Like much of the country right now, Minnesota is in the midst of a summer heat wave. Temperatures have been hovering in the 90s the last few days with high humidity, making the state feel down right tropical. I am actually a huge fan of the hot and humid days of summer – especially considering what winter can be like around here! That being said, I will fully admit that when it’s steamy outside, the last thing I want to be doing is standing over a hot stove or turning up the oven to bake. This week’s Good Food Reads is full of no bake or minimal heat required recipes perfect for summer! Many of them are easily portable for outdoor gatherings or trips to the beach or cabin. I know I’m planning to whip up a few of them tomorrow to have ready for the weekend ahead. What are your favorite go to recipes when the temperature rises? We’d love for you to share your recipes on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!
Let’s start things off with a frosty beverage, shall we? This Frozen Mint Lemonade is absolutely perfect for a hot summer day (or eve). If you’re looking for a breakfast treat, try our Simple Summer Green Smoothie.
This recipe for Cold Southwestern Corn and Shrimp Soup uses frozen corn. Genius!
Technically this recipe for a Grilled Vegetable Platter recommends that the veggies be served warm, but I think they would be equally amazing as a chilled appetizer or side dish. And yes, you have to grill them, but grilling and summertime go together so I’ll be forgiven for breaking my no heat rule, right?
I absolutely love crisp salads when it’s hot out and this Antipasto Salad couldn’t be easier and more full of big flavor! No boring supermarket salad here.
BLT Salad with Olive Vinaigrette, with bacon made in the microwave. No cooking needed!
Check out these absolutely gorgeous Rainbow “Rawmaine” Taco Boats from Minimalist Baker. I’m not a huge fan of beets, but darn it if that beet hummus isn’t crazy beautiful. I think I’ll give it a try!
Our very own Greek Chicken and Barley Salad is on repeat in the summer months around here. I use rotisserie chicken so definitely no cooking required. The best part is, the recipe makes a generous amount and leftovers are the best.
If you want to feel like a kid again, but with a grown up palate: Mango Lassi Popsicles. YUM.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a Good Food Reads without a cocktail, right? Watermelon Tequila Popsicles. Perfect for an evening on the porch!
I hope everyone has a happy and safe weekend! Get outside and enjoy the heat!