The last thing most people want to do in summer is turn on the oven. You don't need to skimp on nutrition or complete meals with hot weather recipes that will keep you cool and get you out of the kitchen quickly.
Some of the ingredients in these summertime favorites such as pasta, chicken, or hard-cooked eggs, might require some cooking or grilling. Some cooking could be done the evening before when it might be a little cooler.
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Color and flavor abound in this delicious rice salad. Shrimp provides the protein, while flavor and color come from steamed peas, red bell pepper, and a mayonnaise dressing.
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This chicken salad is a perfect hot weather salad, and hearty enough to serve for dinner. The salad has lots of flavor and crunch with diced fresh apples, cranberries, and optional walnuts or pecans. Serve on lettuce leaves or in nice soft rolls or wraps for a delicious lunch or dinner. Use a purchased rotisserie chicken or basic baked chicken breasts.
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This tuna and pasta salad will keep you cool. If you don't have chopped fresh dill, a few teaspoons of dried dill would work as well. The salad is an easy preparation and it makes a good main dish or side dish for summer meals.
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This salad makes a great vegetarian choice, or replace the mayonnaise with your favorite vegan dressing. The Southwestern flavors are fabulous.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Deviled eggs are always a hit for lunches or snacks. Top these basic deviled eggs with sliced or finely chopped red onion, sliced grape tomatoes, fresh chopped parsley, chives, sliced olives, or cornichons.
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Have it your way. Choose the classic creamy mayonnaise dressing or make it the Connecticut way with melted butter.
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Add fresh chopped celery or finely chopped onion to customize this tuna salad with the ingredients you love. Hard-cooked eggs are delicious in tuna salad, along with the dill relish and dill weed, but tuna salad is versatile.
Serve the tuna salad in sandwiches made with your favorite bread, panini, or on lettuce leaves for a delicious lunch or summertime dinner.
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This is a delicious salad to serve on a hot summer day, whether for a family meal or a special cookout or potluck.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Throw a steak on the grill and toss it onto a salad for a cool and hearty summer meal.
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This salad is delicious with fresh grilled tuna, but you could certainly make it with a good quality canned or packaged tuna. It's a hearty and flavorful Nicoise-style salad. Potatoes and green beans can be cooked ahead of time, cut, and chilled until prep time.
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Ham salad is an excellent way to use leftover ham, and it makes wonderful sandwiches. Serve with chips and a tossed salad for a satisfying meal.
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This tasty pasta salad features fresh vegetables and a creamy mayonnaise and pesto dressing.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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This shrimp salad is a snap to throw together for a hot summer evening meal. Serve it on lettuce leaves with a side of fresh tomatoes.
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Add this delicious macaroni salad to your cookout menu. It's a glorious symphony of flavor and color. Ham and cheese provide plenty of protein.
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Use soft store-bought wraps for these amazing Caesar salad sandwiches. Grilled chicken breasts and a homemade Caesar dressing provide the filling.
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This grilled chicken salad provides a healthy fresh mixture of vegetables along with some pancetta and grilled chicken. It's a satisfying salad, perfect for lunch or dinner.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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If you have browned ground beef crumbles on hand, you can have a taco salad in minutes. Get a jumpstart on this dish by freezing well-drained ground beef in 1-pound portions that you can pull out at your convenience to start this salad.
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A pineapple salad goes well with all kinds of grilled foods. Serve it along with grilled tuna, salmon, pork, or chicken.