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by Justina Huddleston
Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...
This may be your last chance to enjoy those grilled meats, sides, desserts and sweet drinks that scream "summer."
You're going to want to remember these recipes.
These juicy grilled turkey burgers are amped up thanks to a sprinkling of feta cheese.
Zucchini and tomatoes cooked together into a cheesy gratin make this an utterly craveable side dish.
Basil sweet tea is even better when it's used to make this complex sangria.
This strawberry-cream cheese tart is as pretty as it is easy to make.
Sweet, savory and sticky, this grilled Hawaiian chicken is a dish you'll make again and again.
Grilled pork burgers topped with pineapple are just the thing to shake up your next barbecue.
Give a retro dessert a summery makeover with this pineapple upside-down cake ice cream.
Grilled zucchini caprese is a fun way to use up the last of summer's bounty.
Say goodbye to summer with a round of these fruity watermelon-basil mojitos.
These grilled lamb kebabs with an intriguing Lebanese tomato salsa are a perfect Labor Day meal.
Sweet, tart and bold, this tomato, pomegranate and red onion salad pairs well with all manner of meats.
This creamy, healthy chickpea and avocado salad is a perfect match with heavier grilled meats.
Cookie cups are the perfect way to serve Key lime pies to a crowd.
This uniquely refreshing salad will have your guests begging for seconds.
Spicy, smoky grilled chicken deserves a place at every picnic table.
Fruity, creamy and tangy, these Greek yogurt and raspberry pops are a great way to stay cool on Labor Day.
This crunchy slaw is perfect with grilled meats.
Succulent grilled salmon with zesty mango salsa is an exciting meal for your Labor Day barbecue.
This punch is the perfect way to use up leftover fruit, and you can make it a cocktail with vodka or gin.
Grassy asparagus and sweet-tart grapefruit make for an intriguing side dish in this salad.
Blueberry crisp is a classic dessert, but crème fraîche ice cream gives this version an edge.
Black-eyed peas, corn, tomatoes and zesty seasonings make this side go great with barbecued meats.
Basil gives these lemon bars a sophisticated twist.
This sweet, tangy and fizzy drink is the best way to beat the end-of-summer heat.
Juicy grilled steak and a medley of vegetables make this salad a veritable Labor Day feast.
This jaw-droppingly pretty ice cream makes good use of summer produce with grilled peaches.
This dark and fruity lemonade is given a layer of intrigue thanks to a shot (or two!) of bourbon.
It's not a barbecue without potato salad, and this tasty version gets a makeover with eggs and bacon.
This fun ice cream tastes just like birthday cake, but it's perfect for the last warm days of summer.
Jazz up a comfort food classic with this mango-coconut bread pudding.
This tangy tropical sorbet gets a flavor boost thanks to whole buttermilk.
Peaches and lemonade give these martinis a makeover worthy of barbecues and picnics.
These low-carb sweet potato noodles are a light and refreshing side for any meal.
Blackberries and peaches mean this sangria screams summer.
Zesty garlic-lime chicken is even better when it's topped with mango-cucumber salsa.
Fizzy purple lemonade is a fun beverage for your Labor Day soiree — add gin if you're feeling fancy.
Nothing screams barbecue like a big, juicy steak, and the marinade on this one can't be beat.
This BBQ pork shoulder is way easier than it looks -- for impressive entertaining without much effort.
Tangy-sweet pineapple and refreshing mint make these cooling margaritas the ultimate barbecue cocktail.
Because the only thing better than a salty margarita is a sweet-and-salty margarita made with grilled fruit.
The perfect combo of strawberry, ginger, coconut and booze could not be more refreshing.
Just one bite of these grilled chicken wraps with pineapple and crunchy slaw, and you'll be hooked.
Somewhere between dessert and coffee, this coconut-white chocolate concoction is a must-try.
Originally published Aug. 2015. Updated Aug. 2016.
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