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There’s a time and a place for hearty, warming meals. It just doesn’t happen to be when the sun is shining and we’ve got the air conditioning on. During that time, we turn to cold, no-cook dinners that are light but totally satisfying. Here, 30 recipes you most certainly won’t burn your tongue on.

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Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles

Store-bought marinated baked tofu combined with cold noodles makes this dish hearty, healthy and super simple to whip up.

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Chicken Orzo Salad

Add whatever veggies you picked up from the farmers’ market this week. The best part? If you plan for leftovers you can enjoy this guy more than just once. 

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QUINOA AND SHAVED CARROT SALAD WITH CHICKPEAS, CURRANTS AND CASHEWS

One of those recipes that’s easy, customizable (use whatever fruit or nuts you have lying around the cupboard) and can be eaten warm or cold. The choice is yours. 

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Watermelon Poke Bowls

Ideal for when we want something cool and crunchy. Did we mention this one’s vegetarian (and photogenic)? 

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broccoli salad

Featuring purple cabbage, broccoli, raisins, almonds, green onions and a creamy vegan almond-miso-orange dressing. 

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HONEY-MISO SUMMER SALAD BOWLS

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? And you’re definitely going to want to put this savory-sweet dressing on just about everything. 

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CHARRED CORN AND GOAT CHEESE AVOCADO TOAST

Topped with corn, chives, lemon, salt and pepper, this is not your average avocado toast. 

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Grilled Peach, Prosciutto and Mozzarella Sandwich

Sweet, salty and savory. Our new favorite sammy is what we call the ultimate triple threat. 

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aglio olio zoodles with summer vegetables and shrimp

This lighter take on a classic Italian dish is packed with flavor. Just don't forget to pile on the freshly grated cheese. 

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Velvet Corn Soup

We sauté kernels cut right off the cob with leeks and carrots, then blend the veggies with stock, cream and seasonings. Top it all off with extra crunchy corn. 

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Spiralized Sushi Bowl with Salmon Sashimi and Ginger Miso Dressing

PureWow Coterie member Ali Maffucci gave us this beautiful (not to mention colorful) bowl and we are forever grateful. Taste the rainbow. 

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MEDITERRANEAN TUNA SALAD

Packed with so many flavors and textures (veggies, artichokes, capers, avocado and a red wine vinaigrette), you won’t even miss the mayo.

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Shredded Thai Salad with Avocado

Ready thy Instagram because this rainbow of shredded cabbage, peppers and other fresh veggies topped with vibrant slices of avocado, might just be the most colorful thing you will ever eat. 

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Cheesy Raw Vegan Zucchini Lasagna

Meet the clean-eating version of your favorite comfort food: Stacks on stacks of our favorite veggies topped with extra cheesy goodness.

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The Ultimate Quinoa-Avocado Bowl

Crispy kale? Check. Spicy shrimp? Check. Avocado slices, watermelon radishes and quinoa? Check, check and oh yeah, check. 

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PINEAPPLE MANGO SALSA CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS

If you’re looking for something that’s on your diet, these guys are completely gluten-free, Paleo, and Whole30. Not to mention you can have them on the table in just 20 minutes. 

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Beet Noodle, Pea and Arugula Salad

Topped with a lemon garlic-tahini sauce, this crunchy salad is the ideal cold dinner for a warm evening. 

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ASIAN BURGER SUMMER ROLLS WITH SPICY HOISIN PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE

So much more hearty than the average vegan summer roll. Drench these guys in peanut sauce and don’t forget to put out extra napkins. 

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Kelp and Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

Coterie member Jodi Moreno recently stopped by the PureWow test kitchen to whip up this light gluten-free, Paleo and nutrient-rich dish. 

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SUMMER CORN & HEIRLOOM SALAD WITH SPICY BREADCRUMBS, GOAT CHEESE & TOMATILLO SALSA VERDE

This is the summer salad of our dreams. Don’t forget to grab a handful of toasted bread cubes and crumble them over the dish for additional texture. 

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15-Minute Cucumber-Avocado Blender Soup

Making soup can feel like a lot of effort for something that we could just get from a can. Enter: this flavorful recipe that's ready in no time. 

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Cold Lemon Zoodles

A light, zesty dressing and no actual cooking required make this dish our summer night go-to. Who needs a stove anyway? 

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15-Minute Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil

With some ripe produce and a blender or food processor, you can whip up this guy in no time. No heat (or effort) required.

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Buddha Bowl with Kale, Avocado, Orange and Wild Rice

This grain bowl filled to the brim with the freshest ingredients (avocado, orange, pumpkin seeds and more) is about to become your new go-to dinner. 

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Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

So easy and refreshing. You can even make them ahead of time (up to two days in advance) and they won’t get soggy in the fridge. 

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Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

Serve the leftovers of this lightened-up tangy chicken salad for lunch. If there’s any left, we mean. 

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Summer Abundance Salad

Let seasonal produce be the star of your meal, because this vegan salad is packed with whole grains, protein, fruits and your favorite veggies. 

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BLT Pasta Salad

We’re combining all of the crunchy, savory, creamy ingredients of the classic sandwich—minus, well, the bread. 

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CHILLED STRAWBERRY COCONUT SOUP

A creamy soup to cool you down that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. We don’t judge. 

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Cold Asian Noodle Salad

Simply chop up all of the veggies, mix together the sauce, add in some rice noodles and taste the magic. 

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Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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