5 Ideas for Easy Summer Meals on Hot Days

Having vibrant and refreshing meals during the summer is a must. Salads, cold dishes, and no cook meals are on the menu. However, after a long day at work, or out in the heat, the last thing we want to do is prepare and cook a long meal! You want an invigorating and comforting meal that could be prepared in a heartbeat. Your wishes are finally coming true as we bring you 5 easy summer meals on hot days! No matter how hot the day is, or what mood you are in, these recipes will be a comforting treat!

summer meals on hot days

5 Ideas for Easy Summer Meals On Hot Days

Whether you are enjoying a long summer break, or you are working a 9-6 full time job, a tasty summer meal makes everything better! Especially on a hot summer day when you can relax for a while and enjoy your food. Unlike going into hibernation mode in winter (yes, we are all guilty of that), summer is the time for activities and fun! That being said, you don’t want to have anything heavy that will prevent you from going on with your day. Our 5 ideas for easy summer meals on hot days will help you power through the remainder of your day, and leave you craving more!

You must be wondering what we have on our plates…Let’s dig in!

1. Pesto Pasta Salad

Of course, we are starting with the most basic, and best soul food out there…Pasta! We know that pasta and pesto are a match made in heaven! It is as easy as it sounds! All you need to do for this recipe is assemble 4 ingredients! And here’s a secret: pasta is THE perfect dish for summer. It counts for a great lunch, a cozy dinner, and a perfect BBQ side dish! Basically, this salad is your best summer companion, and a tasty one too! Now the ingredients are: fresh cheese tortellini, cherry tomato, red pepper, and of course, basil pesto. Did you think we would exclude cheese from this recipe? Think again! Cheese and pasta speak to the foodie inside us all, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! 

Greek recipes are a great go to meal for summer! So, this Asparagus and Halloumi Pasta with Smoky Tomato Pesto is something you need to try! And if you are craving some bread in your meal, our chefs can bring you a delicious Bruschetta creation!

Pesto Pasta
Serves 4
A delicious and refreshing summer recipe that complements all your meals, and is a meal on its own. Pesto pasta will make your day tastier!
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 60 grams of tortellini pasta
  2. 2 small boxes of cherry tomatoes, halved
  3. 1/3 cup of basil pesto sauce
  4. 340 grams of roasted red peppers, rinsed and drained
Instructions
  1. Cook the tortellini pasta as instructed on the package
  2. Drain the pasta when done, and wash them briefly until they cool down to a desired temperature
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the tomatoes, pesto, and red peppers, to the pasta and mix.
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2. Sautéed Zucchini, Squash, and Feta

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We are going green with this recipe! And there’s no better combination than some sautéed zucchini and squash with a hefty sprinkle of feta. This dish will provide micro-nutrients to help you power through a hot summer day! This tasty recipe from Kitchn is really simple. And because we are all about versatility, it works as a side dish, a snack, and a main! Also, to make it more filling, add some roasted chicken pieces on top, and you get a balanced healthy lunch! Delight your taste buds and trying this recipe!

3. Italian Bruschetta

Summer Meals for Hot Days

We are continuing our hunt for tasty and refreshing summer meals on hot days. Avoiding a crunchy piece of toast would be a crime! Especially, when you don’t have time, or energy, to do anything! This Italian Bruschetta is the exact thing you need. Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of this recipe, the flavors are so good! The sweetness of the tomatoes is complemented by the tangy garlic. Also, don’t forget the olive oil and spices, as they take the recipe to a whole new level of deliciousness! Bruschetta has many variations, and all of them are worth a try.

However, one of our best chefs, Chef Ricardo, adds thinly sliced Colatello to this version. If you are not a fan of meat, then no worries! You can grill some eggplants, cube them and add to the mix. Then, after placing them on the bread toasts, you can top with feta and enjoy your feast!  

4. Lebanese Eggplant Moussaka

Summer Meals for Hot Days

If you are looking for summer recipes, Lebanese cuisine is a must. It is full of flavorful and light dishes that our grandmas always make. And like many Lebanese summer recipes, Moussaka is served cold. And that makes it convenient for summer, especially when the heat is unbearable, and the day is hectic. Moreover, Moussaka is vegetarian and full of plant based protein from the chickpeas. So, it will keep you full for longer. You will definitely love this easy recipe! To all our Beirut foodies, if you are still worried about cooking it, we have the solution! Our Mamas make the best Eggplant Moussaka you’ll ever have. You will not want to miss it on our menu!

5. Lebanese Loubieh b Zeit 

Summer meals for hot days

We are ending our 5 best summer recipes for hot days with another Lebanese recipe. There’s nothing better than a Lebanese cold dish! It falls under the same category of Mossaka as well. Loubieh b Zeit literally translates to green beans with oil. Surely, there’s more to this recipe than that! Adding tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices significantly liven up this meal. You will be going for 3 and more refills with all these mouthwatering flavors! Give this recipe a try, it will become your savior!  

Many more recipes are fit for summer. After all, it is all about enjoying your time with your loved ones, and eating endless amounts of good food! Our chefs want you to have all the recipes you’ll wish to try. If you are vegetarian, you can also enjoy BBQ weekends with our take on vegetarian BBQ recipes. In addition, you can couple that with a tasty drink without adding in the calories. Our Healthy Lemonade will satisfy your juice cravings without the added sugar!

Welcome New Experiences…

Summer is all about the experiences, don’t you agree?! It’s the ultimate time for trying new things and bonding with our loved ones. BBQ weekends, outdoor dinners under the night sky, dinner dates with your partner, or any special occasions are lovely times to try something unique. Focus on your time, and don’t worry about the effort you need to exert in order to prepare food for the occasion! Our Private Chefs will take care of everything from A to Z! Wherever you are around the world, our chefs are there for you!

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