Come Monday in honor of Labor Day, you’ll be swapping your briefcases, lunchboxes and break-your-shoulder bags for picnic baskets and beach totes. Instead of moseying through the cafeteria or eating from Tupperware at your desk, this day off demands a spread that’s ideal for outdoor eating. Set up a menu that screams day off and works for picnics, porches, backyard parties or anything without four walls. Here are the recipes you simply can’t end summer without:
Dress up shredded chicken or turkey with celery, mayo and onions for Chicken or Turkey Salad Sandwiches. Fold in apple, fennel or radish if you’re looking for a more exciting crunch.
Grab the biggest bowl in your kitchen for 7-Layer Pasta Salad. Before tossing, count the layers of avocado, diced ham, broccoli, pasta, cheddar and romaine. Homemade buttermilk dressing is the perfect thing to tie it all together.
When it comes to wings, the stickier, the better. Bake Food Network Magazine’s Dijon Chicken Wings before tossing with a glaze of Dijon mustard, honey and mustard powder. Just make sure to pack napkins.
Stir up a pitcher of the Neelys’ Sparkling Raspberry Limeade for a flawless summer refreshment that’s tart and bubbly. Go ahead and make the raspberry syrup in advance so it’s ready come picnic time.
Strewn with fresh peaches and cinnamon sugar, and topped with crunchy chopped pecans, Ina Garten’s Fresh Peach Cake is a summery treat that’s best devoured warm from the oven.