September is right around the corner and even though it may be hotter than ever in some parts of the country, that back-to-school feeling is definitely creeping up on us! Keep on using fabulous farmers market heirloom tomatoes, corn on the cob and fresh herbs; cool down with a delicious take on a classic PB&J that is transformed into an unusual summer dessert with the addition of cheddar ice cream.
Don't feel like cooking at all in this end-of-summer heat? No worries - turn to a classic cold summer soup or take some inspiration from the East and make a tasty Thai-inspired salad. These five recipes will ensure your week is full of flavor - cook one or all of these great recipes and dig in to this first week of August.
Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
When the sun is scorching in the sky, turning on the oven or even a single burner can seem turn one's kitchen into Dante's "Inferno." Luckily this refreshing summer soup requires no cooking at all! Transform any ripe heirloom tomatoes into a cool and simple appetizer that is the perfect way to start a summer dinner party.
Coconut, Lime and Lemongrass Chicken Salad
This Thai-inspired salad with wonderful sweet and fragrant citrus notes is full of lovely raw vegetables, ginger, lemongrass and masses of fresh herbs - mint, cilantro and basil, to be precise! To make this salad a cinch to prepare, turn to the most convenient of all supermarket items - rotisserie chicken - and you won't even have to turn on the stove!
Mango Crab Avocado Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette
Crab and avocado are already a match made in heaven (and who doesn't love seafood in the summer), but throw some mango into the mix and you've got a really winning combination that is perfect for summer! With lemon juice, jalapeÃ±o and chopped cilantro added to everything, this salad is jam-packed full of great flavor.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders
Make this pulled pork in your slow cooker, Instant Pot or other multi-cooker and enjoy delicious pulled pork sliders, made with simple ingredients and time. A summer classic that's perfect for entertaining, a backyard cookout or even just a normal weeknight dinner.
Ice Cream Grilled Cheese PB&J
If you're looking for a fun summery dessert to make, look no further than this twist on a PB&J. Just combine creamy cheddar ice cream, peanut butter and cherry jam between slices of soft white bread before quickly grilling the sandwiches in a ripping-hot pan. To make things even easier, you can make these sandwiches ahead of time and store them in the freezer until you are ready to cook them.
If the idea of cheddar ice cream sounds a bit odd to you, feel free to use some high-quality vanilla ice cream instead, though in the realm of odd ice cream, cheddar is just one of 21 unexpected ice cream flavors.