Dinner Ideas for Hot Days

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Dinner ideas for hot weather days. Inspiration for those super hot days when you can’t bear the idea of cooking and eating anything heavy or too hot. 

There has been a few scorchingly hot days lately in this last month of summer. On those days I just don’t feel like cooking very much and eating eating anything too heavy. If I can avoid switching on my stove or oven even better! Recently on Facebook I asked what what was people’s favourite sandwich filling and got some wonderful suggestions from members of our community, plus some more unusual ones that I’m keen to try. I’ve put together some meal inspiration for those hot weather days when you just don’t want to cook a big meal for dinner.

dinner ideas for hot days

Light Meals and Snacks

  • Grazing platter
  • Rice paper rolls
  • Toasted sandwiches
  • Sandwich and chips
  • Mexican Layer Dip
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Hot dogs
  • Cheese, dip and crackers
  • Nachos
  • BLTs
  • Okroshka – Cold Russian Summer Soup
  • Fruit salad with ice cream
  • Platter of fruit, veggies and dips
  • Prawns, avocado and mayonnaise on bread
  • Open face sandwiches with meat and veggies
  • Tacos
  • Hamburgers

  Make this Okroshka – Cold Russian Summer Soup

meal idea for hot days - cold Russian summer soup


Salads were the most popular suggestion from The Organised Housewife community for dinners on hot weather days. Either as a meal in itself or accompanying some protein.

  Make this Quinoa Thai Salad

Protein Ideas

Ideas for a protein options for dinner on hot days, that are perfect for pairing with a salad.

  • Supermarket BBQ Hot Chook
  • Cold deli meats
  • Anything cooked or grilled on the BBQ outside
  • Tinned Salmon or Tuna
  • Chicken skewers
  • Chicken wings
  • Fish
  • Sausages

Sandwiches and Wraps

  • Ham and Salad Rolls
  • Chicken Salad Wraps
  • Chicken Tenders and salad in wraps
  • Salsa chicken with salad in wraps
  • Tuna sandwiches
  • Lamb wraps with greek salad
  • Bahn mi

  Find more Sandwich Filling Ideas herehot weather meal idea - wrap or sandwich

Easy Options

  • Ubereats
  • Takeaway
  • Takeaway fish and chips at the beach
  • Prepared meal from the freezer
  • Sushi
  • Leftovers

What is your favourite dinner on hot days?

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