August 13, 2022 at 11:06am | Melanie Wood
Need dinner ideas? Don’t feel like standing over a hot stove and heating up your entire house? Here are some perfect summer meals, courtesy of Southern Living.

1) Herbed Chicken-and-Rice Salad: 
Skip the stove entirely with this recipe that uses store-bought rotisserie chicken and microwave-cooked rice. It’s topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, almonds, feta, celery, parsley, and a lemony dressing, and served cold.

2) Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos: 
After a quick sear on the stovetop, you’ll pop the chicken into your slow cooker with some canned enchilada sauce and other ingredients. And because the slow cooker won’t heat up your kitchen, you can spend an enjoyable hour preparing toppings, chopping veggies, and maybe even making some fresh guac!

3) Watermelon Gazpacho: 
Enjoy this summer spin on a traditional Spanish classic. Traditionally, Gazpacho is a chilled soup consisting of vegetables, spices/herbs. In this recipe, they created a sweeter version by swapping the tomatoes with watermelon. This 6 ingredient recipe can be made and chilled in less than an hour!

4) The SL BLT: 
Southern Living’s take on the summer classic adds one simple, flavorful step—grating some garlic and stirring it into your mayonnaise before you spread it across the toast.

5) Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps: 
Summertime calls for bright flavors, and this chicken salad is full of them! The chicken salad recipe includes jalapeño, lime zest, and lime juice. Once you’ve spooned the mixture into your lettuce cups, you’ll top things off with mango cubes, cashews, and cilantro. Yum!

For more cool meals to prepare on hot days, check out Southern Living’s list of 33 Easy Cold Dinners.

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