Good Eats: 3 Simple Salads for Your Labor Day BBQ

Good Eats: 3 Simple Salads for Your Labor Day BBQ

Labor Day is just around the corner so I thought it would be fun to share three of my favorite simple salads to whip up for summer barbeques… Each one can be made in advance and packed up in a reusable container for easy transport. I’ve made these salads many times and they’ve proven to be total people pleasers time and time again…

Watermelon Salad

Good Eats: 3 Simple Salads for Your Labor Day BBQ


  • 1 watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup feta, crumbled
  • fresh mint leaves


  1. Mix together cubed watermelon, feta and shredded mint leaves.
  2. Chill for 15 minutes.
  3. Serve cold or room temperature.


Black Bean & Corn Salad

Good Eats: 3 Simple Salads for Your Labor Day BBQ


  • 1 can of black beans, strained and rinsed
  • 3 husks of corn
  • 1 cup of fresh pico de gallo


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Peel back husks on corn, remove the stringy bits and then put husks back in place.
  3. Place corn into oven (on center rack) for 30 minutes.
  4. Once corn has cooked, remove husks and cut corn kernels off the cob using a sharp knife.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together corn, black beans and pico de gallo.


Pasta Salad

Good Eats: 3 Simple Salads for Your Labor Day BBQ


  • 4 cups of bow tie pasta, cooked
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, mix together pasta, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil, and basil.
  2. Once mixed, add in salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve cold or at room temperature.

And there you have it–three super simple salads that can be whipped up in under an hour.

What are you plans for Labor Day? Will you be enjoying a long weekend?

Also, what’s your go-to BBQ salad? Share the recipe below!

XO Lauren

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Categories: Celebrate, Dine, Good Eats, Lauren Conrad
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  • Sarah Heckle

    Watermelon feta salad has become one of my favorites this summer. It’s a combo I woud never have dreamed up myself! I’ve never included mint, but I AM growing fresh mint on my patio, so I’ll try that next time! – bubble tea + stripe maxi :)

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  • Melissa Panici

    Thanks for these salad recipes Lauren! My sister is having a bonfire and we are going to play beer pong and cornhole! I just might have to make one of your salads! Hopefully with this hurricane we will still be able to have the fire but we are suppose to get a LOT of rain all weekend:( But those are my plans so far!

  • Rachael Yanta

    These are great recipe suggestions.. they all sound delish and super easy! I am taking a 4 day weekend and I simply can’t wait. My cousin is coming into town to visit so it’ll be so great to have extra time off to spend with her. Lots of beach time, live music, and good food.. excited!!!

  • Amy Breckenridge

    all three of these look delicious! i’ll have to try them out.


  • Sol Sol

    mmmm i

  • Dannii Hungry Healthy Happy

    These look delicious!

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  • Samantha Curtis

    Looks yummy!

    Unfortunately I will be spending my labor day holiday weekend working on homework! Those salads look fantastic though! My FAVORITE bbq salad has to be the recipe I have for Broccoli Salad! I make it for family gatherings and everyone just LOVES it! Check out my blog on Saturday for my post on Labor Day ‘Good Eats’!

    &heart; Samantha

  • Carey N

    I’m obsessed with the watermelon salad!! I eat it all the time. It’s best topped off with some fresh lime juice. The bean salsa is another go to when I’m bringing something to a party. Easy and delicious and everyone loves it!!

  • Jordan Weaver

    amazing! here’s a recipe for an awesome summer salad dressing and another delicious bowtie pasta salad!

  • Martin M

    Im gonna try out the Black Bean and Corn salad. Sounds so good that I have to taste it. Gonne keep you updated how delicious it was :) Greetings from Germany!! XOXO

  • HistoryBeauty

    I am so making the black bean salad!

  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    The watermelon salad and pasta salad are making my mouth water!! lol They look so good!!

  • Tina Scowen

    I do a greek pasta salad.

    4 cups cooked tri-color rotini noodles, 1 cup chopped red onion, 1 each chopped green bell pepper and red pepper, 1/2 cup of black olives sliced, 1 cup feta cheese and add italian dressing to pull it together. My kids love it!! And it will store for up to 5 days in your fridge!

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  • Kellie Norton

    I always just love boiling some tri-color pasta, mixing it with Italian dressing, banana peppers and cherry tomatoes! Perfect for Labor Day or tailgating on Saturdays :-)

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  • Kasia Rymar

    These all look so good, especially the watermelon salad!!

  • Lily P.

    I love the first salad with watermelon and greek cheese feta!We always eat this salad here in Greece,it’s our recipe :-)


    These all look so yummy! Check out my new posts, I have a few about French fashion and decor and my newest post is a yummy recipe for crepes and what to put in them. Super easy! Check it out at:

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  • Tiffani Stuart

    I’d love to try the bowtie pasta salad. That’s the only one that looks appealing to me. The black bean & corn salad looks good too, except it reminds me of what I get at Chipotle ;0)

  • Marcella Caggiula

    I’m an italian girl and I have that pasta salad every summer because it’s really really light…a little tip: don’t use garlic and add a little bit of mozzarella cubed…it’s 2000 times much better…let give a try 😉 enjoy your pasta salad 😉

    p.s.: you can also add some rocket vegetable 😉 well, I’m hungry right now 😉

  • Rochelle Pockett

    The water melon and pasta look gorgeous!

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  • Emma Last name

    Hey i live in Australia and I can’t find pico de gallo anywhere. Is there somethign else I could use to put in the salad?

  • Linh Ly

    that bow tie pasta salad looks amazing and delicious! i definitely want to try that. seems healthy too. thanks!


  • Jade Wright

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  • Annette Falt

    I made yesterday the watermelon salad to family and it was success 😀 Thanks!

  • Giselle Escamilla

    Yumm that looks great! I did the watermelon salad and many of my family memebers loved it, it was delicious!!

  • Michelle Bell

    @ Emma You can make pico de gallo. It is really easy. All you need is tomato, onion, and green chiles, and a fresh lime. If you can find all of those ingredients it is fairly simple to make.

  • Ordinary Lady

    the watermelon salad with feta is pretty original! thanks for the idea

  • Christinaa

    are those salads suitable during a diet???



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