5-Star Dishes You Have to Grill Before Summer Ends

And there's no reason to wait for the weekend.

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We don't need to tell you Labor Day is coming. (We know you're already dreaming about those long-weekend plans!) But while you're gearing up to love yourself a good cookout and, perhaps, a patriotic cocktail or two, those #labordayweekend Insta posts are going to have to wait.

You've got grilling to do — and there's no reason you should wait for the weekend to get started.

If you love boiled and sauteed pierogi (and, seriously, who doesn't?), prepare to love them grilled. This recipe (pictured above) calls for frozen pierogi and your favorite kielbasa, and it comes together in only 30 minutes. Simply grill the kielbasa, then season onion wedges and the frozen pierogi, and grill until the pierogi are cooked through and covered in beautiful, golden-brown grill marks.

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Salad is an obvious choice when it comes to light summer meals, but we're going to be honest with you: We get tired of them too. This Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, tho ... 😍. You grill the chicken, the romaine and the garlicky croutons. Eating your vegetables has never been easier.

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Prepared pizza dough is an excellent ingredient to keep on hand, as it can make even the busiest weeknight a bit more bearable. Topped with quick-cooking shrimp, fresh cherry tomatoes and salty feta, could it get any better? If you own a grill, the answer is a definite yes. Grilled Shrimp Pizza tastes special enough for company — the lightly charred grilled shrimp and red onion slices are craveworthy all on their own — yet you can get it on the table in about 35 minutes. You can't even get delivery that quickly.

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Kebabs are a fun way to add color and flavor to your end-of-summer recipe repertoire, and these Spiced Scallop-Zucchini Kebabs deliver on all fronts. Thread the scallops and zucchini onto skewers, then brush with a spiced butter seasoned with garlic, cumin, coriander and a touch of hot paprika. Serve with a creamy fresh herb chutney for sophisticated flavor that quickly comes together in a blender.

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Whatever you grill these last two weeks before summer's unofficial end, be sure to save room for dessert. You can make Alton Brown's Stone Fruit Pouches in only 10 minutes, and, thanks to the foil cooking method, they're practically mess-free. One might even say the crushed gingersnap cookies provide the warm flavor that's just what we need to ready ourselves to welcome fall.

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