If you can’t stand the heat, get in and out of the kitchen in 30 minutes or less. (Also: eat more salad.)


Rachael Ray's Panzanella Salad with Frico Eggs

panzanella salad frico eggs
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Frico is fried cheese. YUM. In this recipe, eggs cooked on top of crispy Parm sit on a toasted-bread salad. Be sure to toast the bread to bring out the nutty flavor.

Rachael Ray's Orzo & Rice with Feta & Oregano Shrimp

orzo rice feta oregano shrimp
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This is a fun mash-up of rice pilaf, a classic greek salad, and a simple, delicious scampi.

Rachael Ray's Paillard "Pizzette" with Summer Pesto, Tomatoes & Arugula

paillard pizzette summer pesto tomatoes arugula
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I've been making these chicken mini "pizzas" for years. Parents love the simple tomato-basil-mozzarella (a.k.a. margherita style) not only for the kids but for their own waistlines, too. The super-thin cutlets are a high-protein, gluten-free alternative to pizza dough. You can even cook them on the grill.

Rachael Ray's Paillard "Pizzette" with 'Nduja, Greens & Eggs

paillard pizzette nduja greens eggs
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'Nduja is a spicy, spreadable salami that adds tons of flavor to this dish. I buy mine at Buon'Italia in NYC, but you can find it online at plenty of other places.

Rachael Ray's Creamed Corn Pasta with Ricotta Salata

creamed corn pasta ricotta salata
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Ricotta salata is a mild cheese made by aging ricotta cheese for a short time. It's great for crumbling and shaving over salads and pastas. 

Rachael Ray's Sicilian Shell Pasta Salad

sicilian shell pasta salad
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If you can find Italian tuna packed in olive oil for this pasta dish, it's worth the splurge!

Rachael Ray's Hanger Steaks with Celery, Fennel & Mushroom Salad

hanger steaks celery fennel mushroom salad
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If it's 80 degrees or cooler, I take my cast-iron skillet outside and use it on the grill. If it's hotter than 85 degrees, forget it! You'll find me in the kitchen with the AC cranking.

Rachael Ray's Tagliatelle with Crab

crabby tagliatelle
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When it's so hot out it's making you crabby, let this recipe come to your rescue. This pasta works equally well with lump or king crabmeat.

Rachael Ray's Curry Chicken Salad

curry chicken salad
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Yup, there is nothing wrong with bringing home a rotisserie chicken, even if you love to cook. Get over yourself! It's hot! Take the help.

Rachael Ray's Tahini & Za'atar Chicken Salad

tahini and za atar chicken salad
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Once you try this flavor-packed take on chicken salad, you'll have trouble going back to your plain' ol mayo-and-celery combo.