Cold Meal Ideas For Hot Summer Days

On really hot days, the last thing you want is a warm meal. Try these delicious ideas for cold dishes that will impress

Picture this: you've just spent the day out in the backyard with the family. You did some gardening, played a bit of tag, the kids even went for a run through the sprinkler it was so hot out. And now, you've got to plan something for dinner. You're hardly going to throw on a roast in this heat!

Why not try one of our great cold recipes, perfect for these hot summer days ahead. 

Soba Noodle and Raw Veggie Salad

This colourful dish from Cookie & Kate is as tasty as it is hearty as it is nice to look at. The edamame serves as a protein, making it a complete meal to boot! Omit chili flakes if you have a spice-adverse kid in the house, and add them to individual servings to taste. 

Tuna and Tofu Cold Dish

Served as an appetizer or part of lunch, you and your guests will wonder why you hadn't considered this combination earlier. This recipe from Yummy Bakes makes four portions, so double up for larger groups (or seconds). It takes only 15 minutes to make, so you can enjoy more time on the deck in the sun. 

Fresh Corn and Tomato Quinoa Salad

It is a salad, for sure, but the quinoa base makes it filling enough to be eaten as a meal. A perfect healthy meal for the end of a busy outdoor day. And, like so many of these cold dishes, the quinoa salad makes a beautiful addition to any table. We love the recipe from In Sonnet's Kitchen

Chilled Beet and Yogurt Soup

This vibrant cold soup is a kid and adult favourite. With only a few ingredients, each can be savoured in the dish. Good to note: in this recipe from Emmy Cooks, the beets do require cooking, so this one may be best to prepare on a cooler evening to serve for the next day's lunch.

Vietnamese Steak and Vermicelli Bowl

A healthy and creative take on this dish, this recipe from I Am A Food Blog includes avacado, tomato and cucumber. Add a bit of hoisin sauce for kids who want that extra bit of sweetness, and use the chili pepper to taste.

Sushi Salad

Somewhere between rice bowl, sushi and a grain salad lives this amazing "sushi salad." The edamame serves as protein, with baby carrots, bell pepper and cucumber amongst the vegetables. Don't skip the rice vinegar, but otherwise this is certainly a recipe you can play around with and swap ingredients in and out of quite easily. 

You can see the recipe at Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen.

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