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9 Cool Summer Meals That Won’t Heat Up Your Kitchen

9 Cool Foods That Won't Heat Up Your Kitchen

It’s the middle of the day and the temperatures are already climbing high, the air conditioning is struggling to keep up, and and I still have to figure out what to make for dinner.

Summer weather is often enough for us to throw up our hands and hit the take-out counter, but there are plenty of options for putting together a great meal that don’t involve laboring over a hot stove or oven.

Salads are a no-brainer, and adding a few new ingredients will make them exciting again. Going a step further in using summer’s fresh produce means diving into a big bowl of gazpacho or other chilled soups — super refreshing plus super easy equals a big win! Don’t forget about other raw foods as well. This is an ideal time to explore all the ways you can beat the heat in the kitchen.

Try a few of these cool recipes from the Whole Foods kitchens the next time you’re in a standoff with the oven.

Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho

Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho

Summer Tomato and Crab Salad

Summer Tomato and Crab Salad

Chilled Melon Soup with Basil

Chilled Melon Soup with Basil

Open-Face Cucumber and Tahini Sandwiches

Open-Face Cucumber and Tahini Sandwiches

Curried Chickpea Salad

Curried Chickpea Salad

Tofu-Seaweed Wraps with Wasabi

Tofu-Seaweed Wraps with Wasabi

No-Cook Tomato Sauce

No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Raw Berry Chia Pudding Pie

Raw Berry Chia Pudding Pie