4 Summer Recipes to Keep Cool When It’s Hot

4 Summer Recipes to Keep Cool When Its Hot

Summers in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Sarasota, Fla. can be brutal. However, there is no need to despair just yet. Your air conditioner is a vital part of having summer fun. But there are also a number of foods and drinks to add to this summer’s cooking agenda to spice things up. Here are seven recipes to keep you cool through the heat.

4 Summer Recipes to Keep You Cool

#1 Southwestern Quinoa Salad With Beans, Corn, Tomatoes, Avocado and Lime


Not only is this a delicious and savory option to keep you cool on a hot summer’s day, it’s also a healthy one. This is a recipe you can make ahead of time and bring to the picnic or to work the next day, just be sure to add the avocado right before eating so it doesn’t discolor or go bad.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup pre-washed quinoa
  • 1-⅔ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1-¼ cups fresh cooked corn
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 avocado, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt

#2 Arugula Salad With Apples, Manchego, Walnuts and Cider Vinaigrette


This Spanish-style arugula salad is a great lunch option or dinner side dish for warm Florida months. It’s also the perfect blend of salty, sweet and tangy with its peppery arugula, cider vinaigrette and topped off with Manchego.

What You’ll Need:

  • 5 oz. arugula
  • 3-½ oz. thinly sliced Manchego
  • 1 Fuji apple
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 6 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper

#3 Mango Lassi Popsicle


Nothing quenches the heat quite like an icy cold and savory popsicle. A Mango Lassi is a popular yogurt-based drink and blend of spices, yogurt and fruit. It originated in the Punjab region of India, and is designed to help people cool down during sweltering temperatures. Here’s the ingredients for our favorite DIY popsicle of the summer.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 whole mangos
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup simple syrup

#4 Couscous With Tomato, Feta and Mint


This Israeli-inspired couscous dish is an easy and scrumptious way to go if you want to delight your taste buds and cool down with a unique summer salad. It can be served either hot or at room temperature, so you have the flexibility to prepare this meal ahead of time if you choose.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove

Call Climate Design to Keep You Cool

The AC and plumbing experts at Climate Design are here to ensure residents across Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater and Sarasota stay cool and comfy through the height of our sweltering Florida summer. Want to learn more about why we’re the area’s most trusted team of technicians?

Call us today at (888) 572-7245 or visit us online to request a free estimate.