5 Cold Foods Perfect for Summer

5 Cold Foods Perfect for Summer

While winter is the perfect time of year for a bowl of hot chili or chicken noodle soup, summer is far too warm for hot foods. Especially here in South Florida, where the heat and humidity can often feel overwhelming come summer. This also means the last thing we really want to be eating are foods that make us feel even more like sweating. But what if there were delicious cold foods you could eat to help keep you cool all summer long?

You’re in luck! We’ve pulled together some of our cold food favorites that are perfect for Florida summer heat. Follow along with the recipes below to keep your cool this season.

1. Start With an Appetizer: Sunny Mango Basil Bruschetta

Whether you simply aren’t a fan of tomatoes or you’re looking for a unique appetizer to make for a summer gathering, a plate of sunny mango basil bruschetta is the perfect option. Pairing sweet pieces of ripe mango with basil and a little bell pepper, it’s sure to be a hit with any crowd.

What You’ll Need

1/2 baguette, sliced into rounds

1 cup yellow bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup red pepper, diced

1 cup mango, diced

1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped

2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon fresh black pepper

1 teaspoon agave drizzle (optional)

Salt to taste (optional)

2. How About Some Cold Protein?

If you’re a believer in having some meaty protein with every meal and can’t imagine going cold-turkey, then a chicken salad recipe might be the right fit for you. Both light and delicious, you’ll be surprised how much you’ll love this combination of chicken, grapes and pecans in one savory bite.

What You’ll Need

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 dried bay leaves

1/2 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup light mayonnaise

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half lengthwise (20 grapes)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped unsalted, raw pecans (34 pecans)

1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)

3. Avocado for Veggie Lovers

Avocados have spiked in popularity in recent years and the trend doesn’t seem to be going away. There are simply far too many creative and cool ways to eat the vegetable! For a fun and refreshing treat, try making this salad-stuffed avocado recipe sure to cool your taste buds.

What You’ll Need

Juice of one lime

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 pinch cayenne

1/4 cup yellow bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup baby tomatoes, sliced

3 radishes, diced

1 avocado, halved and seeded

1 tablespoon cotija cheese

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon scallion, chopped

4. Cold Coleslaw as a Side Dish

Perfect for any summer meal side dish, creamy and cool coleslaw is refreshingly delicious in every way. Both easy to make and tasty, make this one of your go-to pairings this season.

What You’ll Need

1/4 cup reduced-fat, reduced-sodium mayonnaise

2 teaspoons tomato basil garlic seasoning blend

1 tablespoon lemon juice

4 cups cabbage or cole slaw mix

1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

5. Dessert Time: Ice Cold Ice Cream Sandwiches

Even if you’re still enjoying hot meals, try a cold dessert that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Many of us have tried making homemade ice cream in the past, but have you ever tried sandwiching it all together? Make your own ice cold dessert with the following ingredients and the ultimate ice cream sandwich recipe.

What You’ll Need

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1 large egg yolk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon sour cream

1 pint ice cream (flavor of your choice!)

Stay Cool All Summer Long With Help from Engineered Air!

Our expert team members at Engineered Air are here to help you and your family stay cool and comfortable this summer (and all year long!). From AC maintenance and repairs to full replacements of HVAC systems, we have you covered. Call us today or schedule an appointment online at your convenience!