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Labor Day Recipes: 5 Beach-Friendly Dishes

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Labor Day Recipes: 5 Beach-Friendly Dishes
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Whether you are planning a huge barbecue or relaxing beach outing for Labor Day, you'll need quick and easy food to bring along. These beach-friendly dishes are easy to make, portable and still taste great when served out of a cup or small bowl. Make sure you pack enough cutlery to bring along and ice to keep the food cold.

FDL tip: Freeze water bottles and use them to pack your cooler - as the bottles thaw they'll keep the food cool and remain refreshing to drink.

Couscous Vegetable Salad

When faced with a time crunch, couscous is always a winner. This quick and tasty salad is laced with cumin and is made colorful with the addtion of eggplant, tomatoes and  zucchini.

Celeriac and Cheese Salad with Walnuts

This stacked salad is elegant and delicious. Walnuts add a nice crunch that balances the creaminess of the blue cheese. If you can't find celeriac, substitute with celery or jicama.

Italian Crostini with Mascarpone Cheese

Sauteed kale and creamy mascarpone cheese make a great dip for this easy-to-make Italian crostini. Be sure to pack the dip separately to avoid making the bread soggy.

Watermelon Shrimp Salad

This savory watermelon salad gets kicked up a few notches with the addition of shrimp and pearls of mozzarella. It's an unsual but delicious pairing that will be sure to earn you praise.

Honey Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies

Perfect for those wtih a sweet tooth, these cookies are the ultimate beach-friendly dessert. They won't melt away under the sun so you'll be able to enjoy them anytime. Sticky fingers? Just rinse them off in the sea.

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