We're heading into the time of year that feels like one big, all-too-short swoon—slowly and blushingly hot, blurred at the edges, all peach-juicy and giddy. And what that means, even before it's so sticky out that you can barely stand being in the kitchen at all, is that dinners should be as concentrated and fresh-feeling and quick to prepare as they can be. The quicker the prep, the more time there is to linger over the table. (If you can, do the eating and lingering outside.)
Here are 20 of our speediest, summeriest dinners (and if tomatoes aren't in season where you are yet, start with all the other recipes—and by the time you get through them, tomatoes will be here):
It's hot and you don't want to turn the oven on. What do you make for dinner? Share your sweaty-weather ideas in the comments.
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This article originally ran in May of 2016.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).