No-Cook Month: Beat the heat with these cool, fresh dishes
Too hot to cook? Farmer's markets are in full swing with summer's bounty — tomatoes, peaches and melons — best savored straight out of the fridge. Step away from the stove and whip up these simple chilled soups, sandwiches and salads — no heat required.
Toss together the season’s best produce for a simple salad of fresh tomatoes and peaches. Sliced red onion adds a bite to it, while a sprinkle of sugar rounds out the sweet and savory flavors of this no-cook summer salad.
Sunny gives this slaw a sweet-and-sour flavor by tossing fresh seasonal veggies, celery seeds and golden raisins with a tangy cider dressing. For a complete no-cook meal, serve it with rotisserie chicken or tuna sandwiches.
Packed full of black-eyed peas, corn, peppers and pimentos, Paula’s “caviar” is light on your wallet and your waistline. An overnight marinade gives this colorful no-cook appetizer Italian flavor while jalapenos and chiles add a touch of Southern heat.
Ina piles a familiar combination of the season’s best produce onto ciabatta. Thick-sliced tomatoes and creamy mozzarella are topped by prepared pesto and fresh basil for a refreshingly simple sandwich.
Sour cream is the secret ingredient in Ina’s simple basil dressing that’s blended with scallions, garlic and lemon. Spoon the creamy dressing over a crisp lettuce wedge then top with your favorite seasonal veggies.
Make mealtime a breeze with Claire’s five-ingredient antipasti salad. Toss chopped sweet or spicy salami with mozzarella, artichokes, basil and romaine and then use the reserved artichoke marinade for an easy dressing.
Claire Robinson makes a quick and easy, five-ingredient torte by combining fresh raspberries with lemon liqueur. Spoon the mixture over Neufchatel cheese then serve with shortbread cookies for a sweet-and-creamy chilled dessert.
Turn everyday cold cuts into a standout main dish by spreading good-quality bread with Rachael’s easy olive salad, a drizzle of EVOO and fresh rosemary. Finish this simple sandwich by piling it high with Genoa salami, spicy ham and provolone.
The Neelys spice up shredded rotisserie chicken by mixing it with celery, grapes and chopped almonds. Scoop this quick-fix chicken salad into hollowed-out tomatoes for a dish that tastes as good as it looks.
Put a twist on traditional turkey salad by topping it with sliced fennel, creamy goat cheese and crunchy walnuts. Whisk together a simple mustard vinaigrette for a main dish that’s on the table in 10 minutes.
Add a pop of color and flavor to your summertime spread with this refreshingly simple slaw. This sweet and tangy side is overflowing with jicama, sweet mango, spicy cilantro and red radishes. Make it part of your no-cook meal by serving with a simple sandwich or shrimp seviche (see Day 26).