No-Heat Summer Meals
July 18, 2016
Stay cool and check out this awesome collection of lunch or dinner ideas that involve no cooking at all
10 Tasty No-Heat Summer Meals
This collection of summer dishes requires zero heat. That’s right: no oven, no grill, no stove, no microwave, not even boiling water allowed!
There is nothing better than a summer tomato at its peak of flavor; it’s so good that you can eat it out of hand like an apple. This kind of tomato is ideal for a Caprese salad.
Our recipe calls for layering fresh basil with slices of fresh mozzarella and tomato, but you could also drizzle basil pesto on top or add a garnish of extra-virgin olive oil and syrupy balsamic vinegar. Be sure to serve this with fresh bread so you can mop up the leftover juices.
Cheese and Charcuterie Plate
This is a wonderful way to enjoy a meal, and creating an antipasto platter couldn’t be easier.
Pick a few of your favorite cheese and cured meats, track down some excellent, crusty bread, and add other accoutrements like marinated olives, honey, jams, or compotes. Dine alfresco (or in front of your AC unit) with a chilled glass of wine to complete the experience.
Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup
Cold, creamy, and full of fresh vegetables, this velvety soup is perfect for a hot summer night.
Gazpacho is a famous chilled Spanish soup traditionally made with a base of tomatoes and bread. This ultra-simple recipe comes from eight-time James Beard Award winner (and Daily Meal Editorial Director) Colman Andrews, so you can be sure that it’s a good one!
When it's too hot to cook, a platter of dips, vegetables, and flatbreads is a great way to make a nourishing and healthy meal.
You can make fresh hummus with canned chickpeas and eat it with fresh pita or store-bought pita crisps. You can also dip freshly cut bell peppers, carrots, and cucumber slices into the hummus or other cool Mediterranean dips like tzatziki or muhammara, or the spice mixture called dukkah.
Panzanella is a Tuscan tomato and bread salad that is loaded with fresh summer flavors.
This version has some celery thrown in for a bit of crunch, and lemon zest and mint for a refreshing kick.
Salmon Ceviche with Avocado and Ginger Recipe
In this salmon ceviche recipe, the salmon is lightly cured in a mixture of lime and lemon juice. This process denatures the fish, or “cooks” it, firming up the texture. Tossed with ripe avocado, this ceviche is a winner.
A touch of sour cream is swirled into blended ripe strawberries, making a bright and creamy soup. Try topping it with mint or basil leaves and a drizzle of sherry vinegar, olive oil, and cracked black pepper. Serve with good, crusty bread.
In this recipe, cubed fresh sushi-grade tuna is tossed with lime zest and juice to gently “cook” a portion of the fish.
Finely chopped jalapeños give the tuna a kick while avocado offers a creaminess that cools the heat of the pepper. This recipe is great over salad greens or paired with tortilla or plantain chips.
Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad
Served with a hunk of fresh bread, plenty of feta, and good olive oil for dipping, this is a refreshing dinner option that is super satisfying to eat at the end of a scorching hot day.