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    Updated on Mar 12, 2019. Posted on Jul 29, 2018

    19 Recipes To Make When It's Too Hot To Cook

    Keep cool in the kitchen.

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    There are a lot of great things about summer.

    But there are also some less fun aspects too, like cooking dinner in a sweaty kitchen while it's 90° outside. Here are a bunch of no-cook recipes to make when it's just too hot to turn on the oven.

    1. Microwave Mozzarella Pesto Quesadillas

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    Microwave these babies for about three minutes until the cheese is melted and gooey. Get the recipe.

    2. Shredded Chicken Tacos

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    Grab a rotisserie chicken, and whip it up into something way more exciting. Get the recipe.

    3. Lump Crab and Avocado Salad

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    So easy, so fresh, and so satisfying. Get the recipe.

    4. Antipasto Salad

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    Compile all your favorite antipasto ingredients — like marinated artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and salami — and toss everything into one delicious salad. Get the recipe.

    5. Naan Flatbread with Smoked Salmon

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    The best part about this no-cook flatbread: It's perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Get the recipe.

    6. Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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    Buy pre-cooked shrimp so all you have to do is assemble, dress, and toss this filling salad. Get the recipe.

    7. Avocado Toast with Heirloom Tomatoes

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    Elevated avocado toast makes for a perfectly satisfying breakfast, dinner, snack, or party app. Get the recipe.

    8. Mango Summer Rolls

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    Use whatever veggies you have on hand to make these colorful Vietnamese-inspired summer rolls. You could also add pre-cooked shrimp or leftover shredded chicken for more protein. Get the recipe.

    9. Skinny Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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    Rotisserie chicken to the rescue. Get the recipe.

    10. Shrimp Rolls with Herb Brown Butter Mayo

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    Start with pre-cooked frozen shrimp, toss them in tangy aioli, and serve it on hot dog buns. Get the recipe.

    11. Peach Caprese Salad

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    Juicy, sliced peaches give this salad an even more summery touch. Get the recipe.

    12. Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas

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    Serve this zesty ceviche on hard tortilla shells, in soft tacos, or even on top of a salad. Get the recipe.

    13. No-Cook Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

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    All you need are a few ingredients such as zucchini, pesto, parmesan, and cherry tomatoes to whip up this feel-good meal. Get the recipe.

    14. Microwave Sausage and Tomato Sauce Pasta

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    FYI, cooking pasta in the microwave is totally possible, and it tastes pretty good. Cover any pasta with water in a microwave safe bowl and zap it for two minutes longer than the suggested cook time. Get the recipe.

    15. Kale Salmon Caesar Salad

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    Always keep canned salmon on hand for moments like these. Get the recipe.

    16. Turkey, Apple, and Brie Sandwich with Apple Cider Mayo

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    Fact: Sometimes you just crave a comforting sandwich. This version — loaded with deli turkey, apple, and brie — never disappoints. You could add jam or your favorite veggies to jazz it up even more. or Get the recipe.

    17. Spicy Tomato Gazpacho

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    This refreshing gazpacho comes together in just ten minutes, and you can make it from start to finish in the blender. Get the recipe.

    18. No-Cook Burrito Bowls

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    Make a big batch of these easy burrito bowls. That way, you can enjoy one for dinner and meal prep the leftovers for the next day's lunch. Get the recipe.

    19. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

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    This isn't your ordinary tuna salad, thanks to Feta cheese, chickpeas, tomato, and bell pepper. Eat it in lettuce wraps, between two sliced of bread, or on a salad. Get the recipe.