The dog days of summer are upon us! Even here in northern Minnesota — where temperatures are mild compared to many places and most of us have no air conditioning — the oven hasn’t been turned on in weeks. If you’re like us, you’ve probably grilled just about everything you can think of and you’ve exhausted your supply of slow cooker recipes.
The very last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove and sweat. Can I get an AMEN?
Now it’s time for something cold. Ahhhhhh….
These gorgeous and nourishing recipes are all about keeping you (and your house) cool and keeping your stove off! Here is our round-up of 24 cold main dishes and 22 cold sides to get you through the rest of summer!
This is chicken salad for the mayonnaise-hating crowd, although even if you happen to think mayonnaise is perfectly delightful, this is a nice alternative. Via thekitchn.com.
This cold soup is the perfect answer when you’re avoiding turning on your stove or even hovering over a hot barbecue. Via againstallgrain.com.
This salad is a delicious balance of savory, sweet and salty. The crunch of the candied walnut with every bite is simply divine! Via urbanposer.blogspot.com.
A great low-cook meal that can involve the entire family. Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Not your usual spring roll! Via whiteonricecouple.com.
You’ll love this super easy wrap. Via thespunkycoconut.com.
This is the kind of recipe where you throw everything together, hope for the best, and end up with delicious!! Via halfbakedharvest.com.
This rainbow spring roll recipe includes a tutorial. Have fun spring rolling! Via whiteonricecouple.com.
This savory caprese cheesecake is like eating summer on a fork. Via thespunkycoconut.com.
Wholegrain slice of bread with a generous avocado layer, veggies and homemade bean sprouts. This hearty avocado sandwich with sprouts is full of amazing flavors and unbelievably good for you! Via win-winfood.com.
These veggie quinoa sushi rolls may look exotic, but they are actually very easy to make. Via veggieprimer.com.
These hand roll sushi’s have crispy nori, sweet teriyaki fish, gingery fish eggs, crisp cucumbers and tender avocado. They are very delicious, easy to make (as everyone makes their own), and full of nutrient dense ingredients! Via thenourishinggourmet.com.
These light and healthy Vietnamese-influenced summer rolls are filled with cooked shrimp, rice noodles, and plenty of fresh herbs and vegetables for flavor and crunch. Via chow.com.
Do you like simple? You’ll love this dish! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
These easy deviled eggs are packed with fresh dill, sharp mustard, and then topped with salty smoked salmon. The perfect simple bite! Via feedmephoebe.com.
This is a great meal for a busy mom, because it is so easy to whip up in a pinch. Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
The combination of this mayo, eggs and crab meat make a fantastic variation of the deviled egg. Via pasturedkitchen.com.
Serve this chilled with butter lettuce or over greens for a delightful, refreshing taste! Via urbanposer.blogspot.com.
Pad Thai wraps are a portable version of classic pad Thai. Rice wraps filled with rice noodles, shrimp (or tofu), peppers, basil, cilantro and a Thai peanut spread, these pad Thai wraps are gluten-free with a vegan option. Via ourfourforks.com.
The Greek yogurt base is a light alternative to mayonnaise, and the radishes bring a crisp, peppery crunch. We layered ours on bread with sprouts to make a gooey, satisfyingly messy sandwich. Via acouplecooks.com.
Super easy! Roll up the wrap and cut in half. Voila, a healthy meal in just a few minutes! Via theyellowtable.com.
A clean, healthy, paleo, and allergy-free version of the beloved Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Enjoy! Via lexiscleankitchen.com.
A tasty paleo meal doesn’t get much easier…dig into the creamy-goodness of this spiced-up buffalo chicken dish you can whip together in minutes! Via paleonewbie.com.
Spicy/crunchy/delicious! A party in your mouth! Via simplygluten-free.com.
By using yogurt rather than just mayo, you gain a healthy dose of beneficial probiotics, as well as a wonderful tangy flavor! Absolutely delicious – the perfect side dish for summer BBQs! Via thenourishinghome.com.
This salad is easy-peasy! Best eaten when fresh, although this does keep for a day or so in the refrigerator. Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
This Classic Caesar Salad is a simple recipe, but bright, crisp and delightfully garlicky. Via nourishedkitchen.com.
Carrot pasta with a creamy zesty garlic sauce. Via talesofakitchen.com.
You’ll love these fresh and tasty little rolls. Via itdoesnttastelikechicken.com.
This gluten-free macaroni salad is sure to please! It whips up really quickly and it can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled for any event. Via foodrenegade.com.
This sweet and savory einkorn pasta salad makes a great lunch to send with the kids to school or a great side dish to take to a picnic or potluck gathering. Via myhumblekitchen.com.
This Marinated Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad is perfect for picnics and potluck dinners, since it’s best when made ahead, allowing ample time for the flavors to combine. Via healthstartsinthekitchen.com.
Within just a matter of minutes you and your family (if you opt to share) will be diving into some super tasty guac! Enjoy! Via thenourishinghome.com.
Sprouts provide a vast supply of vitamins, minerals, oxygen and enzyme and taste great! Via citronlimette.com.
You’ll love this creamy coleslaw! Via kitchenstewardship.com.
Creamy, vibrant and packed with fresh flavor. Via gi365.co.
A mouth puckering spritz of lime. The warm, earthy flavors of cumin and cilantro. Creamy avocado paired with crisp bell pepper. YUM! Via mommypotamus.com.
Succotash – the ultimate expression of summer! Via thekitchn.com.
Sometimes all you need for lunch is a big plate of vegetables doused in good fat sitting alongside a tall glass of raw milk. Via foodrenegade.com.
Almost too pretty to eat! Via pinchofyum.com.
Only 15 minutes to put together this tasty and healthy salad. Via happilyunprocessed.com.
If you’re looking for the perfect, healthy dish to bring to a BBQ or potluck, this is a fantastic summer side dish. Via aranthasgourmetbeauty.com.
You’ll love this almost gourmet carrot salad. And it feeds a crowd or offers lots of leftovers. It’s also great for picnics or lunches. Via eatbeautiful.net.
This caprese stuffed avocado recipe is a delicious appetizer or salad. Via laylita.com.
If your kids (and/or spouse) aren’t big fans of raw cabbage, this new twist on coleslaw may help them to actually enjoy it! That’s because the shredded cabbage is tempered with some sweet additions. Via thenourishinghome.com.
The perfect cool, crisp complement to all grilled meats. Via thepioneerwoman.com.
Whether your summer ends on Labor Day weekend or goes through the end of September, we hope you find these refreshing dishes take the edge off the summer heat and get you through the home stretch! Fall is just around the corner!
What cold main dishes and sides do you like to make on hot summer days?
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