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5 Cheesy Main Dishes for When it’s Too Hot to Cook

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.

Tuna Frisée Salad with Citrus-Marinated Manchego and Olives

This Spanish-inspired salad comes together quickly but the Manchego must be marinated at least three hours in advance.

Chopped Kale Salad with Aged Gouda and Anchovy Dressing

We suggest using an aged gouda from Artikaas in this satisfying salad.

Smoked Duck Salad with Grana Padano

Smoked Duck Salad with Grana Padano and Strawberries

You can find d’Artagnan brand smoked duck breast in specialty shops and some supermarkets.


Roast Chicken and Brie Sandwich

Rotisserie chicken makes putting together this sandwich a breeze. If you can’t find frisée, use your favorite crisp lettuce.

Burrata Gazpacho

Green Gazpacho with Burrata

Serve this cool soup with prosciutto, sliced tomatoes, and a fresh baguette to round out the meal.

Susan Axelrod

Susan Sherrill Axelrod is a former editor of Culture. Her love affair with cheese began at age 12, when she bicycled to a gourmet shop to taste an exotic newcomer—French brie. She lives with her partner in midcoast Maine, where she enjoys a well-made cocktail, hiking with their dog, Lucy, and spending as much time as possible on the water.

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