Better to not fight the dog day heat of August. Keep the stove off, the grill unstoked, and the oven in its early retirement by embracing fresh, heat wave-resistant dinners of cold soups, herb-studded salads and practically-instant sandwiches. We took a spin around the globe to see how hot weather dinners are done in the American South, sunny Spain and the misty tropics. These transporting no-cook recipes are easily accomplished in the home kitchen—all without breaking a sweat.
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Thai-Inspired Lettuce Wraps With a trip to the deli counter for roast beef, you can make these fresh rolls that take a cue from Thai cuisine and then run in a fresh, non-traditional direction with ripe plums, mint, and a lively vinaigrette made with honey and rice vinegar. In place of the roast beef, try something similar with shredded rotisserie chicken, quick-pickled carrots and cilantro.
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Raw Buddha Bow When you want to feel like a glowing bastion of health, this bowl is your go-to no-cook recipe. Cold-soaked grains or a bed of massaged kale that meet sliced avocado, cold marinated tofu, finely shredded red cabbage, seaweed, sprouts, chickpeas or adzuki beans, radishes, cucumbers, nuts, a smattering of fresh herbs and a miso-tahini vinaigrette? Yes, please. (Image: FoodGawker)
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