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15 Genius No-Cook Recipes for the Dog Days

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Every week, Food52's Executive Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius, but this week she's handing over the reins to Riddley.

Today: Don't turn on the stove—seriously. 

The kitchen's hot. The kind of heat that sticks on your neck and fills the whole house, holding the air conditioner hostage. You want to make food, though. And we understand. That's what we want, too. Thankfully, with genius recipes like these, no-cook never looked better. Whether you're whisking leftover red wine into a vinaigrette or blending bananas into ice cream, here are 15 reasons not to turn on the stove. 

Engin Akin's Turkish Radish and Herb Salad (Anatolian Gypsy Salad)


Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole


April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing


Joaquín Simó's Pearls Before Swine (A Yogurt Cocktail)


Molly Wizenberg & Brandon Pettit's Red Wine Vinaigrette 


Patricia Wells' Zucchini Carpaccio with Avocado and Pistachios


Richard Olney's Fresh Fig and Mint Salad


Allen Miglore's Caesar Salad


Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino


Crook's Corner's Green Peach Salad


Jeffery Morgenthaler's Grasshopper Shake


Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream


The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream


Saveur's Yogurt Whipped Cream


The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet

Got a genius recipe to share—from a classic cookbook, an online source, or anywhere, really? Please send it my way (and tell me what's so smart about it) at [email protected]

Photos by James Ransom, Mark Weinberg, Joey De Leo, Jennifer Causey, and Sarah Shatz

Tags: No-Cook, Long Reads, Editors' Picks, Genius Recipes, Genius