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Our Labor Day Perfect Pairing

In Partnership with Food Network Magazine

We think there’s nothing better than a great outfit and sweet late-summer tomatoes, especially those grown in our backyards. This Labor Day, embrace that “endless summer feeling” with an outfit perfect for a casual outdoor gathering and an exclusive salad recipe that our friends at Food Network Magazine put together just for us. Here’s to another round of lawn games and celebrating the close of our favorite sun-filled season.


Avocado-Tomato Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese

  • Active: 20 min
  • Total: 30 min
  • Serves: 6 (plus extra dressing)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 to 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce and/or hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2½ pounds assorted tomatoes, halved or cut into wedges if large
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or scallions
  1. 1. Make the dressing: Puree ½ cup blue cheese, the sour cream, buttermilk, vinegar and garlic in a blender. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the remaining ¼ cup blue cheese, the Worcestershire sauce and/or hot sauce and the parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. 2. Put the tomatoes in a large bowl and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper; set aside until juicy, about 20 minutes.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, turning, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate and let cool slightly, then crumble into bite-size pieces.
  4. 4. Pit and peel the avocado; cut into ½-inch pieces and toss with the lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the tomatoes and gently toss. Drizzle with 1 cup of the dressing and top with the bacon and chives.

Your Labor Day Look

If there’s a party where jeans and a tee are appropriate, that’s a party we want to go to!

We’ve elevated this classic pairing with our new supersoft relaxed button-shoulder tee and fresh white sneakers. Not only is this knit tee great with jeans, its versatility makes it a perfect option to wear with so many women’s fall pant styles. And, in case you’re wondering . . . yes, we still wear white jeans well after Labor Day.

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