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9 Cool Foods (That Won't Heat Up Your Kitchen)

Updated June 29, 2017

Get the recipe: Summer Cucumber and Dill Salad

I know what you’re thinking — it’s the middle of the day and the temperatures are already climbing high, the air conditioning is struggling to keep up, and you still have to figure out what to make for dinner. Summer weather is often enough for us to throw up our hands and hit the take-out counter, but there are plenty of options for putting together a great meal that don’t involve laboring over a hot stove or oven.

Salads are a no-brainer, and adding a few new ingredients will make them exciting again. Going a step further in using summer’s fresh produce means diving into a big bowl of gazpacho or other chilled soups — super refreshing plus super easy equals a big win! Don’t forget about other raw foods as well. This is an ideal time to explore all the ways you can beat the heat in the kitchen.

Try a few of these cool recipes the next time you’re in a standoff with the oven.

Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho

Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho

No-Cook Zucchini "Noodle" Salad

No-Cook Zucchini “Noodle” Salad

Summer Tomato and Crab Salad

Chilled Melon Soup with Basil

Chilled Melon Soup with Basil

Open-Face Cucumber and Tahini Sandwiches

Open-Face Cucumber and Tahini Sandwiches

Curried Chickpea Salad

Tofu-Seaweed Wraps with Wasabi

Raw Berry Chia Pudding Pie

Raw Berry Chia Pudding Pie



Isabel says …

Looks delicious !!

Judi says …

Appealing to me, but I don't think my cowboys would appreciate it

Brenda Goodwin says …

I can't wait to get some of the wild coho salmon this week!! I like to grill enough for several meals at once. Then I make a salad with the salmon, crème fraiche, little white wine, finely chopped red onion (soak in milk 1st), cilantro, seasonings to taste. Serve on slice of bread with sliced avocado and tomato slices on side. Delicious and healthy!!

rick millward says …

Love your emphasis on good healthy eating.

Ms P says …

Hm,,m H,mm Good!

Barbara says …

Everything looks delicious

karen says …

Would love to get the California Quinoa salad recipe . .. .

S Bates says …

Why is yellow corn always shown in recipes and adds but never available to buy?!!!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@S BATES - Most of our stores should offer yellow corn right since it is in season. They should also have canned and frozen options year round as well!