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When it's just too hot to cook

Sometimes it’s just too hot to even think about turning on the stovetop, let alone the oven. Temperatures are high, your AC is barely keeping up and the humidity is at misting levels but you’re still hungry.

This is where your knife skills and flavor building skills come in handy. With some slicing and dicing, paired with a quick vinaigrette, you can put together a balanced meal that involves, little to no heat source.

We’ve hunted down a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Recipes are a guide for flavor combinations but always feel free to play, and add or subtract ingredients. So, either try these recipes as is, or better yet change them up.

Here are 5 types of salads that require little to no cooking to get you started.

Kolrhabi Salad

Kolrhabi is a hearty vegetable found in Vietnamese cooking. It’s a cross between broccoli stem and cabbage, which means it has substance. And a great way to practice your julienne skills. Try this recipe for an apple kohlrabi salad and let us know the results.

Photo credit: Jonathan Pielmayer

Tuna Salad

Re-thinking Tuna Salad. This is not the tuna salad of years past, using fresh herbs and citrus gives a brightness to this protein packed dish. Bonus, no cooking necessary. A Mediterranean style tuna salad is one of our favorites. This recipe is a great starting point.

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salads are a summer favorite. The quinoa doesn’t take very long to cook and can be dressed with whatever vegetables you have on hand. A quick vinaigrette and voila! Here’s a tasty option.

Steak Salad

Skirt steak is the time starved cook’s best friend. Putting together a marinade can be done fairly quickly and it has a pretty fast cooking time. This Moroccan inspired recipe is a good option to get things going. No time to put together a chermoula sauce? Consider incorporating some Moroccan spices into a vinaigrette. A bit of cumin, paprika, and turmeric in a basic vinaigrette is a great way to boost flavors. Bonus, it can do double duty as your marinade for the steak.

Salsa can be a salad too

When we think of easy dishes we don’t often think of salsas other than as a snack for a party. Grab some smoked salmon and top with this delish mango salsa. Cool and refreshing this is a perfect meal on a hot day.

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