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Old 05-26-2016, 06:48 PM   #1
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Favorite hot-weather dinners ~ 2016 edition

So, it got suddenly hot here this week - 60s and rain last week, sunny and 80s the last few days - which got me in mind of low- or no-cook meals

We have threads on this topic already, but since we have so many new members, I thought it would be fun to start a new one. What do you like to make to eat when it's hot outside?
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Old 05-26-2016, 07:22 PM   #2
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Since it is hot here most of the year, we eat pretty much anything year round. If we waited for it to get cold, we'd never have things like chili, pot roast, etc. If it's really hot and we've been outside, we'll have a salad meal or a light soup like gazpacho.
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Old 05-26-2016, 08:21 PM   #3
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We do a lot of grilling the summer. In hot weather we tend to eat cold sides. Potato or pasta salads, sesame noodles, tossed salads, etc. Don't make many pizzas in the summer.
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Old 05-26-2016, 08:32 PM   #4
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Lots of salads. Here in the desert the summertime heat can be brutal.

Loaded up green salads, chicken/tuna salad, southwestern style with beans and corn, 3-bean salad, taco salad....you name it. I grill all year 'round but in the summer, I usually fire up the Weber early afternoon when the sun has moved over to the other side of the house. The patio is always shaded, it just feels cooler when the rest of the backyard is more shaded.

I'll often slow cook a pork roast in the Nesco and make pulled pork, and eat that on crusty rolls for a few days - almost always with nice cold watermelon.
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Old 05-26-2016, 08:33 PM   #5
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Not much cooking during the hottest part of the year.

I try to use scoop and eat or scoop, nuke and eat type things.

Cottage cheese, three bean salad, marinated beets, cucumber salad, tomato salad with onions and oregano, shrimp salad, chicken salad, hard boiled eggs, etc...

Various mixed green salads topped with chicken tenders, taco meat, cold cuts etc...

Cold sliced meatloaf or roasted chicken and a cauliflower or broccoli salad.

A quick burger or hot dog.

If it's really, really hot for several days it might be a late night drive to one of the old hot dog, fish fry or burger joints in the area.

After several hot days we usually get a cool day that requires a decent home cooked meal.
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Old 05-26-2016, 09:36 PM   #6
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The dish that always says ' Summer " to us , is Linguini with garlic and oil, fresh tomatoes and basil ( from the garden), and cubed mozzarella cheese , salt to taste, served room temperature ( or a little cooler).

has to be made and served immediately, or else the pasta gets a little pasty. We usually server with thinly sliced italian bread which has been toasted with a little garlic and oil, until crispy. this way, when the tomatoes and cheese are left at the bottom of the dish after eating, you can load them up on the toast like a Bruschetta.
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:08 PM   #7
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Fruit salads.......
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:19 PM   #8
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Cold sides, salads, cold noodles.......anything cold....
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:35 PM   #9
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How do you make your taco salad (Cheryl or anyone)?

I always seem to hesitate about putting hot seasoned beef on cold salad fixings. Do you let it cool first, or use leftover, or put it on hot, or... ? Any other tips?
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A balsamic vinaigrette with an assortment of vine tomatoes with clicks of basil leaves and bocconcini is always popular over here.


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