Labor Day Salad Recipes

Salads are a perfect dish to bring to a Labor Day BBQ or potluck. Here are our favorite recipes, from creamy vegetable salads to pasta salads and tangy slaws.

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Perfect Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 54
This is my mother Pauline's recipe. It's pretty much a classic American salad but remember, if you add onions, use sweet onions and chop with a very sharp knife, allow potatoes to cool to room temp before dressing them, and always taste for salt.

Greek Zoodle Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 133
Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are all the rage and I keep looking for new ways to prepare them. I decided to combine my love of Greek salad with the zoodles and came up with this recipe. A great alternative to high-carb pasta salads!

Minnesota Broccoli Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
No bacon, no fruit, no seeds: this broccoli salad, adapted from a recipe in a newspaper clipping from 1980, combines potato salad flavors--hard-cooked eggs, dill, celery seed, mayo--with crisp fresh broccoli.

Dad's Working Man's Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
Beef bologna and American cheese make a heavier macaroni salad for a man's perspective. Good, and always gets snarfed up wherever I take it.

Wisconsin Cheese Curd Potato Salad

Rating: 4 stars 6
As a native Wisconsinite, I love cheese curds. I also love potato salad. Cheese curds are one of those food items that you won't find in all grocery stores nationwide, but you could substitute with chunks of cheddar cheese.

Three Bean Salad With Celery

Rating: 4.5 stars 39
This salad recipe is great for summer picnics. It's delicious, quick, and easy to make. You can substitute the variety of beans in this recipe with other types and still have a great bean salad. I sometimes use cannellini beans in place of the green beans and it still tastes great!

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 42
An unexpected but deliciously addictive flavor combination! This recipe serves two, but you may want it all for yourself.

Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 268
Pasta salad filled with veggies, cheese, and seasoning. Very tasty and versatile -- is great to make ahead.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 2703
This classic macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser at every cookout, potluck, and picnic!

Mom's Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 491
This is the recipe that my mom made when I was small. It is still one of my favorites. Some friends add a little green onion to the recipe. My kids and I just aren't raw onion fans. Enjoy!

Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 559
Layers of fresh fruit are soaked a citrusy sauce in this colorful salad.

Broccoli Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1512
A creamy dressing amps up this crunchy broccoli salad with bacon.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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Sweet Restaurant Slaw
Rating: 5 stars 3301

This tastes just like the cole slaw served at popular fried chicken or fish restaurants. It's excellent with burgers or on top of BBQ'd pork sandwiches, too!!!