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11 Drool-Worthy Recipes For Your Labor Day Cravings

The healthy Labor Day recipe roundup you’re going to want in on.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Labor Day weekend marks one of the last weekends of the summer, so to celebrate, we’re sharing our top favorite 11 drool-worthy and totally guilt-free Labor Days recipes to satisfy all of your end of summer cravings. From sauces and dips to appetizers and main course meals, this is the healthy Labor Day recipe roundup you’re going to want in on. 

11 Healthy Labor Day Recipes to Celebrate the End of Summer

Sauces & Dips

Straight from FitOn PRO, these Nutritionist-developed sauce and dip recipes are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. 

#1 Healthy Teriyaki Sauce 

The perfect healthy marinade for your chicken, salmon, tofu, or tempeh Labor Day dish.

Ingredients: 

  • ¼ cup tamari
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • ½ yellow onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well.

#2 Lime & Paprika Guacamole 

A delicious and flavorful guacamole that pairs well with sliced veggies or gluten-free crackers.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 large avocados, halved and pit removed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp red onions, finely diced
  • Salt & pepper to taste 

Directions:

Place the avocado flesh into a mixing bowl and use a spoon or vegetable masher to mash. 

Add the lime juice, paprika, red onion, and stir to combine. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

Enjoy as a healthy dip for veggies! 

Appetizers

We can’t talk about healthy Labor Day recipes without sharing some tasty appetizers! These end of summer appetizers will make the perfect side dish to any Labor Day meal. 

#3 Red Pepper Boats 

A quick and easy side dish that’s rich in fiber and protein to complement your Labor Day meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese 
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste 
  • For topping: fresh herbs of choice, chili flakes

Directions:

Slice the bell peppers in half to create “boats” and remove the seeds. 

Divide the cheese between the 4 boats. Tops with fresh herbs, chili flakes, and season with sea salt and pepper.

#4 Cauliflower Buffalo Wings 

Buffalo wings made healthy! These cauliflower wings are easy to make and bursting with flavor.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup water 
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1 tsp onion powder 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Pinch of sea salt & pepper to taste 
  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into florets 
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (like Bob’s Red Mills brand) 
  • ¾ cup of your favorite hot sauce 
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil 
  • Healthy Ranch Dip (like Primal Kitchen brand) and celery sticks for serving

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Add the water, milk, and spices to a large mixing bowl and whisk well to combine. 

Add the cauliflower florets to the bowl with the sauce and gently stir to coat the florets. 

Transfer the cauliflower to the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 10 minutes or until they start to get crispy. 

While the cauliflower is cooking, add your hot sauce of choice to a large mixing bowl with the raw honey, and melted coconut oil. Whisk well. 

Transfer the cooked cauliflower florets to the mixing bowl, and stir well to coat the florets with the hot sauce mixture. 

Add the cauliflower florets back to the baking sheet and bake for an additional 10 minutes. 

Serve with a healthy ranch dip and a side of celery sticks! 

#5 Sweet Potato Fries 

A healthy spin on traditional fries. These sweet potato fries only require a few ingredients and very minimal prep time. Pair with your go-to burger recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into french-fry like strips 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano 
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste 
  • For serving: No sugar added ketchup or BBQ sauce 

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Add the melted coconut oil and spices to a large mixing bowl and add the sweet potato strips. Toss well to cover. 

Add the seasoned sweet potato strips to the lined baking sheet. 

Bake for about 15 minutes and then flip the fries over and bake for another 15 minutes or until they begin to get crispy. 

Enjoy with dip of choice. 

#6 Vegetable Mash 

A veggie mash to enjoy with gluten-free crackers or sliced veggies, making this the ultimate healthy Labor Day appetizer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower, broccoli, or one large sweet potato 
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or butter 
  • ½ cup almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 3 tbsp walnuts, crushed
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste 
  • 1 tsp paprika, to serve

Directions:

Cut your vegetable of choice into large chunks or florets.

In a pot of boiling water or a steamer, steam your vegetable of choice until it’s very well cooked. For broccoli and cauliflower, this is approximately 8-15 minutes, and for sweet potato, it’s 25-30 minutes. Allow it to cool slightly.

In a food processor, add the vegetable of choice, milk of choice, coconut oil or butter, and walnuts. Pulse or purée the mixture until it forms a smooth, creamy consistency. Alternatively, you can use a stick blender until smooth. If it’s too thick, add a little water.

Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Main Course 

Take your healthy Labor Day recipes to the next level with three delicious main course dishes, including recipes with all of those summer flavors we love. 

#7 One Pan Chicken Teriyaki 

Chicken teriyaki is a must-try healthy Labor Day dish. It’s full of flavor and nutritional goodness.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 carrots, sliced into sticks
  • 1 eggplant, chopped
  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, flattened slightly
  • Sea salt to taste

For the Marinade

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup tamari

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. 

Place the broccoli, carrots, and eggplant on the baking tray. Leave space for the chicken breast. Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil and a generous sprinkle of salt.

Add chicken breast to the middle of the tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

To make the marinade, place all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together until they’re smooth. Spoon 2 tbsp of the marinade over each chicken breast. Spoon remaining marinade over vegetables.

Place the pan in the oven and roast for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve with brown rice, if desired.

#8 Turkey BLT Burger 

Our favorite healthy burger for Labor Day weekend. This turkey BLT burger is easy to make and comes with all the yummy burger toppings we crave.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey 
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened BBQ sauce (like Primal Kitchen brand)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt 
  • ¼ tsp black pepper 
  • Coconut or avocado oil for cooking
  • For serving: Cooked bacon slices, lettuce, tomato, onion, sliced avocado, avocado-based mayo 

Directions:

Start by adding the ground turkey to a large mixing bowl with the BBQ sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Form into four burger patties. 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat with the coconut or avocado oil and cook the turkey burger patties for 5-7 minutes on each side or until completely cooked through. 

Serve with desired toppings and enjoy! 

#9 Grilled Salmon Summer Salad 

Craving a salad? Try this grilled salmon salad with all the summer flavors we love.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups arugula 
  • 1 grilled salmon filet 
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes halved 
  • ½ cucumber, quartered 
  • Feta cheese for serving (optional)
  • Balsamic vinegar for serving

Directions: 

Simply add the arugula to a serving plate and top with the grilled salmon, red onion, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber. 

Serve with feta cheese, if using, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. 

Enjoy! 

Dessert

Wrap up Labor Day with these healthy desserts. They are refreshing, full of flavor, and only require a handful of ingredients. 

#10 Peanut Butter Nice Cream 

A healthy and creamy summertime favorite. This peanut butter nice cream is totally guilt-free!

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas, sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  • 2 tbsp almond milk, or milk of choice

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until you’ve reached a thick and creamy consistency. 

Serve in bowls and top with extra nuts and cinnamon. 

Enjoy!

#11 Strawberry Banana Protein Popsicles 

End summer with a refreshing and tasty treat. These popsicles are refined sugar-free and come with an added boost of protein.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries, stems removed and cut into chunks 
  • 1 frozen banana 
  • 1 cup full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt 
  • 2 tbsp raw honey 

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. 

Scoop the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 8 hours before enjoying. 

Bonus Recipe Idea

You can also make a kabob by mixing and matching your favorite ingredients. 

Some great options include:

  • Chicken 
  • Salmon 
  • Tofu 
  • Onion 
  • Pineapple 
  • Zucchini 
  • Bell peppers 
  • Summer squash 

Celebrate The End of Summer With These Healthy Labor Day Recipes 

Let’s celebrate the end of summer on a healthy note with some delicious and nutritious healthy Labor Day recipes. 

Whether you’re having a BBQ or staying at home, these recipes cover all Labor Day recipe needs.