! *For an adult beverage, add 1 shot vodka or tequila to each glass prior to serving. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.*
Cherry Limemade Slushies
Homemade slushies like this recipe for a Cherry Limeade Slushie are perfect for summer and they're super easy to make! *For adults, you can make some fun Frozen Cherry Limeade Cocktails. Add a total of 4 – 6 shots of vodka or tequila (depending on your personal preference!) to the blender with the rest of the ingredients to make a frozen cocktail. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.*
Sparkling Rhubarb Raspberry Lemonade
A refreshing springtime lemonade made with a flavorful rhubarb-raspberry simple syrup mixed with sparkling water and served over ice.
Fresh Pineapple Moscow Mule
A classic Moscow Mule get a fruity twist in this recipe for Fresh Pineapple Mint Moscow Mules thanks to the addition of fresh pineapple juice, pineapple garnish, and a sprig of mint. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21
Strawberry Lemonade or Strawberry Lemon-Limeade
Nothing says summertime like an ice cold glass of fresh squeeze strawberry lemonade. The perfect sweet and tart drink to pair with any summer BBQ. Drink it just like it is, or use it as the base for your favorite adult cocktail *For an adult beverage, add 1 shot vodka or tequila to each glass prior to serving. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21*
Labor Day Side Dishes
The Best Classic Potato Salad
Summer Potlucks and BBQs don't seem complete without a big bowl of this Classic Potato Salad. Creamy Mayo, celery, onion, hardboiled eggs, and of course plenty of potatoes make up this recipe - in our family's opinion it is simply the best!
Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
Zucchini Tomato Basil Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette is a light and refreshing summertime salad.
Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges
These Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges are full of flavor. They're super simple to whip up and contain only 4 ingredients - Southwestern Pork Rub, Sweet Potatoes, Oil, and Cilantro for Garnish.
Creamy Jalapeño BBQ Coleslaw
You can't go wrong with something as classic as coleslaw when you're planning out your Labor Day menu. In this recipe, your typical BBQ Coleslaw gets a makeover with the addition of jalapeño for just a touch of heat for your tastebuds!
Bleu Cheese BLT Salad
Chopped lettuce, heirloom baby tomatoes, plenty of bacon, bleu cheese, and cubes of toasted bread make up this Bleu Cheese BLT Salad, a fun take on a classic BLT.
Labor Day Main Dishes
Easy Smoked Chicken
Easy Smoked Chicken is a great summer meal. The chicken turns out incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy. Perfect for BBQs or any time you want to cook a whole chicken but want to do something a little different than traditional roasting.
The Best Smoked Pork Shoulder
Smoked Pork Shoulder is a classic summertime BBQ recipe. Come check out my tried and true method for making Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork along with my 9 pro tips for the best smoked pork – I’m including my favorite pork shoulder brine and pulled pork rub.
Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken
Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken is a perfect easy summer grilled chicken recipe. The chicken tenderloins are marinaded in a sweet and savory honey mustard sauce with sprigs of fresh rosemary and lemon juice, then quickly cooked on a hot grill. So good and so easy!
Mango Habanero Drumsticks
Mango Habanero Drumsticks are full of sweet and spicy flavor thanks the Mango Habanero BBQ sauce and perfect for your Labor Day BBQ celebrations!
Labor Day Desserts
Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles
Popsicles are a great way to beat the heat this summer. They're a fun and easy snack for kids to prepare that doesn't heat up the kitchen or make a lot of mess. Try these Creamy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles for a fun take on some favorite summer flavors.
Peach & Mixed Berry Cobbler with Sour Cream Biscuits
This peach and mixed berry cobbler is topped with homemade sour cream biscuits. This is the ultimate end of summer dessert!
Triple Berry Lemon Galette
This berry galette recipe is so colorful thanks to the mix of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Free-form pies like these are so simple because there is no crimping or perfection intended. Rustic is best and I think the ground almonds and portion of whole wheat flour add to the rustic nature of this crust.
Fresh Strawberry Galette
This beautiful and colorful Fresh Strawberry Galette with Almond Crust emphasizes the sweet juiciness of the strawberries without much added sugar. It is the perfect spring and summer dessert!
What are you planning to make for your Labor Day BBQ?
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