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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 marks the unofficial end of summer, and we can’t help but savor every last juicy drop. So, fire up the grill and round up your friends — you won’t want to miss these seasonal summer favorites! Our healthy Labor Day recipe roundup has everything from drool-worthy dips, guilt-free burgers and fries, to creamy (and protein-packed) desserts.

While we’re sad to see summer go, these healthy Labor Day recipes are giving us a major reason to celebrate. 

RELATED: 8 Delicious Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Grill 

The Healthiest End of Summer Foods to Eat

Hold the pumpkin spice lattes — summer’s not over just yet! And where summer goes, fresh, flavorful foods follow. So, we’re taking full advantage before these seasonal fruits and veggies go into hibernation. With that said, here are the tastiest late-summer foods to incorporate into your healthy Labor Day recipes.


If you’re lucky enough to snag home-grown tomatoes, you’re in for a treat. Head to the farmers market (or butter up to that neighbor with a green thumb) — whatever you have to do to get summer tomatoes on your plate! 

Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants, a good source of fiber, and contain over 95% water, making them extremely hydrating and low-cal. They pair well with virtually any veggie and taste delicious both cooked and raw! 


With their bright, vibrant color, it should come as no surprise that bell peppers are full of antioxidants. Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C, plus loads of other nutrients such as folate, potassium, Vitamins B6, A, and K, and quercetin.

Char them on the grill, dip them in hummus and guac, or stuff them with protein, beans, and spices for a hearty meal. 


Figs keep us waiting all summer long while their sweet, indulgent flavor ripens to perfection. But let us tell you — they’re worth the wait! Both in flavor and health benefits. These sweet summer fruits are well-known digestive aids, plus studies suggest figs can help manage blood sugar and support heart health

Figs make a delicious addition to smoothies, summer salads, and healthy charcuterie boards, and are of course delicious on their own. To savor the sweet taste of summer well into the fall, try freezing your fresh figs!


Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries often steal the spotlight when it comes to summer berries. But, don’t forget about the tasty health benefits of tart blackberries. They’re full of antioxidants, fiber, and rich in manganese, which can support a healthy immune system.

Sweet Corn 

While corn on the cob is a summer classic, this seasonal veggie is best enjoyed in late summer during its peak harvest. Grill it, steam it, and enjoy every heavenly bite (just keep the floss nearby!). And, it’s easy to incorporate this fiber-rich veggie into healthy Labor Day recipes. Add sweet corn to salsas, salads, and nearly anything grilled. 


Move aside cauliflower, there’s a new versatile veggie in town. Eggplants are one of those veggies that make healthy eating easy. Need a plant-based replacement for protein? Swap the burger for a thick slice of grilled eggplant. Want to keep your veggie dip low-carb and low-cal? Substitute chickpeas or avocado for roasted eggplant puree. 

You can even make them into mini pizzas — simply top roasted eggplant with tomatoes, fresh basil, and your favorite seasoning! 


Nothing says summer like a sweet, juicy melon. Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melons are their most flavorful during the late summer months, meaning you’ll want to incorporate these fruits into your healthy Labor Day recipes. While they make a tasty dessert on their own, melons are also delicious grilled and make for a flavorful salad. Toss them with greens, avocado, and balsamic for a no-fail crowd-pleaser.

11 Healthy Labor Day Recipes to Celebrate the End of Summer

#1 Healthy Teriyaki Sauce 

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


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


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.


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


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! 

#3 Red Pepper Boats 

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


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


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.


  • 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


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!


  • 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 


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.


  • 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


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.

#7 One Pan Chicken Teriyaki 

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


  • 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


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.


  • 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 


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.


  • 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


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. 


#10 Peanut Butter Nice Cream 

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


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


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. 


#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.


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


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.