31 Easy, No-Cook Meals to Get You Through a Scorching Hot Summer
The last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is add to the misery by lighting up a burner to cook. Enter these refreshingly easy no-cook dinners and lunch ideas. They're super-simple to pull together, often using rotisserie chicken, precooked shrimp, deli meat, or meatless proteins to make it more hearty. And since they're no-cook, they're refreshing on the hottest days.
Work your way through a whole month's worth of healthy no-cook meals to get you through the summer.
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Nicoise-Inspired Summer Salad
Buy pre-cooked hard-boiled eggs to make this colorful take on the classic French salad super-easy to assemble.
Fancy Tomato Sandwiches
Optimize your use of summer produce by putting tomatoes front and center on these sandwiches. A little arugula gives it a peppery bite.
Summer Tacos With Scallion-Peanut Relish
Quick pickles and a fresh spicy peanut relish dress up rotisserie chicken to create this flavorful recipe perfect for a summer night.
Japanese-Style Shrimp Salad
A soy sauce and sesame oil dressing freshens up this tasty Asian-inspired salad.
Peach, Basil, and Almond Panzanella
Nectarine and Burrata Salad
Quick-pickling onions technically requires 30 seconds of microwaving—but it's worth it for this fresh and healthy no-cook recipe.
(P.S. If you don't love nectarines, try it with peaches, cherries, apricots—or a combo of what's best from the farmer's market.)
Tangy Shrimp Salad
Use precooked shrimp instead of boiling them and this no-cook recipe comes together in minutes.
Pesto Chicken Salad
Rotisserie chicken, some pre-made pesto, and a dash of mayo are all you need for this flavorful salad, which could be served over greens or on crusty bread for a light lunch.
Chilled Sweet Pea and Watercress Soup
Blend together a few key ingredients to create this creamy, peppery soup.
Rotisserie BBQ Chicken Salad
Chopping vegetables is the toughest part of creating this flavorful salad. (It's also a healthier way to get that BBQ flavor.)
Hazelnut Bushwacker Cake
Need a sweet dessert to finish off your no-cook meal? Layers of cookies and Nutella-infused whipped cream make a super-easy (and super-impressive) treat.
Poke Lettuce Cups With Wasabi-Lime Mayo
Looking for a healthy no-cook recipe? Try this twist on traditional Hawaiian poke, which puts the fresh veggies and raw tuna into a lettuce wrap in lieu of putting it over rice.
Spicy Street Corn Salad
This fresh take on the classic Mexican street food elote features a hint of spice—and makes a perfect no-cook dinner.
Coconut-Marinated Shrimp With Cucumber and Jicama
This super-easy, Asian-inspired no-cook meal is the perfect take-along for a summer picnic.
Crisp radishes, celery, and apples provide a satisfying crunch that contrasts with the creamy mayo in this classic sandwich recipe.
Sesame-Lime Chicken Salad
A store-bought rotisserie chicken makes this Asian-influenced meal a snap to throw together.
Zucchini and Bean Salad with Bulgur
Nutritious bulgur makes a hearty base for this delicious meatless salad.
Cucumber-Avocado Soup with Prosciutto Toasts
Puree cucumbers, avocado, yogurt, tarragon, and lemon zest together to create a cool, creamy soup.
Marinated Shrimp with Mediterranean Salad
Use this easy mixture of lemon juice, fresh basil, and olive oil to infuse shrimp with flavor.
Gazpacho with Goat Cheese
Pulse tomatoes, garlic, onion, bell peppers, and cucumbers in your food processor to create this healthy summer soup. (Serve it in small shot glasses as a fun, upscale no-cook appetizer!)
Roast Beef Salad with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette
A dressing made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard pulls together this simple salad that's a perfect no-cook lunch idea.
Creamy Shrimp Rolls
Chopped celery and crisp butter lettuce add a nice crunch to this summertime classic dish.
Cool Southwestern Salad with Corn and Avocado
Serve this salad with tortilla chips or turn it into a portable meal by wrapping the salad in a large burrito.
Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Shrimp
Sweet onions, crumbled feta, and briny Kalamata olives punch up this healthy no-cook recipe.
Beef, Watercress, and Peach Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Fresh peaches add a surprising sweet, summery note to this no-cook meal.
Chilled Cucumber Soup with Salami, Feta, and Olives
This tasty cold soup gets an unexpected kick of heat from pureed jalapeño peppers.
Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club
Create an easy sandwich spread (for a no-cook, meatless lunch) by mashing white beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Chicken Salad with Grapes and Blue Cheese
Tangy blue cheese and sweet grapes give chicken salad a delicious spin.
Chicken and Dill Souvlaki
Sliced cucumbers and onions add a refreshing crispness that brightens up the rotisserie chicken and creamy yogurt.
Minty Chickpea Salad with Couscous
To turn this into a crowd-pleasing picnic salad, toss the chickpea and tomato mixtures with cooked pasta instead of couscous.
Chicken Salad with Herbs and Radicchio
Toss in carrots, scallions, and chopped tarragon to jazz up shredded chicken.