Some days are just too hot to think, too hot to move, and certainly too hot to cook. For those sticky, sweaty, sweltering days, make one of these no-cook summer dishes.
Not only will you be keeping the temperature down in your home as you make your summer meals, but you’ll also most likely use less energy to make these meals too, since you won't have to turn on the stove or oven.
This quinoa chickpea salad is like summer in a bowl and comes together in less than 30 minutes. Quinoa and chickpeas are tossed with fresh cucumbers, crisp bell peppers and crunchy carrots, then drizzled with a light lemon dill dressing.
Sweet orange bell peppers cherry tomatoes, corn, red onion and ripe avocados are the basis for this bright and colorful dish - and best of all you should be able to find most of these at your local farmers' market in late summer!
Easy & refreshing! Sweet melon with salty feta are a genius pairing, topped with cucumber, fresh basil and lemon zest.
If your garden is overflowing with zucchini, this recipe is for you. "The trick to this recipe is to soften the raw zucchini noodles ("zoodles!") with a little salt and let the excess moisture drain out of them. Then just rinse them and squeeze out any moisture - they will be perfectly tender, and no cooking is necessary!"
"Trifles are a classic British summer dessert; they're light, sweet, and full of juicy fruit." Prep time for this dessert is only 15 minutes! After a chill time of 3 hours, you'll have a berry sweet and easy dessert to share.
If you do end up cooking on a warm day, you could consider a slow-cooker or Instant Pot recipe to keep the heat contained so you aren't heating up your home. When you do cook, you could prepare a big batch to meal prep for the week.