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meal ideas for a hot summer

what can i do without heating up the house? salad just seems so boring.

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  1. Cannellini beans and chopped onions mixed with vinaigrette and topped with good Italian tuna, with cherry tomatoes -- could also add artichoke hearts and/or olives.

    Black bean salad with mangoes, avovaco, tomatoes, scallions, jalapenos.

    Devilled eggs (only need to have the stove on long enough to bring the water to a boil, then let eggs sit covered for 10 minutes).

    1. Eggs.

      (My frequent monosyllablic answer to questions beginning "What can I do...?")

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      1. re: Karl S

        Take a look at Bittman's 101 salads and meals for summer. A lot of them you might have made before, but there is a ton of variety.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/18/din... - summer meals
        http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage... - summer salads

        We've been doing a lot of sandwiches and veggie salads - green beans washed, slightly microwaved and then tossed with a creamy vinegarette has been a keeper.

      2. blanched or raw veggies with dips--I like tonnato sauce and green beans. I'll throw in a hb egg to round it out. Sliced homegrown tomatoes with tonnato are also wonderful.

        Asian wraps--I use rice paper rounds and fill with veggies, sliced cold beef, shrimp or chicken. If you use lots of peanut sauce, cilantro,basil and/or mint, anything tastes good in a wrap. Or just use lettuce leaves as your wrapper.

        pasta salads--I make one with tuna, tapenade, celery and yogurt that is very cool and refreshing.

        cold soups. I pretty much stick to gazpacho (Steingarten's recipe) or a cucumber

        A little late in the season now, but few things are as nice a big strawberry shortcake for dinner. I make the biscuits in the morning, so everything is cooled off by evening.

        Elizabeth David's Summer Food has a lot of good ideas.

        1. My classic "aw, but I don't want to heat the house up!" dinner this time of year is sliced tomatoes, cottage cheese, and beer. If I'm feeling ambitious I might make an egg and tomato sandwich.

          What about steamed veggies (or grilled ones from the salad bar at your local supermarket?) tossed with homemade pesto? Pesto potato salad is pretty wicked too.

          White bean dip (cannellinis blended with red wine vinegar, garlic, rosemary, s&p, olive oil, chile flakes) with raw veggies and crusty bread, plus a bottle of vino... that's a darn good dinner.

          You could do the faux-french-type dinner -- cheese and bread, preserves or pate, olives, radishes and butter, and again, wine. Yum.

          1. Shepherd's salad (no lettuce in this one) and Mary's Gone Crackers
            or hemp tortilla chips with tomatoes and hummus