Slideshow: 14 Easy, Refreshing Summer Dinners

Corn Som Tam
Corn Som Tam
Corn Som Tam is one of Bangkokians' favorite variations of the quintessential green papaya salad (Som Tam). Poached shrimp is added to this sweet, sour, and spicy salad to turn it into a complete meal.

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Spicy Shrimp and Green Apple Salad
Spicy Shrimp and Green Apple Salad
The overall flavor of the salad should be predominantly sour, then salty, with some sweetness from the fruits. Start with less lime juice and fish sauce than you think, you can always add more.

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Key Lime Scallop Ceviche
Key Lime Scallop Ceviche
Sweet sea scallops are cut into a fine dice, and tossed with garlic, scallion, chili, and cilantro. The marinade gets its punch from freshly squeezed key lime juice.

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Vietnamese Shrimp and Quinoa Salad
Vietnamese Shrimp and Quinoa Salad
This unconventional shrimp and quinoa salad with Vietnamese flavorings is nutritious and light. Also, wonderfully satisfying.

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Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad with Sumac Onions
Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad with Sumac Onions
Unlike most salads, this one keeps very well in the fridge, retaining its crunch and developing flavor over a couple days.

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White Bean and Mint Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
White Bean and Mint Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Amazing how a homemade vinaigrette and fresh herbs can breathe life into canned cannellini beans. It gets better and better the longer it sits.

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Zucchini with Feta, Walnuts, Dill
Zucchini with Feta, Walnuts, Dill
Raw zucchini is wonderful when sliced very thin, carpaccio-thin. Here it's topped with feta, dill, and walnuts for a Greek spin.

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Jean-Georges' Kale Salad w/Parmesan and Lemon
Jean-Georges' Kale Salad w/Parmesan and Lemon
Adapted by our own Kenji Lopez-Alt, this is a great application for raw kale, with the zippy dressing bringing life to the salad.

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Dan Dan Noodles
Dan Dan Noodles
It's just a matter of cooking your noodles, frying your chopped pork, and throwing everything together. Spicy is refreshing!

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Cumin-Scented French Lentil Salad
Cumin-Scented French Lentil Salad
A hint of warm, earthy cumin adds depth to this wonderfully crunchy and satisfying lentil salad.

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Arugula, Apples, Manchego in Cider Vinaigrette
Arugula, Apples, Manchego in Cider Vinaigrette
This Spanish-style salad combines peppery arugula, juicy apples, crunchy almonds and Manchego cheese. Tossed in a cider vinaigrette, it's got a salty-sweet-tangy flavor combination.

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Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Basil
Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Basil
A little spicy, a little sweet, a little salty, these chewy Chinese noodles with cucumbers, peppers, and scallions coated in a chunky peanut sauce is a tasty, filling meal.

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