Beat the heat with summer vegetable recipes that don't require any cooking. No cooking at all. We promise.
Mediterranean Chickpea SaladCreate a colorful salad that's packed with protein by combining chickpeas, tomatoes, and arugula. The salad is also full of flavor from the mixture of manchego cheese, lemon zest, and mint.
Strawberry-Tomato SaladLook for mini multicolored tomatoes at the supermarket. Toss them with strawberries for a surprising combo to serve with grilled salmon, chicken, or pork.
Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes with TarragonSide dishes don't get any easier than this one. All you need to do is slice up the tomatoes and drizzle with a mixture of olive oil, vinegar, and tarragon.
Shaved Zucchini and Parsley SaladThis 5-ingredient side features shaved zucchini, flat-leaf parsley, red onion, and crumbled feta cheese. It pairs well with grilled meats and sandwiches.
Snappy Pea-and-Herb SaladServe this fragrant side with just about any grilled meat; it plays well off smoky, charred flavors. Toss in feta cheese and shrimp to turn it into a main.
GazpachoGazpacho is a chilled tomato soup filled with other vegetables such as peppers, onions, cucumbers and green peppers. Serve it as a side dish alongside a sandwich for cool, summertime meal.
Fresh Squash ChipsOffer a healthy side dish option at your next cookout by serving thin slices of summer squash instead of chips. Serve these fresh veggie "chips" with your favorite dip.
Green Machine SaladThere's enough acidity to keep the apples from turning brown if made up to three hours ahead. Use a vegetable peeler to transform asparagus into thin ribbons, a technique that also works well with carrots.
Balsamic Carrot SaladPerk up sliced carrots with the addition of white balsamic vinegar, cilantro, and oregano. Not only is this bright side dish great for picnics and cookouts, it's also a great source of vitamin A, which really is good for your eyes.
Spiced Marinated TomatoesMarinated tomatoes are a great choice for summer entertaining because you can marinate up to two days ahead. This spiced-up version features jalapeño pepper, ginger and cumin.
Marinated Vegetable SaladCombine an assortment of colorful vegetables and stir in chickpeas and olives for a hearty vegetable salad that's easy to make and easy to take if you're headed to a picnic or potluck supper.
Heirloom Tomato and Zucchini SaladThis light and refreshing summer salad features gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and garden-fresh zucchini. An easy red wine vinaigrette ties everything together.
Marinated ChickpeasAdd Mediterranean flavor with kalamata olives, feta cheese, parsley and rosemary. Once you've served this as a side dish, you can toss the leftovers with pasta for a main-dish pasta salad.