Seema's favorite Labor Day eats

Seema Kumar

This weekend we celebrate summer’s last hurrah! My favorite thing to do on Labor Day is a cookout on the grill by the pool. Ten must haves for Labor Day Cookout:

A summer cocktail (I love a glass of Ruby Red Rose with Grapefruittopped off with LaMarca prosecco). Also try herbaceous Hardshoregin with just an ice cube, or have a White Sangria laced with Elderflower. 

Something on a stick (check out Maneet Chauhan’s dosa corn dog—to die for!). Or try paneer tikka on a stick—satay style; or simply throw corn on the cob on the grill—a delicious classic on its own, and awesome when rubbed with a Mumbai street-style mixture of salt, chili powder and lemon.

Something hot —spicy wings or grilled spicy long-hots, sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt and a squeeze of lemon, or some chili bhaji to put your mouth on fire.

Something cool to dip your chip into—guacamole or hummus are sure shots, but this year try a tzatziki with garlicky cucumber, dill and greek yogurt. 

Something to fill your bun: Burgers if you are a meatlover, or portabella (my personal favorite) if you are a vegetarian - you could also try grilling falafels.

Something that is 5 ingredients or less — a  quinoa or couscous salad with baby tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, and cilantro.

Something with potatoes (pig out on carbs to make up for all that summer dieting:-). Parboil them, throw them on the grill and toss with olive oil, parsley, garlic powder, and paprika.

Something fresh like a salad - I love to make a zucchini and asparagus crudi based on Giada De Laurentis’ recipe (use up the last of the zucchini growing in the garden).

Something fruity like a dessert with fresh fruits or wedges of melonkeep it simple— try a fruit salad with a scoop of icecream!

Something decadent— like chocolate fondue,  the ever classic s’mores, or chocolate dipped marshmallows, followed by a glass of Banyul.