Keeping Cool With Summer Recipes

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Smith Mountain Lake Sun Lovers are in their element this summer, with record temperatures expected. Beating the heat is partly about keeping things cool in the kitchen. Even on scorching days, there are delicious meals you can create without heating up the kitchen!

Here are some recipe ideas for refreshing meals that won’t heat up your home:

  1. Salads: Salads are a classic summer staple for a reason. They’re endlessly customizable, so you can throw in whatever fresh ingredients you have on hand. Try a chopped kale salad with toasted breadcrumbs for a hearty option, or a Greek salad with grilled chicken or shrimp for a protein punch.
  2. Chilled Soups: Cold soups like gazpacho or vichyssoise are perfect for a light lunch or dinner. Gazpacho is a Spanish soup made with blended tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and garlic. Vichyssoise is a French potato and leek soup that’s typically served chilled and creamy.
  3. Pasta Salads: Pasta salad is another great option for a crowd-pleasing meal. You can use any type of pasta you like, and toss it with a variety of chopped vegetables, cheese, and a light vinaigrette.
  4. No-Cook Meals: Who wants to turn on the stove when it’s already scorching outside? Think refreshing meals that you can prepare without any cooking. Put together a delicious summer roll with shrimp, rice noodles, and fresh herbs or whip up a mason jar salad with layers of greens, veggies, and a protein for a grab-and-go lunch.
Cool Summer Recipes

More Low-Heat Meals

Mason Jar Salads:
Layer your favorite greens, chopped veggies, cooked protein (like grilled chicken or chickpeas) and a light dressing in a mason jar for a healthy, grab-and-go lunch.
Summer Rolls:
These Vietnamese delights are filled with shrimp, rice noodles, fresh herbs, and crunchy vegetables. Dip them in a flavorful peanut sauce for a refreshing bite.
This chilled Spanish soup is made with blended tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and garlic. It’s a perfect starter or light lunch, packed with vitamins.
Fruit Salads: Light, refreshing and nutritious, throwing together a large bowl of fresh fruit, melon, berries, nuts, raisins and a drizzle of pineapple or orange juice, is a wonderful summertime idea for cool foods.
Outdoor Grilling:
Fire up the grill for some protein options like skewers with chicken, veggies, and kebabs. You can also grill fish for a light and flavorful main course.
Shrimp Ceviche:
This citrusy dish features marinated shrimp with chopped vegetables like avocado, tomato, and red onion. Serve it with tostadas or crackers for a zesty appetizer or light meal.
Cold Sesame Noodles:
These Taiwanese noodles are tossed in a cool sesame sauce with cucumbers and carrots for a refreshing and flavorful dish.

Bonus Tips:

- Utilize fresh, seasonal ingredients like watermelon, cucumber, and tomatoes for their natural cooling properties.
- Opt for dishes with light dressings or vinaigrettes instead of heavy sauces.
- Don't forget hydrating side dishes like chilled fruit salad or a colorful slaw.
Easy Summer Recipes To Try

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