How to Keep Cool in the Kitchen This Summer

Don’t let the summer heat put a stop to your cooking

Sweet Corn and Baby Arugula Salad

This satisfying salad not only uses zero heat but it highlights the beauty of corn during the summer by calling for it to be raw. The sugary hints of flavor are perfectly complemented by the savory bite of Parmesan cheese, making this salad a perfect companion for any grilled main course.

Yellowtail Ceviche Recipe

Ceviche: the most refreshing way to enjoy fish during the summer. This zesty rendition by New York City’s Asia de Cuba perfectly cooks the yellowtail in a spicy mixture they like to call "Mambo #3."

Raspberry-Mint Fruit Salad Recipe

Nothing’s more refreshing than a light fruit salad during the summer, and this tart dish is spruced up with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and mint to make it a great main attraction.

Gazpacho Recipe

An Andalusian specialty, this gazpacho recipe is as refreshing to make as it is to eat. Take a break from the heat with this savory blend of soaked bread, ripe tomatoes, and crisp red peppers.

Cauliflower Cilantro Salad Recipe

Who knew cauliflower could taste so good? Complement any meat or fish dish with this flavorful salad, which pairs the otherwise bland vegetable with a delicious garlic and herb vinaigrette.

Antipasto Salad Recipe

Perfect on its own or accompanied by meat or seafood, this antipasto salad will keep you from breaking a sweat during the heat of the summer.

Tuna Carpaccio Recipe

While sushi-grade tuna is certainly good enough to eat on its all by itself, this recipe heats thing up — flavor wise, that is — with a wasabi emulsion.

Lemon-Caper Grilled Chicken Recipe

Maryse Chevriere

If you decide to take the grilling route, this chicken recipe is fast and easy enough to keep your time in the kitchen to a minimum. The lemon and capers resemble a classic piccata dish while the char of the grilled chicken is an instant taste of summertime.

Butterhead Lettuce with Pistachio Vinaigrette

OK, there’s a little heat in this one, but it’s well worth it. A favorite of chef Dan Kluger’s from ABC Kitchen in New York City, this salad is given a little kick with a Thai chile and pistachio vinaigrette.

Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich Recipe

Jane Bruce

Who said sandwiches are just for lunch? This roast beef and Cheddar rendition is a great combination of the mild beef with the sharp Cheddar, and the crunch from the sprouts gives an extra dose of refreshing