Even for those who genuinely love to cook, we can all agree that standing over a hot stove or feeling the scorching blast from an oven during the warm summer months is a bit unappealing. Sometimes, the will to make a meal is there, but the desire to work in a hot kitchen simply is not! There are moments when even the most avid home cooks among us just do not feel like cooking an elaborate meal—making these no-cook recipes absolute lifesavers.
Save time and energy with delicious, hearty meals that are fresh, light, and satisfying. And while there are quite a few salad recipes in this bunch, it’s not the only way to have a no-cook meal. It’s a great opportunity to get creative with whatever fresh ingredients you are working with and to empty out that crisper drawer before things start to go bad. Most of these recipes use foods that can be substituted with similar ingredients, making it even easier than ever to throw together a no-cook meal.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, we’ve got you covered with 15 no-cook recipes for any cuisine you might be craving. Bookmark them for the next time you need to whip up a meal without firing up the stove, oven, or grill. These summertime favorites are so flavorful that you’ll be craving them all year long, regardless of the weather.
Scroll on for some of our favorite no-cook recipes!
This salad is as delicious as it is absolutely gorgeous to behold. Keep it simple and omit homemade croutons—just buy some at the store to avoid turning on the oven.
Eat seasonally (and colorfully!) with this quick and easy salad from Foodie Crush.
Make this breakfast before you go to bed so you can wake up and enjoy a delicious morning treat. No cooking required!
It doesn’t get much more refreshing than this flavorful Asian-inspired recipe.
Sneak in a little dessert with a tantalizing carrot cake—all you need is 10 ingredients and 30 minutes.
Keep it summery, light, and fresh with this sweet and savory spin on a Greek salad.
We can’t get enough of these tasty veggie rolls, the spicy sauce really can’t be beaten.
Satisfy that sweet tooth without having to heat up the kitchen with this easy oatmeal cookie no-bake recipe.
Perfect for when you’re craving soup but it’s simply too hot out.
Load up on veggies with this crisp and delicious slaw. You’ll want to make double the recipe so you have lunch set for tomorrow, too.
Use pre-cooked rice or forgo it all together as you enjoy a yummy, wholesome poké bowl.
How cute and colorful are these delish taco boats?
It doesn’t get much easier than this Panzanella, just be sure to use store-bought croutons or use stale bread so avoid cooking!
Like a riced krispy treat, but for adults. Double the recipe so you have snacks on hand in an emergency.
Sometimes a light spinach salad just hits the spot! This one is a feast for the eyes and the stomach and it’s full of that essential mineral we all need: iron!
Heaven just might be a Caprese salad in sandwich form. Does it get much better than this? We think not. And it couldn’t be simple to make.
Name a combination more satisfying than strawberries and chocolate? We’ll wait.