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6 Healthy, No-Cook Dinner Ideas for Hot Summer Nights

6 Healthy, No-Cook Dinner Ideas for Hot Summer Nights
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The temperature at my apartment stays fairly cool during the day. Until about 2 pm. Then, the afternoon sun blasts through all the West-facing windows, and even just sitting at my desk turns into a steamy affair.

When quitting time rolls around, the last thing I want to do is fire up a hot stove and heat the place up all over again just to make dinner. In those situations, I usually opt to throw dinner on the grill — veggies, meat, everything — but then I discovered something even better: meals that require no cooking at all!

Put a few of these into your weekly rotation and you’ll be able to wow your sweating family with a quick, healthy meal that’s guaranteed to keep everyone cool.

1. Chicken & White Bean Salad

no cook chicken and bean salad

Salad greens are abundant in gardens and farmers’ markets this time of year. The only trouble is figuring out enough different ways to serve them! Here’s a variation packed full of protein from iVillage: add some diced, pasture-raised chicken, some feta cheese, white beans and fresh basil. Top with a homemade citrus vinaigrette, and enjoy! For even more nutrients, try substituting smoked salmon for the chicken.

2. Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho Soup

no cook Spicy Watermelon Soup

Consisting of around 90 percent water, watermelon is a great summertime treat that will bring down your body temperature and help you stay hydrated. In this delicious soup recipe from CookingStoned, the delightful pink fruit is combined with tomato, cucumber, herbs and some spicy Serrano pepper for an amazing dinner that only needs a few minutes in the food processor!

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3:49PM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing

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6:17AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

2:37AM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Thank you ...

2:30PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thanks.

10:40AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

These do sound good. Thanks for the ideas!

8:03AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Or the old standbys, tuna salad, egg salad, ham salad or lettuce salad. Made up in the cool (or relative cool) of the morning, and put in the refrigerator ready to go. Chop up a watermelon. That will rehydrate you.

7:14AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

I often use a slow cooker for my evening meals & lunch the following day it does not seem to heat up the house & I can make it go quicker by insulating the lid & then stays warmer for longer!
I shall try some of these cold meals!

6:34AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Great idea but would have liked more.

1:16AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

greek salad is easy to make, add some hummus and pita bread, easy and cool meal

12:27AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Thanks for sharing. Sounds good.

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