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Wondering What to Make for Labor Day? Here Are 16 Delicious Ideas ...

Plan a Labor Day menu that celebrates the bumper crop of flavorful fruits and veggies, and fire up the grill.

Homemade Black Bean Burgers

Recipe: Homemade Black Bean Burgers

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

Recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Mustard-Seed Sauce

  • Grilled Shrimp with Mustard-Seed Sauce. 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. This Thai-inspired grilled chicken is a juicy and flavorful crowd-pleaser. 

  • Simple Grilled Beef Short Ribs. 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.)

  • Homemade Black Bean Burgers. These hearty, vegetarian burgers can be prepped ahead and cooked when you're ready to eat. (Watch our how-to video and see how easy they are to assemble.)

Crowd-Pleasing Side Dishes  ...

  

Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad

RecipeHeirloom Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad

Desserts for a Sweet Conclusion ...

Fresh Fig Galette

Recipe: Fresh Fig Galette

  • Fresh Fig Galette. 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. This easy recipe features rich ice cream, tangy and sharp balsamic vinegar and sweet berries.

  • Raw Berry Crisp. A no-cook version of berry crisp with topped with rich nuts and sweet dates? Yes, please!

  • Melon Ambrosia. Put refreshing summer cantaloupe and honeydew melons at the forefront with this creamy vegan fruit salad. 

Toast-Worthy Drinks ... 

Rosé Spritzer

Recipe: Rosé Spritzer

  • Rosé Sprizer. Thankfully this picture-perfect warm-weather cocktail is easy to make. 

  • Homemade Ginger Ale. Easy, bubbly and refreshing — what more do you need in a drink? 

  • Salty Lager. 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. Yes, you can make your own creamy and refreshing agua fresca. 

 

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