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Cool It: 20 Delicious Summer Dishes You Can Serve Cold!

No Heat Needed: 20 Cool and Satisfying Summer Recipe Ideas via Babble.comYou don’t need me to tell you that it’s hot outside. And when it comes to making dinner, even looking at the stove can make me break a sweat. So skip the stove altogether with these 20 recipes that you can serve up cold!

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  • Classic Tabbouleh Salad 1 of 20
    Classic Tabbouleh Salad
    Bulgar is the ultimate quick-cooking grain. For lightening fast, no-cook dinner, make the bulgur ahead of time, and then toss with cucumbers, parsley, and tomatoes for a classic summer salad.
    Make a classic tabbouleh salad
  • Watermelon and Feta Salad 2 of 20
    Watermelon and Feta Salad
    Crisp, sweet watermelon and feta were meant to be together! This succulent salad has watermelon, creamy feta, olives, and fresh basil.
    Make watermelon feta salad
  • Cantaloupe Salad with Figs, Olives, and Basil 3 of 20
    Cantaloupe Salad with Figs, Olives, and Basil
    Fresh basil and olives add a savory, satisfying twist to this salty and sweet cantaloupe salad with fresh figs.
    Make cantaloupe salad
  • Cold Blueberry Basil Soup 4 of 20
    Cold Blueberry Basil Soup
    A sweet blueberry soup with a hint of fragrant basil -- delightfully cooling on a steamy summer day!
    Make blueberry basil soup
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Greek Pasta Salad 5 of 20
    Greek Pasta Salad
    This is a more refined version of the cookout classic with red onion, cucumber, perfectly ripe tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, olives, and a lemon vinaigrette.
    Make Greek pasta salad
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Feta and Chickpea Salad 6 of 20
    Feta and Chickpea Salad
    You can make this tasty and protein-rich chickpea salad in minutes!
    Make feta chickpea salad
    Image: Angie McGowan
  • Creamy Caesar Gazpacho 7 of 20
    Creamy Caesar Gazpacho
    Authentic Caesar dressing gives this creamy gazpacho an interesting twist.
    Make Caesar gazpacho
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Gazpacho Salad 8 of 20
    Gazpacho Salad
    Who says gazpacho needs to be a soup? Your family will love this cool, crisp gazpacho-inspired salad.
    Make gazpacho salad
  • Olive Tapenade with Dried Figs 9 of 20
    Olive Tapenade with Dried Figs
    Dried figs add depth to this wonderfully briney tapenade recipe. Serve it up with some smoked salmon, pita bread, and Manchego, and you have a delightful summer supper.
    Make tapenade with dried figs
  • Perfect Summer Pesto 10 of 20
    Perfect Summer Pesto
    Classic ingredients team up with Parmesan and Romano for an easy, cheesy summer pesto that's great on bread, grains, cous cous, or pasta.
    Make summer pesto
    Image: Kelsey Banfield
  • Tropical Gazpacho 11 of 20
    Tropical Gazpacho
    A kid-friendly gazpacho with a kick of tropical flavors like pineapple and mango!
    Make tropical gazpacho
    Image: Laura Levy
  • Italian Salad with Fresh Basil Vinaigrette 12 of 20
    Italian Salad with Fresh Basil Vinaigrette
    This fast, fresh take on the classic Italian salad is just the thing for summer evenings. Add a bit of bread, cured salami, or hard cheese and you have a meal.
    Make Italian salad with basil vinaigrette
    Image: Angie McGowan
  • Meyer Lemon and Arugula Pesto 13 of 20
    Meyer Lemon and Arugula Pesto
    A simple summer pesto is the ultimate summer dinner. Make your pasta ahead of time, process the pesto, toss, and serve! Feel free to add veggies like tomatoes or other leafy greens.
    Make Meyer lemon argula
    Image: Aggie Goodman
  • Quinoa Salad with Kale and Feta 14 of 20
    Quinoa Salad with Kale and Feta
    This versatile, healthful, and delicious salad is a terrific make-ahead option for a quick evening meal or a brown bag lunch.
    Make quinoa salad with kale and feta
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Easy Summer Bruschetta 15 of 20
    Easy Summer Bruschetta
    Flavorful and simple, an easy bruschetta is the perfect summertime appetizer or light dinner.
    Make summer bruschetta
    Image: Michael Spencer
  • Watermelon Caprese 16 of 20
    Watermelon Caprese
    This adorable watermelon caprese salad is fun to make and fun to eat!
    Make watermelon caprese
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Lemon Sunflower Pesto Pasta 17 of 20
    Lemon Sunflower Pesto Pasta
    Throw this zesty, flavorful, veggie-laden sunflower seed pesto over some pre-made pasta and you have a fast, awesome, and healthy dinner!
    Make lemon sunflower pesto pasta
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Mango Bruschetta 18 of 20
    Mango Bruschetta
    Creamy, sweet mangoes add some sweetness and a kid-friendly twist to the classic savory dish.
    Make mango bruschetta
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Tomato Bruschetta with Sweet Cherries 19 of 20
    Tomato Bruschetta with Sweet Cherries
    Sweet cherries heighten the flavor of this savory bruschetta, and the range of deep reds make for a gorgeous summer dish.
    Make tomato and cherry bruschetta
  • California-Style Lemon Pepper Pasta Salad 20 of 20
    California-Style Lemon Pepper Pasta Salad
    Bright and zesty, this is the perfect make-ahead pasta dish that's just right for a speedy dinner or summer potluck.
    Make lemon pepper pasta salad
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

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