Cool eats for hot summer days

Fun, easy, and healthy options for cold dishes to enjoy in the heat of the summer.

Food + Drink Cooking and Entertaining Koelen Andrews

This article was published on August 5th, 2017

Whether you’re the gay-on-the-go headed to a summertime pot luck, or just in need of some cool, healthy, filling sustenance, it’s always a good thought to have any idea of food to prepare in the summer. Dishes that can stand the heat of the sun but that will leave you full without feeling over heated. Here are some fun, easy, healthy options for cold dishes to prepare this summer to help you through the hot days of summer.

Deviled eggs are a classic summer staple. Hard boil two-dozen eggs then let cool. Remove the shell from the cooled eggs, cut in half, remove the yolk, and place yolk in a mixing bowl. Add mustard, mayonnaise, a tablespoon of turmeric, three punches of cayenne pepper, two tablespoons of sour cream, and some salt and pepper. Mix in bowl and use a piping bag to fill the egg halves. Sprinkle with cayenne and parsley sprigs.

Devilled Eggs

Think Italian and go caprese. Slice up some tomatoes with some basil, break up some mozzarella cheese, and drizzle balsamic vinaigrette on top for a truly decadent, fast, easy, summertime treat.

Any salad is apropos for outdoor enjoyment, but a fun, healthy option is to use fruit juice as your dressing. Break up some spinach into a bowl, cut up some onion and baby tomato, toss in some pre-cooked roasted chicken, sprinkle goat cheese on top, and slice up a mango over the entire mixture, letting the juice fall into the salad. Add mango slices and the rest of the mango juice. Mix. Enjoy.

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A good potato salad is always welcome. Choose a healthier option by picking up some sweet potatoes. Boil the sweet potatoes for five minutes until moist but still solid. Cool and cut into fingertip sized pieces. Add mustard, rosemary, and a pinch of olive oil. Stir for a fun easy, healthy snack.

Pasta Salad

Mom’s pasta salad is always a good staple. Get a bag of spiral pasta. Boil on high for 8 minutes or until no longer chewy. Drain and cool. Add sliced baby tomatoes, hearts of romaine, black and green sliced olives, baby corn, and sliced onion. Stir in Italian dressing and it’s ready to be served.

The tried and true: chips and guacamole. Get flour tortillas from the supermarket. Put a teaspoon of olive onto a medium high frying pan. Heat tortillas until golden. Cut up into 1/8ths and bake in oven for 5 minutes at 300 degrees. Cut up several avocados, tomatoes, an onion, some green and red peppers, and a bulb of garlic. Mash avocados and stir in the diced up vegetables. Add two tablespoons of sour cream. Bam! Homemade chips and guac!

Vegetarians love couscous with diced tomatoes, butternut squash, feta, and onions. It’s fun and simple to make.

Whether you’re picnicking or just enjoying food outside under the sun, it’s nice to enjoy food that won’t make you feel hotter than the temperature.


A good charcuterie plate is never sniffed at and easy to prepare. Most grocery stores have their own assortment of salted and preserved meats that are perfect for sitting out in room temperatures for an hour or so. Add an array of cheese with a sliced baguette and you’ve got yourself a beautiful French appetizer platter.

These are just some of the summertime healthier eating options for cold dishes. Do you have any suggested recipes to add? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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