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Keep Cool With These Easy Summer Recipes!

Escape the sweltering summer heat with these quick and easy summer recipes! Have some recipes that you’d like to share? Leave a comment, or email us.

Tomato Watermelon Salad


  • 4-6 large tomatoes cut into cubes
  • 1 personal size small seedless watermelon cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry or balsamic vinegar
  • Crushed black pepper to taste
  • Chopped herbs such as mint or basil optional


  1. Combine cut tomatoes and watermelon in a large serving bowl.
  2. Whisk together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Pour the dressing over the tomatoes and watermelon
  4. Sprinkle fresh herbs on top.

*Yield: 6 Servings

Summer Chickpea Salad


  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, veined and diced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • ½ cucumber peeled, seeded, and diced
  • ¼ cup crumbled Feta cheese (optional)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix gently.
  2. Cover and chill for a few hours for all the flavors to blend.
  3. Serve on a bed of baby spinach or fill into a whole wheat pita bread.

*Yield: 3 Servings

Fruit Yogurt Pops


  • 2 cups fresh fruit (Any combination of peaches, strawberries & blueberries, bananas, mango etc.)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt


  1. Blend together the fruit, sugar and lemon juice in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour alternating layers of the fruit puree and yogurt into popsicle molds, and then insert the sticks.
  3. Freeze until the pops are firm, about 8 hours.
  4. For easy removal, dip the bottom of the molds into hot water for a few seconds to loosen the pops.

*Yield: 12 pops

About Parul Kharod, MS, RD, LDN

Parul is a Clinical Dietitian in Outpatient Nutrition Services at WakeMed Cary Hospital. For information related to diet and nutrition, or to speak to one of our licensed, registered dietitians, contact Outpatient Nutrition Services today. Insurance coverage and costs may vary.