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15 Best Labor Day Recipes to Serve at Your Annual Cookout

Country Living Logo By Rebekah Lowin of Country Living | Slide 1 of 16: Labor Day is just around the corner, and if you're anything like us, you're excitedly preparing to chow down at a backyard barbecue with friends and family. But before you fire up the grill, you'll have to finalize the menu! Here, we're sharing the very best Labor Day recipes in the hopes that you'll serve up something extra delicious this year. From delectable appetizers (like a watermelon caprese salad!) to patriotic, star-studded desserts (extra slice of pie, anyone?) and one particularly festive champagne popsicle recipe, there's something here for just about everyone. Of course, we know you'll be aiming to please at least a dozen different palates—after all, Labor Day's a big event. That's why we've made sure to feature options that each and every guest is guaranteed to love, including a few solid vegetarian options, plus crowd-pleasing starters, tasty and oh-so-simple grilled sides, and filling mains too. And in addition to the more decadent options, we've also included some lighter fare here for the more health-conscious among you—plus easy, time-saving recipes that first-time grillers and pros alike are bound to appreciate. Browse through our top picks, then whip out your favorite grilling gear and let's get cooking!

Labor Day is just around the corner, and if you're anything like us, you're excitedly preparing to chow down at a backyard barbecue with friends and family. But before you fire up the grill, you'll have to finalize the menu! Here, we're sharing the very best Labor Day recipes in the hopes that you'll serve up something extra delicious this year.

From delectable appetizers (like a watermelon caprese salad!) to patriotic, star-studded desserts (extra slice of pie, anyone?) and one particularly festive champagne popsicle recipe, there's something here for just about everyone. Of course, we know you'll be aiming to please at least a dozen different palates—after all, Labor Day's a big event. That's why we've made sure to feature options that each and every guest is guaranteed to love, including a few solid vegetarian options, plus crowd-pleasing starters, tasty and oh-so-simple grilled sides, and filling mains too.

And in addition to the more decadent options, we've also included some lighter fare here for the more health-conscious among you—plus easy, time-saving recipes that first-time grillers and pros alike are bound to appreciate. Browse through our top picks, then whip out your favorite grilling gear and let's get cooking!

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