Finish Summer Strong with Labor Day Cookout Classics

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Come Monday in honor of Labor Day, you'll be swapping your briefcases, lunchboxes and break-your-shoulder bags for picnic baskets and beach totes. Instead of moseying through the cafeteria or eating from Tupperware at your desk, this day off demands a spread that's ideal for outdoor eating. Set up a menu that screams day off and works for picnics, porches, backyard parties or anything without four walls. Here are the recipes you simply can't end summer without:

Dress up shredded chicken or turkey with celery, mayo and onions for Chicken or Turkey Salad Sandwiches. Fold in apple, fennel or radish if you're looking for a more exciting crunch.

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Grab the biggest bowl in your kitchen for 7-Layer Pasta Salad. Before tossing, count the layers of avocado, diced ham, broccoli, pasta, cheddar and romaine. Homemade buttermilk dressing is the perfect thing to tie it all together.

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When it comes to wings, the stickier, the better. Bake Food Network Magazine's Dijon Chicken Wings before tossing with a glaze of Dijon mustard, honey and mustard powder. Just make sure to pack napkins.

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Stir up a pitcher of the Neelys' Sparkling Raspberry Limeade for a flawless summer refreshment that's tart and bubbly. Go ahead and make the raspberry syrup in advance so it's ready come picnic time.

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Strewn with fresh peaches and cinnamon sugar, and topped with crunchy chopped pecans, Ina Garten's Fresh Peach Cake is a summery treat that's best devoured warm from the oven.

Check out more cookout classics and day-off desserts for Labor Day that celebrate the long holiday weekend — and the end of summer — the right way.

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