Labor Day is said to be the final farewell to summer, so plan a menu that celebrates the bumper crop of flavorful fruits and veggies, and fire up the grill. Whether you're hosting a backyard bash or simply gathering family around the table, here is some recipe inspiration to help you enjoy the long weekend.
Main Dishes That Wow ...
Grilled Shrimp with Mustard-Seed Sauce opens in a new tab. Fast, delicious and fun! These Indian-inspired peel-and-eat shrimp are just the thing to complete a summer meal. Plus, preparation only takes a few minutes and a couple bowls.
Coconut Milk Grilled Chicken opens in a new tab. This Thai-inspired grilled chicken is a juicy and flavorful crowd-pleaser.
Simple Grilled Beef Short Ribs opens in a new tab. English-style beef short ribs are generously portioned and extremely flavorful ribs that come from the ends of the rib roast. Grilling them requires little effort for a terrifically rich and beefy payoff. (See step-by-step directions in our how-to-video opens in a new tab.)
Homemade Black Bean Burgers opens in a new tab. These hearty, vegetarian burgers can be prepped ahead and cooked when you're ready to eat. (Watch our how-to video opens in a new tab and see how easy they are to assemble.)
Crowd-Pleasing Side Dishes ...
Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber, and Red Onion Salad opens in a new tab. This is the light and refreshing summer salad you're looking for. Tip: Choose tomatoes of different colors and sizes for a beautiful presentation.
Grilled Vegetable Panzanella opens in a new tab. In a nod to the Italian classic recipe, this grilled bread salad makes the most of summer squash.
Green Beans with Tangy Shallot-Yogurt Dressing opens in a new tab. Add a zingy to crisp green beans with a lemon-spiked Greek yogurt-based dressing. Great chilled or at room temperature.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro-Lime Dressing opens in a new tab. Swap out the usual fries or roasted potatoes for tender grilled sweet potatoes and earn applause.
Desserts for a Sweet Conclusion ...
Fresh Fig Galette opens in a new tab. Sweet fresh figs unite with a tangy whole grain crust in this recipe that can be prepared ahead of time and chilled until ready to bake.
Strawberries and Ice Cream with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction opens in a new tab. This easy recipe features rich ice cream, tangy and sharp balsamic vinegar and sweet berries.
Raw Berry Crisp opens in a new tab. A no-cook version of berry crisp with topped with rich nuts and sweet dates? Yes, please!
Melon Ambrosia opens in a new tab. Put refreshing summer cantaloupe and honeydew melons at the forefront with this creamy vegan fruit salad.
Toast-Worthy Drinks ...
Recipe: Rosé Spritzer opens in a new tab
Rosé Sprizer opens in a new tab. Thankfully this picture-perfect warm-weather cocktail is easy to make.
Homemade Ginger Ale opens in a new tab. Easy, bubbly and refreshing — what more do you need in a drink?
Salty Lager opens in a new tab. The remedy to a hot summer afternoon, this thirst-quencher pairs the bright, sunny taste of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice with cold, crisp lager.
Melon Seed Agua Fresca opens in a new tab. Yes, you can make your own creamy and refreshing agua fresca.