It’s hot out there! Stay cool — and out of the kitchen — with these dishes that require little or no cooking, letting fresh summer produce steal the show.
|Black Bean, Corn and Quinoa Salad
This spin on Mediterranean tabbouleh uses quick-cooking quinoa in place of barley. The extra protein, combined with hearty beans and fresh vegetables, makes this a filling an eye-catching dish.
|Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
Chilled soups are especially refreshing on hot days, and they take almost no time to make. Just remember to plan ahead — this one tastes even better after several hours in the fridge.
|Pasta Salad with Summer Beans and Herbs
Toss quickly blanched shelling beans with cooked pasta and a tangy dressing, and dinner comes together in no time. This recipe is great for working ahead, as it’s served chilled. Keep it in mind for your next picnic.
|BLTA SandwichesThick, juicy tomato slices, crunchy bacon and buttery avocado — this sandwich has it all. Fry the bacon on the stovetop to speed up the prep.|
|Sonoma Succotash Salad
Shelling fava beans takes a little time and patience, but their delicate flavor is well worth the effort. They cook in just a minute, and combined with quickly grilled corn and two additional types of beans, they make a beautiful summer dish.
|Chopped Salad with Lemon-Chipotle Dressing
Use leftover roasted chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken for this main course salad, which features fresh, crisp vegetables in a bright but smoky dressing.
|Two Melon Soups
Blend cantaloupe and honeydew into sweet, colorful soups for an unexpected dish — all you need is a food processor.
|Summer Squash Tartines with Rosemary and Lemon
It’s amazing what you can do with one summer squash and five minutes. Sliced and quickly sauteed, it makes a delicious topping to crusty bread spread with creamy ricotta cheese.
|Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Salsa
Using canned beans, you can easily make vegetarian tacos. Just lightly cook the filling on the stove, toast the tortillas, and assemble for a perfect summer meal.
|Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta
This is a true celebration of tomatoes, ideal for when it’s too hot to linger at the stove. Cooked pasta is combined with roughly chopped heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella for a dish that screams summer.
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