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It's Hot...I need to make a cold dinner!

Any suggestions other than salad for a cold dinner? The only one that I could think up is a Antipasto Skewers...where you take fresh cheese, olives, and other foods to roll up like Italian ham or salami or roasted peppers and put them on skewers for a cold & easy dinner. Any suggestions out there?

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    1. Last night we just had cheeses, prosciutto, mortadella, bread, tomatoes (finally good ones) and some bread. I did make a cold, no cook soup ... put in the blender chopped roasted peppers (jarred), chicken broth, some salt, a little lemon juice and some olive oil. Didn't eat it last night - plan to add some basil chiffonade tonight when I serve it.

      1. I've been living on smoothies, and yes, it's getting boring. The bags of frozen fruit from Trader Joe's are perfect for this, plus plain yogurt, and just enough coconut water to help my blender along. I often will toss a banana into the mix. One more day of heat here in N.Y. and then I'll be cooking again.

        1. Get some soba noodles, cook it then shock it in ice water. Add soy sauce, mirin, a dash of rice wine vinegar (or yuzu), scallions, a little bit of roasted pepper, ground pepper, and some slivers of an omelette. I made something similar but not exactly the same as this, turned out pretty good.

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          1. re: Blueicus

            I make cold soba too. I serve it with a side of firm silken tofu diced in a sauce of soy, grated ginger, and green onion.

          2. Last night we had gazpacho and sandwiches. Tonight we're having corn soup from the Sunday Suppers book by Suzanne Goin, and couscous. I'm hoping that tomorrow's weather will be less awful.

            1. Last night we had assorted cheeses, salami, bread and crackers. Have been having a smoothie for breakfast and fruit/yogurt for lunch. Today is supposed to be really awful, so it is out to dinner tonight.

              1. We made some of tonights dinner last night, cold seasame noodles with a spicy peanut sauce. I still have to grill the chicken satay when I get home.

                1. My standby for this time of year is a tomato-feta salad with either rusk or toasted bread... bathed in olive oil and oregano, or with a splash of balsamic and basil, can add red onion too. Very satisfying and no heat necessary.

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                  1. re: Ida Red

                    When it's really hot I'll get some veggies(zucchini,peppers,onion..etc),toss it in a lemon thyme vinaigrette, let it it sit a few hours while I'm at work. Come home boil some cheese tortellini(only takes 4 minutes),chill it & have a nice cold pasta salad. Maybe a nice fresh mozzarella,basil & heirloom tomato sandwich as well.

                    I just made some peach sorbet so we've been eating that..usually in a glass with some champagne poured over.

                  2. Last night I poached a pound of salmon filet (according to the Joy of Cooking directions--cover salmon with cold water, bring to boil, cover pan and let stand for 10 minutes--doesn't require burner to be on for very long) and we ate half of it with cold boiled baby Yukon Golds, cold steamed green beans (both of these leftovers), and a dill sauce that I made by whizzing sour cream, buttermilk, and chopped fresh dill together in the blender. Tonight we'll be having the cold salmon again, this time more Provencale-cum-Levantine, with a can of organic chickpeas drained and tossed with olive oil, quartered grape tomatoes, roasted artichoke hearts from the antipasto bar at Whole Foods, and torn-up fresh basil, and to accompany that, slices of onion focaccia smeared with goat cheese. (The original plan was to have the second meal with grilled tuna, not poached salmon, but I decided I didn't want to cook two nights in a row, so the more delicate salmon will have to do tonight.) Last night we had more cold white wine for "dessert," but tonight it'll be ripe peach halves with Trader Joe's brand vanilla gelato.

                    1. I got this recipe from a previous query. I used trout instead of sole. It is my new go to cold salad dish for dinner.


                      1. I love summer rolls and lettuce wraps.

                        1. I would recommend ceviche or cobb salad. Those are always easy things to make without turning on the stove.