21 No-Fuss Recipes to Make for Labor Day

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Labor day might not technically mark the start of fall, but it certainly always feels like a shift. People are coming back from summer vacations, school is underway, and suddenly people are talking about Halloween and (gasp!) Thanksgiving.

But before things start to feel busy, let’s take Labor Day weekend to relax a little and savor everything that we enjoyed this summer. There’s no need to make something fussy this weekend — let’s focus on easy recipes. With seasonal ingredients and minimal prep, these dishes are meant to be shared with friends and family.

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The key to great watermelon on the grill is a little lime, sugar, and red pepper flakes. Make this while you still can!

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Make a spicy marinade, let the chicken sit in it overnight, and then fire up the grill to impress all your friends. Sounds simple, right?

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Toss fresh corn (or hey, frozen works too) with feta and lime. It’s a great side dish you can throw together at the last minute.

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If you’re not eating some kind of tomato salad this weekend, what are you even doing with your life? This one has chickpeas and parsley in it, too.

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Frosé was the unofficial drink of summer 2016, so if you haven’t made this recipe yet, now is that time to do so. Prep this the night before, and it will come together in minutes the next day.

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This recipe only requires three ingredients: frozen meatballs, peppers, and BBQ sauce. You could go all out and try to make everything from scratch, or, you know, you could live your life.

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You know what makes homemade burgers even better? Avocado. Go for the gold.

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Are you sick of pesto yet? Because that’s not possible. Make this easy tortellini dish for all your backyard parties this weekend.

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OK, fine, this recipe might just be a little on the fussy side, but if you want you could just buy the pudding and then assemble the sundaes. These are just too cute to pass up for this weekend.

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Wrap your grilled corn in bacon and basil and win at life. It’s really not that hard to understand.

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I hope your weekend is filled with things on sticks and skewers. This hearty recipe will keep you sated.

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This magical sauce needs to be at your next BBQ — it’s especially great over grilled meat, but you can also dip your veggies in it, too.

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Think of this simple cocktail as the marriage of two essential summer beverages. You like lemonade? Of course you do. You love rosé? Hell yes! Make this recipe and find out what you’re capable of.

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What’s a party without homemade coleslaw? Not a party I want to attend, that’s for sure.

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You guys, I can’t get over this recipe. You can turn watermelon juice into caramel! What are you waiting for? Make it right now.

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Your watermelon deserve a ham hug. Plus, balsamic drizzle! Swoon.

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G&Ts are just about the easiest cocktail you can make, but I’m going to ask you to do one extra step to make the drink more summery — just add ice and blend.

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Having a bunch of people over this weekend? Make one giant sandwich and split it up so everyone can have a bite.

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You might think you know how to make the best ice cream sandwich, but it’s worth brushing up on your knowledge.

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Bread salad is just about my favorite thing to eat during the summer. It’s bread! In a salad! What’s not to love?

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Have you sat outside this summer with a fresh glass of sweet tea? No? Now is your opportunity.

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