By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
The best, and cheapest, summer recipes don't require turning on the oven or stovetop but still result in delicious and refreshing dishes. Take advantage of freshly harvested vegetables and fruits and savor the colors, smells, and flavors they bring to the table. We've gathered tasty dishes from several sources and combined them into a full-meal menu, minus the cooking bits.Use seasonal ingredients to make delicious meals.
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Salad. For the starter we found a black-bean-based salad recipe on ForTheLoveOfCooking.net that incorporates avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro. This dish earns top billing in terms of ingredients and maximum 10-minute preparation time. The recipe suggests proportions for a dish that serves six, but the basis of this salad can be easily expanded and used for a party of any size. A can of black beans, avocados, grape tomatoes, and red onion constitute the heartiest portion of the salad. Lime juice, garlic, and fresh cilantro kickRead More »from Too Hot to Cook? Try These Cheap Summer Recipes