Make Dinner Cool
When the weather starts to sizzle but you're stuck inside, look for meals that require little or no cooking and can be eaten chilled. For backyard picnics or quick weeknight meals, pasta salads are a cheap staple. They're endlessly versatile — a side dish or a meal, casual or elegant, classic or edgy, All-American or international. They can usually be thrown together in the time in takes to cook the pasta (which can even be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge). Let these 16 recipes serve as inspiration — add a protein source for a one-bowl dinner or toss in whatever seasonal herbs and vegetables you have in the pantry.