Beat the heat with summer vegetable recipes that don't require any cooking. No cooking at all. We promise.
Herb and Onion SaladThe bright, robust flavors in this all-herb salad are so refreshing with a rich steak or salmon, you may never go back to lettuce. The recipe comes from Matthew Dillon of Bar Sajor restaurant in Seattle.
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.
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.
Shaved Vegetable Salad with Toasted AlmondsThis no-cook side dish looks impressive, but all it takes is a sharp vegetable peeler to transform a few favorite veggies into an inventive salad.
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.
Tropical Fruit Salad
Escape on a tropical getaway with this colorful salad bursting with grapes, bananas, pineapple and mango.
Summer Fruit SaladAdd some savory flavor to your sweet fruit salad with avocado, arugula, and cilantro and mix with a bottled poppy seed dressing.
Mango-Lime SlawYou've never had slaw like this before! Add fresh mango to a simple mix of coleslaw, lime juice, and mayonnaise for an effortless summer side.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avocado-Hearts of Palm SaladThis avocado and hearts of palm salad gets some great flavor from garlic, lime juice, and cilantro.
Spicy SlawThis slaw gets it's spicy kick from seeded serrano chili.
Colorful ColeslawThis colorful and bright cole slaw is a perfect addition to any spread.
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.