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