TELL VT: What do you make for dinner when it’s too hot to cook?

By vt_editor May 27, 2014

Fattoush Salad

What do you make for dinner when it’s too hot to cook? The Fattoush Salad pictured above is a VT staff favorite when the weather is warm.

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gazpacho, yum :)

kerri - 2014-08-30 17:19:30

I love to make a raw veggie wrap using any raw julienned veggies I have on hand. Some of my favorites are zucchini or cucumber, carrots, red peppers, onion, & sprouts or pea shoots & I'll either spread the wrap with guacamole instead of mayo or just sliced avocado. Any kind of grated or sliced cheese is good too. Add seasonings to taste. I don't include tomatoes tho because they tend to make the wraps wet & break down. Instead I'll include a side of cut, deseeded tomatoes with chopped fresh basil, onion & maybe even some kernel corn seasoned with salt & pepper.

Bernadette Sabatini - 2014-07-14 16:52:22

Eggless Egg Salad -love it! I mash a block of firm or extra firm tofu with a fork, mix in soy mayo, mustard, turmeric and curry powder and sprinkle paprika on the top. Sometimes I add relish or a finely chopped dill pickel. Instead of having a sandwich, I'll spread it on crackers.

Elisa Sassu - 2014-07-01 16:15:59

Freshly tossed salad with ingredients from our garden and local farmers market begins the meal. I make a great nachos that zaps in 2 min. In the microwave. Cold watermelon tops off the meal.

Jan Larson - 2014-06-25 18:56:47

Skinned Red Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Feta Cheese with toasted sour dough bread oil and herbs on top. Served with an olive oil balsamic & lemon dressing and capers

Alison Lawton - 2014-06-11 07:09:25

I make my MBJ Arugula Quinoa Salad! Mangoes, Blueberries and Jicama make this a fresh and cool summer salad! I sometimes even omit the quinoa for a totally raw dish and faster prep. The dressing is a lemon basil vinaigrette that takes 30 second flat to put together. It's a perfect meal when it's too hot to cook!

Stephanie Tulman - 2014-06-10 23:19:15

Vietnamese spring rolls! Only the glass noodles are cooked. Delicious with dipping sauce!

Alexa - 2014-06-10 23:12:14

I make a salad of spring mix, dried cranberries, diced mandarin oranges and chopped pecans or slivered almonds. I toss it with a raspberry vinagret. Very refreshing!

Deborah B. - 2014-06-10 21:33:03

My family loves a cold, fruit-filled dinner on hot nights, and it's a great way to use up all the season's bounty. This could be a fruit and cheese platter, fruit soup or salad with lots of fruit. Our favorites: - ripe melon, parma ham, fresh mozzarella served with crusty bread and good olive oil - cherry soup made with greek yogurt, lime and ginger, and little turkey breast finger sandwiches on pumpernickel - watermelon and feta salad, with pickled red onion and mint We've even had giant smoothies for dinner!

Tamara Ehlin - 2014-06-10 20:48:50

Since I am a single person and don't have to cook for others, my favorite hot summer night meal is one of two sandwiches. I either have a sprout sandwich or a sprout sandwich with sliced tomato!I grow my own sprouts so I usually have plenty and I love them. I use sandwich thins or deli thins whichever is on sale and some mayo and a tone of alfalfa and clover sprouts and if I have tomatoes, I add them. That's all there is to it. Give me a huge glass of Vintage Seltzer and I'm good to go!

Grace - 2014-06-10 19:21:12

We like to make what we call a "dinner salad". Home grown lettuce and arugula, a couple of hard-cooked eggs, some black beans, avo, red onion, tomato, and thinly sliced red potato with a honey-balsamic dressing. It's nutritious and satisfying.

Janet White - 2014-06-10 17:31:34

Freshly baked hot bread in the summertime? Absolutely. I keep a supply of raw homemade or store-bought bread dough in the freezer to thaw in the fridge overnight and then bake in my waffle iron as needed. Three to three-and-a-half minutes is all it takes, then I top it with whatever I have on hand from sun-ripened tomatoes to eggplant relish. I let the abundance of garden-fresh summer produce inspire me.

Lillian Kayte - 2014-06-10 17:08:38

I like to make salads with cucumbers. They're so refreshing! One of my favorites is Asian cucumber salad with peanuts. The dressing is made from rice vinegar, sweet chilli sauce, garlic, and sesame oil. I could eat it every day!

Julia B. - 2014-06-10 16:54:06

Panzanella Salad - tomatoes from the garden - basil from window box - crusty bread with a heaping splash of balsamic and olive oil w/ a little S&P - YUMMY!!!

Dawn Hill - 2014-06-04 15:38:17

I'm all about salads in the summer. One of my favorites is pasta salad, it's so easy to make, very affordable, and super yummy. It's so good when it's chilled in the refrigerator for a few hours. Ingredients Tri color pasta, cooked Diced cucumber Grape tomatoes, halved Sliced black olives Mozzarella or Provolone cheese, cubed Italian dressing or vinaigrette Mix it all together and chill it for about an hour and it's ready to eat!!

Autumn Moinet - 2014-06-04 08:01:18