What's Your Favorite Cool Summer Dinner?

It's hot and muggy outside, the last gasp of summer before cooler weather sets in. What do you cook for dinner, when it's this hot outside? What cool, quick dishes do you have on hand to nourish yourself despite the heat? Yes, it's very tempting to eat out a lot more when the kitchen gets this hot. Sit in an air-conditioned dining room and have someone else cook? Yes please! But it's not good to eat out all the time, so what weeknight dinner for this time of year?

I love fresh, crunchy things, like these summer rolls:

Vegetable and Mint Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Also, cool noodles are wonderful:

Cold Noodles For Hot Days: 10 Recipes

I also make lots of quick pasta dishes (grilled zucchini, a pound of pasta, Parmesan — done), and the grill is constantly in use.

What about you? What are your favorite fast, easy — and most importantly! — cool dishes for summer weeknights?

Related: 10 Things To Eat — Even When it's Too Hot to Eat!

(Images: Emma Christensen; Elizabeth Passarella)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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