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While summer is the quintessential time to fire up the grill, sometimes the only way to beat the heat is with a cold dish. From salads to gazpachos, these are the best entrees, sides, desserts and more to have on a hot summer day.
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Not only is this breakfast salad the perfect refreshing summer dish, but it’s also loaded with foods that are great for your gut health, such as apples and raspberries. If you don’t want to turn on your oven for the cheese crisps, buying some from the grocery store is just fine.
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This creamsicle Jell-O mold is a great option if you’re trying to keep things simple — it only requires orange Jell-O, water, sherbet and Cool Whip. This dish is a king among the desserts that use fewer than five ingredients.
If you’re been craving crab but haven’t made it to your favorite seafood joint yet, don’t worry. This Alaskan King Crab Gougere Sandwich is packed with flavor. To avoid unnecessarily heating up the house, stick to store-bought bread instead of baking it yourself.
All you need to do to make these tart cherry cheesecake pops is to mix cherry pie filling with Greek yogurt, crushed graham crackers and vanilla extract. This dessert only requires 15 minutes of your time, so try making it with your kids.
This keto-friendly barbecue side dish is made with cauliflower, bacon, eggs and mayonnaise. But, if you’re skeptical of this dish, check-out the low down on what exactly the keto diet is all about.
In this berry semifreddo, chocolate is paired with egg whites, sugar, cream and your choice of berries. The mouselike mixture can last in the freezer for up to two weeks.
You don’t have to just get a good Caesar salad out at a restaurant, you can make it from home. This dish is ready in just 10 minutes and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser served alongside a burger or pasta. And if your romaine lettuce looks a little lackluster, put it in an ice bath to make it last longer.
This copycat restaurant recipe comes straight from The Cheesecake Factory’s dessert kitchen. To make the Summer Strawberry Cheesecake Treats, fill ripe strawberries with cheesecake and top with sprinkles, toasted nuts or coconut flakes.
Dessert doesn’t have to be loaded with additives and sugar, and this recipe for homemade healthy popsicles proves just that. Made with greek yogurt, your choice of fruit and honey, these popsicles are sure to cool you down on a hot day.
Not only is this flavor-packed salad refreshing, it’s also crazy colorful. Loaded with watermelon, cucumbers, avocado and feta cheese, this amazing side dish takes less than an hour to make.
This peach and Champagne granita dish is like a cocktail that you can eat. With the consistency of a slushy, the dessert is made with fresh peaches, sugar, amaretto and Champagne.
Show your vegetarian friends some love this summer with this recipe for marinated tomato basil salad. Just chop up some grape and cherry tomatoes and mix them with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and basil. It’s one of those recipes that prove you don’t need meat to make a satisfying meal.
If you’re looking for a fun new hobby to tackle this summer, try making pistachio ice cream. After soaking the pistachios in boiling water for five minutes, drain and rub off the skin with a paper towel then grind the pistachios into paste. It might sound tedious, but the results will be worth it.
You could make this dish entirely from easy-to-grow garden veggies if you wanted to. Ready in just 15 minutes, this spring green salad is made with asparagus, peas, radishes, avocado and feta cheese.
If it’s a hot day from the second you wake up, start the morning with this cold coconut chia seed pudding. This mixture of coconut creamer, milk, chia seeds and fruit can be stored in the fridge for an entire week. It’s the perfect dish if you’re looking for a solid meal prep plan.
While yogurt is most certainly an iconic breakfast food, it can be a bummer for lactose-intolerant people. However, this tropical smoothie bowl can be enjoyed by anyone thanks to its use of dairy-free yogurt. Just toss it in there with bananas, mango and pineapple, and bled.
This frozen yogurt treat can cool you down night or day. Serve the snack after dinner or even for breakfast alongside one of these refreshing homemade coffee recipes.
Not only is this blueberry banana smoothie an ideal way to cool down this summer, but it also features protein powder, making it a filling breakfast.
This Cucumber Bites recipe is the ideal light summer appetizer or afternoon snack. Cucumbers are sliced and topped with cottage cheese, bacon and hot sauce. Pack it alongside more of our picnic recipes perfect for your blanket and basket.
There is truly no summer dish that compares to this cucumber and dill pasta salad. It can be prepared in just 15 minutes with pasta from last night’s leftovers.
Inspired by some of our favorite Mexican dishes, this summer black bean soup won’t heat you up. Just mix together refried beans, tomato sauce, water and cumin in a large bowl and top it with some avocado.
Serving protein during the summer doesn’t have to heat up the house. This zesty chicken salad sandwich can be made using leftover chicken. Just make sure you shred the meat up completely, then mix it with cheese and mayo.
This gluten-free cherry cheesecake smoothie bowl is one of many delicious desserts you can make with cherries. Satisfy your sweet tooth while getting in some healthy fruits this summer.
Filled with the best flavors of summer, this summer tomato vegetable soup is packed with some heart-healthy foods. Just mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and serve at room temperature.
Not only is this recipe for farro and chickpea salad delicious, it’s also aesthetically pleasing. Served in mason jars with layered ingredients, this salad dish is packed with foods you should eat every day.
If you’re looking for something filling to eat, try this salmon and shrimp poke bowl. Not only is this dish delicious, but it’s also a food packed with vitamin D.
To avoid the pain of firing up the grill or stove, this burrito recipe is meat-free. You’ll need the usual suspects like tomatoes, avocado, black beans and tortillas. Top it with the recommended dressing or try making it with this Chipotle copycat recipe for honey vinaigrette dressing.
Trying to avoid heat in the kitchen is a necessity during warmer months, but sometimes it’s hard to resist a perfectly cooked steak. To offset the heat, pair your steak with this refreshing zesty corn and cucumber salad made with fresh cilantro and red onion.
It’s time to turn dinner at home into a restaurant experience with this cool and easy gazpacho recipe. Just place tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumbers, onion, vinegar, oil and cilantro into a blender and refrigerate the mixture for about one hour.
What better way to cool down than with dessert? These strawberry coconut ice cream sandwiches are made with dairy-free ice cream and fruit-flavored crispy rice cereal. Try that and more of our best frozen fruit dessert recipes.
Whole grains like quinoa are great for your thyroid and gut health. For this particular recipe, quinoa is mixed with mozzarella, fresh basil, chopped tomatoes and red onion.
This Chilled Lemongrass Beef and Noodles dish is inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine. Try it and more of our favorite recipes from around the world.
Did you ever think it would be possible to make a dessert this incredible from home? Believe it or not, this recipe can be made with ingredients found in your pantry like peanut butter, sugar and chocolate chips. And no baking is required, so you’re guaranteed to stay cool.
This pickled mango radish slaw can be prepared in just 20 minutes and requires only seven ingredients. Serve it as a side dish or pair it with some chips for a delicious summer salsa.
Next time you make a trip to the grocery store, pick up ingredients for this refreshing tomato and cucumber salad. It is topped with a homemade dressing made with pepper, garlic powder, olive oil, honey and lime juice.
This fun salad is tossed with apples, cheddar cheese and salad greens. The homemade dressing is easy to mix up and provides a nice sweet flavor. Serve it with one of these easy chicken recipes for summer.
No cookout is complete without potato salad, and this recipe combines the dish with cauliflower to make it healthier. It’s also tossed with bacon, celery and hard-boiled eggs. The light dish is perfect when served as an appetizer or as a side dish to one of our best-ever grilling recipes.
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