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.

Staff Picks

Perfect Potato Salad

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Classic Macaroni Salad

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This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments on this recipe and it is just a pleasing taste that seems to suit everyone.

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

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This is potato salad the old-fashioned way, with eggs, celery and relish. It's really good to serve with chili.

Fresh Broccoli Salad

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This is a yummy summer salad that uses an interesting combination of fruits, vegetables and meats. Before you decide you won't like it, try it. You'll be pleasantly surprised. You can add an extra head of broccoli, if you like.

Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

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The perfect fruit salad for a backyard bbq or any occasion. There are never leftovers! This is one of my favorite fruit salad recipes, as I think the sauce really makes it. This salad is tastier the longer you can let it soak in its juices. I prefer 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator before I serve it. Enjoy.

Sweet Restaurant Slaw

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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!!!

Inspiration and Ideas

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Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad

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Whether it's sitting next to some smoky ribs or just a humble hot dog, this deli-style macaroni salad will always be a crowd favorite, as long as you pay attention to a few key details.