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No-cook summer menu to beat the heat

With this easy and refreshing dinner menu, the stove stays off—so you can keep cool.
Cucumber gazpacho with sour cream gelee Photo by Roberto Caruso Cucumber gazpacho with sour cream gelee
Photo by Roberto Caruso

Whether you’re in the middle of a rogue heat wave, the A/C unit has bit the dust, or you just don’t feel like turning on the oven, a no-cook menu is handy to have when you want to beat the heat, but also eat! With a cool soup, refreshing citrus cocktail, build-your-own shrimp tostadas and ice cream for dessert— we promise you won’t break a sweat in the kitchen tonight.

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Angus Fergusson Campari lemonade recipe
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Sparkling Campari lemonade The sweetness of grenadine and the bite of Campari are mixed with sparkling lemonade for a cool, refreshing drink.

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Cucumber gazpacho with sour cream gelee Photo by Roberto Caruso Cucumber gazpacho with sour cream gelee
(Photo, Roberto Caruso.)

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Cucumber gazpacho We usually top this cool cucumber soup with a creamy gelée, but to keep to our no-cook rule, we suggest instead a dollop of cold sour cream.

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Shrimp and watermelon tostadas Shrimp and watermelon tostadas recipe
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Shrimp and watermelon tostadas Crunchy, zesty, fresh and lively, this modern shrimp dish has it all. Simply substitute pre-cooked shrimp, and this fresh Mexican-inspired dish is a completely no-cook recipe.

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Banana chocolate-chip ice cream Banana chocolate-chip ice cream recipe
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Banana chocolate-chip "ice cream" Frozen bananas, blended and swirled with chocolate, cocoa and icing sugar. This four-ingredient ice cream is easy and delicious!

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