30 Crowd-Pleasing Labor Day Recipes That Are So Fresh and Easy

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30 Crowd-Pleasing Labor Day Recipes That Are So Fresh and Easy
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Summer might be nearing its end, but you’ve still got time to enjoy the season’s juicy produce—and Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time to do it. Soon enough it’ll be time to break out the slow cooker and make cozy fall meals, but right now let’s focus on easy summer recipes that will feed you and anyone you might be entertaining over the holiday weekend.

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Ahead, 30 of the summer’s best easy recipes, from fruit-laden salads and zesty fish tacos to basil butter corn and pineapple shrimp skewers. Whether you’re a meat-eater or veggie-inclined, and no matter how many guests you’re planning to have over, these dishes will put everyone in a great mood—including you, since none involves slaving over the stove for hours. It’s a win-win.

Originally posted August 2016. Updated August 2017.

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Smoky Chicken Flatbread
Smoky Chicken Flatbread
Summer Salad with Corn, Quinoa, and Shrimp
Summer Salad with Corn, Quinoa, and Shrimp
Cucumber Watermelon Salad
Cucumber Watermelon Salad
Tomato Ricotta Phyllo Tart
Tomato Ricotta Phyllo Tart
Cilantro Lime Chicken Sliders with Tomato Guacamole
Cilantro Lime Chicken Sliders with Tomato Guacamole
Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa
Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Squash and Tomatoes
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Squash and Tomatoes
Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Roasted Kale Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Roasted Kale Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Chilled Avocado Soup with Plum Pico de Gallo
Chilled Avocado Soup with Plum Pico de Gallo
Triple Berry Spinach Salad with Pecans
Triple Berry Spinach Salad with Pecans
Grapefruit Avocado Salad
Grapefruit Avocado Salad
Greek Orzo Salad
Greek Orzo Salad
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Blueberry Sauce
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Blueberry Sauce
Rainbow Fruit Salsa Cheesecake Dip
Rainbow Fruit Salsa Cheesecake Dip
Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Wraps
Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Wraps
Marinated Grilled Summer Veggies with Sausage
Marinated Grilled Summer Veggies with Sausage
Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw
Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw
Grilled Corn with Basil Butter
Grilled Corn with Basil Butter
Grilled Lemon Garlic Zucchini
Grilled Lemon Garlic Zucchini
Tomato Goat Cheese Dip
Tomato Goat Cheese Dip
Coconut Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
Coconut Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
Lime Chipotle Avocados
Lime Chipotle Avocados
Peach Caprese
Peach Caprese
Blueberry Arugula Salad
Blueberry Arugula Salad
Smoky Barbecue Carrot Dogs
Smoky Barbecue Carrot Dogs
Bruschetta Pasta Salad
Bruschetta Pasta Salad
One-Skillet Mediterranean Chicken Recipe
One-Skillet Mediterranean Chicken Recipe
Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites
Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites
Grilled Fajita Steak Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Grilled Fajita Steak Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing

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  • Smoky Chicken Flatbread
  • Summer Salad with Corn, Quinoa, and Shrimp
  • Cucumber Watermelon Salad
  • Tomato Ricotta Phyllo Tart
  • Cilantro Lime Chicken Sliders with Tomato Guacamole
  • Grilled Salmon with Strawberry Jalapeño Salsa
  • Roasted Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Squash and Tomatoes
  • Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
  • Roasted Kale Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Chilled Avocado Soup with Plum Pico de Gallo
  • Triple Berry Spinach Salad with Pecans
  • Grapefruit Avocado Salad
  • Greek Orzo Salad
  • Crispy Chicken Thighs with Blueberry Sauce
  • Rainbow Fruit Salsa Cheesecake Dip
  • Grilled Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Wraps
  • Marinated Grilled Summer Veggies with Sausage
  • Grilled Fish Tacos with Lime Cabbage Slaw
  • Grilled Corn with Basil Butter
  • Grilled Lemon Garlic Zucchini
  • Tomato Goat Cheese Dip
  • Coconut Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
  • Lime Chipotle Avocados
  • Peach Caprese
  • Blueberry Arugula Salad
  • Smoky Barbecue Carrot Dogs
  • Bruschetta Pasta Salad
  • One-Skillet Mediterranean Chicken Recipe
  • Cajun Shrimp Guacamole Bites
  • Grilled Fajita Steak Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing

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