Whew! It’s a hot one out there! When it’s a sticky summer day, the last thing we want to do is to heat up the whole house by turning on the oven. That’s why we have rounded up these cold meal ideas for hot summer days to share with you.
With these recipes, you can serve a cold, refreshing meal that will fill you up without overheating you. Yes, some of the options are salads ( a go-to in summer), but there is plenty more here to choose from too.
Cold Meal Ideas for Hot Summer Days
Combine your love of avocado and a fresh Caprese salad for this delicious summer meal.
Okay, this might not seem like a meal, but use it as part of a cold plate with some cheese, lunchmeat, and crackers. Perfect!
This is a unique take on the typical coleslaw. It’s light and refreshing.
A potluck classic that’s been around for ages – that’s because it’s so good!
The sesame, garlic, and honey come together with the cucumber to make a salad that is out of this world.
Sure. It’s a sandwich we’re all familiar with. But this one is packed with flavor and a few secret ingredients you might not have thought of using before.
Vegetarian “sandwiches” that are so flavorful and delicious, you’ll want a second one.
Carrot pasta? Hmmm. We’ve never tried that before but we are intrigued.
This salad is delicious served warm or cold. Make up a big batch and you can have it a few times throughout the week.
Lettuce cups are such a great way to lighten up a meal! Fill them with nearly anything you’d like or have on hand or try this scrumptious chicken.
Spring rolls are another great option for a hot summer day. You can even use up those leftover bits of vegetables you have lingering in your fridge.
We think pesto just tastes like summer in a bowl!
Don’t turn on the oven. Throw the fennel on your grill outside. Yum!
Strawberries and spinach are one of those perfect flavor combinations we love!
Forget takeout. Make your own grilled fish tacos at home.
Instead of using bread which can feel heavy in summer, this recipe stuffs tomatoes with chicken salad. Lovely!
Another of those perfect flavor combos – watermelon and feta. The blueberries just takes it over the top.
Looking to cut down on carbs but want that summer salad taste? Try this loaded cauliflower salad!
The perfect plant-based main or side dish, this Asian Cabbage Salad with Warm Spicy Peanut Dressing is a refreshing change from the usual. Great to take to potlucks!
Stuffed tomatoes not your thing? Try these stuffed pasta shells.
Cold Soba noodles are a delight on a hot summer day. They’ll fill you up but they’re cool and refreshing.
Ceviche is made with a protein and an acid – such as with this one made with grapefruit and flounder. YUM!
Yes, you can make this in the oven but it’s even tastier on the grill and that won’t heat up the house!). No, you don’t have to use beer. Use pretty much any kind of juice or soda pop you want in this recipe. The spice rub is divine!
We’re always ready for steak cooked on the grill! The accompanying salad looks so refreshing and delicious.