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.
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.
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!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).