25 Labor Day Recipes To Help You Celebrate Your Hard Work

Labor Day signifies many things to many Americans. It’s a celebration and respite from all of the hard work we do throughout the year. It al...

Labor Day signifies many things to many Americans. It’s a celebration and respite from all of the hard work we do throughout the year. It also leaves us saying bittersweet goodbyes to the summer with anticipation for the autumn months ahead. What better way to celebrate such an occasion than with delicious home-cooked food?

We have a little bit of everything in here for you today: appetizers/snacks, main dishes, drinks, and desserts.

While you wrap up your summer and take a day to rest, we hope that you enjoy these 25 Labor Day Recipes To Help You Celebrate Your Hard Work.


Tex Mex Black Bean Dip

tex mex black bean dip

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We are going to start off our list with a few appetizers and snacks. This dip blends some savory and spicy flavors with black beans and veggies to give it some kick. We love that the fresh veggies and beans make for a healthier option for your table.


Annie's Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Chips

annie's fruit salsa

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While summer is on it’s way out, it’s hard to go wrong with fruit or with cinnamon chips. Plus, this quick and easy recipe is a great way to break away from traditional salsas.


Nacho Scoops Recipe

nacho scoops

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Admittedly, this recipe seems like it might take a bit of tedious effort by having to “stuff” each tortilla scoop. However, after one look at the picture and ingredients list, you might just decide that it’s worth it. This would be a great recipe for a party as it makes 12 dozen scoops (that’s 144)!


Pineapple Shrimp Spread

pineapple shrimp spread

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While the last recipe was classic in nature, this one is sure to intrigue your adventurous spirit. The combination of pineapple and shrimp sounds refreshing, doesn’t it? It’s also super easy! You can make it even more so if you “cheat” and buy the shrimp already cooked from the store. (We won’t tell.)


Tortellini Kabobs

tortallini kabobs

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This recipe was originally posted as a Memorial Day recipe, but plenty of people have reused it for their Labor Day celebrations. Tortellini, grape tomatoes, and mozzarella balls make for a delicious treat on any day.


Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites

jalapenos and bacon

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For our final appetizer/snack, we have two words for you: Jalapenos and Bacon. Do we have your attention? What if we add cream cheese? We can’t guarantee you’ll want to share these.


Grilled Sausage with Peppers & Onions


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For our first entree, we are asking you to make room on your grill and push those typical hot dogs to the side (or off the grill completely). While this recipe is simple to make, the flavor is anything but.


Summer Ratatouille Tartines with Burrata and Honey-Balsamic Drizzle


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There are a lot of big words in this recipe title. Don’t be intimidated, though; luckily there are step by step instructions that include salivating pictures the entire way through. If you enjoy experimenting with food, this recipe is for you.


BBQ Chicken Foil Pack


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This is actually a very ingenious recipe. Mix together your ingredients and add them to a foil pocket and cook through. There are step-by-step instructions with photos along with directions for using either your oven or grill.


Tommy Bahama's Cajun Blackened Fish Tacos


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Fish tacos are an amazing thing. This blackened version packs a lot of flavor and kick. If it’s not hot enough already, this will sure to bring up a little bit of heat.


The Best Portobello Mushroom Burger

portobello burger

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If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional burgers, give this one a shot. With a delicious marinade that includes balsamic vinegar, rosemary, soy sauce (or liquid aminos), and steak seasoning, this is sure to please even die-hard meat eaters. It also uses muenster cheese instead of the typical cheddar.


Cowboy Steak Salad


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This recipe is a little more time intensive, but it includes a little bit of everything and makes good use of your grill. It’s complete with meat, potatoes, and veggies. There’s something in this salad for everyone. Just be careful though; after this salad, you will have a difficult time going back to the standard boring house salads.


BBQ Baby Back Ribs


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This list would look incomplete without a rib recipe. A bottle of Dr. Pepper is a nice twist to this BBQ rib recipe. You’ll need to marinade it for a couple hours before it’s ready to sizzle on the grill for less than 20 minutes.


White Peach & Grape Sangria


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Since no meal is complete without a refreshing beverage, we’ve included a few drink recipes for you. This version of sangria is not as heavy as the traditional version, so it’s perfect for an outdoor party in the sun. It includes the flavors of peaches and grape too, as the title suggests.


Summer Spice


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Whiskey & Creme de cacao? Who would have thought? We have to admit this cocktail looks pretty promising. It was created by celebrity chef Michael Symon, so if you don’t trust us, trust him.


Sparkling Cherry Limeade (non-alcoholic)

sparkling cherry limeade

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This summer beverage is not only refreshing, but it’s healthy and simple as well. Cherries, lime, sparkling water, and optional sweetener meet ice and a blender for a yummy drink to cool you down. (We’re not joking…that’s it)


Bourbon Blackberry Lemonade


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What makes traditional lemonade better? Fresh blackberries, mint, and bourbon. Sweet and refreshing with a punch.


Fizzy Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

violet lemonade

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Ever heard of violet flower syrup? We haven’t either. It’s time to go shopping though because this looks to be one amazing summer beverage. It also includes ginger, honey, and lemons for flavor. If you really want to spike this recipe, add gin.


Coconut White Chocolate Iced Coffee (non-alcoholic)


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This next recipe is a perfect end to our beverages and a smooth transition into a few desserts. Even for all the serious coffee drinkers out there, sometimes the summer heat can really get in the way of enjoying that perfect cuppa. Solution? Home-made coconut ice cream. Prepare to be happily caffeinated with a tummy full of coconut and white chocolate deliciousness.


Angie Mar's Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

grilled strawberry shortcake

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Kicking off our desserts is an adventurous recipe that’s sure to become a fast favorite. You’ll need to steal a small space on the grill to caramelize the strawberries; plus, these shortcakes are from scratch. Let us know how much you impress yourself and your friends.


BBQ Cupcakes with Grilled Hot Dogs


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Okay, so we have to admit that this recipe is not for the faint at heart. However, if you are inspired regularly by Cupcake Wars and your Pinterest board is full of fancy cupcakes, this might be a good place to start your cupcake-making hobby or career. Adorable only begins to describe these cupcakes.


Double Berry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt

cheesecake yogurt

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Do you happen to have an ice cream maker? No? Then you may just want to borrow one from a friend after you see this recipe. This creamy refreshment is sure to cure your sweet-tooth.


Patriotic Caramel Pretzel Bites


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With a perfect balance of sweet and salty, these caramel pretzel bites are sure to be a big hit. They also only have 4 ingredients and are easy to make.


Red, White, & Blue Fruit & Brownie Skewers


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This is a cute way to play off of the BBQ or cookout theme. Delicious brownie bites, marshmallows, and fruit on a skewer are also delicious ways to handle dessert.


Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad


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For our grand finale, we are going to send you off with a salad recipe. Wait, salad? Don’t worry, not the lettuce and veggie type of salad, but the berries and cream type of salad. This delicious summer sweetness takes only about 15 minutes to put together and is sure to be completely eaten in the same amount of time.

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