6 Crowd Pleasing Dishes To Whip Out This Labor Day

Labor day is a universal sign of the end of summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to rid yourself of cookout vibes the minute the holiday rolls around. Be sure to stay in the spirit of lazy summer days by including these American classics on your menu!

Bacon Avocado Burgers

It’s a well known fact that bacon makes everything better, but fresh avocado can take your burgers to a whole new level. For best results, top your burger with vine-ripe tomatoes and top with a crowd pleasing cheese like cheddar or Swiss. Finally, don’t be afraid to substitute in a fresh brioche bun!

  • Pro Tip: Visit our guide on how to best handle your avocados to keep your fruit fresh! 

Grilled Watermelon and Kale Salad

Watermelon is the ultimate summer fruit. Rather than serve watermelon slices or create a watermelon ice cream, try crafting a unique salad! The grilled watermelon and kale salad from The Watermelon Board is welcome reprieve from standard salads, offering up a balance of sweet, savory, and salty flavors to create a flavor experience that will have you wishing summer lasted just a little bit longer. 

Blood Orange/Mandarin Mimosa

No Labor Day would be complete without a good cocktail to get you through your meal. Although we’re fans of classic whiskey cocktails, we enjoy blood orange & mandarin mimosas for their complex tartness. This recipe from Bee Sweet Citrus is a true game changer, pairing blood orange and mandarin juice with sparkling Rose champagne for a bubbly sweet treat.

  • Pro Tip: See some more of our favorite blood orange cocktails here! 

Caramelized Opal Apples

Honestly, is there any better way to end a meal than with a scrumptious dessert? This caramelized opal apples recipe from First Fruits makes great use of the aforementioned variety; expect a strong sweetness with a lingering tangy undercurrent. If you haven’t cooked with opal apples before, you’re missing out! The modern variety is naturally non-browning and has a crunch that is second to none. 

Sweet Potato Salad

Offer your customers a twist on classic potato salad by substituting sweet potatoes! Most sweet potato salads call for common ingredients like tomatoes, onions, and tomatoes, so you won’t have to keep any strange ingredients on hand. Best of all, you’ll get the added nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes!

Onion Bloom Appetizer

Last but certainly not least, this onion bloom appetizer from the JC Watson packing company is sure to keep your customers snacking until the sun goes down. The trick here is to use a giant sized onion; for best results, trying frying up a Super Colossal onion!