Do you ever dread cooking in the summer heat? Sometimes during the summer it’s just too hot to be cooking in the kitchen, this is why NO-Cook recipes are a must!
During summer you might need something a little lighter, more refreshing, and healthier. That’s why No Cook recipes are so amazing!
Not a single one requires you to heat anything up, yet all are still full of the nutrients your body needs to feel its best. Because let’s be honest you have to eat something besides ice pops and frozen drinks! Although frozen margaritas are the best!
The reason why these No Cook recipes are so perfect is because they are light and refreshing and feature lots of fresh vegetables to keep you cool during the warm weather.
All of these recipes can be made in 15 minutes or less, whether you’re having a handful of friends over or it’s just you sitting on the back porch. After all, it’s summer, and stress just shouldn’t be a part of the equation.
Sometimes it’s just too damn hot to cook dinner and for that here’s 17 No-Cook recipes perfect for summer!
No Cooking Required!
1. Tuna “Sushi” Stacks
Found from Chelsea Messy Apron
These seriously simple and delicious “sushi” stacks are perfect for summer. By using canned tuna, fresh fruits and veggies, and leftover rice you can easily create this meal. These sushi stacks are super quick to assemble, good for you, and will satisfy your sushi craving! Oh and these “sushi” stacks are so pretty too!
2. Melon Caprese Skewers
Found from What’s Gaby Cooking
You will have a new love for these melon caprese skewers as soon as have them. The combination of creamy mozzarella, salty prosciutto, and sweet melon is insanely good. And you haven’t tasted anything until you have the basil vinaigrette on top. You can also drizzle balsamic vinegar on top as well! Delicious!
3. Classic Gazpacho
Found from Foodie Crush
Gazpacho is a chilled no cook tomato based soup that is classic for the warm weather. This chilled soup is so refreshing and is a mix of fresh veggies with tomato based vegetable juice that creates a perfect blend of smooth and chunky textures.
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4. No Cook Zucchini Noodles with Fresh Pesto
Found from Healthy Seasonal Recipes
This whole zucchini noodle recipe will be devoured in 10 seconds. This is a garden fresh meal with homemade basil pesto. Use a spiralizer like this one to make the zucchini noodles in minutes!
5. Spicy Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Poke Bowls
Found from Jessica Gavin
This is a perfect summer fresh recipe that you can customize with as many healthy ingredients as you like! The fresh raw salmon is like candy especially when it’s been marinated with japanese flavors. Serve in a bowl with fresh vegetables and no-cook pickles! If the raw fish freaks you out then use leftover or store bought rotisserie chicken instead.
6. Mediterranean Chopped Salad Pitas
Found from She Likes Food
These mediterranean chopped salad pitas make for a quick lunch or a refreshing dinner. Packed with a ton of fresh veggies, briny olives and creamy feta that is perfect for any hot summer day!
7. Shrimp Ceviche Tostada
Found from I Wash, You Dry
Shrimp ceviche is a cold no cook dish that is made for the summer months. The shrimp start out raw, then sit in a bowl full of fresh lime juice for about 15 minutes. The acidity in the lime juice cooks the shrimp to a perfect tender bite. The crunch of the cucumber, onion, and jalapeño blend perfectly with the delicate shrimp and creamy avocado! Serve with tortilla chips or crispy tostadas.
8. Avocado Caprese Salad
Found from Food for my Family
This avocado caprese salad is a quick meal that easily fills you up. It’s a full of gorgeous summer ingredients that has lots of color. This recipes does not include balsamic vinegar but I suggest using any vinegar or citrus juice to brighten up the meal! The acid cuts through the fatty taste of the mozzarella as well!
9. Peanut Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Found from Evolving Table
Here’s a great recipe to use if you have a leftover or store bought chicken and want to make a new dish out of it. Peanut sauce is a pretty traditional asionsa sauce and served over this chicken in lettuce cups is a new summer lassic you will make over and over again.
10. Chilled Sweet Corn Soup
Found from Mantitlement
I like that this recipes says it should be called a blender soup since like other chipped soups you blend most of the ingredients together. It’s a little spicy from the jalapenos and the cracked black pepper on top. This soup can handle alot of garnish (or toppings) like avocado, tortilla chips, olive oil or more corn kernels! This chilled soup taste summer garden fresh!
11. Avocado Tomato and Goat Cheese Toast
Found from Two Peas and Their Pod
Avocado toast has been a big trend lately and I can certainly see why with this avocado tomato and goat cheese toast. This toast has all the best flavors on it! It starts with the creamy avocado on the bread, tanginess of the goat cheese crumbled, peppery arugula and finishes with fresh basil. This is one jazzed up piece of toast!
12. Leftover Asian Chicken Wraps
Found from What’s Gaby Cooking
This is a really good recipe to make with leftover chicken. Sometimes it can get so boring with leftover chicken that this asian chicken wraps make it really exciting. Whats better is that you don’t have to cook anything to reinvent this chicken.
13. Chickpea Avocado Tacos
Found from Kim’s Cravings
For anyone who wants more veggies in their diet these chickpea tacos are a great way to go. And considering you have to cook anything is amazing. You can eat this chickpea filling as is or put over a bed of lettuce for another easy meal!
14. Balsamic Watermelon Feta Salad
Found from Layers of Happiness
Watermelon in the summer is amazing, its sweet and so juicy, that’s why I love this salad. Cut big cubes of the watermelon and toss with arugula, feta, red onions and balsamic dressing. Its peppery, sweet and a little tangy too! Serve at a BBQ or have on a hot night!
15. Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad
Found from Sugar and Soul
Everyone got ramen noodles in their pantry. It’s basically a pantry staple because its so cheap and you can do so much with it. This is a perfect example of taking crunchy ramen noodles and making a delicious meal out of them. Oh and you don’t have to cook them lol so its even better!
16. Easy Chicken Gyros with Greek Feta Sauce
Found from Peas and Crayons
These easy chicken gryos makes perfect no cook meals. This takes leftover or store bought cooked chicken, chopped veggies and turns it into a crowd pleaser. The greek sauce is everything and its all wrapped into a yummy pita.
17. Zucchini and Fresh Corn Salad
Found from Foodie Crush
This raw salad has a lemon garlic basil dressing that goes perfectly with the corn and zucchini. The thinner the zucchini slices the better. The fresh corn kernels and goat cheese make for a perfect meal!
Remember, all these No-Cook recipes can be prepared in under 15 minutes and are perfect for the summer months!
Happy Non Cooking!