Labor Day Side Dish Recipes

Complete your favorite Labor Day menu with great salads, vegetables, potatoes, and other great sides—no heavy lifting required.

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Calico Bean Casserole

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Kidney beans, baked beans and butter beans are combined with ground beef, bacon and onion and baked. It's thick, hearty, and pretty tasty too! This can also be done in a slow cooker.

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint

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This is a refreshing summer salad. Perfect for a picnic or barbeque. I usually serve it with a spicy flank steak and potatoes.

Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing

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Pasta salad filled with veggies, cheese, and seasoning. Very tasty and versatile -- is great to make ahead.

Texas Slaw

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This is a wonderful spicy coleslaw recipe for pot luck or bbq's. I always get asked for this recipe.

Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini

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This is a summer favorite at my house. So easy and tasty, and complements steak, ribs, chicken or fish. By the way, these can be done in the oven under the broiler as well.
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American Potato Salad

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Just a good old fashioned, down home potato salad recipe that brings back memories of picnics in the park and family gatherings. Wonderful as it is or make it your own by adding additional ingredients of your choice.

Baked Zucchini Chips

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I love using these as a healthier alternative to fries or chips with my meals. Very yummy!

Spicy Watermelon

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This Latino dish makes a refreshing summer snack with a surprising combination of flavors! Children love it.

Oven-Roasted Asparagus

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Salty and savory, the roasting method kills the natural bitterness of asparagus. Try it next to grilled fish or lamb.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

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Wonderful roasted cauliflower, my 11 year old son loves this! Add more spices and herbs to suit your taste.
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Yellow Squash Casserole

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Tender squash, gooey cheese and crunchy crackers make this a memorable side dish or a hearty main course. This is a great dish that can be made with low-fat ingredients and is still just as good!

Boston Baked Beans

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A wonderful old-fashioned baked bean flavor. This recipe has served by family for 29 years and originally came from my mother-in-law. It tastes great served with fresh cornbread or biscuits and honey. Although you need to allow time for soaking and simmering the beans, this recipe is still quite easy.

Inspiration and Ideas

Boston Baked Beans

"Very good! Like others, I was looking for a recipe that used dried beans. The whole recipe was gone after our Labor Day cookout." – jgmann

Cajun Corn and Bacon Maque Choux

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This is a Cajun recipe I've had forever! I first prepared it when I was in my high school class in Metairie, Louisiana. It's awesome!