10 No-Cook Dinner Ideas for Hot Summer Days

Step away from the oven! There’s no reason to slave away over a hot stove when these simple and delicious recipes are here to help you escape the heat. Try chop-and-drop salads, easy-to-assemble sandwiches, chilled soups, creamy dips, and other cool ideas. Some rely on staples you’ve might already have in the pantry or fridge, others come together in minutes with the flick of a switch on the blender or toaster.

Check out these no-sweat summer recipes, featuring top healthy food bloggers from around the web.

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Classic Gazpacho
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Rev your blenders: Sweet summer tomatoes make the best gazpacho, no simmering required. Serve with crusty bread and Spanish cheese or chilled prawns.


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Creamy Corn Gazpacho
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Cold soups go way beyond the classic. Try this creamy corn chowder, or a more modern cucumber and avocado. Either would be delicious with a pile of fresh crab meat.


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Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
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Chop-and-drop salads are a lifesaver for lazy cooks everywhere. Try this rib-sticking southwestern combo with black beans and sweet corn. Leftover grilled steak would kick up the protein.


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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
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Chickpeas are practically the other protein. Left whole or in hummus form, they make any salad a little more satisfying.


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Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad with Pickled Vegetables
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This is not your mama’s ramen noodle salad. You can soak rice noodles in warm water, so no boiling. Throw in generous handfuls of veggies and herbs, and some shrimp, if you’re feeling fancy.


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Zucchini & Corn Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette
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Zucchini ribbons are super pretty, but you also don’t have to cook them. Score. Toss with a zippy vinaigrette, and throw in some tuna to call it dinner.


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Caprese Toast with Burrata Cheese & Avocados
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Take the toast trend into summer with juicy heirloom tomatoes. You could grill your bread, but you really don’t have to. That’s what toasters are for.


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Smoked Salmon Toast
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If you’ve got a packet of smoked salmon and a hardboiled egg, that totally counts as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Smoked salmon is high in sodium, but a few slices won’t put you over, and those omega 3 fatty acids are a redeeming feature. Make your sammy toast Scandinavian cool with pumpernickel, capers, and dill. But whole-wheat, cucumber, and sprouts are equally refreshing.


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BLT Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados
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Make a light salad featuring crab, shrimp, or shredded rotisserie chicken, and mound it on avocado halves. The healthy fats will make your heart sing.


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Fresh Summer Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
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Fresh rolls are the coolest wrap around. Stuff them with your favorite shellfish, fresh veggies, and a cooling touch of mint. Then get serious with some spicy peanut sauce.


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Greek-Inspired Antipasto Platter
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Just put out some snacks and call it dinner. A dollop of hummus, some marinated feta, tart green olives, and lots of fresh veggies make a platter so pretty, you can’t resist digging in.

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