17 Incredible no-cook recipes to keep you cool this summer

It’s hot outside. Don’t even think about turning on that oven! These delicious meal ideas can be created without the use of an oven or stove, keeping you cool when you’re slaving away in the kitchen.


1. Overnight apple walnut oatmeal

Not only do you not have to cook this breakfast, but you don’t even have to make it in the morning. Just open up the fridge and it’s ready to go.

2. Bagel with sun-dried tomato cream cheese

Bagels get a bad rap, but they take on a whole new light when they’re piled with sun-dried tomatoes and arugula.

3. Overnight chia seed breakfast pudding

Here’s another breakfast you can make ahead and eat cold. This one is full of unexpected ingredients and flavors, but it’ll quickly become a breakfast favorite at your house.

Appetizers and sides

4. Shredded veggie summer slaw

With the help of a julienne peeler, you can make this slaw out of some unlikely veggies.

5. DIY marinated mozzarella and feta cheese

This fancy appetizer tastes better and costs much less than what you’ll find at your local grocer’s olive bar.

6. Sweet watermelon gazpacho

You’ve probably never considered making soup from watermelons, but you should. This dish is light and refreshing, perfect for summer.

7. White bean salad

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This gorgeous salad goes together in minutes and pairs well with a sandwich or something from the grill.

8. Green gazpacho

This green gazpacho is the perfect treat after a long, hot day.

9. Crab, avocado and mango nachos

It’s hard to imagine nachos without melted, gooey cheese, but you won’t miss it.

Main course

10. Zucchini noodles with caper olive sauce and fresh tomatoes

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Lighten up pasta night with this fresh, no-cook veggie version.

11. Fresh shrimp wrap with green goddess dressing

This refreshing wrap is great for lunch or a light dinner.

12. Mediterranean tuna antipasto salad

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This protein-packed dish makes a filling lunch or an easy option for dinner. Make it ahead of time and serve over greens to save even more minutes when it’s time to eat.

13. Spicy Asian slaw summer rolls

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Vietnamese summer rolls are exactly what you need on a warm summer night. Create the slaw stuffing out of any veggies you have on hand and wrap it up with spring roll wrappers.

14. Cobb salad-stuffed pita pockets

Make this Cobb salad ahead of time and fill your pitas when you’re ready to eat. They’re great for a quick lunch, dinner on a rushed evening or a meal on the go.


15. No-bake peach cheesecake in a jar

These tiny jars of cheesecake are both adorable and portable. The jars keep the portion size in check, if you can stop at just one.

16. Cookies and cream ice cream cake

All you need for this ice-cold dessert is ice cream and cookies. Ready, set, make!

17. Creamy piña colada pie

This creamy dessert tastes just like one of your favorite summer drinks.

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