Food

Cool Raw Dinners for Hot Nights

Hearty raw dishes keep your kitchen cool while satisfying dinnertime hunger in the heat of the summer.

With summer temperatures rising and air conditioners working overtime, spending your evening in front of a scorching-hot stove is no way to keep your cool come dinner. Sure, you can step outside and grill, but that’s not offering much relief when thermometers around the country have been exceeding 100 degrees. The hottest summer months are the perfect time to create fresh raw dishes that keep your home comfortably cool while still filling your belly at the end of the day.

Of course we can throw together simple cold salads, but more often than not, we are craving something more substantial. While still focusing on hydrating veggies, adding more satisfying ingredients like avocados, nuts, and rich dressings creates filling one-dish meals.

Luckily, we are at the height of farmers’ market and CSA season, when finding local veggies available around the country is easy as (uncooked) pie. Here are two super fresh and flavorful meals where a mix of raw vegetables, spices, nuts, and seeds offer creative nourishment without raising the heat in your kitchen. Both dishes are best served with a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade on the side and followed by your favorite raw vegan ice cream!

Stay cool with these delicious raw dishes:
Chipotle Coconut Lettuce Wraps
Kale Slaw with Barbecue Walnut Crumble

Natalia KW is a pure food chef, cookbook author, and shamanic practitioner focusing on nourishment for the body, mind, and spirit.

Photo by Natalia KW

More Food

The VegNews Guide to Vegan Chocolate

Need chocolate? Our ultimate, up-to-date guides to vegan products give you everything you need to know.
Read More »

Healthy Vegan Smoothie

This simple, super-fast smoothie is a great way to sneak in some greens when getting ready for the day.
Read More »

Vegan Tahitian Sunrise Tropical Smoothie

Cool down with this refreshing thirst quencher.
Read More »

Vegan Sweet Potato Chili

Vibrant red and orange hues make this chili appealing to the eye as well as the taste buds.
Read More »

Vegan Jollof Rice & Beans

Many versions of Jollof rice exist throughout West Africa, where the rice-and-bean combination makes a satisfying and nourishing meal.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »