Recipes to Make When It’s Over 90 Degrees

These cooling recipes will help you stay chill in the sweltering heat.

  • Dad’s Favorite Seafood Stew. There’s nothing better in summer than fresh seafood, but we’re too impatient—and hot—to stand over a pot stirring a seafood soup. That’s why we love this stew, which cooks in just 20 minutes and brings together all of summer’s freshest flavors.
  • Basil-Vodka Gimlet. Sometimes it’s just so hot that they only way to cool down is to make yourself a drink and imagine it’s October. (or just get a little buzzed and forget about the heat altogether). That’s our strategy with this cocktail. It’s got just enough sweetness, freshness, and zing that you’ll find yourself pouring another and pretending to feel the fall breeze.
  • Cherry Snow Cone. You’ve matured and so has your snow cone. With a little help from lemon juice, cream, and booze (of course), your favorite childhood treat is all grown up and ready to cool you down on a boiling hot day.
  • Creamy Cucumber “Side”. When it comes to no-cook salads, salt is your secret power. A healthy sprinkle of salt will make all the extra water drain out of the cucumber, leaving you with crisp cukes perfect for coating in a sweet and tangy yogurt dressing.
  • A Tomato Sandwich Worthy of a Little Bacon. We take bacon seriously, so when we say a sandwich is worthy of bacon, you know it’s good. Here’s a simple sandwich that takes advantage of the summer’s juiciest, most beloved item—the tomato—and makes it even better with the addition of avocado-bacon aioli.
  • Crook’s Corner’s Green Peach Salad. If this recipe had any fewer steps, we couldn’t call it a recipe. Those rock hard peaches you’ve got sitting on the counter? Slice them up and toss with sugar, salt, olive oil, and mint, if you’re feeling fancy. Wait 10 minutes and devour.
  • Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad with a Verbena Infused Vinaigrette. Watermelon is so refreshing on a hot day that we want to eat it for dinner. This salad’s a socially acceptable way to do just that. Chop up a fresh watermelon, sprinkle it with coarse salt, and toss it with olive oil, fresh herbs, nuts, and tangy goat cheese. Voilà: you’ve made watermelon into a meal.
  • Quick Pickled Cucumber Melon Salad. Finally, a recipe that requires practically nothing of you and still tastes great. Chop cucumbers and a melon, sprinkle them with salt, and then let it do all the work for you. Excess water will drain from the melon and cucumbers, making them extra flavorful. Finish it off with salty feta cheese and prosciutto and it’ll look like you made more of an effort than you did.
  • Penne with Sweet Summer Vegetables, Pine Nuts, and Herbs. You might not be enjoying the heat wave, but the summer vegetables are in heaven. They’re so flavorful and juicy, they’re practically asking to be eaten. So do those vegetables a favor: roast them in the oven—don’t worry, it’s worth it—and toss them with pasta and olive oil. It’s summer in a bowl.
  • Crunchy Celery, Radish and Turnip Salad-Slaw in Blue Cheese Sauce. Make the tangy, creamy dressing for this salad ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. Whenever you’re feeling hungry—or overheated—toss it with fresh vegetables (or eat it as a dip) for a cool snack. Plus, it does double duty as a slaw for hot dogs, hamburgers, or even in tacos.

When it’s scorching out—so hot that the grass in your yard is burnt to a crisp and your skin sizzles the minute you leave the house—the last place you want to be, besides stranded in the middle of the desert, is standing over a hot stove. Everyone’s gotta eat, even when it’s hot out, but why sweat away stirring a pot of risotto when you could be poolside in flip-flops? Summer days require cold showers, SPF-50, and recipes that don’t ask you to stand in a hot kitchen for hours on end. And plenty of frosty desserts, too. So don’t spend a hot day in an even hotter kitchen—here are 10 recipes to keep you cool and well-fed through those killer days of July and August.

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