(Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

The heat wave cometh! Readers this week wanted light, bright recipes in preparation for the peak of summer. Whether it’s low-cook, no-cook or cooked and then cooled right back down, these recipes will carry you through the extremely warm days ahead.

1. Avocado, Cucumber and Fennel Soup. The number one thing you’re going to need when the temperature rises is something cold. Turn to this refreshing soup for a filling meal at the end of a blazing hot day — no cooking required (unless you want to toast the pepitas you sprinkle on top). Get the how-to for this Weeknight Vegetarian recipe on Voraciously.


(Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

2. Chicken Orzo Soup With PestoShould you get the sniffles (or something worse) over the next few weeks, fear not! You can have a chicken soup that fills all your comfort needs, with light touches that take it out of fall/winter territory. This Dinner in Minutes is just the thing to get started on your sick days — head to Voraciously for the walk-through.


(Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

3. Citrus-Marinated Fish TacosSo you can’t go to the beach this weekend. With these breezy fish tacos, you’ll sure feel like you’re there! After a brief dunk in a bright orange-and-lime marinade, the white fish of your choice hits a grill pan for some char, then nestles into a tortilla with a crunchy cabbage slaw and a simple, cooling avocado crema. You’ll find the step-by-step guide on Voraciously.


(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky)

4. Petite Pasta Salad With Corn, Tomatoes and Feta. Maybe you’ll go rent a beach house later on in the summer, though! But who wants to cook elaborate meals when you’ve got so many exciting things on your agenda? This pasta salad is not only kid-friendly, but it whips together fast and is 100 percent portable — which makes it ideal for a long road trip. Want more quick vacation meal ideas? Click over to Voraciously.


(Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky)

5. Curried Chickpea Salad SandwichWe. Want. Veggies! And we want them for dinner. On days where all you crave is something simple and nourishing, mash up avocado and chickpeas with some onion and pickles for a delightfully spiced sandwich. Find just the right plant-based dinner to suit your mood on Voraciously.

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