65+ Labor Day BBQ Recipes

Vegan, gluten-free chocolate caramel bars on rickiheller.com

These no-bake Chocolate Caramel bars are a perfect end to any Labor Day celebration!

It’s the unofficial last weekend of summer–and after Monday, it’s back to school and back to work routines for most of us! Even though I’m not formally a student any more, I sure do feel as if the year begins in September. Plus, I have to stop wearing white, right? 😉

In honor of the last official BBQ event before Fall, I thought I’d share some favorite recipes for your shindig from the RH blog and from some of my foodie friends. If you haven’t planned your menu yet (or even if you have!) here are some great options for the long weekend.

Hope you get out there and enjoy the weather, have a chance to chillax, and munch on some great food!

Recipes are suitable for various stages of an anti-candida diet.  When recipes are suitable only for maintenance (such as those with banana, dates, vinegar, etc), that will be indicated after the title. 


CAndida diet, sugar-free, grainfree pesto hummus recipe

[Basil Spinach Pesto Hummus from A Dash of Compassion makes a great opening snack.]

Peach and Black Bean Salsa from Cadry’s Kitchen

Raw Collard Wraps with Curried Carrot Pate from Ricki Heller

Spicy Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dip from Big Man’s World

Basil Spinach Pesto Hummus from A Dash of Compassion

Garlic Herb Cheese Spread from Simply Gluten-Free (use apple cider vinegar)

Baked Sweet Potato Falafels from Ricki Heller

Roasted Shishito Peppers with Lime from Tess Challis

Sweet Potato and Kale Balls from Hallie Klecker

Summertime Bruschetta (with Peach Salsa) from A Dash of Compassion


Pineapple matcha cooler recipe on rickiheller.com

[So refreshing! Matcha-Pineapple Cooler.]

Ginger-Mint Tea from Ricki Heller

Matcha-Pineapple Cooler from yours truly

Watermelon-Basil Cooler from moi

Salads and Sides

candida diet, sugar-free, gluten-free quinoa and kale salad with blueberries recipe

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Fresh Blueberry Vinaigrette from Ricki Heller

Avocado Grapefruit Salad with Chili-Roasted Almonds from Tess Challis

Vegan Lemon Dill Pasta Salad from Welcoming Kitchen

Kale and Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad from A Dash of Compassion

Raw Kale Slaw from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

Grilled Romaine with Sweet and Smoky Dressing from Ricki Heller

Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad from Spabettie

Patriotic Potato Salad from Go Dairy Free

Mock Tuna Salad from Ricki Heller

Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad from Spabettie

Crispy Asian Slaw from Recipe Renovator

Best Potato Salad (with vegan options) from Wendy Polisi

Healthy Creamy Broccoli Salad from Ceara’s Kitchen (use goji berries for ACD)

Raw Sweet Potato and Greens Slaw from Nava Atlas

Three Bean and Potato Salad from Recipe Renovator

Cabbage Slaw with Cashew Curry Mayo from A Dash of Compassion

Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad from Vegan Family Recipes

Herb Roasted Potato and Arugula Salad from Veggie Inspired Journey

Raw Brussels Sprout Salad with Tangy Mustard Dressing from The Full Helping

vegan, grainfree cabbage and carrot slaw on rickiheller.com

Sweet Heat Cabbage and Carrot Slaw from Wendy Polisi (maintenance)

Asian Chopped Salad from My Whole Food Life

Healthy Rainbow Pasta Salad from Ceara’s Kitchen (use apple cider vinegar for ACD)

Vegan Seven Layer Salad from Go Dairy Free

Whole Foods Kale and Beet Salad Knockoff from Ricki Heller

Vegan Macaroni Salad from Healthier Steps

Cucumber and Chickpea Salad from Welcoming Kitchen

German Potato Salad with Vegan Coconut Bacon Bits from Recipe Renovator

Main Event

gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan black bean burgers recipe

[Easy Spicy Black Bean Burgers are a great main dish option!]

Chipotle Lentil Burgers from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen (use GF buns)

Smoky BBQ Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers from The Vegan 8 (maintenance)

Quick and Easy Black Bean Burgers from Welcoming Kitchen

Grillable Eggplant Burgers from Ricki Heller

Artichoke Spinach Cauliflower Bean Burgers from Vegan Richa

Falafel Burgers with Creamy Tahini Sauce from Simply Gluten-Free

Grain-Free Pizza from Ricki Heller

Healthy Eggplant Burger with Homemade Vegan Mayo from Vegan Family Recipes

Beet and Brown Rice Sliders from Recipe Renovator

Ultimate Mexican Nacho Burger from Veggies Don’t Bite

Zucchini Fritters from Ricki Heller

Black Bean and Chipotle Burgers from Go Dairy Free

Grilled Falafel Carrot Burgers from Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen

Tex-Mex Black Bean Burgers from Ricki Heller

Pesto Veggie Burger with Sundried Tomato Aioli from Namely Marly (ACD maintenance)

Green Power Burgers from Coconut and Berries

Heather Nicholds’ Spicy Black Bean Burgers from Heather Nicholds


vegan, gluten-free chocolate cupcakes recipe on rickiheller.com

[Surprise filling of chocolate-chip cheesecake inside chocolate cupcakes.]

Strawberry Lemonade Italian Ice from Welcoming Kitchen

Berries N Cream Yogurt Pops from Go Dairy Free (ACD maintenance)

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles from Ricki Heller

Classic Blueberry Pie from Recipe Renovator

No Bake Caramel Cookie Truffle Balls from Ricki Heller

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies from My Whole Food Life (maintenance–or use coconut nectar)

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes from Ricki Heller

Date-Free Date Squares from Ricki Heller

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Go Dairy Free

Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake (Panera Knockoff) from Ricki Heller

Grown Up Superfood Cookies from Ricki Heller

“Mum, we’re sorry to see summer go, too. Especially those burgers Dad’s been grilling. . . and secretly sharing with us!” 


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  1. Wonderful collection, I’m hungry! 🙂 Thank you so much for including my Harissa Fries with BBQ Sauce

  2. What an awesome round up 🙂 Thank you for including a couple of my recipes!! Sharing on my facebook page and twitter!

  3. I need a BBQ to attend, STAT! These all look amazing! Thanks for including my Roasted Potato and Arugula Salad!

  4. This is such an amazing collection. I feel honored to be included among such great company.

  5. Hi Ricki! I have tried some of your recipes before and they were fantastic! I am dying to try the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Inside Cupcake recipe. I had leaky gut and was on a strict low sugar diet for awhile and I came to your website and found some dessert recipes that made me get through it without going crazy.

  6. Thanks for including some of my recipes, Ricki! This is an incredible list!

  7. Wow! What a great collection of some delicious recipes. I’m pinning so I remember where to find these recipes again, some are definitely calling my name.

  8. enjoy your labour day weekend – we are just heading into warmer months and I am embracing them – I am looking forward to lots of fresh salads and I think I need lots of burgers as it has been too long since we had any – so this round up will be very useful

  9. Wow, what a line-up! And thank you so much for including me Ricki! Stumbling …

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