Too Hot to Turn On the Oven? Stay Cool With One of These 17 Delicious, No-Cook Recipes

Fresh, light, and satisfying.

By Lourdes Avila Uribe
raw-maine taco bowls -- minimalist baker

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.

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Scroll on for some of our favorite no-cook recipes!

spring pea and carrot salad -- camille styles

Spring Pea and Carrot Salad from Half Baked Harvest

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.

raw zucchini and corn salad -- foodie crush

Zucchini and Fresh Corn Salad from Foodie Crush

Eat seasonally (and colorfully!) with this quick and easy salad from Foodie Crush.

mango chia pudding from playful cooking

Coconut Mango Chia Pudding from Playful Cooking

Make this breakfast before you go to bed so you can wake up and enjoy a delicious morning treat. No cooking required!

asian cucumber salad from camille styles

Asian Cucumber Salad from Camille Styles

It doesn’t get much more refreshing than this flavorful Asian-inspired recipe.

raw vegan carrot cake -- minimalist baker

Raw Carrot Cake With Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting from Minimalist Baker

Sneak in a little dessert with a tantalizing carrot cake—all you need is 10 ingredients and 30 minutes.

greek watermelon feta salad -- half baked harvest

Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette from Half Baked Harvest

Keep it summery, light, and fresh with this sweet and savory spin on a Greek salad.

veggies rolls with spicy nut sauce -- camille styles

Vegetable Rolls with Spicy Nut Sauce from Camille Styles

We can’t get enough of these tasty veggie rolls, the spicy sauce really can’t be beaten.

no bake oatmeal cookies -- fed and fit

No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies from Fed and Fit

Satisfy that sweet tooth without having to heat up the kitchen with this easy oatmeal cookie no-bake recipe.

classic gazpacho recipe -- foodie crush

Classic Gazpacho from Foodie Crush

Perfect for when you’re craving soup but it’s simply too hot out.

cleansing slaw -- minimalist baker

Super Cleansing Slaw With Rosemary Dressing from Minimalist Baker

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.

poke bowls -- camille styles

Poké Bowl from Camille Styles

Use pre-cooked rice or forgo it all together as you enjoy a yummy, wholesome poké bowl.

raw-maine taco bowls -- minimalist baker

Rainbow Raw-Maine Taco Boats from Minimalist Baker

How cute and colorful are these delish taco boats?

panzanella salad - spoon fork bacon

Simple Panzanella Salad from Spoon Fork Bacon

It doesn’t get much easier than this Panzanella, just be sure to use store-bought croutons or use stale bread so avoid cooking!

coconut apricot puffed rice from sugar salted

Coconut Apricot Puffed Rice Bars from Sugar Salted

Like a riced krispy treat, but for adults. Double the recipe so you have snacks on hand in an emergency.

spinach salad -- fed and fit

Spinach Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing from Fed and Fit

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!

caprese sandwich - foodie crush

Caprese Sandwich from Foodie Crush

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.

strawberry chocolate pie -- a treats affair

No-Bake Strawberry Chocolate Pie from A Treats Affair

Name a combination more satisfying than strawberries and chocolate? We’ll wait.