No Ovens Here

These high-summer favorites won’t leave your kitchen feeling like a sauna.

By Emily Weinstein

Well, it’s been hot this week, to state the obvious, and scary-hot in some parts of the United States. So let’s just not turn on the oven at all. (It always seemed a cruel irony of summer that the best time of year to bake pies — my opinion — is also the worst time of year to heat the oven.)

You’ll see five recipes below that rely on the stove or grill, and only minimally (boiling noodles, searing halloumi). But you could go the no-cook route, of course, with chilled soup or salad. Or embrace the slow cooker: As devotees will tell you, it’s ideal for summer because it won’t turn your kitchen into a sauna.

And if you’re cooking for the Fourth of July on Sunday, we’ve got roughly a million recipes for you, including burgers of all kinds, grilled chicken recipes, potato salads, dips, desserts, etc.

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1. Summer Shrimp Scampi With Tomatoes and Corn

Ali Slagle combines seared shrimp, blistered tomatoes and sweet caramelized corn in this very fast, very summery single-skillet recipe, coating it all in that glorious garlic-lemon butter sauce. Serve with bread or pasta.

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2. Ginger Chicken With Crisp Napa Salad

Yewande Komolafe imbues chicken breast with ginger-garlic flavor in this easy recipe, just what you need in July. The chicken is served with a cool, crisp salad made with napa cabbage, cucumbers and mint. I can practically taste how refreshing this is.

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3. Cold Noodle Salad With Spicy Peanut Sauce

There are few foods more delicious than a bowl of cold noodles on a hot summer night. In this irresistible recipe, Hetty McKinnon tosses soba noodles with crunchy vegetables and chile oil-spiked peanut sauce. (You can sub in any nut or seed butter you’d like.)

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4. Spiced Grilled Halloumi

Salty, sturdy halloumi is so good hot off the grill. It’s even better when you eat the cheese with juicy summer tomatoes, seasoned with coriander and cumin, as in this recipe from Ali Slagle. Add farro or other grains, more veg on the side and grilled bread for a superb high-summer meal.

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5. Orzo Salad With Peppers and Feta

Here is your great, extremely simple make-ahead Fourth of July picnic-potluck pasta salad, courtesy of Kay Chun. Or you could just eat it for dinner with utterly simple shrimp, chicken, fish or sausage.

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