Now that all the summer produce is available, it’s too hot to turn on the oven. What a tease! If you find yourself making too many a raw salad, smoothie, or even eating straight-up popsicles for dinner, it’s time to talk almost no-cook summer dinners. The ideal lazy summer meal is full of seasonal vegetables or fruits, requires little (or no) oven time, and is less fussy than all those cold-weather meals. Up for the challenge? We have 17 delicious ideas to make it easy for you.
Here are 17 no-sweat suppers to see you through the rest of summer, including a garlicky grilled kale salad (keep the heat outside!), to an easy sautéed zucchini with chorizo and lime, and a cold lentil salad with cucumber, feta, and olives.
What are your favorite meals to make when it's just too hot to cook?
Why They're Great: Some have grains, some don't. All have lots of vegetables, which makes them the perfect summer dinner. Won't bog you down.
On the Grill
Why it's great: Keeps the heat outside.
Why They're Great: Add as many raw or cooked vegetables to these pastas as you like! Whatever you have on hand.
Slow Cooker Recipes
Why They're Great: Won't heat up your home, but you still get a satisfying hot meal.
Other Delicious Things
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