20 Recipes for Labor Day

Photography By Amy Robb | Last Updated September 01, 2017
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A break from labor and a time to gather with family and friends.

Do you have a gathering on the agenda this Labor Day weekend? If so, we've got a few crowd-pleasing recipes to share! From drinks to dessert, these recipes feature fresh, seasonal ingredients you'll find at your local farmers' market -- even through the hottest Florida summer months.



Honey Sriracha Wings

Careful - you may end up eating all of these before the guests arrive!

Pickled Shrimp

No more rubbery shrimp! This recipe uses a oil and vinegar-type dressing rather than a vinegar pickling liquid alone and when doubled or quadrupled, it's perfect for a crowd.

Fresh Fig Preserves

cheese rosemary and fig preserves on a cutting board
A simple and basic preserve to amplify one of our region's most delicious summer jewels, fresh figs! This recipe comes from Juniper Market in St. Augustine, where customers in-the-know go during fig...

Kale and Sweet Potato Empanadas

Kale and Sweet Potato empanadas with pumpkin seed chimichurri on a plate
Make your empanadas small and serve them with Pumpkin Seed Chimichurri as appetizers or make them larger and add a salad for a full meal.

Still Life of a Pear

Pear Spice cocktail recipe
This drink features a pear shrub, also known as a pear drinking vinegar. Shrubs originated several centuries ago in England as a method of preserving fruit and berries. It can be used either in...

Possibly Maybe

Possibly Maybe
The combination of basil and mulberry together with St. Augustine New World Gin might possibly maybe make this drink your new warm weather favorite.

Sweet Potato Soup & Peanut Pesto

Sweet potato soup recipe from Northeast Florida
This soup is inspired by a cold soup served at the White Dog Café in Philadelphia. It is equally delicious served hot. It can be made as much as two days ahead of time.

Rosemary Zucchini Supper Bread

Rosemary Zucchini Supper Bread
Slice and toast leftover bread for an easy snack or as a side dish at breakfast.

Deconstructed Potato Salad

deconstructed potato salad
An easy-to-make side with no bowls required! To speed up the cook time on these kebabs, parboil potatoes before finishing them on the grill.

Mayport Shrimp Salad

Mayport Shrimp Salad
Light and flavorful, this salad is a great addition to a Sunday brunch or luncheon.

Sunflower Zoodle Salad in a Jar

zoodle salad
Using a spiralizer makes quick work of zucchini noodles.

Eggplant Parmesan on a Stick

Eggplant parmesan on a stick
After cooking, remove ingredients from skewers and toss with cubes of mozzarella cheese for a variation on eggplant parmesan.

Pumpkin Risotto Cakes with Sage Honey

Seminole Pumpkin Risotto Cakes
Serve these savory cakes with sage-infused honey. This recipe uses Seminole pumpkin, a native Florida pumpkin which grows wild in the Everglades. It was under cultivation by Seminole Indians when...

Yakitori no Tare (Yakitori with Sauce)

yakitori no tare
These grilled chicken skewers are a popular street food in Japan, and make for an easy meal when cooking over a campfire. The sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in a squeeze bottle for...

Pizza on the Grill

grilled pizza
Here’s a way to get crispy, perfectly charred pizza without leaving the backyard. Fire up the grill for a make-your-own-pizza party. Preparing the dough and toppings in advance makes it easy for...

Herb Couscous

Herb couscous
This couscous will become your favorite quick-to-fix side dish for potlucks and picnics.

Datil Ginger Peach Ice Cream Sandwich

datil ginger peach ice cream sandwich
The ultimate treat to beat the heat? An ice cream sandwich! It’s easy to make at home using your favorite flavors of ice cream and cookies. Need some inspiration to get you started? We’ve...

Ginger Apple Pear Pie

ginger pear apple pie at knead bakeshop in jacksonville florida murray hill
This delicious pie works with either a lattice or solid top crust. Either way, you won’t have leftovers for long!

Matcha Mint Chocolate "Cheesecake"

Matcha Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Sliced
There's no baking this cake. It's raw and vegan. (And totally delicious). 

Milk & Honey Semifreddo

Milk and Honey Semifreddo with almond crunch
No ice cream maker? No problem! You only need a loaf pan for this frozen Italian dessert.

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