Less Labor Day Picnic

{Less} Labor Day Picnic

 A sweet and easy repeat of our {Less} Labor Day Picnic if you need idea for simple end-of-summer celebration.

Hope you enjoy a second helping!


We’re enjoying a lakeside picnic over the holiday weekend~

I’m testing the theory that everything tastes better out of a jar~ it certainly is convenient & more fun :)

A layered salad made in advance~ a minimum of 8 hours or up to 24~ chilling for the flavors to meld.

You can enjoy the fruits of your labor later ~ since that’s  the point of this summer holiday.

Tasty & satisfying~ and a salad that my husband enjoys.

You can make individual salad jars, so serving is less problematic & less labor is required.

Layered Cornbread-and-Turkey Salad, recipe courtesy of Southern Living, here


1 (6-ounce) package buttermilk cornbread mix

1 (12-ounce) bottle Parmesan-peppercorn dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 (9-ounce) package romaine lettuce, shredded

2 1/2 cups chopped smoked turkey (about 3/4 pound)

*2 large yellow bell peppers, chopped

2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped (I used cherry tomatoes)

1 red onion, chopped

1 cup diced celery (about 3 celery ribs)

*2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

10 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

2 green onions, sliced


Prepare cornbread according to package directions; cool and crumble. Set aside.

Stir together dressing, mayonnaise, and buttermilk until blended.

To make 1 large salad: Layer half each of crumbled cornbread, shredded lettuce, and next 7 ingredients in a large glass bowl; spoon half of dressing mixture evenly over top. Repeat layers ending with dressing mixture. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Sprinkle top with green onions just before serving. Prep: 45 min., Chill: 8 hrs.


*I substituted some chickpeas for yellow bell peppers and used a blend of Monterey Jack & Cheddar cheese instead of Swiss since that’s what I had on hand.


Skewers of cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, prosciutto, cheese, olives, & cheese tortellini~

Citrus infused water with lemon & orange slices~

refreshing & thirst quenching~

 Dessert in a jar with very little labor using fruits in season~ plums, peaches, berries of any kind or combination.

 Peach-and-Blueberry Parfait, recipe & inspiration courtesy Southern Living here.

Instead of making a custard, I mixed a jar of lemon curd with 8 ounces of  1/3 less fat cream cheese~ (less labor :)

Layer custard or lemon curd mixture with ready-made angel food cake or pound cake from the grocery store bakery, peaches & blueberries.

 Assemble, chill & enjoy!

The Novel Bakers return September 8th for Picnic Week

with themed picnics, recipes, inspiration and guest bakers!

Wishing you some food and fun in your weekend~

Have a Safe & Labor-Free Holiday :)

 Plates/ Kohl’s

Flatware/ HomeGoods

Napkins/ World Market

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser/ Pottery Barn

Galvanized Bottle Caddy/ Pottery Barn

Thank you for your visit, sharing at:

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  37 comments for “Less Labor Day Picnic

  1. August 28, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Everthing looks so gorgeous! What a great picnic, happy day, Bridget

  2. Franki
    August 28, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Lemon curd and cream cheese…GENIUS!! franki

  3. August 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Now this is my kind of picnic.. make ahead and take. It looks so much fun. You do have the most gorgeous setting! xo marlis

  4. paula
    August 28, 2013 at 8:59 am

    It all looks so yummy!
    I have a jar of Lemon curd, now I know what I will be using it with !! Thanks!!
    Enjoy your day,
    Paula -In

  5. August 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

    This is beautiful Mary. I love how you used the jars! That layered salad looks soooo good!

  6. Carolyn
    August 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

    What great ideas for a {Less} Labor Day! Your red, white & blue color scheme is right on & of course, things in a jar look so spiffy right now. I especially like the idea of the cheese tortellini on the skewers w/the veggies & cheese. Thank you for giving us some wonderful ideas for less labor & more celebration.

  7. August 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Loved it last year, still love it. I want to come have a picnic with you:):)

  8. Ellen
    August 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Pinky’s thoughts are mine………may I come to your beautifully presented, yummy sounding picnic on Labor Day? Enjoy the fruit of your labors!!

  9. August 28, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Always a winner. Have a lovely holiday weekend!

  10. August 28, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Pretty!…and I like the “less”

  11. August 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I went into a trance thinking of lounging on that quilt with a jar of lovely cornbread salad and a glass of citrus water~sounds like heaven! You do make it look effortless, although I have a feeling it wasn’t :) I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing holiday weekend with sunshine, swims and boat rides!

  12. August 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Looks like a lovely way to enjoy the view of the lake & some special time with your sweetie!
    Love the way you used the mason jars for transport & serving. So cute!
    Also LOVE those patchwork pillows & quilt…I’m betting Kohls again, right?

  13. August 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I enjoyed a second helping Mary! Don’t forget a jar with treats for the pups.

  14. August 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Beautiful patriotic spread! This looks like an inviting way to spend a Less Labor Day! I’m all for that! Love the quilted pieces, mason jars, and every bit of your “second helpings.” Have a great weekend! ~ Sarah

  15. August 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Wow, now that’s a picnic! I am in love with that pineapple quilt pillow! I just love red and white together, it looks elegant and country at the same time. You take such gorgeous photos and those layouts… beauteous!:D
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Beth P
    P.S. I am going on a quest for that flatware :D

  16. August 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    looks like you are all ready to kick back and enjoy a gathering in the garden next week, happy weekend to you, see you on monday ;-)

  17. August 28, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Lovely picnic! I love it, very inspiring….Christine

  18. August 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    What a fun picnic! I can’t wait to cookout this weekend @ the lake. It’s supposed to be a pretty weekend!


  19. August 28, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Looks like you’re going to have a great time Mary! Summer has surely returned to Philly, I hope we all have a fun long weekend! I love that you’ve added some fall to your sidebar too:@)

  20. Pam
    August 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    A great reposting of this woderful idea filled picnic. The salad in the jar and the dessert in a jar is so easy and the recipes are so easy to change a few ingredients for a different taste. Thanks for sharing again and a great Labor Day


  21. August 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Mary, This is gorgeous and the food all looks delicious. I’m just finding out about all the fun I can have with mason jars and now I’ll add that dessert to the list of things I must do. Your quilt is beautiful!!! I’m looking for one now and they are hard to find, especially one with such bright and happy colors. I’m glad you re-shared this with us. Linda

  22. August 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I think I’m going to be so wiped out after the class I’m taking this week that I won’t be laboring over anything! Send that picnic my way?

  23. August 29, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Everything is so beautiful and relaxing! From the scenery to the lovely picnic to the delicious looking food!

  24. August 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

    You never cease to amaze and awe me! The quilts, quilted pillows, the accessories and the yummy treats in jars. Wow!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  25. August 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Yes, everything looks better and tastes better out of a jar and all of your goodies look fabulous! Now, I don’t know about less labor because I know this took you a ton of time to do, but it is a visual treat as always.

    I think I am back! It was all I could do to keep one post a week going, with almost no visiting this crazy-busy but fun summmer and I am looking forward to a little more time. I have missed seeing everyone!

    It couldn’t be more lovely – as always! Have a wonderful weekend.

  26. August 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    You always create the most wonderful “jar dishes”…they not only look gorgeous, but you can tell that they are so delicious…what a beautiful picnic you created…Have a wonderful and safe weekend!!

  27. August 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you for your lovely blog, Mary. My “baby” moved into the dorm yesterday and I have had such a difficult day. I’ve been looking through your beautiful pictures, recipes and events and they have brightened my day. You touch so many you don’t know and create sunshine through the clouds…V

  28. Bev
    August 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Looks both beautiful and delicious!

  29. August 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    What a glorious looking picnic spread. I totally love the salad in the jar – that’s a fantastic idea for a picnic, and I think I will be borrowing it for work day lunches. Somehow a salad in a jar looks so much more appealing than salad in a Tupperware container!! I love the idea of making it the night before too.

  30. September 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    What a gorgeous presentation! You have made it all look so appetizing.

  31. September 3, 2013 at 8:05 am

    What a super great idea! Beautiful picnic! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

  32. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    September 3, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Oh how I wish I was there. This is gorgeous as always. You never cease to impress. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  33. September 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Love the salad in a jar! That looks really good!

  34. August 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    This ls so brilliant ! You make picnics ” a beautiful thing ” as Martha would say!
    Thanks for sharing!

  35. Rattlebridge Farm--Foodie Friday
    August 29, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Pure bliss.

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