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Easy dinner recipes: 12 summer slaw variations

When you want a bright and refreshing dish for summer, it doesn't get much better than slaw. Crisp and cool, it's the dish to turn to as the weather turns hot. Made with just a few ingredients, slaws are straightforward and simple. And they're fast and easy to assemble -- no cooking required.

When you think slaw, you might think cabbage, or maybe you've even gone so far as to try slaws made from broccoli or carrots. But there's a big wide world of slaw possibilities out there, particularly in the summer, when so much produce is at its prime.

And even though the options might sound endless, slaws are essentially simple things: Take a main ingredient cut into shreds, dress it lightly with something tangy, and finish it with the little touches that add color and crunch.

RECIPES: 71 quick and easy dinner ideas

Whether you're a fan of bell peppers or zucchini, olives or apples, spiced curry or tangy yogurt, we have some creative recipes for you. Fix the recipes as they're written or use them as a springboard for your own interpretations. The options are practically endless!

Click on the photos above for links to the recipes.

And for more ideas, click through our easy dinner recipes gallery and check out our Dinner Tonight page, devoted to recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Looking for a particular type of recipe? Comment below or email me at noelle.carter@latimes.com.

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