PART OF Summer Grilling

32 Labor Day Appetizer Ideas & Recipes

Looking for some small dishes, dips and bites to kick off your end-of-summer picnic or BBQ cookout? These recipes will take your Labor Day celebration to the next level and help you close the season out with style.

Fried Ravioli

"I took some pointers from other reviewers in that I coated the ravioli in flour first, shook off the excess and then proceeded to the rest of the recipe as instructed. The breadcrumbs held to the ravioli with no problems. I will definitely be making this again."

-Buffet of Womanline

Flag Focaccia

Add a patriotic touch to your Labor Day celebration with this homemade focaccia bread. Follow the instructions to make the fluffy dough from scratch, then decorate to your heart's content.

Mango Salsa

"This was really good! I especially liked that these are ingredients that I keep on a regular basis. The only changes that I made was to add an extra chile for more spice, red onion, chopped very small and a dash of salt."


Grilled Fattoush with Za'atar Eggplant

This is a definite must-make for the summer season. With a rainbow of veggies mixed with fresh tomatoes, feta cheese and salty olives (plus plenty of herbs), you just might want to make this year-round.

How to Build a Beautiful Charcuterie Board

Meats, cheeses, nuts and more — what's not to love?

Best-Ever Bruschetta

"I like it because it is not like traditional bruschetta recipes, which often involve the tomatoes and cheese being toasted on the bread so it needs to be eaten immediately or else it doesn't sit and become soggy. This version you can have people spoon it on as they like, and there isn't a rush to eat it."


Green Olive Tapenade

"Delicious! I used the food processor and don't even want to think about how long it would have taken me if I had chopped and minced everything by hand. I could have eaten it all with a spoon it was so good"

-Paris D

Maryland Crab Cakes

"This is a very simple and delicious recipe. I made no changes to the recipe and they turned out perfectly. Served them up with some remoulade and everyone was highly pleased."


Spicy Beef Flatbread with Yogurt & Cucumbers

"Where do I begin... delicious! The combination of flavors is beyond words. Try it; you won't be disappointed."

-Teresa B.

Roasted Red Pepper & Feta Hummus

"What wonderful texture and taste—the cayenne and garlic give it a great bite, and the roasted bell pepper contrasts it with just a hint of sweetness. Scoop with some toasted whole wheat pita triangles and you've got a winner."

-Lisa Pizza

Pigs in a Blanket

"This was a great dough. It's nice and light and I like the addition of the cheese. I've used several different recipes for making pigs in a blanket and I would definitely use this one again."

-Mrs. Emily

Chunky Guacamole

"Excellent! I made a HUGE bowl of this and I left for not 5 — 10 minutes and it was completely gone! I had to make a second bowl and people just kept telling me how wonderful it was."


Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

"Wow, we just made this recipe tonight and were so happy with how it came out! The flavors are great and the bacon works well with the shrimp. We will definitely be making this again!"


Lynn's Killer Clams Casino

"Well, this was fantastic! Clams are my favorite food, and I wished I did not have to share these! I will make this many times this summer. The Worcestershire sauce really makes the difference!"

-susie cooks

BLT Pinwheels

"Awesome! Who doesn't like a great BLT? Also works great with a flatbread. The combinations are endless."

-Naomie In Castaic

Cucumber Raita

"My whole family loves cucumbers, and I'm always on the lookout for new recipes using them. This was a really refreshing salad with a delicious flavor."


Sweet Corn & Tomato Galette

Fresh sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes married with a crispy galette make a summer day dream come true.

Shrimp Cocktail

"What a simple and tasty sauce! This will be a regular at my house."


Grilled Beet & Charred Citrus Salad

Amplify the rich, earthy and citrusy flavors of this luscious salad with some fresh herbs and a little time on the grill.

Polenta Mini Pizzas

"These mini pizzas have a very elegant presentation with the fresh basil leave and dollop of cheeses. Excellent little snack with a glass of wine."

-Ms B.


"My husband would drink this stuff if I would let him. We put it on everything, burgers, veggies, and any Greek food, of course. If you don't have yogurt, sour cream works well, too!"

-Retro Kali

Mojo Beef Kabobs

"My husband made the mistake of brushing some of the sauce on right before taking them off the grill and the edges of the beef got charred. They were still excellent, fully flavored kabobs!"

-Dine Dish

Spicy Mexican Corn Dip

"Um, I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I couldn't stop eating this! This is so easy to make and I always have the ingredients to whip this up, so very glad I tried it."


Perfect Boiled Shrimp

"Now I know why this recipe is so highly rated. My wife and I have cooked shrimp our whole life the old way—just bringing our water to a boil and dropping 'em in until done. Needless to say, it was a hit-or-miss cooking method but that's how we were taught. I tried this recipe and I'm here to tell you, they were cooked to perfection."


Seven-Layer Dip

"Can it get any easier? This was so good and flavorful. I agree that the taco seasoning in the sour cream gives it some zip. When I make this, I usually omit the olives, and sometime sub green onions for the lettuce."


Avocado, Tomato & Corn Salsa

"Amazing taste... I grill the corn on my BBQ pit to add a bit of smoky flavor, and serve with a grilled ribeye. It's absolutely great by itself, as a salad on a bed of lettuce and broken corn chips."

-Dawn F.

Homemade Boursin Cheese

"I love real Boursin cheese but I'm on a budget. This was delightful and very cost friendly. My family was not familiar with it but they are fans now. I'm storing it in glass pint jars in the refrigerator."

-Bren in LR

Grilled Harissa Carrot Hummus

Take a dunk into this hummus spin-off. Spicy harissa and sweet, smoky carrots are a game changer for everyone's favorite healthy snack.

Spicy Watermelon & Feta Salad

"Loved it! Instead of layering, I cubed the watermelon, used crumbled feta and tossed it like a salad. Easy, colorful, refreshing and delicious, it was a big hit with all the guests!"


Easy Mexican Guacamole

"Very quick and easy to make. It was the perfect recipe for a quick snack. I like that you can adjust the heat with the tabasco sauce. A handy tip from my Mexican sister-in-law: keep the avocado pit in with the guacamole to keep the guacamole from turning dark."

-Crafty Lady 13

Grilled Pineapple Salsa with Ginger & Jalapeños

"This was my first attempt at making any type of salsa, but I must say I really enjoyed it. It really complimented the ribs I cooked."


Hidden Valley's Ranch Spinach Dip

Straight from the ranch itself, this creamy dip mixes sour cream with spinach, crunchy water chestnuts and, of course, ranch, and puts them in a homemade bread bowl.