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No-cook summer meals

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Don't sweat dinner tonight

In the middle of the summer heat, no one wants to cook, let alone turn the oven or stove on. So here are some quick and simple no cook meals that will satisfy your hunger and keep you cool.

Don't sweat dinner tonight

No-cook Recipes

Hoagie Italiano

Makes 1 sandwich


  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 Italian roll, halved
  • 2 ounces provolone cheese
  • 2 ounces Italian salami
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 2 ounces capicola
  • 1/2 plum tomato, sliced
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. Spread mayonnaise on both sides of Italian roll. Top roll with provolone, salami, prosciutto, and capicola. Then place tomato slices and roasted red peppers on top and sprinkle with shredded lettuce and olives.
  2. To finish, drizzle with olive oil and oregano.

Chilled Avocado Soup

Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 4 avocados, peeled, pitted and cubed
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced


  1. Puree avocadoes in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  2. Whisk avocado puree with chicken broth and heavy cream until well combined. Season with salt, red pepper flakes, and allspice.
  3. Top with tomatoes and onions when ready to serve.

Cheese and Charcuterie Board

Makes 6 to 8 servings


  • 8 ounces various sliced cured meats (prosciutto, salami, sopressata, bologna, etc.)
  • 8 ounces various cheeses (Brie, cheddar, goat cheese, Parmesan, etc.)
  • 6 ounces marinated Greek olives
  • 6 ounces roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1/2 cup red pepper jelly
  • 1 loaf crispy French bread, sliced


  1. Arrange meats and cheeses on a large cutting board. You can leave the cheeses whole if desired and have guests slice them.
  2. Place olives and red peppers in separate bowls and place on cutting board.
  3. Spoon hummus and red pepper jelly into separate bowls and serve on cutting board as well. Arrange bread slices on cutting board if there is room.


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