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It's getting hot out there! We scoured the food52 archives for our favorite recipes that won't ask you to fire up an oven, stove, grill, or even a toaster. Here are 23 dishes to keep you and your kitchen cool for the summer.

Creamy Cucumber "Side" by Lizthechef


Feta Frozen Yogurt with Blood Orange and Mint Granita by Helenthenanny


Chilled Cantaloupe Soup by Chef Gwen

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup


Herb and White Wine Granita by robynmichellelee


Watermelon and Goat Cheese Salad with a Verbena Infused Vinaigrette by loli


Salsa Verde by amanda


Fresh Strawberries in a Pink Cloud by AppleAnnie


Summer Ceviche by Eric Liftin


Summer Radler and Spicy Chips by amanda


Strawberry Salad by Jestei

Strawberry Salad


Quick Strawberry Sherbet by ChefJune

Quick Strawberry Sherbet


Plum Avocado Summer Salad by Lena S.


Gazpacho with Honeydew & Peppadew by debbiek

Gazpacho with Honeydew & Peppadew


Zuccaghetti by dymnyno


Tartine with Mustard Mayo and Mashed Avocado and Radishes with Butter and Salt by amanda


Amagansett Corn Salad by Peter Steinberg


Heirloom Tomato and Mango Lassi with Ground Sumac by Sagegreen


Quick Cucumber and Shiso Pickles by Teri


Ricotta, Feta and Mint Layers with Honeyed Blood Oranges by mrslarkin


Peaches and Crème Fraîche, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon and Nutmeg by merrill


Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich by Waverly


White Gazpacho with Cantaloupe by amanda


Strawberry Mint Lassi by amanda

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Comments (17)


about 4 years ago Meg Jones Wall

so many of these look good - thank you!


about 4 years ago Lizthechef

I survived the NYC heat wave by hiding in museums and raiding Zabar's - this will be a great go-to collection once the heat hits San Diego.


about 4 years ago thecrabbycook

Any recipe that starts out with "no cook" is okay by me.


about 4 years ago aussiefoodie

Thanks so much - although its only just starting to feel like summer here in CA - I know it will be roasting before too long!


about 4 years ago aliza_ess

Thank you for this post- it's about 100 degrees in Baltimore City right now and I came to Food52 hoping to find a few yummy cool recipes!


about 4 years ago mariaraynal

I knew you would post a no-cook roundup and it's fantastic...


about 4 years ago wssmom

These are amazing! Thanks for putting them together!


about 4 years ago TheFriendlyFoodieGirl

Great selections! I can't wait to try them this summer!


about 4 years ago wanderash

Amazing! I was thinking this afternoon, as I put together a dinner of tuna melts that "Dishes that don't require turning on the oven" would be a great round-up!! We are well into summer here and mango sorbet is sometimes all I can manage! Thanks for the inspiration.


about 4 years ago ENunn

These are some of my Food52 faves. Have made several of them many times. Yay!


about 4 years ago sheredel

all of them look outstanding. love to go to a party and have these served with a cold glass of Italian sparkling wine...beautfiul summer evening, a gentle breeze...soft music, you get the idea..


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks so much for this round up! My summer will not be able to feature much cooking between the heat and new work demands! These will really help out along the way.


about 4 years ago ronniebaldwin

I'm making everyone of these recipes by the end of summer...hopefully by the end of June!


about 4 years ago STC

When it's hot outside and I don't feel like turning on the oven, these recipes will be perfect!


about 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yum, I want all of it right now!


about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Stunning photographs, timely collection. Its so hot out these are welcome right now.


about 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Fantastic collection!