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Labor Day Weekend Recipes & What to Cook This September

Labor Day Weekend Recipes & What to Cook This September


what to cook this september

September is when summer and fall produce collide at the farmers’ market. It’s the best of both worlds, which is why this list is a long one. I propose that we make good use of all the tomatoes, corn and peaches while we still can.

Labor Day weekend is upon us, and we’re also celebrating our daughter Grace’s second birthday! We’re ordering pizza and serving it with Erin’s Peach & Avocado Green Salad, Mediterranean Bean Salad, Blueberry Cake and a strawberry cake just like it (requested by the birthday girl), plus Peach Crisp with peaches from our neighbor.

For more Labor Day recipes, check this roundup! You’ll also find loads of seasonal recipes below.


Crisp Apple & Kohlrabi Salad

Crispy Apple & Kohlrabi Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this salad last night ahead of time, and added the toasted seeds and cheese (gruyere) at serving time. It’s so delicious! I also traded the tarragon for mint. I will use this recipe whenever I get kohlrabi in my CSA box. Thanks!” – Erin

More apple recipes »

Berries! Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries & Strawberries

Take advantage of ripe summer fruit to make this simple summer fruit salad! Peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and balsamic vinegar make a great fruit salad. cookieandkate.com

Summertime Fruit Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This fruit salad is amazing! Definitely the highlight of my brunch, loved by all. Used basil, not mint. Spectacular flavors!” – Liz

More blueberry recipes » (also blackberries, raspberries and strawberries)


Spinach pasta recipe, featuring lots of roasted vegetables tossed in a light balsamic sauce

Spinach Pasta with Roasted Broccoli & Bell Pepper

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this last night. Followed the instructions precisely. Divine. I think it’s worth taking the time to roast the veggies. It’s going in my “make again…and again” file.” – Laureen

More broccoli recipes »


fresh spring rolls recipe

Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“SO GOOD! I made these tonight for dinner. Everyone (husband, 2 teenage girls and me!) loved them. It took a bit to assemble each one, but my youngest daughter made the peanut sauce while I assembled and it worked out.” – Michelle

More cabbage recipes »


Healthy carrot muffins made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil and maple syrup

Healthy Carrot Muffins

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this recipe as directed and they came out incredibly delicious. I will definitely keep the recipe and add it to the repertoire! Thanks!” – Maryel

More carrot recipes »


Roasted cauliflower, seasoned lentils and creamy chipotle sauce combine to create an unexpectedly delicious taco!

Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Chipotle Sauce

Gluten free and easily vegan

“These tacos are perfection. I made the recipe for the first time for a dinner party (taco bar, vegan option (using vegan mayo)) and it was a smashing success. It’s always risky to make a new recipe to feed guests, but the rave reviews were spot on. These are going into my weeknight rotation. Thank you!” – Rachel

More cauliflower recipes »


corn salad recipe

Garden-Fresh Corn Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Oh my gosh I love this salad. I never review anything but it is just so good! The taste of summer in all of its raw herby goodness.” – Tess

More corn recipes »


Beautiful Greek salad made with wedges of romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes, olives and herbs piled on top, and a lemon tahini dressing. Easily vegan. cookieandkate.com

Greek Wedge Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this last night and it was SO good- loved the dressing especially. I skipped the shallot and marinating part because I was short on time and it was fine without. Used fresh tomatoes and cucumber from my deck pots. You give The Mixx a run for their money. Definitely will be making again :)” – Emily

More cucumber recipes »


Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Orzo Pasta

Roasted Eggplant & Tomato Orzo Pasta

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I made the vegan version of this recipe the day you posted it. I didn’t have orzo so I used small penne. It was delicious! I will be roasting eggplant again! And the roasted tomatoes were also amazing–roasting enhances their flavor. The lemony dressing is very good and compliments all of the tastes in the dish. We were mmmm-ing and wow–ing as we ate. Thanks! I know I will make this again and again.” – Julie

More eggplant recipes »


Fennel, apple and kale salad

Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel and Honeycrisp

Gluten free

“Not sure why I waited so long to try this one – just exceptional. Made it for a supper club last night and it was such a hit. The fennel is such a perfect touch – cannot wait to use it more often. Luckily, I have enough ingredients to continue whipping this up throughout the week. Can kale salads please be your biggest chapter in the upcoming book? My absolute favourite!” – Emily

More fennel recipes »


Jammy roasted grapes on brie and toast make a simple, seasonal appetizer!

Roasted Grape Crostini with Brie and Fresh Thyme

Just vegetarian

I need you to try these crostini and let me know how you like them!

That’s my only recipe with grapes so far. More to come.

Green Beans

Blackened Green Bean and Quinoa Salad

Blackened Green Bean and Quinoa Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This might actually be my favourite grain salad ever. The combination of textures is phenomenal– definitely don’t skip the toasted almonds! It’s a little bit involved but if you multitask it comes together fairly quickly. I’ve made it several times now and will definitely continue to do so as long as I can get fresh sweet corn!” – Elinor

That’s my only green bean recipe! Here are some great green bean recipes at Love and Lemons »


This Greek lentil salad packs great for tomorrow's lunch! cookieandkate.com

Greek Lentil Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“I made the Lentil salad tonight for my husband and I and we both loved it. I used green lentils as the black weren’t available. The dressing was great – I would use that again in a variety of things. My kids sampled it too (ages 10 and 9) and declared they would bring it to school in their lunches. Overall a hit with my family.” – Lisa

More salad recipes »


watermelon salad recipe with herbed yogurt sauce cucumber and shallot

Watermelon Salad with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Gluten free and easily vegan

This recipe is brand new. Please make it and report back!

More basil recipes » (also cilantro and dill)


kale pesto recipe with pecans

Kale Pecan Pesto

Gluten free and easily vegan

“You’re probably tired of hearing this, but OMG, this recipe is sooo good. I’m not a fan of most pestos, but this is fresh, herby, and rich. I would eat this straight out of the food processor bowl even if I didn’t have a spoon! Thank you for yet another outstanding recipe.” – Patricia

More kale recipes »


Sweet and savory arugula watermelon salad recipe with tangy feta - cookieandkate.com

Arugula & Watermelon Salad

Gluten free

“I added pine nuts and pickled onion…..yum yum. Didn’t need the dressing. Love your site as I’m trying to clean up my eating but love food so it has to taste great! Your recipes fit the bill!” – Karen

More watermelon recipes » (also cantaloupe and these honeydew margaritas)


Simple Peach, Basil and Ricotta Flatbread

Simple Peach, Basil and Ricotta Flatbread

Vegetarian and delicious

“Kate, I love this recipe! It’s such a good, quick, summery dinner. I popped it in the oven after a late night at work last week (when I was starving!) and the timer went off just after I had changed into some comfy clothes.

Everyone: if you’re having a “sweets” craving, trying drizzling a little honey over the entire assembled dish. NOM.” – Jennifer

More peach recipes »


Pear, Raspberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Pear, Raspberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Just vegetarian

“This morning I was frantically running around the kitchen in desperate search for a healthy lunch to pack. So you saved me! It took me 4 minutes to prep all of this and take it to-go. Now I’m sitting quietly at my desk waiting for lunch time. Is it here yet?” – Sylvia

More pear recipes »


This vibrant vegetable paella recipe is so easy to make in the oven! #vegetarian #vegan

Vegetable Paella

Gluten free and vegan

“Wow – This dish is amazing! The smoky rice and colorful veggies make this recipe pop both in flavor and aesthetically. My first time making Paella and it came together easily. I was even successful with the socarrat. Thanks for another delicious recipe :-)” – Dani

More bell pepper recipes » (also jalapeños)


Simple, gluten-free plum crisp with a pistachio, oat and almond meal topping

Plum Crisp

Gluten-free and easily vegan (see notes)

“I made this as a dessert for a ladies group dinner and everyone LOVED it! Thank you.” – Daniela

More plum recipes »


Healthy pumpkin muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I just made these and I can’t believe how amazing they turned out! Until now most of my healthy baking attemps were more or less a failure.. These little guys however are super fluffy, not too sweet and the warming spices are just right for rainy days. Thank you, I love it!
I’m excited to try out your zucchini bread which is gonna ne next :)” – Janina

More pumpkin recipes »


crispy baked smashed potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Gluten-free and vegan

“I made these exactly by the recipe and they turned out great. I used a heavy bottomed glass to smash them and it was easy. I sprinkled with fresh rosemary and thyme and they were mmm.” – Becky

More potato recipes »


best avocado salad recipe

Fresh Herbed Avocado Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“I made this tonight and it was so delicious! The flavors were just the right mix. Definitely adding it as a regular dish I make. Thank you!” – Nicole

More radish recipes »

Summer Squash

Seriously the best vegetable lasagna recipe! This vegetarian lasagna is packed with fresh veggies and spinach. #vegetarian #lasagna #veggies

Best Vegetable Lasagna

Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)

“Hi Kate, Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. This is one of my favorites, and make it probably way too often, not that anyone complains. I always used Ricotta until this recipe and really like the cottage cheese instead. Healthier and it really does add flavor. This is my go to site whenever I need a recipe” – Jennifer

More zucchini recipes » (also yellow squash)


best caprese salad recipe

Heirloom Caprese Salad

Gluten free

“I made this delicious and beautiful salad. I usually make little towers with the tomatoes, cheese and basil but this was so much better and the flavors married better. Using the heirloom tomatoes was a wonderful new element and added more flavor and of course the presentation was almost too pretty to eat! Thank for a new twist on an old favorite.” – Gayle

More tomato recipes »

Don’t forget to tag your Instagram recipe photos #cookieandkate so we can all see them! If you’re looking for an ingredient that didn’t make the list, check my ingredient index for relevant recipes.

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