Welcome to Labor Day weekend — the unofficial end of summer. It’s not nearly as exciting as the unofficial start of summer — Memorial Day weekend. Still, we celebrate this weekend, usually with family, friends and food. If you’re looking for recipes to please a crowd, we have plenty here on MNN for you to choose from.

Incidentally, all the recipes are meatless, but the crowd might not even notice.

Dips and spreads

  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus — A decade or so ago, this might have seemed like an odd choice for many Super Bowl parties. Now this Mediterranean spread has become mainstream, and everyone loves it as a dip for veggies, crackers and chips.
  • Guacamole — Double or triple this recipe because this basic guacamole will go quickly
  • Ranch dressing and dip — Don’t buy bottled. This recipe can be thinned out for dressing or thickened for a dip and has none of the sugary, chemically taste that store-bought dips can have.
Salads
Main Dishes
  • Grilled Eggplant with Red Bell Pepper Sandwich — No one will miss the meat in the hearty, savory, veggie-heavy sandwich.
  • Tofu Sriracha — Here's another meatless dish that’s spicy and grilled with green onions to offset the heat.
  • Black Bean Burger — Once these patties are assembled and grilled, they get topped just like a beef burger would.
  • Mushroom Burger — Mushrooms are so meaty, and these burgers use sauteed mushrooms instead of ground beef as the base for a hearty burger.
Side Dishes
  • Corn on the Cob — Just in case you weren’t sure how to prepare this classic in the traditional manner, we have simple instructions.
  • Baked Beans — In this roundup of summer slow cooker recipes, you’ll find slow cooker baked beans. It’s good to have a few hands-off dishes when you’re feeding a crowd.
  • Sweet Potato Salad — No mayo in this spicy potato salad — just healthy olive oil and plenty of fresh herbs and spices.
  • Penne Pasta Salad with Black Olives — Make this salad a day ahead of time to let the flavors meld together.
Desserts

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.