Right about now on the East Coast it’s sweltering. Every other day there’s a shocking storm with big lightening and heavy sheets of rain. After a day or two of tolerable temperatures, it’s back in the mid-90s with hefty humidity. Sound familiar? Well, the weather pattern may be different where you are, but it’s July everywhere. Thank goodness the #SundaySupper team today offers recipes for cooling off. It’s a Summer Chillin’ event designed to share ideas for staying cool while you take advantage of the best flavors and textures that summer offers. Our recipes for chilled beverages and starters , for crisp salads and refreshing main dishes, and recipes for cooling desserts will deliver you from summer’s heat. With all of the fabulous recipes here, you can consider letting the stove collect dust for the rest of the summer.
Surimi Salad As a Main Dish
I’m hosting this Summer Chillin’ event, and my contribution is “Surimi Salad.” It’s a chilled main dish (or a side) featuring imitation crab. If you eat sushi sometimes (or a lot) you’ve either seen or tasted imitation crab in a California roll. Not all California rolls have imitation crab in them. Sometimes it’s real crab. I love surimi in sushi, and it also makes a delicious salad with crisp celery, green and Vidalia onions, low-fat mayonnaise, and Italian parsley. Shop for surimi made with sustainable fish as an ingredient. Slice the surimi lengthwise into thin shreds and mix in the low-fat mayo and fresh vegetables.
After the recipe below, explore the variety of recipes that other bloggers have created for Summer Chillin’. Join us at 7 p.m. ET for our Twitter chat and share your recipes for staying cool despite the heat.
- 8 ounces leg-style imitation crab, sliced thinly (lengthwise)
- ½ cup low-fat mayonnaise
- 3 ounces celery, chopped finely (1½ stalks)
- 2 ounces green onion, bulb and green top, chopped finely (1 stalk)
- 2 ounces Vidalia onion, chopped finely (about ½ small onion)
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- Salt to taste
- Cracked pepper to taste
- Juice of 1 fresh lemon
- 8 fans of Romaine lettuce, washed and dried
- Place surimi in a large bowl. Add mayonnaise, celery, green onion, Vidalia onion Stir to distribute ingredients.
- Add dill, salt and pepper, and lemon juice. Cover bowl and chill surimi for 20 minutes.
- Use an ice cream scooper to transfer surimi from bowl to lettuce fans (1 scoop of surimi salad per fan of lettuce).
- Squeeze lemon juice over mounds of surimi and serve.
Summer Chillin’ Recipes Brisk Beverages
- Blackberry and Peach Sparkling (Camping) Sangria from Simply Healthy Family
- Mocha Madness Milkshake from Desserts Required
- Salt Savory Greek Yogurt Lassi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Skinny Watermelon Mojito from Peanut Butter & Peppers
- Southern Sweet Tea from Gluten Free Crumbley
- Strawberry Mango White Sangria from The Texan New Yorker
- The Polar Cap Drink from Seduction in the Kitchen
- Vanilla Root Beer Cream Soda from Feed Me, Seymour
- Avocado Hummus Dip from Shockingly Delicious
- Chilled Beet Soup (Chlodnik) from Curious Cuisiniere
- Cucumber-Watercress Soup-Gazpacho Style from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Gazpacho from Jelly Toast
- Green Gazpacho from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Homemade Bak Kwa (Grilled Chili Pork Jerky) from Food Lust People Love
- Rabarbersuppe Med Vin (Danish Rhubarb Wine Soup from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Mexican Flag Guacamole from What Smells So Good?
- Tuna Tartare from Kimchi Mom
- White Gazpacho from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Snappy Salads and Sides
- Antipasto Tortellini Salad from Neighborfood
- Broccoli Salad from Flavor Mosaic
- Cold Peanut Noodles from girlichef
- Korean Salad from Noshing With The Nolands
- Layered Salad with Green Goddess Dressing from Delaware Girl Eats
- Pesto Pasta Salad from Supper for a Steal
- Picnic Orzo Salad from A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen
- Spinach Salad with Curried Apple and Cashew Dressing from Peaceful Cooking
- Tortellini Pesto Salad from Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch
- Tuna and Potato Salad from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Quinoa Fruit Salad with a Creamy Yogurt Dressing from Simply Gourmet
- Cantaloupe Risotto from Confessions of A Culinary Diva
- Watermelon, Mango & Arugula Salad from Take a Bite Out of Boca
Refreshing Main Dishes
- Buffalo and Blue Cheese Chicken Salad from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from Cookin’ Mimi
- Jalapeno Ham Salad (for sandwiches) from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Shrimp Ceviche from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Surimi Salad from Pescetarian Journal
- Zucchini Lasagna from Nosh My Way
- Berry Ice Cream Bomb from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Cherry Cream Cheese Ice Cream from Magnolia Days
- Nutella and Pistachio Gelato from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Dairy Free Lemon Ice Cream from Healthy. Delicious.
- Lemon Curd Parfait from Life Tastes Good
- Lemon Thyme Ice Pops from Country Girl in the Village
- Mocha Latte Ice Cream from The Foodie Army Wife
- No Maker Required Berry Ice Cream from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- No-Bake Penuche Drop Cookies from Killer Bunnies, Inc.
- No-Bake Raspberry and Japanese Yuzu Citrus Bars from NinjaBaking.com
- Olive Oil Gelato from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Pluot Ice Cream from Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Raspberries and Cream Panna Cotta from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Salted Caramel Gelato from Manu’s Menu
- Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Redhead Baker
- Trio of Fruity Ice Cream Toppings from Foxes Love Lemons
- Vanilla Bean Chia Seed Pudding from Pies and Plots
- White Chocolate Fruit Dip from Hezzi D’s Book and Cooks
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