Our heat-plagued planet set a heat record on July 4, and even in coastal Maine where I live, it’s been unusually steamy. When dinner time rolls around, an air-conditioned restaurant is one option, but most of the ones near me are packed with tourists at this time of year. If you’re similarly inclined to put a tasty meal on the table without turning on your oven or firing up the grill, here are five fabulous recipes from culture‘s archives that are hearty enough to be a complete meal. Some take advantage of ready-to-eat proteins such as rotisserie chicken and high-quality canned tuna—and all include cheese, of course.
This Spanish-inspired salad comes together quickly but the Manchego must be marinated at least three hours in advance.
We suggest using an aged gouda from Artikaas in this satisfying salad.
You can find d’Artagnan brand smoked duck breast in specialty shops and some supermarkets.
Rotisserie chicken makes putting together this sandwich a breeze. If you can’t find frisée, use your favorite crisp lettuce.
Serve this cool soup with prosciutto, sliced tomatoes, and a fresh baguette to round out the meal.