12 Summer Recipes for When It’s Too Hot to Cook

Summer dinner recipes that won't heat up the kitchen

You know those summer days where it’s just too hot to do anything, let alone cook dinner? These easy, no-fuss recipes are perfect for those days. From Crock Pot creations to quick stove-top ideas to grill-friendly recipes, your whole family will love eating these tasty summer dishes – and you’ll love how easy they were to make!

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze

“If you have never had a Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze you don’t know what you are missing. This salad is very simple to make but it is also beautiful and impressive to serve. This salad can be assembled ahead of time and then drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze right before serving.” - Debbie
Grilled Shrimp and Sausage With Peppers and Onions

Grilled Shrimp and Sausage With Peppers and Onions

“Oh boy... this is going to be on your menu all summer! It's really tasty and filling. Plus, cooking it on the grill means you don't have to heat up the kitchen on a hot day. We chose to add potatoes to this summer grilling recipe and they were delish. Pasta or rice would be lovely too. An easy summer dinner.” - Kitchen Crew
Tomato and Goat Cheese Avocado Toast with Balsamic Glaze

Tomato and Goat Cheese Avocado Toast with Balsamic Glaze

“This tomato and goat cheese avocado toast with balsamic glaze is a great cool and refreshing meal for hot summer days!” - Kevin
Slow Cooker Shredded Taco Chicken

Slow Cooker Shredded Taco Chicken

“I made this several weeks ago, but there are only two of us now and I froze the leftover meat and yesterday I made a wonderful enchilada dish with it. So yummmmmmmmy!” - Carol
Avocado Filled Canned Tuna Ceviche Salad

Avocado Filled Canned Tuna Ceviche Salad

“My Avocado Filled Canned Tuna Ceviche Salad recipe is light, low calories, economical, and easy to make.” - Paula
Spicy Sriracha Grilled Chicken and Watermelon Salad

Spicy Sriracha Grilled Chicken and Watermelon Salad

“Here's my attempt to recreate it as a bed for my favorite fast chicken. The cool sweet salad balances the saucy heat of the Sriracha to perfection. The simplicity of this marinade is matched only by its great taste. Tender, juicy and tangy...mind the cooking time: the flattened chicken is ready in minutes, which makes this a great dish for hungry people!” - Jess
Honey Mustard Shrimp on the Bar-B

Honey Mustard Shrimp on the Bar-B

“What a light and fresh grilled shrimp recipe. They are slightly sweet, with a touch of tang. This shrimp recipe is great on a hot day when you don't want to heat up the kitchen. The marinade is super easy to whip up and the shrimp take no time to cook on the grill. Serve with a fresh green salad and you have a quick and easy dinner or a great cookout snack.” - Kitchen Crew
Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles)

Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles)

“ If you're looking to cut back on pasta, serve zucchini noodles! It's a way to enjoy a lower carb spaghetti night. The noodles have a lovely, slightly crunchy texture. Serve with your favorite pasta sauce, with a little olive oil, or melted butter. Yum!” - Kitchen Crew
Deluxe Egg Salad Sandwiches

Deluxe Egg Salad Sandwiches

“This egg salad is one of the best I've tried. All of my diners offered compliments. I liked how it had a smoother texture and was less "eggy" in both taste and smell. I have since made it with additional diced celery and minced onion (rather than grated), red bell peppers and we liked the veggie loaded batch too. I mashed the eggs with a fork rather than chopping for a finer texture. Good stuff! Thank you for sharing the recipe!” - Susie
Grilled Jerk Chicken With Mango Salsa

Grilled Jerk Chicken With Mango Salsa

“The marinade has all the classic flavors of jerk chicken with the added Scotch Bonnet pepper that gives it an extra kick. The mango salsa is so good alone but on top of the chicken, it's perfect and gives it a Caribbean feel. This recipe does have a few steps, but it's perfect on the weekends when you have a little extra time. A great grilled dish on a warm summer evening alongside a frozen tropical drink.” - Kitchen Crew
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

“The way this salad is served is perfect for the pickiest eater because it allows the diners to pick and choose which veggies they like. This dish has easily won a place on my table for the summer months. The veggies can be swapped out for whatever you like or whatever is fresh in your garden.” - Christine
Cool Cucumber Sandwiches

Cool Cucumber Sandwiches

“OH LORD!!!! It was the most delicious, light, REFRESHING, sandwiches I have eaten in...well, I can’t remember!” - JM