Refreshing Summer Meals

So I have some thoroughly exciting news for you all: my car’s A/C is working again! My amazing mama, who simply couldn’t bear to see her beloved youngest child suffering in the heat any longer, offered to take it into the shop and get it checked out for me. They recharged it and put that dye in it to check where the leak is, so while the A/C isn’t technically FIXED, it is working again. At least until all the freon leaks out again. But that could be tomorrow, or it could be next summer. Here’s hoping it’ll be much closer to the latter!

The timing of this fix really couldn’t be better, considering that we’re in for another set of HOT days over the weekend.


Eep. On the bright side, there is nothing that curbs my appetite more than having to peel my sticky thighs off of a chair. In fact, the very idea of eating anything warm on crazy hot days — let alone turning on the oven! — makes me actively (and dramatically) wretch. So hey! Maybe this summer I will actually stop making excuses and finally drop these last 20-ish pounds! Hey, a girl can dream, right?

In that vain, I thought it might be a fun Friday thing to offer up a few of my favorite light, summery, (mostly) no cook recipes. Usually, the biggest thing they require is boiling something on the stove, and you can always do that ahead of time (maybe in the dead of night? When the sun is gone? And the sweat is only pooling in the creases of your body rather than actively dripping down your extremities? Heh. Gross.).



Ha! As if I would start with anything other than my delicious, sweet & savory, tropically-twisted Mango Guacamole. This stuff will change your life, I swear it. And look! Not a stove nor a pan nor a baking dish required! Just a bowl, a spoon, and some sweet chopping skillz.


My girl Cassie has some banging recipes on her site, and one of the ones that caught my eye most recently was this Cold Greek Quinoa Salad. The only thing that requires heat is cooking the quinoa. Otherwise, it’s a refreshing, chilling salad that’s full of nutrition and flavor! Yum.


My Healthy Chicken Salad recipe is another one that requires just one cooked ingredient: the chicken! Why not take advantage of that summertime tradition and cook ’em up on the grill? Of course, if the thought of manning a hot grill on a hot day isn’t your ideal summer activity, you can always find pre-cooked chicken at the store. You could even tear up a rotisserie chicken for this! You have as many options as your laziness will allow. 😉


Finally, I recently saw this recipe for Summer Macaroni Salad on Gina’s fantastic blog. It looks absolutely delicious and is a rather low-calorie pasta option: only 115 calories per cup!

So tell me: what’s your favorite easy, breezy summertime recipe?


  1. Food looks absolutely yum!

    The weather is hotter than Taiwan! That’s insane. Stay cool and lathered in sunscreen 🙂

  2. Skinnytaste is the best website, ever! I’ve made so many delicious meals from there 🙂

  3. So glad you got your A/C fixed! I am in the same boat! Ugh. It was 101 yesterday on our freeway and I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic with no A/C! Not pleasant!

    LOVE the summer meal ideas! Thanks for sharing them! Have a fabulous day!

  4. Taco salads!! I usually make a batch of taco meat (ground turkey) every week and have it in the fridge ready. I use the recipe from Gina’s Turkey Taco Lettuce wraps:

    Then instead of wrapping, I dump it on a giant bet of lettuce with a little light sour cream, salsa, avocado, and sometimes some black beans and corn. Delicious!

  5. I would like to request your Mango Guacamole during my visitation hours! Although, I may ask that you make a portion without coriander. I have trouble with the stuff. But aside from that, mango + avocado = obviously delicious!

  6. Yes, this weather is insane. I can’t even imagine what I’m going to do once I start working and have to wear dressy clothes in this heat. Have you had Gina’s farro salad with mint and feta? I made it for lunch today and it was delicious!

  7. HA! I didn’t even finish reading this post at first – once I saw mango guacamole, I had to make it… and then finish reading! I’ll be posting my results on TPG and crediting you for the recipe of course!

  8. UG…that is HOT. Glad the AC is working in the car. Mango guacamole? Yes please!!!

  9. Spinach salads topped with fried eggs…that’s as long as I’m willing to have the stove on! This weather SUCKS! (But I hear you on the natural appetite suppressant.)

  10. The greek quinoa looks so tasty!

  11. Hey, thanks for the link love, lady! 🙂

  12. I love that Summer Macaroni salad from!! My husband and I have made it 3 times since she’s posted the recipe. We love it! So yummy and I love that a cup’s worth is less than 120 calories! Unheard of for a mac salad!!! Have you made it yourself?

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