Labor Day Recipes Worthy of Celebration

Labor Day weekend is upon us, and it wouldn’t be a holiday weekend without firing up the grill or bringing our favorite people together for a meal. Featuring 15 of Brazilian Kitchen Abroad’s favorite warm weather dishes, these recipes will add some Brazilian flavors to any Labor Day celebration!

Oi Gente!!

Labor Day Weekend is here!

Before you start sipping on a pumpkin latte and decorating your house with all things Fall, remember it is still summer! So you should celebrate the unofficial end of summer and try one (or all!) of these delicious summertime recipes.

As you can see, I’ve got you covered.

How to use these Labor Day recipes

Whether you’re firing up the grill for your family or hosting a party with friends, I’ve got just the recipes for you.

Included in this list are crowd pleasing appetizers, sides, mains, desserts and even a drink or two. Just to cover all our bases.

Try one (or many!) of these celebration-worthy Labor Day recipes this weekend.

Don’t forget to take a picture and share with me so I can see how you’re celebrating the end of summer!!

Bom Apetite!!!



Here are some of our favorite Labor Day Recipes!


Start your party off the right way with these mouthwatering finger foods and salads. These recipes are wonderful for sharing because you can make them in advance or simply fire up the grill and serve guests as soon as the item is cooked through.

Grilled Wings with Cilantro Chimichurri

These chimichurri chicken wings are amazing! Crispy wings, served with an awesome cilantro chimichurri sauce to give them the fresh kick your summer get togethers deserve. They can be made in the oven, but I’ll say, they’re just PERFECT for the grill. No marinading needed, and they’re ready in about 30 minutes.

Watermelon Salad Recipe with Cilantro Lime Dressing

This summery watermelon salad recipe with cilantro honey lime dressing is deliciously refreshing. With pearl couscous, red onion, and arugula sprinkled with cheese on top, and a dressing that perfectly combines zesty, savory and sweet! It’s the perfect dish to pair with a barbecue party, picnic or summer potluck.

Side Dishes

No main dish is truly perfect without a star side dish to compliment it. These flavorful side dishes are perfect accompaniments to the various grilled items we’re going to feature as our main dishes.

Brazilian Potato Salad

This Brazilian Potato salad is a classic side dish in Brazilian gatherings, especially churrasco barbecues. This cool and creamy dish is made with only four ingredients, and it’s perfect for feeding a crowd. It’s an easy potato dish that pairs with everything, all year long from summer barbecues to holiday parties.

Brazilian Salsa

If you ask me, there is no complete churrasco without Molho a Campanha (Brazilian salsa). If you don’t already know, Molho a Campanha is a bright vinaigrette simply made with diced tomatoes, green bell peppers, and onions. It is a must-have side dish at Brazilian barbecues because this little sauce is the perfect accompaniment to everything grilled!

Brazilian White Rice

This Brazilian white rice recipe is the perfect side dish to just about any celebration because it’s fluffy, and full of garlicky flavor. Plus, it’s super easy to make, too!

Main Dishes

Heat up the grill and fire up one (or more!) of these savory recipes that celebrate grilling and the amazing flavors it imparts into meat. Trust me: you’ll thank me later because these recipes are all so wonderfully flavorful and perfect for a holiday weekend.

Grilled Picanha – Brazilian Coulotte Steaks

Coulotte steaks aka Brazilian picanha is probably one of the best cuts of meat out there! This cut of beef, although one of the most popular cuts of beef in Brazil, is little known elsewhere. In this post, I’ll walk you through where to buy picanha, and how to make super simple, super delicious picanha steaks on the grill. Plus a bonus egg farofa recipe for the true Brazilian in you!

Grilled Spatchcock Chicken

This grilled spatchcock chicken recipe is THE one chicken recipe you’ll ever need! It’s made with easy to find ingredients like lime, cilantro and spices you probably already have at home. Plus, it’s full of bright flavors, extra juicy, and the charred skin bits are just beyond delicious.

Beer Marinated Grilled Drumsticks

These Beer Marinated Grilled Drumsticks are a simple masterpiece. A straightforward, budget-friendly recipe that’s made for the grill and perfect for feeding a crowd, these little drummies are juicy, charred to perfection and are loaded with smooth, dark beer caramel flavors.

Tri Tip Marinade

This tri tip marinade recipe will transform an already delicious cut of beef into something even more special. This easy marinade made with fresh orange and lime juice, soy sauce, and spices will not only infuse your tri tip with extra flavor, but it’ll also make it extra tender and juicy!

Loaded Street Hot Dogs

Street hot dogs are known for taking plain old hot dogs to a whole new level. But there are a million and one different ways to make a killer street dog. Each country, city, neighborhood has its own version of what “a typical street dog” should include, and this recipe has all the special things that remind me of the version I ate while growing up in my Rio de Janeiro neighborhood.

Easy Warm Weather Desserts

No party is ever complete without a delicious dessert. Check out these delectable desserts that are perfect for a summer gathering, many which are no bake so you don’t have to turn on the oven (and heat up your house) to make them.

Pave de Chocolate – No-Bake Chocolate Biscuit Cake

This no bake chocolate biscuit cake recipe is the perfect dessert for any occasion. It’s made with tea biscuits, and an easy to make chocolate cream, all topped with a chocolate ganache and loads of sprinkles. Decorate it with your favorite berries, and this unique chocolate treat becomes a beautiful dessert to bring to any Labor Day gathering.

No-Bake Pineapple Cheesecake

This stunning no bake pineapple cheesecake will make all your gatherings taste like summer! This easy dessert recipe is made with a buttery graham cracker crust, a sweet and fluffy cream cheese filling, and a syrupy (and boozy!) pineapple topping. Seriously to die for!

Cocktails and Drinks

It wouldn’t be a celebration without something refreshing to sip while you chat, so here are a few Labor Day weekend drink ideas, too.

Brazilian Lemonade

Brazilian lemonade is so refreshing and perfect to cool off a hot summer day! It’s so easy to make, ready in just about 5 minutes and uses just two simple ingredients.

Pineapple Rum Punch

This Brazilian Pineapple Rum Punch is the best way to celebrate SUMMER! A whole fresh pineapple, limes, a little mint, and Brazilian cachaça rum will fill up your pitcher with tropical goodness for you to share with your amigos.

pineapple rum punch


The classic caipirinha is the mother of all Brazilian cocktails. This refreshing 3-ingredient drink, is the perfect treat to spend a great summer afternoon with your amigos and familia. It’s a delicious cocktail that pairs wonderfully with a churrasco, and all things grilled. Your BBQ festa will never be the same!


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