No-Cook Summer Side Dish Recipes with Fresh, Seasonal Produce
Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Salad
If you want to make use of fresh summer flavors while there's still time, this salad is like the season's greatest hits. Hearty heirloom tomatoes join juicy chunks of watermelon for a sweet and savory treat. Both are high in the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to heart health and lower risk of cancer.
Grilled Summer Squash with Parmesan, Pine Nuts, & Basil
Summer squash can become soggy quick, but grilling it makes it tender, not mushy. Strips of basil, flakes of Parmesan, and whole pine nuts add a fresh, deconstructed pesto flavor. (Here are 11 more pesto recipes that have nothing to do with pasta.)
Grilled Green Beans with Miso Dressing & Almonds
Crisp grilled green beans go perfectly with slivered almonds and a miso dressing. At only 62 calories per serving, this dish is definitely on the lighter side. (Discover more ways to eat pasta for dinner without going overboard on the calories.)
Shrimp, Sunchoke, and Stone Fruit Ceviche
Bean salads, ceviches, and rice bowls give you a bunch of varying flavors and textures all in one place (read: easy prep and little cleanup) for a meal that's light or hearty and hits every craving. This shrimp ceviche is the perfect pick for sweltering summer nights when you want something cool.
Coconut Corn Soup
Nothing could be easier—or speedier—than blending up a cold soup. Just add ingredients, whir, and refrigerate until cold. Done. If you want to get fancier, top each bowl with seafood, nuts, cheese, or croutons. This refreshing combo screams, "It's still summer!" (As do these 20 other recipes for chilled summer soups.)