Get Out of the Kitchen! No-Cook Meals to Beat the Heat

Summer salad with chicken bacon and avocadoBy Kristin Sidorov
When the weather is as warm as the days are long, it seems downright criminal to spend time sweltering in a cramped kitchen with a hot oven. Stay cool and satisfied with simple, healthy, no-cook meals.

From cold soups with fresh summer flavors to hearty salads and tapas-inspired finger foods, we’ve got enough warm-weather treats to keep you covered all summer long. And, if you feel more ambitious, there’s always The Joy of Cooking for you weekend warriors.

Hiyayakko (Japanese Cold Tofu) (The Kitchn)
Black Bean Salad (Simple Bites)
Fig, Apricot, and Goat Cheese Salad (Jenn Cuisine)
Spicy Avacado Soup (The Indolent Cook)
Red Peppers, Goat Cheese, and Basil (Culinary Cory)
Yogurt, Mint, and Nut Soup (eCurry)
Tapas Plate with Marinated Chickpeas (Real Simple)
Zucchini Carpaccio with Feta and Pine Nuts (Serious Eats)
Summer Panzanella (Cheap Healthy Good)
Marinated Mushroom Salad (Serious Eats)

Try any of these easy, delicious salad recipes, and top off your no-cook meal with a sweet but sugarless warm-weather treat!

PollanFamily_Paprika-seared-Shrimp_Finished_567

The Pollan Family Table Recipe: Paprika-seared Shrimp

In The Pollan Family Table, Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan invite you into their warm, inspiring kitchens, sharing more than 100 of their family’s best recipes. Corky Pollan is the author of Shopping Manhattan, food blogger, the acclaimed Best Bets editor at New York magazine, and former Style Director of Gourmet magazine. Lori Pollan who holds an MBA, is a certified Life Coach with a focus on health and wellness, and cofounded the renowned Pollan-Austen Fitness Center with Dana Pollan, who cocreated and produced a series of exercise videos there. Tracy Pollan is an Emmy Award nominated actress who has appeared in television, film, and on the Broadway stage. She has served on the board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research since its inception in 2000.

More Stories >