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50 Cold Dishes for Hot Days

As we find ourselves in the heat of summer, eating hot foods does not seem appetizing or enjoyable. Don't worry, though, as we have rounded up our favorite cold dishes that will keep you satisfied during the warmer months. From salads to ceviches and even chilled noodle dishes, these recipes will make sure to keep you energized and, most importantly, keep you refreshed.

We all love to cook, but there's nothing worse than spending time in a warm kitchen, preparing a hot meal that you can't even enjoy because the weather is too unbearable. We dug deep, though, to find the perfect cold recipes that are not only quick and easy to make, but are sure to wow your friends and family. Since all of these dishes are served chilled or cold, many of these recipes can be made in advance and just kept in your refrigerator until ready to serve. So make some room in your refrigerator for tons of fresh meats and veggies and be sure to check out these 50 cold dishes for hot days.

Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho With Jumbo Lump Crab Salad
Mercat a la Planxa

Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho With Jumbo Lump Crab Salad

This "soup and salad" is an elegant combination of sweet and savory. Gazpacho is a classic Spanish chilled soup usually made with tomatoes; here we add watermelon for a sweet, summery twist. A simple crab salad flavored with fresh herbs on the side completes the meal.

Click here to see the Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho With Jumbo Lump Crab Salad recipe.

Chilled Pineapple Gazpacho
Golden Blossom Honey

Chilled Pineapple Gazpacho

In need of some fruity refreshment, but not in the mood for a smoothie or juice? Take a break from the heat and try this delicious pineapple gazpacho recipe for a mid-afternoon snack.

Click here to see the Chilled Pineapple Gazpacho recipe.

Simple Gazpacho
Frances Janisch

Simple Gazpacho

This cold soup can be prepared ahead of time and is an ideal start to dinner on those hot summer days. Make sure to cut extra cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes to add on top, which will add texture and color to the dish.

Click here to see the Simple Gazpacho recipe.

BLT Pasta Salad
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BLT Pasta Salad

Love the flavor of the classic BLT sandwich? This pasta salad recipe is ideal for those warmer months when you just feel like eating something simple and refreshing to beat the heat.

Click here to see the BLT Pasta Salad recipe

Hawaiian Pasta Salad With Pineapple Dressing
Spend With Pennies

Hawaiian Pasta Salad With Pineapple Dressing

This slightly sweet and savory dish is perfect to enjoy during the hot weather as it is best served chilled. Pineapple juice is the key ingredient that makes this recipe so good.

Click here to see the Hawaiian Pasta Salad With Pineapple Dressing recipe.

Melon and Prosciutto Pasta Salad
Pasta Fits

Melon and Prosciutto Pasta Salad

When these simple flavors are tossed with pasta and spinach, they make a delicious, quick, and portable lunch or side dish. Double the recipe for a tasty party appetizer that will feed a crowd.

Click here to see the Melon and Prosciutto Pasta Salad recipe.

No-Cook Summer Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta
Scratch Maria Rodale

No-Cook Summer Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta

Tomatoes and fresh mozzarella are a match made in heaven, especially when paired with pasta. The best part about this dish is that the only thing you have to actually cook is the pasta.

Click here to see the No-Cook Summer Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta recipe

Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup
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Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup

This soup is filled with flavors of nuts, roses, herbs, and dried fruits. Serve this fragrant chilled soup sprinkled with sumac for the perfect summer’s lunch.

Click here to see the Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup recipe

Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup
Golden Blossom Honey

Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup

Two of summer's most cooling and refreshing fruits, avocados and cucumbers, are blended together in this easy and delicious summer soup. A touch of honey and some buttermilk to balance it out gives this soup a sweet-tangy flavor profile that's just right.

Click here to see the Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup recipe

Chilled Buckwheat Noodles With Hot-Sour Tamarind Broth
William Brinson

Chilled Buckwheat Noodles With Hot-Sour Tamarind Broth

The taste of buckwheat noodles combined with the sourness of tamarind, sweetness of pineapple, and hotness of gochujang paste make the most delicious chilled noodle dish. It’s ideal to beat the warm weather.

Click here to see the Chilled Buckwheat Noodles With Hot-Sour Tamarind Broth recipe.

Chilled Zucchini Salad With Mint and Feta
Nina Fomufod

Chilled Zucchini Salad With Mint and Feta

This chilled zucchini salad is a great side to accompany any protein and can be made in under 15 minutes. A healthier alternative to potato salad, this combination is perfect for your next family cookout or picnic in the park.

Click here to see the Chilled Zucchini Salad with Mint and Feta recipe

Chilled Corn Soup
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Chilled Corn Soup

This chilled, vegan soup really shows off summer’s sweet, golden corn. It’s one of the smoothest, sweetest, simplest ways to enjoy the staple vegetable.

Click here to see the Chilled Corn Soup recipe.

Crouton Caprese Antipasti Kebabs
Patricia Stagich

Crouton Caprese Antipasti Kebabs

Summer entertaining should be simple and easy. This recipe allows you to serve a favorite summer appetizer, antipasti, easily on bamboo skewers, so your guests can dig in without any fuss.

Click here to see the Crouton Caprese Antipasti Kebabs recipe

Raspberry Avocado Salad
Jessica Rosen

Raspberry Avocado Salad

A simple superfood salad that takes no time to make. Upgrade your colorful fruit salad with powerhouse ingredients including nutrient-dense avocado and refreshing herbs.

Click here to see the Raspberry Avocado Salad recipe

Grape Marinated Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
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Grape Marinated Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

As the weather warms up in most parts of the country, the season of picnics, barbecues, camping, and playing in the yard returns. These healthy bites are perfect for a summertime picnic.

Click here to see the Grape Marinated Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps recipe

Salade Niҫoise
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Salade Niҫoise

The salad inspired by the South of France. This recipe is a little more meaty than a regular salad with delicious vegetables that really make it into a full meal.

Click here to see the Salade Niҫoise recipe

Mango, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad
Whole Foods Market

Mango, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad

Tropical flavors of mango and citrus complement black beans in this colorful salad. This dish makes a perfect side to bring to your next potluck barbecue or even a picnic in the park.

Click here to see the Mango, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad recipe

Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad
Monica O'Neill

Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad

This is a perfect summer side dish or appetizer that is sure to please your friends. It’s a delicious pairing of sweet, crunchy watermelon and creamy, savory goat cheese.

Click here to see the Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad recipe

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Greek Yogurt Macaroni Salad
Angela Carlos

Greek Yogurt Macaroni Salad

If you hate the idea of dousing your pasta in mayonnaise, this macaroni salad is perfect for you. The Greek yogurt fulfills all the same duties as mayonnaise would, working as an excellent binding ingredient, but it provides a more unique and refreshing flavor.

Click here to see the Greek Yogurt Macaroni Salad recipe

Chickpea, Avocado, and Pea Shoot Salad With Orange Dill Dressing
Gentl and Hyers

Chickpea, Avocado, and Pea Shoot Salad With Orange Dill Dressing

Pea shoots can be hard to come by and won’t make or break your salad. They’re well worth a bit of searching, as they’re nutrient-packed, tender, and delicious, but if you can’t find them, you’ll enjoy this combination equally well with watercress.

Click here to see the Chickpea, Avocado, and Pea Shoot Salad With Orange Dill Dressing recipe

Broccoli Slaw Waldorf Salad
Patricia Stagich

Broccoli Slaw Waldorf Salad

A healthier version of the classic salad. This recipe is a different take on a Waldorf salad, adding a broccoli slaw. It's a great alternative to dress up some vegetables as a side dish.

Click here to see the Broccoli Slaw Waldorf Salad recipe

Mediterranean Crunch Salad
Whole Foods Market

Mediterranean Crunch Salad

A quick and easy salad featuring the bold flavors of the Mediterranean. This recipe has great texture and crunch so you’ll never get bored of eating it.

Click here to see the Mediterranean Crunch Salad recipe

Chinese Tofu Chopped Salad With Orange Sesame Miso Dressing
Andy Boy

Chinese Tofu Chopped Salad With Orange Sesame Miso Dressing

Fresh, crunchy, sweet, and savory, this salad has it all. All of the vegetables are either shredded or chopped small so that the sweet and tangy dressing can evenly coat each bite.

Click here to see the Chinese Tofu Chopped Salad With Orange Sesame Miso Dressing recipe

Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Salad
Healthy Nibble and Bits

Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Salad

Inspired by the flavors of Vietnam, this entire dish comes together pretty quickly, and it’s perfect for warm summer nights when you don't want to eat anything hot for dinner.

Click here to see the Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Salad recipe

Quick and Easy Chicken Salad
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Quick and Easy Chicken Salad

This quick and easy chicken salad is very satisfying and can be made in advance, making it a perfect dish to bring to the beach or park, or simply to enjoy at home for a hassle-free dinner.

Click here to see the Quick and Easy Chicken Salad recipe

Indian Chicken Salad Pockets
Mitch Mandel

Indian Chicken Salad Pockets

Low-fat mayonnaise mixed with curry paste is the base for this recipe and turns the classic chicken salad into something new and exciting. Serve this dish over mixed lettuces for a gluten-free alternative.

Click here to see the Indian Chicken Salad Pockets recipe

Kale, Apple, Pancetta, and Walnut Salad With Creamy Walnut Dressing
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Kale, Apple, Pancetta, and Walnut Salad With Creamy Walnut Dressing

This salad is sure to be a favorite among family members and friends. The sweet and salty combination from the apples and pancetta makes for a wonderful eating experience that leaves you feeling healthy.

Click here to see the Kale, Apple, Pancetta, and Walnut Salad With Creamy Walnut Dressing recipe

Easy Greek Salad
Westside Market NYC

Easy Greek Salad

This simple salad recipe features a twist on the original. In addition to the classic tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion, celery is tossed into the mix for extra crunch and its clean, crisp flavor.

Click here to see the Easy Greek Salad recipe

Italian Hoagie Salad
David Humphreys

Italian Hoagie Salad

This dish has all your favorite sandwich ingredients transformed into the tastiest salad. Enjoy this on a hot night and keep cool and refreshed during the warmer months.

Click here to see the Italian Hoagie Salad recipe

Asian Edamame Salad
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Asian Edamame Salad

A hearty salad with a bright Asian flair makes this dish completely addicting. If you're trying to watch your sodium intake, feel free to adjust the amount of soy sauce.

Click here to see the Asian Edamame Salad Recipe recipe

Peach, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Salad
Natalie Lobel

Peach, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Salad

It's the perfect season to add some fruit to your salads. This is a great salad — it's light and yet still very satisfying. If you have some sesame seeds on hand, that's also a nice addition to this salad.

Click here to see the Peach, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad recipe

Fresh Summer Berry and Chicken Salad
Newman's Own

Fresh Summer Berry and Chicken Salad

Nothing beats a delicious, fresh salad in the warm-weather months. This nutritious spinach salad is tart and light yet totally satisfying.

Click here to see the Fresh Summer Berry and Chicken Salad recipe

Easy Citrus Side Salad
Newman's Own

Easy Citrus Side Salad

Looking for a quick and easy side salad? With fresh citrus fruit, creamy avocado, and zesty red onion, this salad is packed with healthy ingredients and tons of flavor. This side can be on the table in no time.

Click here to see the Easy Citrus Side Salad recipe

Apple Quinoa Salad
Newman's Own

Apple Quinoa Salad

Packed with nutrition and bursting with flavor, this easy-to-make apple quinoa salad provides a delicious dose of whole grains. And it’s the perfect complement to kids’ or adults’ lunches, boosting energy levels to get through the day. Quinoa is a complete protein and provides an abundance of nutrition and energy.

Click here to see the Apple Quinoa Salad recipe

BLT Chopped Salad With Corn, Feta, and Avocado
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BLT Chopped Salad With Corn, Feta, and Avocado

A quick and easy chopped salad with enough tasty ingredients to satisfy even the hungriest among us. This salad is a healthy meal in disguise, as it’s filled with all of our favorite ever ingredients.

Click here to see the BLT Chopped Salad With Corn, Feta, and Avocado recipe

Blue Crab Little Gem Nicoise Salad
Morton Salt

Blue Crab Little Gem Nicoise Salad

This light, beautiful salad is the perfect dish to fuel your summer dining. Sea salt makes for a perfect accompaniment in this salad dressing, balancing out the zesty citrus flavors.

Click here to see the Blue Crab Little Gem Nicoise Salad recipe

Japanese Cucumber Salad
January Bride

Japanese Cucumber Salad

Crisp, refreshing, and crunchy, this salad is great as a side to any main or simply enjoyed as a light and healthy snack. This salad gets better the longer you marinate it, so don't worry about making it in advance.

Click here to see the Japanese Cucumber Salad recipe

Alaska Salmon Poké
Alaska Seafood

Alaska Salmon Poké

Poké is a raw fish salad that is popular in Hawaii, but the culinary phenomenon has recently taken hold in the U.S. mainland. Traditional poke seasonings include classic Japanese ingredients like sesame oil, green onions, and soy sauce.

Click here to see the Alaska Salmon Poké recipe

Salmon Poke in Endive Leaves
Sheri Giblin

Salmon Poke in Endive Leaves

Salmon may not be a traditional ingredient in Hawaii, where the classic raw preparation of poke (poh-kay) is applied to many types of seafood. Enjoy this recipe for a perfect light lunch or even as an ideal appetizer for your next dinner party.

Click here to see the Salmon Poke in Endive Leaves recipe

Hawaiian Poke Sliders
StarKist

Hawaiian Poke Sliders

Poke is a Hawaiian salad consisting of roughly chopped raw fish, and traditional Japanese flavors such as soy sauce, ginger, scallion, and sesame oil. These poke sliders are simple to make at home, and they don’t require expensive slabs of raw tuna.

Click here to see the Hawaiian Poke Sliders recipe

Tofu Poke Bowl
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Tofu Poke Bowl

Tofu, it turns out, is the perfect substitute to use in poke. Its light and velvety texture mimics the bite of fatty fish like salmon and tuna. When it’s marinated with soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil, you won't be able to tell the difference.

Click here to see the Tofu Poke Bowl recipe

Classic Ceviche
Andy Sewell

Classic Ceviche

Ceviche is Peru’s flagship dish. Learn to make the fresh and flavorful raw fish dish and you’ll instantly be transported to this beautiful South American country.

Click here to see the Classic Ceviche recipe

Spicy Shrimp Ceviche
Lucy Buffett

Spicy Shrimp Ceviche

Spice up your summer with this refreshing ceviche recipe. Shrimp makes the perfect base to this warm-weather dish. Serve this over greens for a complete and healthy dinner that takes no time at all to prepare.

Click here to see the Spicy Shrimp Ceviche recipe

Vegan Avocado Ceviche
Hass Avocado Board

Vegan Avocado Ceviche

This recipe has all the best flavors of ceviche, minus the fish. You won’t even miss the seafood in this quick and easy recipe for a plant-based ceviche that is full of zesty flavors.

Click here to see the Vegan Avocado Ceviche recipe

Cucumber Ceviche With Scallops and Shrimp
Wall Street Journal Off Duty

Cucumber Ceviche With Scallops and Shrimp

This shellfish ceviche amps up the flavor by substituting cucumber juice for some of the citrus. For best results, use a small, thin-skinned cucumber variety, such as Korean or Delikatesse.

Click here to see the Cucumber Ceviche With Scallops and Shrimp recipe

Spicy Cucumber-Salmon Ceviche
Jane Bruce

Spicy Cucumber-Salmon Ceviche

The refreshing, cooling effect of cucumber is pretty much blown right out of the water with some serious firepower from dried Thai bird's-eye chile peppers (also known simply as Thai chile peppers in some groceries and markets). So if you like to sweat while noshing on some tortilla chips, this is the ticket.

Click here to see the Spicy Cucumber-Salmon Ceviche recipe

Halibut Ceviche
Hearthstone Kitchen and Cellar

Halibut Ceviche

This dish completely encompasses summer's zesty and bold flavors. If you can't find halibut, don't worry, salmon or tuna works just as well.

Click here to see the Halibut Ceviche recipe

Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles
Jane Bruce

Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles

This dish is refreshing and crisp, while still having the comforting, hearty feel of pasta. The peanut-y sauce is creamy and rich, while the fresh veggies provide a cooling crunch.

Click here to see the Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles recipe

Thai Steak Salad With Cold Noodles
Central Bistro

Thai Steak Salad With Cold Noodles

This salad features cold noodles throughout. The salad is made with skirt steak, romaine lettuce, radicchio, mango, blue cheese, fried noodles, and a ginger peanut soy vinaigrette.

Click here to see the Thai Steak Salad With Cold Noodles recipe

Bibim Guksu (Korean Spicy Cold Noodles)
Hyosun Ro

Bibim Guksu (Korean Spicy Cold Noodles)

Bibim guksu is a cold noodle dish that is usually made with thin wheat flour noodles (somyeon) or buckwheat noodles (memil guksu). The noodles are typically mixed in a sweet and sour gochujang sauce along with thinly sliced crisp fresh vegetables.

Click here to see the Bibim Guksu (Korean Spicy Cold Noodles) recipe

Mediterranean Tuna Cold Plate
Athenos

Mediterranean Tuna Cold Plate

This delicious sampling of hearty, Mediterranean flavors is a satisfying appetizer you won’t believe you pulled together in a matter of minutes. The balance of sweet and salty makes this dish an instant winner at any backyard barbecue. So keep these recipes in mind the next time you are thinking about the 25 best foods to bring to a party.

Click here to see the Mediterranean Tuna Cold Plate recipe.

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