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23 Cool And Refreshing Dinners & Sides For When It's Way Too Hot To Cook

Cool off this summer with these chilled recipes.

While a piping hot plate of chicken pot pie or a bowl of roasted tomato soup is delicious during the cooler months, we find ourselves craving more refreshing recipes when it's this hot outside. Here are a bunch of chilled dishes to help you keep cool this summer.

1. Mexican-Inspired Shrimp Cocktail

A dish with shrimp and avocado in a tomato sauce.

2. Spicy White Bean and Corn Gapzacho

A bowl of bright yellow soup with a drizzle of cream, basil, corn kernels, and red pepper flakes.

3. Cold Spicy Peanut Noodles

4. Classic Shrimp Louie Salad

A big plate of salad with romaine, hard boiled eggs, tomato, and shrimp tossed in a creamy dressing.

5. Crab Salad Sandwiches

6. Jalapeño Popper Chicken Salad

7. Cold Summer Ramen

8. Mark Bittman's Raw Corn Salad With Tomatoes, Basil, Feta, and Mint

A glass mixing bowl filled with cherry tomatoes, corn, shredded basil, and feta cheese.

9. Ahi Tuna Lettuce Cups

10. Chilled Italian Shrimp and Tortellini Salad

A bowl of chopped shrimp, cheese-filled tortellini, celery, olives, and capers.

11. Chili Garlic Rice Noodle Salad

A bowl of noodles with snow peas, carrots, cabbage, and fresh herbs and a small bowl of homemade chili garlic sauce on the side.

12. Vietnamese Spring Rolls

15. Burrata Bruschetta

Three slices of charred ciabatta bread, two of which are topped with burrata cheese and roasted tomatoes.

16. Lobster Pasta Salad

17. Cuban-Inspired Fish Ceviche

18. Easy Poke Bowls With Spicy Aioli

A poke bowl with diced tuna, fried onion, cucumber, edamame, pineapple, lettuce, and rice topped in spicy mayo.

19. Mediterranean Hummus Bowls

20. Whipped Cream Cheese Toasts With Smoked Salmon

Two slices of thick toast topped with whipped cream cheese, smoked salmon, sesame seeds, and scallions.

22. Cold Tofu With Spicy Chili Sauce

23. Greek Orzo Salad