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21 Cold, No-Cook, or Raw Dinners for the Dog Days

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You are probably tired of being told that it's hot out there. You know that it's hot out there because your legs stuck to the seat of your car this morning on the way to work or you sweat through your shirt on the walk to the subway. You've either been cranking the A.C. or telling yourself stubbornly that you're saving so much by not having one and going to bed surly and wet from the shower. (Been there.) Even if you love cooking and eating, the business of feeding yourself can feel like a problem in this kind of sticky weather, the prospect of turning on the oven a threat to your sanity and the well-being of everyone around you.

Instead, go raw, go no-cook, go eat-'em-cold dinners. Here are 21 (and 2 desserts!) to help keep your kitchen (and your head) cool. Some might demand a few minutes of action in a pot of boiling water or a hot frying pan, but nothing enough to break a sweat (or your neck).

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If it's 85° F...

A Tomato Sandwich Worthy of a Little Bacon

A Tomato Sandwich Worthy of a Little Bacon by inpatskitchen

Grilled Corn & Barley Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

Grilled Corn & Barley Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette by Jen Balletto

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad
Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad
Cold Sauce

Cold Sauce by Roxanne DeRosa

Not-Quite Niçoise with Lime-Chive Cream

Not-Quite Niçoise with Lime-Chive Cream by creamtea

Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing
Cold Vegetable and Noodle Salad with Ponzu Dressing

If it's 90° F...

Watermelon, Arugula, and Pickled Onion Summer Salad
Watermelon, Arugula, and Pickled Onion Summer Salad
Puttanesca Panzanella
Puttanesca Panzanella
Seaweed Salad with Kale and Cucumber
Seaweed Salad with Kale and Cucumber
Monster Avocado Toast Sandwich
Monster Avocado Toast Sandwich
Summer Cold Noodle Salad
Summer Cold Noodle Salad
Fattoush
Fattoush

If it's pushing 100° F...

It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad
It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad
Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad with Basil and Feta
Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad with Basil and Feta
Watermelon Gazpacho with Feta and Mint
Watermelon Gazpacho with Feta and Mint
Bronzino's Green Panzanella
Bronzino's Green Panzanella
Patricia Wells' Zucchini Carpaccio with Avocado and Pistachios

Patricia Wells' Zucchini Carpaccio with Avocado and Pista... by Genius Recipes

Dilled, Crunchy Sweet-Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

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

Zucchini Pasta Marinara
Zucchini Pasta Marinara
Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa
Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa
Mango Cucumber Chile Salad
Mango Cucumber Chile Salad

Don't forget dessert!

Raw Mini Key Lime Pies
Raw Mini Key Lime Pies
Raw, Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake
Raw, Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake

How do you eat when it's too darn hot out? Share your best sweaty-weather dinners in the comments.