Ninety degrees is a lot for me to handle regardless of what I’m doing. But cooking? That’s something both I and my kitchen just can’t do. Forget turning on the oven, I’ll order in, thank you.
The truth is, I have come to love food that can be prepared without turning on either a stove or oven. When I think of summer dinners growing up at home, I remember not the normal taco nights or pastas, but my mom’s cucumber salad in minty, lemony yogurt sauce. The tomatillo, sweet onion and black bean salads thrown together with cilantro and lime juice she made extra-tangy, and homemade popsicles and fruit salads for dessert with just a smidgen of added sugar. And of course, gazpacho.
With extra lime juice, this tomatillo, onion and black bean salad is surprisingly refreshing, light, and simple. Need a little more? Consider adding chopped up mango or avocado, or sprinkle queso fresco over the top with a sprig of cilantro for garnish.
Here are some more oven- and stove-free recipes to beat the heat: