10 Ways to Cool Down on a Hot Summer Day

Fresh and raw ingredients, recipes that require little to no cooking, cold and thirst-quenching drinks… That’s what we’re all looking for when the temperature begins to increase during summer. You definitely won’t have to sweat about the 10 recipes below!


1. Orange-Vanilla Creamsicle Smoothie

Check out this throwback to the classic orange and cream ice pop from our childhoods, but in a more nutritious version. The secret behind this smoothie’s gorgeous orange hue? A hearty dose of carrot juice!

2. Honeydew and Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera restores and honeydew refreshes in this invigorating juice recipe, the perfect thirst-quencher for summer. It’s especially ideal after a workout!

3. Raspberry and Grapefruit Pink Lemonade

There’s nothing quite like a tall, cold glass of lemonade on a hot day. Tart, sweet and refreshing, it’s good to always have a pitcher of this tasty pink version in your fridge.


4. Soba Noodle, Edamame, Red Pepper and Bean Sprout Salad

A quick boil of the noodles and soybeans is the only cooking required in this recipe that’s served cold or at room temperature. Topped with oodles of fresh veggies, it’s the perfect light lunch or dinner for a hot night.

5. Caesar Rolls

Filled with fresh ingredients and often served cold, spring rolls are the ultimate warm-weather meal. There is, of course, the traditional version with rice vermicelli, herbs and shrimp, but we went all out with this recipe: It’s filled with all the ingredients of a classic Caesar salad. A salad you can hold in your hand, what’s not to love?

6. Pasta Salad with Avocado and Tuna

Pasta salad is a classic cold summer dish to be enjoyed outdoors, whether it’s at the park or on the patio. It makes a great side dish, but it can even be enjoyed on its own. After all, you get your protein kick from the tuna, so what more could you possibly need?

7. Grilled Zucchini Toasts with Tomato, Strawberry and Mint Salad

Dinner doesn’t get any tastier (or simpler!) than these zucchini toasts! Served with a refreshing strawberry and tomato salad, it’s a dish that doesn’t feel too heavy but is still filling enough to enjoy as a weeknight meal.

8. Peach and Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Salads and summer go hand in hand, and there is nothing more cooling than a salad with fresh, seasonal fruit! This salad is mainly stone fruit and fresh mozzarella, while the dressing, herbs and a little bit of sausage take second billing.


9. Papaya Sorbet Bowl

Sorbet is a frozen treat that’s tasty and easy to make. And while we love the usual flavours like raspberry or lemon, we opted here for a tropical papaya version, which is sweet and has a hint of melon flavour. We also used the fruit’s skin as a bowl for serving!

10. Fruit Salad with Pimm’s Syrup

Fruit salad is always a fresh and simple treat to make during the summer, and it lets you feel good about your decision because it’s, well, fruit! But in this recipe, make your dessert a little bit naughty with a drizzle of a sweet Pimm’s No.1 reduction.