Cool It: 17 Delicious Summer Dishes You Can Serve Cold!

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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

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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. (via Babble)

2. Watermelon and Feta Salad

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Crisp, sweet watermelon and feta were meant to be together! This succulent salad has watermelon, creamy feta, olives, and fresh basil. (via Babble)

3. Cantaloupe Salad with Figs, Olives, and Basil

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Fresh basil and olives add a savory, satisfying twist to this salty and sweet cantaloupe salad with fresh figs. (via Babble)

4. Cold Blueberry Basil Soup

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A sweet blueberry soup with a hint of fragrant basil — delightfully cooling on a steamy summer day! (via Babble)

5. Greek Pasta Salad

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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. (via Babble)

6. Feta and Chickpea Salad

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You can make this tasty and protein-rich chickpea salad in minutes! (via Babble)

7. Creamy Caesar Gazpacho

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Authentic Caesar dressing gives this creamy gazpacho an interesting twist. (via Babble)

8. Gazpacho Salad

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Who says gazpacho needs to be a soup? Your family will love this cool, crisp gazpacho-inspired salad. (via Babble)

9. Tropical Gazpacho

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A kid-friendly gazpacho with a kick of tropical flavors like pineapple and mango! (via Babble)

10. Italian Salad with Fresh Basil Vinaigrette

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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. (via Babble)

11. Quinoa Salad with Kale and Feta

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This versatile, healthful, and delicious salad is a terrific make-ahead option for a quick evening meal or a brown bag lunch. (via Babble)

12. Easy Summer Bruschetta


Flavorful and simple, an easy bruschetta is the perfect summertime appetizer or light dinner. (via Babble)

13. Watermelon Caprese

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This adorable watermelon caprese salad is fun to make and fun to eat! (via Babble)

14. Lemon Sunflower Pesto Pasta

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Throw this zesty, flavorful, veggie-laden sunflower seed pesto over some pre-made pasta and you have a fast, awesome, and healthy dinner! (via Babble)

15. Mango Bruschetta

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Creamy, sweet mangoes add some sweetness and a kid-friendly twist to the classic savory dish. (via Babble)

16. Tomato Bruschetta with Sweet Cherries

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Sweet cherries heighten the flavor of this savory bruschetta, and the range of deep reds make for a gorgeous summer dish. (via Babble)

17. California-Style Lemon Pepper Pasta Salad

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Bright and zesty, this is the perfect make-ahead pasta dish that’s just right for a speedy dinner or summer potluck. (via Babble)

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