5 Quick and Easy Summer Meals for Busy Weeknights

 Beat the heat with no-cook dinners.

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Once you start seeing heat waves outside (and maybe even inside), it's harder to even think about standing by a hot stove or oven. On those days, try these no-cook recipes for easy, satisfying meals you can make in under an hour.

What’s summer without summer rolls? These Vietnamese-style rolls are packed with crunchy veggies, refreshing herbs, rice and even some shredded rotisserie chicken for protein. To “cook” the rice paper, dip the sheets in warm water until they soften slightly, enough to form a shell for the rolls.



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If you’re halfway to deciding that you’ll have to subsist on ice water to keep cool this summer, make a dinner you can drink. Blend up tomatoes, watermelon, serrano chile and a few vegetables for an easy gazpacho in just 15 minutes.

Thanks to the magic of spiralized veggies, you can have your pick of pasta-free noodle dinners. Carrot noodles and a cool peanut dressing keeps this entire dish heat-free.



This isn't your average mayo-based tuna salad. Take a cue from the sun-splashed shores of Provence and make this vinaigrette-laden, pressed tuna sandwich for dinner.



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Antonis Achilleos

Keep things light by rolling up a healthy and satisfying sandwich packed with roast beef, Havarti cheese and a brightly-flavored dill slaw.

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