Summer is slowly winding down, but the temperatures can still get uncomfortably high. There are many good ways to refresh and cool yourself down on a hot summer day. You can dive in a pool, you can turn on your air conditioning, you can fly over to Canada, or you can make yourself a refreshing and tasty meal or drink. The internet is full of great recipes for every occasion, including recipes for days when you sweat your face off. We like the idea of fighting the heat with delicious foods and drinks, so after our recently published recipes such as these 25 Fourth Of July Recipes That Are Worth Celebrating or these 25 Yummy Slow Cooker Recipes To Help Dinner Go Smoother, we are here with yet another cool recipe post to satisfy your taste buds. From the gastronomical point of view, summer has a huge advantage over the other seasons – it is when most fruits and vegetables ripen. With that said, it comes as no surprise that today’s post with 25 Refreshing Recipes For Days That Are Roasting Hot contains tons of fruits, vegetables, and other delicacies typical of summer. From fantastic fruit salads and desserts to refreshing meat dishes and creative summer versions of popular drinks, here are 25 Refreshing Recipes For Days That Are Roasting Hot.
No-Bake Strawberry Ice Box
If you are a fan of icebox cakes (layered desserts with custard or whipped cream sandwiched between graham crackers or wafer cookies), you will love this strawberry ice box. It takes just a few ingredients to prepare, but it tastes and looks amazing.
Fruit Salad with Pudding
Super easy to make and a great dish to bring to a potluck or family party, this fruit salad with vanilla pudding is both healthy and delicious. If the fruits are not sweet enough for you, feel free to add some sugar.
Sangria is common in Spain and Portugal, but this fancy drink is becoming popular in many countries all over the world. Prepare a special summer version of this famous beverage by putting frozen grapes in the glasses.
Watermelon and Crab Gazpacho
It takes just about 25 minutes to prepare 4 servings of this wonderful chilled soup that delivers a fresh taste of summer, combining in-season produce like watermelon, zucchini, tomato, and basil.
Mango Lassi Popsicle
When it comes to refreshing yourself on a hot day, few things can compare to fruit popsicles. Make your own, amazing mango popsicle out of just three ingredients – mangoes, Greek yogurt and simple syrup.
Shrimp Spaghetti Carbonara
Pasta makes a great dish on a hot day, but it is even more addictive if you add some fresh seafood in it. Surprise your guests with this original shrimp spaghetti carbonara. It is tasty, nutritious, and very easy to make. You can find more great recipes like this and #11 (Garlic Parsley Shrimp) at Judy Kim’s website.
Corn Cakes with Summer Salsa
This vegetarian entrée is quick to make and is absolutely full of peak-season produce. Try serving the cakes with an herby white bean and arugula salad. Meat lovers can also use it as a side dish to chicken or fish.
Warm Chicken and Butter Bean Salad
This one-dish meal comes together in a flash. Juicy chicken and delicious grilled red onion complete this simple and satisfying dinner salad. It takes just 30 minutes to prepare 4 servings of this fabulous meal.
Summer Beans on Toast with Prosciutto
This open, bruschetta-like sandwich can be thrown together super fast for a quick supper, lunch, or party appetizer. For this recipe, you will only need beans, pesto, ciabatta, olive oil, garlic, light cream cheese, prosciutto, and rocket.
Grilled Corn with Herb Butter
One of the most popular summer classics, boiled or grilled corn never fails to satisfy your taste buds on a hot day but adding a bit of home-made herb butter will turn this dish into an ultimate summer delicacy.
Blackberries are too often overlooked in favor of their flashier berry cousins, but this drink elevates them to their proper status. The sweet tang of lime balances the blackberry flavor perfectly, for a refreshing beverage that’s perfect over ice.
Caramel-Almond Ice Cream Torte
With just three ingredients (vanilla ice cream, caramel, and almonds), you can whip up this scrumptious cake that is just as delicious as it looks. Pick good ice cream for the base and add as much caramel and sliced almonds as you want.
An excellent side dish for picnics and family gatherings, this three-bean salad is very light and refreshing, low in fat, and easy to make. It is a combination of canned and frozen beans, along with fresh green beans for their yummy taste and texture.
Summer Ham & Pea Broth
If you feel like having a soup, but it is too hot to cook one, this summer ham & pea broth is the perfect choice for you as it does not require any cooking. Just pour hot water over stock, grains, and lots of delicious green vegetables, and your soup is ready to eat.
Garlic Parsley Shrimp
Another wonderful seafood recipe to refresh yourself on a hot summer day, garlic parsley shrimp is a delicious dish that can be served alone or with bread. It takes just seven basic ingredients to make it: olive oil, garlic, shrimp, salt, black pepper, butter, and parsley.
No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Pots
Adorable and creamy, these layered raspberry cheesecakes make a perfect dessert for any summertime gathering. If you do not have or do not like raspberries, you can use other fruits such as strawberries or even red current.
Peach Frozen Yogurt
Chopped frozen peaches are recommended for this summer delicacy, but you can also use frozen berries or other frozen fruit you have on hand in this super-quick frozen yogurt. What’s great is that this recipe doesn’t require an ice cream maker.
BBQ Chicken with Peach and Feta Slaw
This summery slaw is packed with lots of crunch and is sure to show up to at least one of your summer parties or dinners. Juicy peaches add some sweetness which makes it the perfect sweet-salty side dish for any meat or protein you might pull off the grill.
Tilapia with Escarole and Lemon-Pepper Oil
Browned small potatoes, escarole, and tilapia are steamed together for a flavorful and refreshing one-pot dinner. A great protein source, tilapia is low in saturated fat, calories, carbohydrates, and sodium.
Grilled Citrus Chicken
Citrus fruit and chicken might sound like an unusual combination but once you try this recipe, you will always want your chicken to be prepared this way. This grilled citrus chicken can be served with anything from bread to rice and vegetable salads.
Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté
This super-easy recipe takes advantage of all the flavors summer vegetables have to offer. Almost nothing is added to the spicy jalapeños, sweet corn, pungent green onion, and, crunchy okra outside of some salt, pepper, and a little cilantro.
Chicken and Asparagus Risotto
This Italian classic is a good one to try at home. This version is made with rotisserie chicken you can conveniently pick up on your way home and is loaded with asparagus, herbs, and lemony flavor.
Baja-Style Rosemary Chicken Skewers
Chicken thighs are ideal for the grill as they don’t typically lose any of their moisture. This recipe adds rosemary which adds a delightful herbal flavor. Served with lime wedges and fresh bread as a side dish, these Baja-style rosemary chicken skewers are fantastic.
Strawberry-Melon Summer Salad
Super easy to make, this refreshing fruit salad is perfect for picnics, barbecues, and all kinds of summer parties. If you like your fruit salad sweet, feel free to add sugar and you can also throw in some more fruits.
Rosemary-Infused Honey Sidecars
A verdant herb sprig, sugared rim, and dash of honey swapped in for orange liqueur will greatly enhance the taste of the classic Cognac cocktail. The herby nature of the Rosemary balances well with the sweetness in this take on a traditional sidecar.