Chinese-y Chicken Salad - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
This is not authentic Chinese, but that word is so over-used anyway, no? It's still a fresh and flavorful meal with cabbage, cucumber, shredded chicken, and a punchy dressing.
Spicy Meatloaf Sandwich - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
Here is a recipe for those who love cold pizza leftovers, eaten straight from the fridge. Meatloaf makes a great day-after meal as a mighty meat sandwich with smoky chipotle mayo and sun-dried tomatoes.
Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
Cold Asian noodle dishes are great make-ahead dishes you can use for weeknight dinners or work lunches. This one has seared flank steak, bok choy, and rice noodles tossed with a Thai-inspired vinaigrette. Add a little cilantro and freshly-squeezed lime juice, and you've got a wallop of flavor.
Steak Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
This salad is a hearty mix of potatoes, thin-sliced steak, parsley, celery, and scallions, with a tangy tomato dressing.
Flank Steak and Arugula Salad - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
Ohhh, yeah: Beef and beans. This is a cowboy kinda salad. Hearty yet healthy, this steak salad has black beans, black-eyed peas, red onions, and sweet bell peppers. It won't allow you to be hungry one or two hours later.
Vegetarian Muffuletta - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
Portobellos, artichokes, and roasted peppers add flavor, but the olives are the key to this sandwich.
Crab Salad - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
Crabs are so summery. And sandwiches lend themselves well to picnics and other outdoor excursions you like to do when the weather is warm. Pledge allegiance to your favorite crustacean with a crab salad sandwich.
Ahi Tuna Poke - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
When you have a top-quality protein, especially fish, you don't need to cook it. Asian-style tuna tartare with soy sauce, fresh ginger, and sesame seeds is one example. Poke is the latest trend, so try it at home and share what you think.
Open-Faced Shrimp Salad Sandwich - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
Does the idea of mayo sitting out under the sun make you cringe? Well, cringe no more. Here's a cool, crisp, mayo-free salad suited for warm weather.
Dilled Salmon Salad - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
Wanna be less typical? You can make a versatile, elegant alternative to tuna salad that's excellent on crackers, sandwiches, or leafy greens. Salmon is packed with nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids, and you can still just buy it in a can like tuna, if you want.
Beet Salad - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
This beet salad is a bright medley of roasted beets, fennel, capers, and walnuts tossed in a lemon vinaigrette and drizzled with crème fraîche.
Basic Tomato Gazpacho - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
You don't always have to switch it up. Try it classic first, at least. When tomatoes are at their peak, make sure to enjoy their fresh flavors in a simple tomato gazpacho.
Chilled Tofu Salad with Miso-Ginger Vinaigrette - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
If you don't want to be weighed down and sluggish, here's a light summery meal for you. Crunchy cucumber, tender butter lettuce, and chilled cubes of tofu star in this Asian-inspired salad.
Cucumber and Green Grape Gazpacho - Cold Dishes for Hot Weather
Gazpacho doesn't have to be limited to tomatoes. Oh, no. Here, you're working with tart grapes and cooling cucumbers, which replace tomatoes in this cold soup. The light, minty color alone can cool you down.