Zoodles recipe

Cool Meals for Hot Summer Nights

So much has changed since last summer. We're working from home, trying to stay fit from home and eating more meals at home than ever.

But one thing that remains the same is the summer heat! As the temperatures continue to rise, you might find yourself wondering, "Is a cold smoothie sufficient for dinner?" because few things sound worse than turning on the oven or stove on a scorching hot summer day. If you've found yourself pondering what to prepare for dinner while you're avoiding using heat-producing appliances on those hotter than hot days, you're not alone!

From creative cold sandwiches and wraps to flavor and nutrient-packed salads and zoodle recipes to outdoor grill ideas, we've rounded up 20 dinner recipes that will fill you up on hot summer evenings without overheating your kitchen. 

Sandwiches and Wraps
Sandwiches and wraps have typically been categorized as a lunch food, but we don't see why they don't deserve a spot at the dinner table. Filling, healthy, and oh so tasty- these wraps and sandwiches can be assembled relatively quickly, which means more summertime family fun.

Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Recipe: Salmon and Kale Caesar Wraps

Spiralized Sushi Bowl with Salmon Sashimi and Ginger Miso Dressing

Smoked Salmon Egg Salad Recipe

Best Tuna Salad Recipe - How to Make Tuna Salad

Shrimp and Pineapple Lettuce Cups


Zucchini noodles, also known as zoodles, are more than a fun word to say. They are perfect for people watching their carbs and calories, and an excellent replacement for pasta when you don't want to stand over a hot stove… did we mention that they're also incredibly easy to make? There are so many different ways to use zucchini noodles, here are a few of our favorites.

Zucchini Spaghetti alla Marinara Recipe

Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Olive Oil

Thai Peanut Zucchini Noodles

Spicy Tomato & Zucchini Noodles Pasta

Low Carb Pesto Shrimp Zoodles


With these vibrant, flavorful, and nutrient-dense salad recipes, the days of boring and unsatisfying summer salads are over. With an abundance of summer produce at our fingertips, salads are a great way to eat seasonally while staying cool.

Southwestern Chopped Salad

Tropical Kale Salad

Recipe: Anna Jones' Raw Thai Citrus Crunch Salad

Crunchy Thai Salad With Peanut Dressing

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Super Salad with cherries, apples, and crispy shallots

Curried Chicken Salad Salad


Take the Cooking Outside
Most summer days, it is too hot to cook indoors, but don't forget that you can take the cooking outside (your air conditioner will thank you) by firing up the grill to prepare a number of tasty summer meals.

Sausage & Potato Foil Packets

Grilled Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken in Foil

Baked Salmon Foil Packets With Vegetables