When the temperatures soar and the kitchen gets a little too warm, these easy no cook recipes will help keep not only the kitchen cool, but you too! Delicious, simple meals packed with flavor and summer-inspired ingredients.
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While I love cooking all year, from month to month and season to season, something happens in the summer. The sun beckons and inspires long walks in the park, dangling toes over refreshingly cool lake waters so prevalent where I live in the Pacific Northwest, distracts me.
The sounds of happy people playing in the park, a cool breeze ruffling nearby trees… is all it takes for me to pack up meals and head outdoors.
And then there are days when the weather is sticky, the sun is sweltering, and the thought of turning on the stove, oven, or even the grill isn’t appetizing in the least.
That’s when I turn to no cook recipes that are delicious, fresh, and easy, easy, easy!
Here you will find main course recipes, light lunches, wraps, sandwiches, salads of all colors and flavors, breakfast ideas, and, of course, no bake desserts!
So when the dog days of summer roll in and it’s too hot to cook, here comes no-cook recipes to the rescue!
40 Easy No-Cook Recipes When It's Too Hot to Cook
When temperatures soar and you're not in the mood for takeout, these easy no cook recipes are delicious options!
"Planning a picnic? Make sure you include these tasty turkey wraps in your basket! They have a few classic ingredients, like avocado, tomato, and lettuce, and one or two to spice things up, like roasted corn and jalapeno cream cheese."
"Prepared pesto is the secret ingredient in this lightened-up, healthy creamy chicken salad recipe. For the prettiest dressing, go for a bright-green colored pesto. Serve the salad open-face on toasted bread or scoop it on top of fresh salad greens."
This Mediterranean Charcuterie Board is a simple, delicious meal that's incredibly easy to put together. Minutes to make and filled with healthy Mediterranean options for all your favorite gatherings, whether that be for parties, dinners on the patio, or picnics in the park.
When summer sun sizzles, these No-Cook Salmon Tacos will be your answer to quick, 10-minute healthy, and delicious meals. Not only does the oven stay off, but so does the stovetop. Simple, rustic, packed with flavor fish tacos!
"These simple Tuna Stacks are an explosion of flavor! We use a 1 cup measuring cup to quickly assemble these stacks which have four easy layers: a simple cucumber mango salad, creamy avocado, lemon-olive oil tuna, and sweet white rice."
Poke (pronounced poh-kay), the bite-size marinated fish salad famous in Hawaii, is so popular that it's sold by the pound in supermarkets. Now it has crossed the Pacific to become the meal-in-a-bowl du jour, served in eateries from Los Angeles to New York. But it's easy to make at home with this quick recipe. Sriracha and Chinese-style mustard add a touch of heat to the classic poke seasoning of soy sauce and sesame oil. Serving it over a brown rice salad makes it a meal.
This bright Pinwheel Sandwiches recipe is easy to make with a tortilla in 5 minutes or less! Packed with protein, healthy vegetables, and delicious flavors, they are perfect for healthy lunches and snacks. Or, wrap it up and take it to the park for an easy picnic favorite!
Greek Salad is the perfect spring and summer side dish, made in about 10 minutes, and is packed with Mediterranean flavor, healthy vegetables, and salty, briny feta cheese. And… it only requires about 6 ingredients plus a homemade Greek salad dressing.
If you have 10 minutes, this White Bean Salad is for you. Packed with healthy protein, this creamy salad is filled with fresh vegetables and herbs. And then dressed in a deliciously simple vinaigrette.
These Strawberry Overnight Oats are an easy, healthy, protein-packed breakfast with 5 minutes of prep and 4 basic ingredients. Naturally bright and sweet, tastes like summer, is hearty, and utterly delicious.
Peach Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt is an easy, healthy, protein-rich breakfast with 5 minutes prep... and tastes like a breakfast version of peach pie! Naturally sweet, satisfying, and flavorful with fresh peaches and a hint of warm spices.
An incredibly easy No Bake Peanut Butter Pie with drizzled chocolate, peanut butter, and more chocolate! This amazing Peanut Butter Pie recipe is decadent and over-the-top delicious, perfect for summer made either from scratch or with the help of a store-bought crust.
This Icebox Cake is an easy, vintage-style no bake dessert recipe, perfect for summer. A simple layer cake made with sweet berries, graham crackers, and a delicious lemon-flavored whipped cream. Easy to make in 10 minutes plus freezing time, it’s perfect for summer gatherings all season.
When summer sun sizzles, and you’re looking for a no bake dessert that doesn’t require hours in the freezer, this 15 minute Red White and Blue Berry Parfait is the perfect summer treat. Layered with blueberries, strawberries and a delicious lemon infused Greek yogurt filling.
Looking for a quick and easy dessert that’s bursting with flavor? You’ll love this 10-Minute No Bake Lemon Pie recipe with 4 simple ingredients, a silky smooth texture, a bright, citrusy flavor, and a ready-made crust, it’s a dreamy treat all season!
This beautiful Blackberry No Bake Cheesecake is a simple to make smooth, creamy, and velvety dessert with incredible flavor and color. And that is a gift on all its own! Sets up beautifully in the refrigerator, is lightly sweet and perfect for summer, or anytime you’re craving blackberries and pretty pink colors.
Summer Berry Vanilla Pudding Pie: If you love easy, simple but pretty and festive desserts, this pudding pie is for you! Perfect for combining freshly ripened summer berries and creamy, delicious vanilla pudding in a crust of your choosing. Simple, easy, and scrumptious.
There’s nothing quite like an Ice Cream Pie on a hot summer day. It’s classic, it’s easy, and will remind you of grandma’s summer ice cream pie. Add your favorite ice cream and toppings, and freeze! Utterly perfect.