Garden Bowtie Salad

    Published: September 5, 2015

    Two Delicious Labor Day Recipes for Your Celebration

    Labor Day provides an ideal opportunity to gather with friends and family and enjoy a day of fun and relaxation. It’s also a great time to celebrate the waning summer with one last day of outdoor food and revelry. If you’d like to add some unique dishes to your Labor Day meal plan, the following two recipes are sure to satisfy.

    Garden Bow Tie Salad

    (Serves 24)

    Transform a simple vegetable dish into a hearty, delicious meal. Ideal for church potlucks and family gatherings, this dish also makes a welcome contribution to any Labor Day spread.


    • 1 medium green pepper
    • 1 medium sweet red pepper
    • 1 medium zucchini
    • 1 medium yellow summer squash
    • 1 medium cucumber
    • ½ tsp. pepper
    • ¾ tsp. salt
    • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • 4½ cups uncooked bow tie pasta
    • 2 packages Italian salad dressing mix
    • 1 small finely chopped red onion
    • 3 cups cauliflower
    • 4 cups broccoli florets


    Wash first five vegetables. Chop to desired sizes and place in a large bowl. Stir in remaining vegetables. Add dry dressing mix and toss to evenly coat. Place covered bowl in refrigerator for at least 4 to 6 hours. Cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain and rinse using cold, filtered water. Mix with vegetables. In a small bowl, add remaining ingredients and whisk thoroughly. Add to salad.

    Carrot Slaw

    (Serves 3 to 4)

    Carrot Slaw

    Delicious, low-calorie and nicely-textured, this flavorful meal packs a bold taste. It also keeps and travels well for picnics, potlucks, and, of course, Labor Day celebrations.


    • 2 lbs. peeled carrots, ends trimmed
    • 1½ tsp. kosher salt
    • 2 tsp. orange zest
    • 3 TB. red wine vinegar
    • 3 TB. minced chives
    • ¼ cup finely chopped Italian parsley
    • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 5 TB. country-style Dijon mustard
    • Black pepper, to taste


    Equip a food processor with a grating blade. Feed carrots down the tube to grate them. You can also manually grate your carrots using a box grater. In a small bowl, add remaining ingredients and whisk thoroughly. Add carrots and toss together until evenly coated. Season with black pepper and let marinate for a minimum of 15 minutes.

    Unique dishes can add some intrigue to your Labor Day feast. Consider pairing your meals with healthy and refreshing fruit-infused drinks. Add kiwi, berries, orange, lemon, or mint to your water with using a BPA-free glass H2Go Infuser Bottle for a low-calorie treat to complement your recipes.