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7 Dishes to Make When It’s Too Hot to Cook

Sometimes you just don’t feel like turning on the stove, especially during the dog days of summer. Fortunately, soaring temps and high humidity don’t have to mean missing out on delicious meals. These seven easy-breezy recipes come together with little to no cooking, so you can serve up big flavors without breaking a sweat (or the bank).
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Greek salad with capers

For a refreshing salad inspired by the Mediterranean, we ditched the lettuce and added a pop of bright, briny flavor. Capers bring unexpected zing to plum tomato wedges and thick cucumber slices tossed with chunks of feta and Greek dressing.

Mozzarella, tomato, plum salad

Up your summer salad game with this fruity take on classic Caprese. Slices of juicy plum (or swap in peaches or nectarines) add a tangy depth of flavor to peak season tomatoes and fresh mozzarella on a bed of peppery arugula.

Summer deli snacking board

Grazing boards are an easy way to satisfy every palate while also serving an array of nutrients. The whole family can help choose and assemble ingredients—like the picnic-inspired proteins and salads in our summer deli board, or veggies, fruit, cheese, and beyond—for an endlessly adaptable, always popular meal or snack.

Veggie and couscous bowl with hummus

This easy vegan bowl works hot or cold, day or night. Fluffy couscous is a delicious canvas for crunchy cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and the savory zing of garlic hummus.

Slow cooker spiced-citrus pork carnitas

Turn any backyard get-together into a flavorful fiesta with easy carnitas tacos. The slow cooker does all the work for authentic-tasting, fork-tender pork braised with garlic, spices, and two types of citrus.

Summer rolls

These light and luscious, Vietnamese-style summer rolls are full of filling protein, thanks to rotisserie chicken. Fresh herbs, lime juice, tomatoes, and carrots add plenty of color and crunch accented with the sweet tang of hoisin sauce.

Tuna poke bowls

Serve an eye-catching meal that rivals your favorite sushi restaurant for a fraction of the price. Ahi tuna “cooked” in a refrigerated soy-lime marinade with avocado, cucumber, carrots, scallions, and black sesame seeds over rice is a rainbow full of flavor and nutrients.

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