10 (Mostly) No-Cook Meals to Eat Cold on Hot Nights

July 29, 2015

It's hard to be a cook, or to enjoy cooking, when it's this hot outside. (Do ice pops for dinner count as "eating seasonally"? Please?) For days when every fan is pointed directly at you and the last thing you want to be doing is making dinner, don't look too hard at the thermometer—is it 80°? 90°? Just pour yourself something tall and icy and make one of these 10 cold, (mostly) no-cook meals.

Is it in the 80s?

Cold Sauce by Roxanne DeRosa

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Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing by Sarah Jampel



Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash, and Roasted Onions by Merrill Stubbs



Linguine with Red Pesto and Corn by Posie Harwood



 ...or in the 90s?

Summer Melon Salad with Harissa, Feta, and Mint by EmilyC



Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella by Kendra Vaculin



Watermelon Gazpacho with Feta and Mint by Heather Morris



Dilled, Crunchy Sweet-Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing by creamtea



Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino by Genius Recipes



Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel by Amanda Hesser


What's your go-to dinner when it's just too hot to cook? Share your ideas in the comments.

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K June 24, 2016
Pint of Phish Food?
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Caroline L. June 24, 2016
I'm in.
Emily S. August 25, 2015
We tried out the Cold Noodles With Ponzu recipe. Saying it is no cook, and appropriate for hot nights, is a little misleading--everything in the recipe is cooked (mostly separate), cooled, then put together. It was one hot night in our NY kitchen, but I will attest that the final result was delicious and the leftovers were definitely perfect for eating on subsequent warm evenings. (I even blogged about it!
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Caroline L. August 25, 2015
thank you for this, emily! good to know. and i'm glad it was so good! August 13, 2015
Cold Pineapple and Mango Soup - gazpacho style with a pleasant kick!
Michelle August 12, 2015
It's been 100+ here in Austin. Just made a panzanella salad last night. Delish!
LJ S. August 12, 2015
Linguine with Tomatoes and Basil is genius for dinner in August.
Wyn August 2, 2015
Cucumber soup! So refreshing on a hot day.
Shelley M. August 2, 2015
Deviled eggs! Boil them in the morning-prepare them and let chill
AntoniaJames July 30, 2015
Finally. Cold Sauce gets the respect it deserves. Glad to see it on the top of the list! ;o)