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Cold or uncooked second courses

Summer and the desire for something fresh and quick

Summer is the perfect season to enjoy light, fresh and colorful dishes, which do not require long cooking times and do not weigh down the palate.

Among the most appetizing and nutritious options, cold meat-based second courses stand out, which can be made with quality ingredients and creative combinations.

Let's discover together how to create irresistible cold dishes, perfect for hot summer days.

What to eat for dinner when you have no ideas?

Let's start from the basics, summer evenings can be relaxing and pleasant, but sometimes you find yourself faced with the classic dilemma: what to prepare for dinner when you run out of ideas or have limited time to cook?

Here are some quick and appetizing options that will allow you to solve the problem without sacrificing taste, whether you want to offer them as a main course or a second course:

Gourmet salads : preparing a gourmet salad can be a practical and tasty solution.

Add crispy lettuce leaves or rocket, cherry tomatoes, olives, diced cheese, nuts or other dried fruit and a few slices of raw ham.

Season with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. This option will guarantee you a light dinner full of flavours.

Cold dishes prepared in advance : if you have some free time during the day, prepare cold dishes to keep in the fridge and eat for dinner. For example, a cold pasta with vegetables and cheese or a couscous salad with grilled chicken . You will thus have a quick and tasty dinner available without having to cook on the spot.

Sandwiches with creative cured meats : a sandwich stuffed with tasty ingredients can be the perfect solution.

Fill the sandwich with slices of cooked or raw ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato and a touch of mayonnaise or mustard.

This dish is easy to prepare and will allow you to please everyone's palates. Here are 10 ideas that we have selected for you .

Varied toasts : toasts are a quick and versatile solution. You can fill them with cheeses, cold cuts, grilled vegetables and sauces. A few minutes in the pan or toaster will be enough to obtain a hot and appetizing dish.

Summer crostini with buffalo mozzarella and ham : how hot and how little desire to stir fry! Crostini are the true evergreen solution for a super quick, tasty and sbatty-free summer dish!

Cold Soups : Cold soups are perfect for summer evenings.

Prepare a gazpacho, a courgette or tomato soup, leave it to cool in the fridge and serve it with a drizzle of oil and a few basil leaves.

A fresh and light option that will allow you to enjoy a complete dinner.

When you're lacking ideas for a summer dinner, you can rely on fresh, light and quick-to-prepare dishes. The important thing is to use quality ingredients and experiment with different combinations to create dishes that satisfy your tastes.

Make the most of the summer season and its fresh, colorful produce for delicious, satisfying dinners.

Second courses of meat without cooking (or almost)

Beef is a versatile and flavorful meat, ideal for creating cold summer dishes. Here are some ideas to consider as a second course or main course:

  • Beef carpaccio : thin and tender, beef carpaccio is perfectly suited to being served cold. Slice the beef into very thin slices, season with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add slices of parmesan and arugula for a touch of freshness.
  • Beef tartare : the queen of second courses without cooking. Versatile and tasty, whether you enjoy it with a tahini mayonnaise , with four different sauces or a tartare with figs and courgettes .
  • Gourmet dish of truffled Italian raw meat : one of those recipes that are really easy, quick to prepare, perfect for any occasion - sometimes even gourmet thanks to the addition of truffle oil.
  • Cucumber rolls with ricotta and bresaola : cucumber - or courgette - rolls with bresaola are a refined and surprising appetizer, ideal for starting a summer meal or for enjoying an aperitif in the company of friends.

Salads with chicken or beef

Salads with chicken or beef offer a combination of proteins and vegetables, ideal for a balanced meal:

  • Chicken salad with avocado : cook the grilled chicken and cut it into cubes. Add pieces of ripe avocado, cherry tomatoes, lettuce and corn. Season with olive oil, lime, coriander and pepper. Avocado gives creaminess and freshness to the salad.
  • Chicken Breast and Lentil Salad : A fresh, gourmet, summery chicken breast salad. A dish suitable for everyone with good Italian chicken breast and genuine ingredients.
  • Beef fillet and vegetable salad : cut the beef into thin strips and combine them with diced tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and red onion. Season with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, parsley and basil. This colorful and nutritious salad is perfect for serving cold.
  • Beef salad with red onion : Cut the beef into thin slices and marinate them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard and garlic. Add thinly sliced ​​red onion, baby spinach and walnuts. This salad is a mix of irresistible flavors and textures.

Inspiration from our Recipe Blog

If you're looking for more inspiration for cold summer meat dishes, our blog offers a variety of delicious recipes . You can find original and tasty proposals to create cold dishes that will conquer your palate. From salads to carpaccio, you are sure to find options that suit your tastes and preferences.

Remember that the key to creating successful summer cold dishes is using fresh, seasonal, high-quality ingredients. Experiment with different combinations of vegetables, dressings and sauces to create colorful, nutritious and irresistible dishes.

Fresh and tasty dishes without cooking

Cold summer meat-based second courses are an excellent solution to satisfy your appetite in a light and tasty way. Whether you prefer beef or chicken, you'll have many options to create dishes that reflect the season and your personal tastes.

Have fun with vegetables, condiments and sauces to create dishes that are a hymn to freshness and well-being. And if you are looking for further inspiration, explore our blog to discover innovative and delicious recipes to prepare without cooking.