Save on Pinterest

Here’s the Best Labor Day Recipe in Every State

Make this Labor Day Weekend one your taste buds will remember by making these top-rated recipes from all 50 states.

1 / 50
Alabama: Frozen Banana Split PieTaste of Home

Alabama: Frozen Banana Split Pie

This dessert is special enough to make hamburgers and fries a meal to remember! It's so tall and pretty and just like eating a frozen banana split. Make it ahead to save time. —Joy Collins, Birmingham, Alabama

2 / 50
Alaska: Red, White and Blue Berry PieTaste of Home

Alaska: Red, White and Blue Berry Pie

To me, this colorful pie is the epitome of summer. Bright blueberries and raspberries sandwich a cream cheese layer in the pie that’s quite festive. I can’t imagine a holiday party without this tasty treat! —Cindy Zarnstorff, Anchorage, Alaska

3 / 50
Honey Mustard Red Potato Salad Exps Thjj18 174845 D01 30 7b 4

Arizona: Honey Mustard Red Potato Salad

This summer cookout star is crunchy-delicious with a brilliant zesty dressing. —Brittany Allyn, Mesa, Arizona

4 / 50
Arkansas: Chocolaty S'mores BarsTaste of Home

Arkansas: Chocolaty S'mores Bars

One night my husband had some friends over to play poker and he requested these s'mores bars. They polished off the pan and asked for more! I shared the recipe, and now their families make them, too. —Rebecca Shipp, Beebe, Arkansas

5 / 50
Grilled Huli Huli Chicken Exps Fttmz19 100276 C03 05 3b Rms 9

California: Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

I got this grilled huli huli chicken recipe from a friend while living in Hawaii. It sizzles with the flavors of brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce. Huli means "turn" in Hawaiian. This sweet and savory glaze is fantastic on pork chops, too. —Sharon Boling, San Diego, California

6 / 50
Colorado: Apple Salsa with Cinnamon ChipsTaste of Home

Colorado: Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Both my husband and I were raised on farms, and we prefer home cooking to eating out. That works out fine since I love trying new recipes! I've served this apple salsa as an appetizer and a snack. Plus, it's sweet enough to be a dessert. It's easy to transport besides. —Carolyn Brinkmeyer, Golden, Colorado

7 / 50
Connecticut: Easy Marinated Flank SteakTaste of Home

Connecticut: Easy Marinated Flank Steak

I got this recipe from a friend's collection many years ago. It's how my family makes steak on the grill and a must when we're having company. —Debbie Bonczek, Tariffville, Connecticut

8 / 50
Delaware: Favorite Cucumber SaladTaste of Home

Delaware: Favorite Cucumber Salad

Add a fresh-tasting touch to your menu with this favorite salad. The crunchy cucumbers are tossed with onion, green pepper and a sweet-tart dressing seasoned with celery seed.—Mary Lou Boyce,Wilmington, Delaware

9 / 50
Rhubarb Strawberry Pie Exps Ft19 1277 F 0716 2 7

Florida: Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

This strawberry rhubarb pie with frozen fruit recipe has become a favorite with us. My husband never liked rhubarb until he tasted this pie...now he asks me to make it often! — Sandy Brown, Lake Worth, Florida

10 / 50
Georgia: Angel Strawberry DessertTaste of Home

Georgia: Angel Strawberry Dessert

This angel dessert is a wonderful treat when fresh strawberries are readily available. Every time I make this pretty strawberry angel food cake, someone asks for the recipe. —Theresa Mathis, Tucker, Georgia

11 / 50
Hawaii: Refreshing Rhubarb Ice CreamTaste of Home

Hawaii: Refreshing Rhubarb Ice Cream

No matter where my military family is stationed, this ice cream always makes me think of my parents’ backyard rhubarb patch in Rochester, New York. —Rachel Garcia, Honolulu, Hawaii

12 / 50
Idaho: Grilled Potato PacketsTaste of Home

Idaho: Grilled Potato Packets

Potatoes require a little extra time on the grill, so remember to give these pouches first dibs on the flames. —Anna Bjornn, Rexburg, Idaho

13 / 50
Illinois: Light Strawberry PieTaste of Home

Illinois: Light Strawberry Pie

People rave about this luscious strawberry pie. Best of all, it’s a low-sugar sensation that you won’t feel guilty eating. —Lou Wright, Rockford, Illinois

14 / 50
Indiana: Fourth of July Bean CasseroleTaste of Home

Indiana: Fourth of July Bean Casserole

The outstanding barbecue taste of these beans makes them a favorite for cookouts all summer and into the fall. It's a popular dish, even with kids. The beef makes it so much better than plain pork and beans. —Donna Fancher, Lawrence, Indiana

15 / 50
Iowa: Grilled Chicken Ranch BurgersTaste of Home

Iowa: Grilled Chicken Ranch Burgers

This is one of the most fantastic, flavorful burgers I've ever made. Ranch is a favorite in dips and dressings, and believe me, it doesn't disappoint in these burgers, either! —Kari Shifflett, Lake Mills, Iowa

16 / 50
Kansas: Fire-and-Ice PicklesTaste of Home

Kansas: Fire-and-Ice Pickles

These sweet and spicy pickles are great on a sandwich or all by themselves as a snack. The recipe is an easy way to dress up store-brought pickles and make them a special treat! —Myra Innes, Auburn, Kansas

17 / 50
Kentucky: Spicy Pork TenderloinTaste of Home

Kentucky: Spicy Pork Tenderloin

A friend shared this recipe for marvelously flavorful pork years ago. It really sparks up a barbecue and has been popular whenever I've served it. I guarantee you'll get many requests for the recipe. —Diana Steger, Prospect, Kentucky

18 / 50
Louisiana: Strawberry ShakesTaste of Home

Louisiana: Strawberry Shakes

Full of summer fruit, these thick berry blends are the perfect way to savor hot days. "I serve tall glasses with strawberry garnishes," says Ruby Williams of Bogalusa, Louisiana.

19 / 50
Maine: Banana Split Icebox CakeTaste of Home

Maine: Banana Split Icebox Cake

One day a friend showed me how to make a traditional icebox cake with just cream and graham crackers. I make it extra special with the fruit. Now everyone at your potluck can have a banana split, no muss, no fuss! —Shelly Flye, Albion, Maine

20 / 50
Maryland: Summer Macaroni SaladTaste of Home

Maryland: Summer Macaroni Salad

When we grill, my mother asks me to make this summer pasta salad. To make it extra creamy, I like to keep a small amount of dressing separate and stir it in just before serving. —Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland

21 / 50
Massachusetts: Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

Massachusetts: Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

It's well worth the effort to whip up this creamy tart bursting with juicy berries. A friend gave me the recipe, and it always receives rave reviews at gatherings. —Susan Terzakis, Andover, Massachusetts

22 / 50
Michigan: Peach Blueberry PieTaste of Home

Michigan: Peach Blueberry Pie

"What a flavor!" That's what I hear most often when guests taste this dessert. I invented it one day when I was short on peaches. —Sue Thumma, Shepherd, Michigan

23 / 50
Minnesota: Dar's Coconut Cream PieTaste of Home

Minnesota: Dar's Coconut Cream Pie

When I whip up a toasted coconut cream pie, my family goes wild and the pie vanishes. —Darlene Bartos, Shoreview, Minnesota

24 / 50
Mississippi: Muffuletta PastaTaste of Home

Mississippi: Muffuletta Pasta

A friend gave me this recipe when she learned that I love muffuletta sandwiches. Very rich and filling, this easy skillet supper goes together quickly on a busy weeknight. Serve with some cheesy garlic bread. —Jan Hollingsworth, Houston, Mississippi

25 / 50
Missouri: Southern Cornbread SaladTaste of Home

Missouri: Southern Cornbread Salad

To feed a crowd, especially when I want to make a good impression, I make this eye-popping cornbread salad. It’s beautiful in a trifle bowl. I love it in summer, when we can make it with our own garden produce. —Debbie Johnson, Centertown, Missouri

26 / 50
Montana: Strawberry Watermelon SlushTaste of Home

Montana: Strawberry Watermelon Slush

We like to relax on the back porch with glasses of my slush after a long, hot day. Strawberries and watermelon blend up with lemon juice and sugar for an instant refresher. —Patty Howse, Great Falls, Montana

27 / 50
Nebraska: Campfire BundlesTaste of Home

Nebraska: Campfire Bundles

I created this recipe on a family camping trip. I'd brought along a hodgepodge of ingredients, so I just threw them all together in a foil packet. Everyone said that the bundles were delicious. Ever since, I've grilled them at home with equally good results. —Lauri Krause, Jackson, Nebraska

28 / 50
Nevada: Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry TomatoesTaste of Home

Nevada: Cucumber-Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Besides being tasty, these little tomato poppers are extra awesome because you can make them ahead of time. At parties, I often triple the recipe because they disappear fast. —Christi Martin, Elko, Nevada

29 / 50
New Hampshire: Spring Pea & Radish SaladTaste of Home

New Hampshire: Spring Pea & Radish Salad

Winters can be very long here in New Hampshire. I always look forward to the first veggies of spring and making some lighter dishes like this fresh salad. —Jolene Martinelli, Derry, New Hampshire

30 / 50
New Jersey: Grilled Ribeyes with Browned Garlic ButterTaste of Home

New Jersey: Grilled Ribeyes with Browned Garlic Butter

Use the smoke of the grill to flavor the ribeyes, then pass them with garlicky butter for a standout entree your friends and family always remember. —Arge Salvatori, Little Ferry, New Jersey

31 / 50
New Mexico: Buttery Grilled ShrimpTaste of Home

New Mexico: Buttery Grilled Shrimp

This is easy and delicious! These shrimp are great with steak, but for a special occasion, brush the sauce on lobster tails and grill. —Sheryl Shenberger, Albuquerque, New Mexico

32 / 50
New York: Easy Refrigerator PicklesTaste of Home

New York: Easy Refrigerator Pickles

This easy refrigerator pickles recipe is a great way to use cucumbers and onions from the garden. Here in Upstate New York, we have an abundance of cucumbers. —Catherine Seibold, Elma, New York

33 / 50
North Carolina: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

North Carolina: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

I first made this fresh, fruity salsa for a family baby shower. Everyone wanted the recipe. Now, someone makes this juicy snack for just about every family gathering—and I have to keep reminding everyone who introduced it! —Jessica Robinson, Indian Trail, North Carolina

34 / 50
North Dakota: Crisp Cucumber SalsaTaste of Home

North Dakota: Crisp Cucumber Salsa

Here's a fantastic way to use cucumbers. You'll love the creamy and crunchy texture and super fresh flavors. —Charlene Skjerven, Hoolpe, North Dakota

35 / 50
Ohio: Three-Bean Baked BeansTaste of Home

Ohio: Three-Bean Baked Beans

I got this recipe from an aunt and made a couple of changes to suit our tastes. With ground beef and bacon mixed in, these satisfying beans are a big hit at backyard barbecues and church picnics. I'm always asked to bring my special beans. —Julie Currington, Gahanna, Ohio

36 / 50
Oklahoma: Patriotic DessertTaste of Home

Oklahoma: Patriotic Dessert

I took this patriotic dessert to a luncheon and came home with dozens of requests for the recipe! It was quite a success. People told me it looked as good as it tasted. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma

37 / 50
Oregon: Broccoli Salad SupremeTaste of Home

Oregon: Broccoli Salad Supreme

People can't get enough of the sweet grapes and crunchy broccoli in this colorful salad. I appreciate its make-ahead convenience. —Terri Twyman, Bonanza, Oregon

38 / 50
Pennsylvania: Peanut Butter Brownie TrifleTaste of Home

Pennsylvania: Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

This rich, tempting, peanut butter brownie trifle feeds a crowd and features the ever-popular combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Try this dessert for your next get-together. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

39 / 50
Rhode Island: New England Baked BeansTaste of Home

Rhode Island: New England Baked Beans

For a potluck or picnic, you can’t beat this classic side that starts with a pound of dried beans. Molasses and maple syrup give it a slight sweetness. —Pat Medeiros, Tiverton, Rhode Island

40 / 50
Honey glazed chicken kabobsTaste of Home

South Carolina: Honey-Glazed Chicken Kabobs

This is one of my husband’s favorite meals. I serve it with rice pilaf, salad and grilled garlic bread. —Tracey Miller, Aiken, South Carolina

41 / 50
South Dakota: Must-Have BurgersTaste of Home

South Dakota: Must-Have Burgers

My family thinks these juicy cheeseburgers are super deluxe, with or without a bun. Customize them with mushrooms, onion, bacon or a shot of hot chili sauce. —Susan Harju, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

42 / 50
Tennessee: Tropical Island ChickenTaste of Home

Tennessee: Tropical Island Chicken

The marinade makes a savory statement in this all-time-favorite chicken recipe that I served at our son's pirate-themed birthday party. It smelled so good on the grill that guests could hardly wait to try a piece! —Sharon Hanson, Franklin, Tennessee

43 / 50
Texas: Sweet & Sour Squash SaladTaste of Home

Texas: Sweet & Sour Squash Salad

This salad goes over really well with all ages, and it's a good way to get kids to eat summer squash. —Opal Shipman Levelland, Texas

44 / 50
Avocado Salsa Exps Ftts21cb 7476 B08 20 5b 3

Utah: Avocado Salsa

I was planning a party and thought it might be fun to try a different kind of avocado salsa. This recipe was an absolute success. Scoop it up with chips, spoon it over chicken or steak, or eat it on its own! —Susan Vandermeer, Ogden, Utah

45 / 50

Vermont: Lemon-Lime Bars

This easy lime bar recipe is a dessert that will wow your guests. I baked these bars for a luncheon on a hot summer day. A gentleman made his way to the kitchen to compliment the cook who made them. —Holly Wilkins, Lake Elmore, Vermont

46 / 50
Virginia: Iced Raspberry TeaTaste of Home

Virginia: Iced Raspberry Tea

Frozen raspberries lend fruity flavor and lovely color to this pretty iced tea that's good throughout the year. The recipe calls for just a few common ingredients and offers make-ahead convenience. —Lois McGrady, Hillsville, Virginia

47 / 50
Washington: Slow-Cooker BBQ ChickenTaste of Home

Washington: Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken

Of all the recipes I make in my slow cooker, this Crock-Pot BBQ chicken is my most treasured. If you enjoy your BBQ sweet with a little spice, this will be your new favorite, too. —Yvonne McKim, Vancouver, Washington

48 / 50
West Virginia: Macaroon Cherry Pie

West Virginia: Macaroon Cherry Pie

I use homegrown cherries in this bountiful pie with its unique crunchy coconut topping. But I've found that purchased tart cherries yield a dessert that's nearly as delicious. I always bake this pie around Presidents Day or Valentine's Day, but it's popular with my family in any season. —Lori Daniels, Beverly, West Virginia

49 / 50
Wisconsin: Red, White 'n' Blue SaladTaste of Home

Wisconsin: Red, White 'n' Blue Salad

Our striking "flag" salad drew plenty of attention at our Independence Day party. The shimmering stripes are formed with distinctive gelatin layers. It makes you want to salute before spooning some up! —Laurie Neverman, Green Bay, Wisconsin

50 / 50
Wyoming: Banana Split Cake BarsTaste of Home

Wyoming: Banana Split Cake Bars

Summer isn’t summer without a banana split or two, and these fun bars bring that same delicious flavor in potluck-perfect form. —Jasey McBurnett, Rock Springs, Wyoming

Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

Popular Videos