8 Quick & Easy Summer Recipes for Hot Nights

Step away from the hot stove and out of the kitchen. These no-cook recipes will keep you cool all summer long.

June 21, 2017
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Lindsey Johnson

Summer's finally here! With all of the excitement, parties, getaways, and spontaneous adventures, we often find ourselves packing much more into our days than we normally would.

More: 28 Healthy & Easy Smoothie Recipes

The absolute last thing you feel like doing after a busy day and night out is slaving away over a hot stove – especially when the temperatures crawl up. Here are some quick and easy recipes that won’t have you break a sweat!

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Crab Cocktail with Mango

Pretend you’re on a tropical vacation without leaving your kitchen—this recipe feels super luxurious, but in reality, it takes no time at all to make. 

Get the Crab Cocktail With Mango recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

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Gazpacho Smoothie Bowl

Put a spin on the tried-and-true summer classic gazpacho with this savory smoothie bowl recipe, loaded with vitamins A and K. 

Get the Gazpacho Smoothie Bowl recipe from Simple Green Smoothies

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Spinach-Avocado Caesar Salad

We’ll take any opportunity to add avocado to a dish, and it only takes 15 minutes to make this light, but satisfying, salad—featuring folate-rich spinach instead romaine for an added boost. 

Get the Spinach-Avocado Caesar Salad recipe from Flat Belly Diet! Family Cookbook

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Kale-Cherry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This salad has it all—fiber, potassium, healthy fats, vitamins, and electrolytes. And it only takes 10 minutes to make!

Get the Kale-Cherry Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette recipe from What Doctors Eat

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Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

Here's a recipe that feels like a dessert, but works as a dinner. Top it off with some chopped walnuts for some added protein and a crunchy, nutty texture.

Get the Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl recipe from Simple Green Smoothies

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Asian Slaw

When the days are hot, you want to keep it light—with protein-packed nuts and a rainbow of veggies, this recipe packs a punch without feeling heavy.

Get the Asian Slaw recipe from Women's Health Lift to Get Lean

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Colorful Kale, Apple and Fennel Slaw with Tart Cherries

Kathryn Taylor calls this recipe her “slaw soulmate” in her new cookbook Love Real Food because it’s “vibrant, hefty, slightly sweet slaw that’s great on its own.” You too, can fall in love with this recipe! 

Get the Colorful Kale, Apple, and Fennel Slaw recipe from Love Real Food

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Strawberry-Peanut Butter Parfaits

Thanks to the combo of Greek yogurt and peanut butter, you get a healthy dose of protein that'll keep you full and help you build metabolism-revving muscle as you indulge your sweet tooth. Not too shabby for a dessert (or breakfast!) dish, huh? Take that, froyo!

Get the Strawberry-Peanut Butter Parfaits recipe from Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook

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