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Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes

Created and Photographed by Sarah Elliott Photography
THE LIVIN’ IS EASY

Labor Day is synonymous with relaxation. As a proper summer send-off, the long weekend is a time for cooking, grilling, and lazing around with family and friends. As such, it’s best not to overcomplicate when it comes to entertaining. Forget the meticulous, perfectly-timed dishes — the final few days of the season are all about embracing the easy-breezy vibes! After all, when the holiday is intended to be free from labor, why spend it slaving over a stove? So, we’ve rounded up some low-key eats. Ahead, feast your eyes on 10 simple, stunning dishes you can whip up with ease.

By Natalie Goel
Image via Sarah Elliott Photography

Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes on EyeSwoon | With Food and Love Modern Mai Tai with Hibiscus + Thyme
MODERN MAI TAI WITH HIBISCUS AND THYME

The prettiest, perfectly pink drink via With Food and Love combines expected additions like chilled hibiscus tea and thyme sprigs alongside the typical pineapple and rum. Modern mai tai is right.

Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes on EyeSwoon | Half Baked Harvest Farmers Market Hummus
Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes on EyeSwoon | What’s Cooking Good Looking Spicy Cantaloupe Gazpacho and Corn and Pepita Salad
SPICY CANTALOUPE GAZPACHO AND CORN AND PEPITA SALAD

In a refreshing recipe via What’s Cooking Good Looking, cantaloupe gets a kick thanks to a bit of Tobasco and jalapeno-corn topping.

Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes on EyeSwoon | Two Red Bowls Watermelon, Grilled Corn, and Feta Salad
Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes on EyeSwoon | The First Mess Chili Lime Cucumber Noodles on Salted Watermelon with Mint and Basil
CHILI LIME CUCUMBER NOODLES ON SALTED WATERMELON WITH MINT AND BASIL

Fresh, crisp, sweet, and savory. This super-summery dish via The First Mess features spiced, julienned zucchini over a slice of watermelon.

Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes on EyeSwoon | Dolly and Oatmeal Miso-Tahini Avocado Toast with Black Sesame Gomasio
Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes on EyeSwoon | Call Me Cupcake Easy Stone Fruit Tarts
EASY STONE FRUIT TARTS

These stone fruit tarts via Call Me Cupcake may look intricate, but thanks to sheets of puff pastry, they’re actually quite simple to make! Use them with whatever fresh fruit calls to you at the market.

Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes on EyeSwoon | The Food Club Grilled Naan Pizzas with Figs and Parma Ham
GRILLED NAAN PIZZAS WITH FIGS AND PARMA HAM

Grill naan, top it with goodness, and throw the whole shebang back on the grill again. This dish via The Food Club looks satisfying and so simple.

Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes on EyeSwoon | Tending the Table Soba Noodle Salad
Low-Labor Labor Day Recipes on EyeSwoon | Adventures in Cooking Caprese Salad
CAPRESE SALAD

Here’s a dish to make beautiful use of those peak-season heirloom tomatoes. This Adventures in Cooking recipe has only a handful of ingredients, allowing each element to shine.

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