Summer is made for cookouts and dinner parties al fresco surrounded by your nearest and dearest. However,with the arrival of scorching temps comes the desire to be as far away as possible from a heat source, and it’s in this spirit that we’ve gathered a few of our favorite Asian-inspired recipes for a dinner party that you can throw without even turning on the stove (or oven or grill.) Click through the slides for a menu that lets you get out of the kitchen and into the party — without sacrificing any of the flavor. And we’d love to hear in the comments all of your favorite no-cook summer recipes!

*featured photo by Daniele Rose at this dreamy sushi dinner party on the beach


Asian Cucumber Salad

This cool and refreshing cucumber salad is the perfect way to kickoff the evening, and its hint of sweetness is sure to make it a crowd-pleaser.

Get the recipe here


Vegetable Rolls with Spicy Nut Sauce

Despite the intricate appearance, these beautiful rolls are surprisingly easy to prepare once you get the hang of it.

Get the recipe here


Poké Bowl with Ahi Tuna or Watermelon

The beauty of these poké bowls is that guests can customize their own — set up all of your ingredients and allow your guests to dig right in!

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Lapsang Suchong Iced Tea

Cool down and impress your friends with this thirst-quenching twist on an exotic favorite

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Melon & Citrus Popsicles

You can’t beat a popsicle on the hottest summer day, and the refreshing flavors of melon and citrus in these are hard to beat.

Get the recipe here.

2 comments
  1. 1
    jeansandatea | July 28, 2016 at 11:15 am

    This meal looks like the perfect ending to a hot summer day and easy enough to prepare between dips in the pool. I love the idea of using watermelon instead of tuna for the poke- it’s the perfect sway if I can’t find fresh tuna at the market. Thanks for sharing.

    XOXO, Amy @ Jeans and a Tea
    http://www.jeansandatea.com

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    Karin | July 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I’ll make the cucumber salad tonight…sounds delicious.

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