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1. GAZPACHO SALAD
Craving gazpacho but don’t feel like cleaning the blender? This simple gazpacho-inspired salad packed with cool cucumbers and cherry tomatoes is the ultimate lazy meal to cool you off in the summer heat.
2. COLD BLUEBERRY-BASIL SOUP
if you’re a soup lover, no need to wait for the autumn chill to slurp up your fave dish; this chilled fruit soup is perfect for cooling your craving.
3. CHILLED CUCUMBER SOUP
Another one for soup fanatics: All this recipe requires is a blender and a few hours to chill. Once you have that, you’ll be as cool as the (pureed) cucumbers you’re eating.
4. JAMAICAN RICE
Finding a low-heat side dish that doesn’t bore your taste buds can be a challenge. This rice salad, complete with cool, chopped pineapple, adds some Caribbean flavors to your menu for a change.
5. TOMATO BASIL BEAN SALAD
Loaded with beans, tomatoes, and fresh basil, this salad is bursting with seasonal flavors for your end-of-summer soiree.
6. TOMATO BRUSCHETTA WITH SWEET CHERRIES
Cherries add an unexpected — and totally irresistible — sweetness to the standard tomato bruschetta. You’ll be so obsessed, you’ll forget all about the record high temperatures.
7. CILANTRO RED POTATO SALAD WRAP
Turn this creamy potato salad from a side dish into a meal by stuffing it into a wrap. This is the kind of lunch best served chilled seems like it was made for late summer, right?
8. PRAWN CEVICHE
This dish needs to marinate in the fridge for 8 hours before it’s ready to serve by then you can be sure it’s chilled to perfection!
9. TUNA TACOS
Make taco night hot weather-friendly by using ahi tuna, which is best served rare (read: cold) and is paired here with a light and crunchy cabbage slaw.
10. FETA AND CHICKPEA SALAD
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen — and prepare this chickpea starter on the picnic table just moments before sitting down.
11. CREAMY ROASTED PEPPER PANZANELLA
Use up leftover bread in this Italian panzanella where hummus and roasted red peppers give it a summer kick.
12. COLD SESAME NOODLES
Too hot to cook? You can make these cold noodles in the morning and eat them in the afternoon, straight from the fridge. Their light sesame flavor won’t make them too greasy.