Cool Dishes for Hot Days
Beat the heat with main dishes, sides, and desserts that are meant to be enjoyed chilled.
Seared Tuna and Radish Salad with Wasabi Dressing
Add fresh tuna to your diet using a recipe that calls for minimal cooking. Searing the tuna seals in the juices and flavor, so make sure the skillet is hot when you add the steaks. They only need to cook about two minutes per side, so your kitchen will stay cool.
Chilled Corn Soup
Take advantage of summer's fresh produce and serve a flavor-packed soup that won't leave you overheated. The corn only needs three minutes to cook, so boil it quickly, purée, and chill for about three hours, or overnight if you prefer.
Recipe: Chilled Corn Soup
Avocado and Shrimp Sushi
Invite friends into the kitchen and have fun making your own sushi. Set up rolling stations and use cooked shrimp to speed along preparation time. Pour individual soy sauce bowls, hand out chopsticks, and enjoy.
Recipe: Avocado and Shrimp Sushi
Best Friends Iced Coffee Frappe
Make your own version of the coffeehouse favorite. The surprise ingredient, ginger ale, adds a zesty fizz to the finished chocolate-flavored treat.
Recipe: Best Friends Iced Coffee Frappe
Curried Chicken Salad
Just because you want to keep the kitchen cool doesn't mean you can't have some heat in your dinner. Curry powder adds a spicy kick to this fruit-packed version of chicken salad–It's loaded with grapes, apples, pineapple, and lemon juice.
Recipe: Curried Chicken Salad
Poached Pear, Macadamia, and Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese
Poaching is an ideal way to cook and still keep the kitchen cool. Serve this pear salad for a light dinner—you can poach the pears up to three days ahead. Then simply assemble the salad, toss, and serve.
Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche
Start the cooking process by boiling the seafood for a few minutes, then douse the shrimp and scallops in cold water and let the citrus juice takeover. The lime juice slowly finishes "cooking" the seafood as it chills overnight.
Recipe: Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche
Brownie Ice-Cream Sandwiches
Fruit cobblers and chocolate pies always have a place the dessert buffet, but when the heat of summer is on, serve a frozen ice-cream sandwich. Follow the recipe to make the brownies from scratch or substitute your favorite box mix.
Recipe: Brownie Ice-Cream Sandwiches
If you do decide to heat the grill for your main dish, serve a cool side dish like this orzo salad. Feta cheese, parsley, and balsamic vinegar add bright flavor to the cooked pasta. Make ahead and chill for an hour before serving. To serve it as a main dish, add leftover chicken and toss well.
Recipe: Orzo Salad
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