We can hardly believe that summer is on it’s way out. But here we are, nearing the final days of August, and it’s time to face the truth: we’ve arrived at summer’s end. Labor Day weekend is the summer’s last “hurrah,” so you’re going to want to do it right. Typical Labor Day foods include hot dogs and burgers, but those get boring — fast. We’ve got some other ideas to share with you that are more flavorful than your average meat-in-a-bun combination. Below, check out our roundup of Labor Day recipes that feature all the flavors we associate with summer: sweet, savory and spicy. Try one (or all) this weekend, and make the last weekend of summertime worth your while.
Seafood pairs well with summer, most likely because it’s often associated with the beach. So to send off summer the right way, we say, indulge in seafood this Labor Day. 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 for a traditional summer treat.
Summer and corn are a match made in tastebud heaven. But corn season is on it’s 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. Skewers are another summer staple, so we had to include them in this roundup. These ones 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 particularly 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 does 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.
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