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Hassle-free Labor Day Apps and Desserts

Hassle-free Labor Day Apps and Desserts

Labor Day is the one holiday you don’t need to stress over when it comes to food and festivities. Being lazy in the kitchen doesn’t mean you should settle for subpar food to honor this day of relaxation. Take advantage of this laid-back holiday, tip your hat to Uncle Sam and enjoy these no-bake, no fuss recipes.

WARNING: minimal effort required

Fresh Strawberry Crostini with Honey Balsamic

This quick and simple recipe is something you can throw together in under 20 minutes and it will still be a crowd favorite. With fresh strawberries, ricotta cheese, and basil, this recipe is both light and refreshing.

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Fresh Strawberry Crostini from EatWell101

Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards are for all the grazers out there who like to hover and snack without committing to putting a plate together. The best thing about these meat and cheese-centered appetizers is they can be anything you want, allowing you to incorporate a little bit of everything.

Pro tip: The Columbia Farmers Market has several vendors that sell local honey, fresh jams and great cheese!

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How to Put Together a Great Cheese Charcuterie Board from Cooking with Cocktail Rings

Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches

This is the perfect dish to combine the sweet flavors of a peach with the savory, saltiness of prosciutto. This recipe is a great twist on the classic prosciutto and melon combination. Using 4 ingredients, this is a simple but sensational appetizer to share.

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Prosciutto Wrapped Peaches from di Parma

Monster Muffaletta

This traditional Italian sandwich is as easy as 1, 2, 3 to throw together and pack in your picnic basket for your Labor Day celebration. If you love a savory yet filling sandwich, check out this recipe.

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Monster Muffaletta from Food Network

Mango and Jicama Salad

A tasty salad doesn’t always have to be presented on a bed of lettuce. With sweet and bitter notes from jicama and mango, this is a unique way to get your dose of veggies and fruit. Personalize your dish by topping it off with your favorite dressing!

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Mango and Jicama Salad from Taste of Home 

Three-Pea Chicken Salad  

Do we really need another chicken salad recipe in the world? When it’s healthy, mayo-free and half the calories: the answer is yes. Check out this recipe for a unique spin on this American classic.

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Three Pea Chicken Salad from Bon Appetit

Lemon Cheesecake Tarts  

Craving a dessert for your summer cookout but low on time? These no-fuss tarts will have you cooking like Rachael Ray in under 20 minutes. With a light and fluffy filling, these little bites will go fast with your friends and family.

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Lemon Cheesecake Tarts from Taste of Home

Blueberry Angel Dessert

This delicious sweet treat is the perfect finishing touch for any summertime picnic. Easy to make and fun to share, this dish can satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard.

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Blueberry Angel Dessert from Taste of Home

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