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31 Recipes That Require No Oven, No Stove, No Sweat, No Tears

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The oven in my apartment is dead. You could say I rang the death knell, baking pies at 425° and pizzas at 500° F every weekend—acting like it's October, not August, like my oven is an Olympic marathoner, not an aging, overheated turtle. Had I been more gentle, perhaps, its knobs wouldn't have melted and fused.

Or maybe this is fated? A sign I should keep my kitchen cool and lay-off my weekly baking sprees?

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Alas, may my old oven rest in peace. While I grieve, I'll have to do without an oven (or a stovetop) for maybe a week or two. But even if your oven is still perfectly functional, you may be wary to introduce any artificial heat into your kitchen. If the answer is yes, browse these 31 no-cook, nearly-raw recipes. If they require any heat at all, an electric water kettle will suffice.

Soups

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa
Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa
Creamy Chilled Horseradish Soup with Tomato and Green Apple

Creamy Chilled Horseradish Soup with Tomato and Green Apple by gingerroot

Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers and Walnuts (Tarator)

Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers and Walnuts (Tarator) by Nicholas Day

White Gazpacho
White Gazpacho

Salads (+ bREAD SALADS)

You'll have to toast pita for fattoush, but Rivka says, "If it’s too hot to turn on the oven, you can just slip the pita slices in the toaster and toast until crisped." Wahoo:

Fattoush
Fattoush
Torn Pita Panzanella/Fattoush with Salad Greens, Sumac & Feta Cheese
Torn Pita Panzanella/Fattoush with Salad Greens, Sumac & Feta Cheese
Bronzino's Green Panzanella
Bronzino's Green Panzanella
Tahini Sumac Slaw

Tahini Sumac Slaw by Hilarybee

Cabbage Slaw with Miso-Carrot Dressing

Cabbage Slaw with Miso-Carrot Dressing by Alexandra Stafford

Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice with Smoky Red Pepper Sauce
Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice with Smoky Red Pepper Sauce
Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing
Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing

The beauty of bulghur? Pour water over top and wait ten minutes. No boiling necessary:

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My Mother's Lebanese Tabbouleh
My Mother's Lebanese Tabbouleh
Fresh Raw Pea, Asparagus & Fava Bean Salad with Herbs & Pecorino
Fresh Raw Pea, Asparagus & Fava Bean Salad with Herbs & Pecorino
Plum Avocado Summer Salad
Plum Avocado Summer Salad

Noodles

Instead of adding your rice noodles to boiling water, try pouring boiling-hot water from an electric kettle over the noodles, then letting them soak until tender:

Summer Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad
Summer Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad
Summer Cold Noodle Salad
Summer Cold Noodle Salad
Vietnamese-ish Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp, Peas, and Corn
Vietnamese-ish Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp, Peas, and Corn
Zucchini Pasta Marinara
Zucchini Pasta Marinara

Okay, so you'll have to boil pasta...

Summer Raw Pasta Sauce with Spaghetti
Summer Raw Pasta Sauce with Spaghetti

Sandwiches

Invest in a rotisserie chicken (that is, let someone else do the hot work):

The Full Monty Salad (or Sandwich)
The Full Monty Salad (or Sandwich)
Pan Bagnat:  Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich

Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich by Waverly

Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts

Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts by Alexandra Stafford

Monster Avocado Toast Sandwich
Monster Avocado Toast Sandwich

Canned beans are your friends:

Curried Chickpea Sandwich
Curried Chickpea Sandwich
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad

The Sweeter Stuff

Watermelon with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette
Watermelon with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette
Vegan Banana Cashew Yogurt
Vegan Banana Cashew Yogurt
The King of Easy-Yet-Impressive No-Bake Summer Desserts, Updated!
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The King of Easy-Yet-Impressive No-Bake Summer Desserts, Updated!
Bulk Bin Snack Bars
Bulk Bin Snack Bars
Yogurt and Berry Tart with a Pecan Crust
Yogurt and Berry Tart with a Pecan Crust
Raw Mini Key Lime Pies
Raw Mini Key Lime Pies

What's your go-to no-cook meal? Tell us in the comments below.