The long hot days of summer are upon us. Along with shade trees, public swimming pools, air conditioning (for the lucky ones), fans, and breezes to break up the glare of the sun, refreshing food is one way to cool down. Summer is filled with beautiful foods like watermelons, peaches, berries, melon, tomatoes, and cucumbers ­– all of which help keep us hydrated and cool during the heat.

There are so many delightful summer-y recipes here on mnn.com, I thought I would gather some of them together in one place for you to browse at will. I'd love for you to share your favorite recipe as well! 

  • Cucumber and Green Tea Mojito: Want a fresh and healthy way to cool off this summer? Try this refreshing and tasty Cucumber & Green Tea Mojito. 
  • 5 variations on the classic Caprese: The trio of tomato, basil and mozzarella are a summer classic. The three are wonderful served simply with a little olive oil and salt, but the flavors also work well in these variations on the original.
  • Bacon and Summer Vegetable Medley: Zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, and fresh corn cut off the cob added to farmers market bacon make a great recipe for a summer side dish.
  • 5 healthy juicing recipes: Get ready to enjoy your favorite fruits and vegetables with these concoctions that are as healthy as they are delicious. 
  • Sweet Potato Salad: Here's a perfect potato salad for those who don't care for the standard mayonnaise-based recipes.
  • Persimmon Creamsicle Smoothie: With coconut milk, orange juice and ripe persimmon, this drink is earthy and sweet, spicy, and just slightly tart.
  • 6 quick snacks and drinks for hot weather: I don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen during the summer heat. Here are some of my favorite snacks and beverages that take only minutes to put together (if that).

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