They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but when it’s 100 degrees outside, any dish is best served cold. Summer is great for baseball and grill outs, but when the thermometer is hitting triple digits we need supper ideas that don’t involve an oven…preferably straight from the refrigerator or freezer. Sadly, freezer pops aren’t exactly ideal dinner food, but here are a few thing that should cool you down.
This is a traditional Spanish dish, but popular around the world. It’s one of a few cold soups. At its heart, the dish is cold vegetable soup.
You’ll need two pounds of ripe tomatoes, tomato juice, one peeled and chopped cucumber, ½ cup of chopped red pepper, ½ cup of chopped onion, one minced jalapeno, one minced garlic clove, 1/3 cup olive oil, one juiced lime, two teaspoons of balsamic vinegar, ½ teaspoon of ground cumin.
Cut an x into the tomatoes and place them in a pot of boiling hot water for about 20 seconds. Put them into an ice bath for 10 seconds and then peel, seed and core the tomatoes. Chop the tomatoes and place all the chopped veggies into a mixing bowl. Add one cup of tomato juice and take about 2 cups of it and place it into a blender and puree. Put it back in the bowl and stir. Place it into the refrigerator to chill for about two hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cold Peanut Sauce Pasta Recipe
Cook about a pound of spaghetti noodles in a pot, then rinse with cold water until cool. Place a cup of shredded carrots, a chopped scallion, ½ cup of sliced bell pepper and a ¼ cup of cilantro into the bowl of pasta. For the sauce, take 1/3 cup of smooth peanut butter, ¼ cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and mix in a bowl adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the sauce over the noodles and place in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Tuna and Chicken Salad Recipe
This is a family favorite. It doesn’t matter if you use tuna or chicken, they are both awesome. Place 2 cups of the preferred chopped meat into a bowl, add a heaping helping of mayonnaise, about 4-5 cut up dill pickle spears, ½ an onion and mix in a bowl. It’s quick, it’s simple and it’s cold.
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