Our air conditioners have been working overtime so far this summer. The last thing we want to do at the end of the day is fire up the oven and contribute to the heat. This is why we typically opt for no bake meals during the summer months. Here are a few of our favorite recipes.
Soba noodle salad:
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and have a light, nutty flavor that pairs well with a wide variety of toppings. One of our favorite summertime meals is a soba noodle salad with peanut sauce and some type of protein (salmon, tuna, chicken, tofu, and edamame all work well!) This recipe for Broccoli Rabe Peanut Soba Noodles from Cookie and Kate is great with a can of salmon stirred in and we’ve also got a delicious recipe for Soba Noodles with Edamame and Sesame-Peanut Sauce in our upcoming cookbook, which will be in stores in September but you can pre-order here.
Don’t be intimidated by spring roll wrappers! We know that the hard, plastic-looking disks might seem really tough to use, but they’re not. Once you get the hang of dipping them in water to soften them, you’ll realize that they make one of the easiest no-cook meals around. Our favorite meal with them is to julienne cut any veggies in season and stuff the wrappers with veggies and salmon or tuna. A simple dip made from sesame oil and vinegar, like the one used in these kimchi and tuna spring rolls, adds just the right amount of flavor.
We think of tuna cakes as a hot version of tuna salad. The steps are nearly identical, except you form the tuna mixture into patties and fry them to make the cakes. The ingredients can be as simple or as complex as you want. (We usually go simple.) These Dill Garlic Tuna Cakes are a great recipe to start with. They’re simple and you can add seasonal veggies, cooked whole grains, herbs/spices, etc. as you feel comfortable!
What’s your go-to refreshing summertime meal?