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Marking the unofficial end up summer is always bittersweet. Summer is special, and we think it deserves one last farewell bash this Labor Day Weekend. Whether you're firing up the grill or taking the party to the beach, here are a few of our favorite savory bites, sweet treats, and party-worthy drinks for your last…

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On-The Go Bites for Wherever LDW Takes You

Marking the unofficial end up summer is always bittersweet. Summer is special, and we think it deserves one last farewell bash this Labor Day Weekend.

Whether you're firing up the grill or taking the party to the beach, here are a few of our favorite savory bites, sweet treats, and party-worthy drinks for your last taste of the season!

Plant-Forward Ranch Dip

Plant-Forward-Ranch-Dip

This bean-based dip is ultra-tasty and packed with protein for a filling snack to keep you energized poolside or maybe before a long round of golf. Pack some fresh crisp veggies and your favorite crackers for dipping.

Raw Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa

Raw tomatillo salsa with tortilla chips

We love this tangy salsa for all day snacking at home or on the go. This version has avocado blended in, and isn't everything better with avocado?

Italian-Style Sub Sandwich

Italian-style Sub Sandwich

If you're from the east coast, you might already know that the Italian-style submarine sandwich (or whatever you choose to call it!) is a summer party staple. We like to make our own so we can pick our favorite meats, cheeses, and toppings. Make it the day before you plan to eat it to give everything time to meld.

Panzanella (Bread Salad with Fresh Tomatoes)

Panzanella

Basically summer in a bowl, Panzanella is your best tomato sandwich, deconstructed. We think the beach is the perfect place to enjoy this salad, but we've also been known to eat it standing in front of the refrigerator.

Creamy Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Creamy Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

The number one enemy of a hot summer day is mayonnaise (rain is #2), so we've traded out sensitive ingredients for a sturdy plant-forward dressing in this classic pasta salad. Swap out your favorite ingredients, with additions like olives, cubed cheese, marinated artichoke hearts, or diced salami.

Mudslide Cookies

Mudslide Cookies

This classic CIA recipe is the ultimate addition to any picnic basket or backyard hang. Soft, chewy, and filled with rich chocolate, they're the ultimate sweet treat. Make them today to enjoy all weekend.

Marshmallows

Marshmallows

We're all for convenience, but we think there is something extra special about a homemade marshmallow in a gooey s'more on a summer night. Make these the day ahead and store them tightly sealed until you're ready to use.

Horchata Iced Coffee

Horchata cold brew

Keep this creamy, dreamy brew ice cold in your favorite insulated cup for a boost of energy after a day in the sun. Make extra horchata to share with the kiddos.

Spicy Watermelon Refresher

Watermelon agua fresca

The sweet heat of this lightly spicy watermelon agua fresca is just what the doctor ordered on a hot summer day. Add a little of your favorite tequila or smoky mezcal for happy hour.

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