As a teacher, I love the summer when I finally have more time to prepare interesting dishes for my family and friends. But who wants to spend time in a hot kitchen when it’s sweltering outside? Here are five recipes I’ve found for uncooked dishes. Enjoy these raw and crunchy delights!
I learned to love ceviche several years ago in Mexico, where it is a staple. This recipe calls for scallops, but I’ve always used raw bass, freshly caught. You can also try flounder, halibut or red snapper. The key is to marinate the fish for a long time in lime juice, which will “cook” it. And always use the freshest ingredients. Enjoy!
2. Raw Zucchini With Cashew Pesto
This zucchini spaghetti dish from FoodLab is ridiculously simple, as long as you have a good kitchen tool to julienne your zucchini. It tastes great on its own, but also serves as an instant and delicious side-dish for whatever main course you are serving.
3. Vietnamese Summer Wraps
This is no-sweat entertaining for a hot summer’s night. All you have to do is place your yummy fresh ingredients in the middle of the table and let your guests have at it! The recipe calls for lettuce as a wrap, but you could use a different leaf, or substitute rice paper. Thanks to Anya Kassoff for this idea.
And now to desserts!
4. Spanish Summer Fruit Salad With Mint And Olive Oil
Here’s a refreshing change: instead of dollops of cream on your fruit salad, try a sprinkling of mint and olive oil. This recipe calls for strawberries, kiwis and peaches, but you can substitute whatever fruit is in season for the freshest and sweetest flavor. It takes almost no time to prepare, but for the best flavor, leave it to chill for a couple of hours before serving.
5. Raw Fruit Crumble
This dessert, which doubles as a breakfast food, is not only delicious, but also healthy because it is free of refined sugar, gluten, and of course animal products. Use whatever local fruit is available: berries, peaches, plums, apples and pears are all good. Then add a crumble made of dates and nuts and indulge your guests with a vanilla almond cream. You can find the recipe here.
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