Ten Grilling and Salad Recipe Ideas for Labor Day Weekend 2009
posted by Kalyn Denny on September 5, 2009
I’m not sure whether Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or Labor Day is the top grilling holiday in the U.S., but I’m guessing plenty of people will be grilling this weekend. If you want grilling ideas, definitely check the Holiday Recipes in the archives where I’ve already done a few collections of recipes for summer holidays. For Labor Day I thought it might be fun to spotlight my ten favorite new grilling and summer salad ideas from Summer 2009. You might remember that I didn’t have my grill for much of the summer this year, so when I finally got it back I wanted to make up for lost time! I’d have to say the Grilled Salmon Packets with Tomatoes, Olive, Garlic, Thyme, and Saffron were probably my favorite new thing to cook on the grill this summer; I made these twice for guests and a few more times just for myself!
This Marinated Flank Steak is a classic recipe that I cooked this summer and updated with a new photo. If you have beef-lovers in your house, this will definitely be a hit. As you can see, I like my steak on the rare side, but please don’t cook this more than medium for best flavor.
When I fell in love with the fresh mozzarella pearls at Costco, I created this Tomato, Olive, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad, a version of Caprese salad where the basil is mixed into the dressing, and more basil is included in the salad.
I actually cooked these Greek-Seasoned Grilled Pork Chops on a stove-top grill pan early in the summer when my house wasn’t done yet and the grill was packed away. Now I’m thrilled with my new natural gas grill, and I’m going to be cooking these again for friends this coming week.
A reader named Robin sent me this recipe for Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Dill, and wow, did I ever love this salad! If you made this to take to a party, I would prep the ingredients and mix the dressing at home, and then toss it together once you got there. I promise you, this will be a hit!
It hasn’t been that long since I posted this recipe for Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers with Yogurt Sauce, but I’ve already heard from two food bloggers and a neighbor who’ve given this recipe a big thumbs up. When I made these, I liked them so much I ate leftovers for breakfast and again for lunch the next day!
If you don’t feel like fussing in the kitchen much on a holiday, nothing could be easier than this Completely Foolproof, 100% Delicious Grilled Chicken, which I’ve literally been making for years. Everyone I know who has tried this simple recipe has been thrilled with how easy but tasty it is.