{Less} Labor Day Picnic

 {Less} Labor Day Picnic

As we sail into Labor Day weekend, I’m wrapping up a few projects and feeling a little lethargic, so here’s a labor-free post from me of our {Less} Labor Day Picnic. Pottery Barn shared my picnic on their blog last year, so here’s a timely & tasty repeat if you’re in need some inspiration for your end-of-summer celebration!

Wishing you a Safe & Happy {Less} Labor Day Weekend!


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 (I used a box of Jiffy corn muffin 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.

You can bake your cornbread the night before and assemble your salad in bowl or jar in the morning so it’s ready for dinner. It’s great to take to a pot luck, barbeque, or reunion and a crowd pleaser!

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

Citrus infused water with lemon & orange slices,

easy, 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, peaches & blueberries.

 Assemble, chill & enjoy!

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

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  16 comments for “{Less} Labor Day Picnic

  1. August 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Enjoy your labor less weekend! You deserve a respite, Mary. ‘-)
    Your picnic is picture perfect as with all you do. Wonderful recognition with Pottery Barn. Well deserve!
    Happy Weekend!

  2. August 30, 2014 at 9:55 am

    As soon as I saw those BEAUTIFUL quilts, my eyes lit up, Mary!! Especially the “Pineapple” design on that one. I just bought a special ruler to make them & I ADORE Red & White, so maybe someday I’ll have a similar one to share.

    Your portable food is to die for….so delicious looking & so wonderfully displayed. No wonder PB chose to feature this post. You should be employed by their art department full time. Oh wait, you did work in the field before retiring, huh? Well, you sure do it up beautifully. I am SEW envious of your talents.

  3. August 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

    upon closer inspection of that red & white pillow, it might be a “pickle dish” pattern. AND it is HAND QUILTED!!! Where on earth do you find such treasures???
    I signed up for a class to learn how to make a “pickle dish” quilt this winter. *sigh* Mine will NOT be HAND Quilted, that’s for sure.

    • August 30, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Hi Rett, The pillow is Chaps/Ralph Lauren from Kohl’s :)

  4. August 30, 2014 at 10:42 am

    What a beautiful picnic, wish I was there!

  5. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    August 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I didn’t know Pottery Barn featured your post-that’s way too cool Mary! Have a great weekend:@)

  6. Debbie
    August 30, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I love this picnic. It’s one of those postcard moments, “Wish you were here!” I wish I were there, too! Thanks for sharing. Happy less Labor Day!

  7. August 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve always loved your picnic posts…so deceptively simple!

    I hope you enjoy a very relaxed and safe holiday weekend!

  8. August 30, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, I’d didn’t know that PB featured you, either, Mary, but your certainly deserved it.
    All your jarred foodie sensations look picnic perfect. Enjoy your (Less) Labor Day weekend, hopefully out on the lake with Chloe and Gracie.

  9. September 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    You always have THE best picnic ideas, and I was glad to happily sit on this quilt again, nibbling from tasty morsels in a jar :)

  10. Lourdes Carvalho
    September 2, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Suas coisas são lindas. Fico encantada. Parabéns.

  11. September 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I am not sure whether I love the picnic by the lake or the formal dining by the lake….BOTH…as each one I imagine is a fabulous experience!….I did not know that Pottery Barn featured you … they featured me too last year….(my mantel)…how did I miss that!!??…

  12. September 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

    congrats about pottery barn! so beautiful taking in a day of leisure with you… so excited i will get to see 6 more too!

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