Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial last hurrah for summer, which means it should be filled with ice cream, swimming, and sunshine—not preparing meals!

That’s why when we’re facing a long weekend, we like to fill the fridge with ready-to-eat meal components that can be mixed and matched for snacks, lunch, and dinner. More fun, less work.

Here are a few of our favorite dishes that can be made ahead of time and eaten right from the refrigerator—including our new favorite Summer Pasta Salad with Pecorino and Dill.

Summer Pasta Salad with Pecorino and Dill

Summer pasta salad with Parmesan and Dill

Mango Coleslaw

Mango Coleslaw

Raw Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa

Raw tomatillo salsa with tortilla chips

Crème Fraîche Chicken Salad

Crème Fraîche Chicken Salad

Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka

Plant-Forward Ranch Dip


Seared Broccoli with Peanut Sauce

Ingredients for Seared Broccoli with Peanut Sauce

Corn and Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Corn and Tomato Salad with basil vinaigrette

Farro Caprese Salad

Caprese Grain Salad

Soba Noodle Salad

Soba noodle salad

Italian-Style Sub Sandwich

Italian-style Sub Sandwich

Potato Salad with Tuna, Olives, and Red Pepper

Potato Salad with Tuna, Olives and Red Peppers

Easy S’Mores Ice Cream Bars

Easy S'mores ice cream bars

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