Labor Day weekend is the summer’s last “hurrah,” so you’re going to want to do it right. If you’re bored with traditional Labor Day foods, we’ve got some other ideas that go beyond the typical meat-in-a-bun combination. Below, check out our roundup of Labor Day recipes that feature flavors we associate with summer: Sweet, savory, and spicy.
These crab cakes feature the light, fresh flavors of crab without too much else, which is just the way we like ‘em. The flavors are slightly enhanced by Worcester sauce and dijon mustard. Serve with tartar sauce.
Corn season is on its way out. Savor it while you can with this delectable corn salsa, featuring flavorful chiles and savory black beans. It’s good enough to eat by the spoonful, but you can also opt to serve it with tortilla chips for those who prefer some extra crunch with each bite. We love how easy this recipe is to throw together. (Psst, it goes well with guacamole, too.)
This is one of our favorite Labor Day recipes to share. These feature marinated chicken with both sweet and savory flavors from red onion, peppers, and pineapple. The tanginess of the pineapple is offset by a sweet, caramelized coating that forms when it’s cooked. If you haven’t had cooked pineapple before, you’re in for a delightful treat with this recipe.
The flavor combination of watermelon and feta is one of those unexpected duos that complement one another perfectly. It might sound odd to some people, but their minds will change at first bite. There’s just something about the cool, refreshingly sweet taste of watermelon that goes especially great with the tart taste of salty feta. This one is a crowd-pleaser, for sure.
Summer squash is another favorite of ours. Zucchini is such a versatile veggie, and it works as well as a side dish as it does the main course. These stuffed zucchini boats are good enough to serve on their own, but they also make a great addition to a larger Labor Day spread. They’re a great option for vegetarians, but tasty enough for meat lovers, too. Plus, they’re pretty healthy.
This delicious broccoli salad is made better with juicy grapes and salty, crunchy bacon. The tangy dressing brings it all together for a flavorful salad so good, it’ll be the star of your Labor Day spread. It’s super easy to make and will be ready in about 30 minutes.
Here’s another easy recipe that never fails. What’s a party without seven layer bean dip? We say it’s always a good idea, and this one features all the good stuff: Seasoned refried beans, cheese, sour cream, and more.
These Asian lettuce wraps are a lighter option for Labor Day. But that doesn’t mean they’re boring. Full of flavor and crunch, they’re a satisfying choice whether you’re following a low-carb diet or not. If you’re looking for more low-carb Labor Day recipes, check out our post here.