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4 Easy Summer Recipes to Beat the Heat

Summer cooking is all about fresh and fast—and avoiding the stove.

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On a hot summer afternoon, the idea of turning on your stove or preheating your oven is the last thing on your mind. Save some time – and avoid the heat – with recipes that are simple, straightforward, and don’t require a whole lot of cook time. These four recipes have a minimal prep-time and are perfect for a barbecue or dinner on the patio. Even better? They’re easy summer recipes that won’t take you more than 25 minutes total, and some don’t require any heat at all!

You can plan to make these meals during the week, when you’re short on time. Or, make them for your weekend get-togethers. They’re so simple to pull together than you can welcome guests without spending a lot of time prepping your dishes in advance. And, as an added bonus, each one of these easy summer recipes is a total crowd-pleasers.

Summer Gazpacho

Gazpacho
(Photo: Maya Visnyei)

When it’s too hot to cook, grab some tomatoes and make this cool summer soup. Toss some of the best seasonal produce into your blender, and you’ve got a quick appetizer, lunch, or dinner ready to serve. Get the recipe here.

Melon, Prosciutto and Mozzarella Salad

Prosciutto Melon Salad
(Photo: Costas Millas)

This sweet and savory veg-forward salad is perfect for summer. Even better, there’s no heat and no actual cooking required to get this salad on the table. Get the recipe here.

Honey-Sriracha Grilled Short Ribs

Honey-Sriracha Short Ribs

Slightly sweet with a bit of heat and totally tender, these ribs are a barbecue crowd-pleaser. Quick-cooking and infused with plenty of flavor, you’re going to want to make these for your next weekend cookout. Get the recipe here.

Everything Spice Salmon

Spice Salmon

Consider this your everything-under-the-sink salmon dish! DIY your own version of the much-loved “everything” season to add flavor to your salmon. Get the recipe here.