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11 No-Cook Summer Dishes Because You Just Wanna Be Outside

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Welcome to Your Home Outdoors, our summertime series on tips and tricks that'll help you live your best life outside―no matter the size of your space! So pull up a chair, grab a glass of something icy-cold, and join us.


I love my kitchen, I really do. But lately, I’ve been searching for every excuse under the sun to get outside. Whether it’s taking a long walk home from work, bringing my weekend reading to the park, or slipping outside for lunch, I’m making the most of our warm, sunny weather.

That’s right: We’re in no-cook season. I want dishes I can toss together sans sweltering stove or oven, like crispy salads, cool soups, and crunchy sandwiches. And, thankfully, summer’s bounty is ready to provide. Here, I’ve gathered 11 of our freshest no-cook dishes. Now, go outside and enjoy the day.

Peruvian Shrimp Ceviche (Sivinche)
Peruvian Shrimp Ceviche (Sivinche)

This bright, garlicky shrimp ceviche packs tons of fresh flavors and comes together in just 10 minutes.

Torn Pita Panzanella/Fattoush with Salad Greens, Sumac & Feta Cheese
Torn Pita Panzanella/Fattoush with Salad Greens, Sumac & Feta Cheese

This is a creamy, crunchy, substantial salad perfect for leftover (and maybe stale) bread. Plus, it’s flexible! Substitute whatever breads, herbs, onions, and vegetables your heart desires.

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad

This recipes sits squarely in the middle of hummus and chickpea salad, meaning it can star as a side on lettuce or top toast as a filling main.

 Tomato, Peach, Chèvre, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigrette
Tomato, Peach, Chèvre, and Herb Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

Tomatoes? Check. Peaches? Check. Looks like we’ve got summer on a plate, y’all.

Black Bean with Melon(s) and Feta Salad
Black Bean with Melon(s) and Feta Salad

Hearty black beans and feta get a lift from crisp cucumber and watermelons in this late-summer salad. Don’t have black beans? Try this with navy or cannellini beans instead.

Zucchini Pasta Marinara
Zucchini Pasta Marinara

According to vegetable guru Gena Hamshaw, this is one of the simplest (and best!) ways to eat zucchini noodles. “The marinara sauce is raw—nothing more than blended tomatoes and some seasoning—but in spite of that it manages to taste rich and complex,” she says.

Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino
Viana La Place's Umbrian Black Olive Panino

We’re here to tell you that you can and should make olives into a sandwich. You’re welcome.

White Gazpacho
White Gazpacho

Break out the blender, this combination of cucumbers, grapes, garlic, and vinegar is best reserved for those 95-degree days.

Raw Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Herbs
Raw Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, and Herbs

To make this sweet, salty salad a little more satisfying, add beans. Or don’t and serve yourself double the portion.

Summer in Denmark Avocado Toast
Summer in Denmark Avocado Toast

Avocado toast gets a zip from cottage cheese and lemon zest for the ultimate summer spread.

Fruit Salad with Tahini-Coconut Dressing
Fruit Salad with Tahini-Coconut Dressing

Why limit no-cook just to dinner? We want this tahini-coconut dressing over all of summer’s sweet fruits.

Ok, Ok. we'll turn on the oven for this

What's your favorite no-cook meal? Share your recipes in the comments below!

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Tags: Weeknight Cooking, No-Cook, Hello, Summer, Your Home Outdoors