You 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 19 recipes that you can serve up cold!
1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. Feta and Chickpea Salad
You can make this tasty and protein-rich chickpea salad in minutes!
Make feta chickpea salad
7. Creamy Caesar Gazpacho
Authentic Caesar dressing gives this creamy gazpacho an interesting twist.
Make Caesar gazpacho
8. Gazpacho Salad
Who says gazpacho needs to be a soup? Your family will love this cool, crisp gazpacho-inspired salad.
Make gazpacho salad
9. 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 olive tapenade with dried figs
10. Tropical Gazpacho
A kid-friendly gazpacho with a kick of tropical flavors like pineapple and mango!
Make tropical gazpacho
11. 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
12. 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 arugula
13. 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
14. Easy Summer Bruschetta
Flavorful and simple, an easy bruschetta is the perfect summertime appetizer or light dinner.
Make summer bruschetta
15. Watermelon Caprese
This adorable watermelon caprese salad is fun to make and fun to eat!
Make watermelon caprese
16. 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
17. Mango Bruschetta
Creamy, sweet mangoes add some sweetness and a kid-friendly twist to the classic savory dish.
Make mango bruschetta
18. 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
19. 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