Summer is nice, I won’t deny it. You don’t need to layer five sweaters on you, everything’s bright and colored, the days are longer, the beach is inviting. The only thing I dread is cooking. While I don’t mind baking apples and making steaks in the winter, I won’t even go near my oven in the summer. If I feel like having an omelette, I’d rather drive 80km to my parents than make it myself. Still, eating tomatoes with cheese and the occasional crackers are not always enough to cover three balanced meals a day. So what are the alternatives? Check out these 10 summer recipes made without an oven if you want to eat something else than biscuits this season.
1. Strawberry Caprese with Pistachio Pesto
Yes, you can do other things than jam with strawberries. For this all you need is to mix mozzarella, strawberries and tomatoes, season them with salt and pepper and add some pesto. For the pistachio pesto, put pistachios, basil, mint, garlic and cheese in your blender and pulse until it has the texture you want. Add some olive oil for a Mediterranean flavor and your quick dish is ready.
2. Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad
Not only vegetarian, but also vegan, this quick recipe is ideal if you need new lunch box idea. Start by spiralizing (or grating) your zucchini, making the “noodles”. On top of them sprinkle a sliced red onion and red chili. For the Thai dressing, mix together the red chili, garlic, green onion, ginger, vinegar, soy, peanut butters and sesame oil in a blender. Once it’s smooth, you can pour it over your zucchini and add almonds and cilantro. Tastes amazing!
3. Antipasto Skewers
Running out of snacks ideas for your next party? These skewers are quick to make and won’t go unnoticed by your guests. Once you’ve soaked your wooden skewers in water, you can start assembling the ingredients. Start with basil or parsley and add prosciutto or artichoke hearts. Top everything off with a Kalmata olive and add more basil or parsley if you want.
4. Sun dried tomato and basil pinwheels
These are not only good looking, but also tasty. To make the filling, combine vegan cream cheese, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, vegan parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl. Spread the composition on two tortillas, adding some basil for more flavor. Start rolling the tortillas and then cut them in slices. They’ll be the hit of any party, especially since you can pick them up and eat them as you mingle.
5. Creamy Yogurt Cucumber Salad Recipe
This is easy as a Sunday morning and super delicious. Once you’ve sliced your cucumbers and red onions and placed them in a bowel, separately mix the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, dill, mint, salt and pepper. Add your dressing to the cucumbers and dig in!
6. Creamy Coconut Coleslaw
Perfect as a side dish or even on its own, this coleslaw is tasty and super quick to make. Begin by combining half a cup of mayo and a quarter of a cup of coconut milk, one tablespoon horseradish sauce, two tablespoons of sugar and apple cider vinegar. Separately toss together thinly sliced green and purple cabbage and pour your creamy dressing on top of them.
7. Watermelon Feta Blackberry Skewers
I bet you never thought of this combination. Besides the patriotic look, these skewers also taste amazing. Cut your melon and feta cheese into equal cubes and skewer the chunks, starting with a blackberry and the feta cheese, leaving the melon at the bottom. And you’re done, you can no go swim in your pool.
8. Cucumber Avocado Feta Salad
Five ingredients and five minutes to make, you can’t go wrong with this. Go ahead and chop your cucumber, avocado and dill. Mix them in a bowl and also add the juice of a lemon and some crumbled feta. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste and voila! Your fresh summer lunch is ready to serve.
9. Strawberry Broccoli Salad
In a large bowl, toss together two cups of chopped broccoli, two cups of strawberries, some crumpled feta cheese, red diced onion, and some walnuts. In a separate bowl, whisk together some greek yogurt, mayo, sugar and salt. Add your dressing to the strawberry and broccoli combination and stir. Crunchy and sweet at the same time.
10. Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad
This light salad has red pepper in it for a little kick. Start by dicing the jalapeno and garlic. Add them in a bowl and pour three tablespoons of fresh lime juice, and another three of olive oil, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Toss in the thinly sliced cucumbers and stir. For even more flavor, add cilantro. You can leave it to marinate for a few hours in the fridge or eat it on the spot. It’s delicious any way.
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