25 No-Cook Recipes That Are Perfect for Summer Dining
Summertime is all about embracing the warm weather, spending plenty of time seaside, and eating delicious food in the open air. And when the weather is hot, the last thing you want to do is spend more time than necessary in a hot kitchen. That's when these delicious no-cook summer recipes come in handy. While some equipment, such as a food processor or blender, is needed, you won't need to turn on your oven, stove, or grill to make these easy, seasonal dishes.
One of the most delicious no-cook summer recipes is gazpacho, which is a chilled soup typically made with tomatoes, cucumbers, red bell pepper, and vinegar. Our version of Spanish Gazpacho doesn't stray too far from the classic, but it does feature orange juice, which brightens the flavor with a subtle tang. In between gazpacho soup and a Panzanella salad is the Gazpacho Salad with Croutons, pictured here. Chopped tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumbers, and croutons are arranged on a platter, then dressed with a garlic and sherry vinaigrette. Looking for another inspired way to use your bounty of summer tomatoes? Try our Bloody Mary Tomato Salad, which is a clever iteration of the brunch cocktail. A variety of colorful heirloom tomatoes are sprinkled with all the makings of this boozy favorite—celery, caraway seeds, horseradish, chives, and a Worcestershire dressing.
We also have some sweet no-cook summer recipes that will help you to cool off after a long, hot day in the sun. One of our favorites is Martha's Strawberry Ice Cream, which uses an entire pound of whole strawberries to create the pretty-in-pink hue. An additional cup of macerated berries is folded into the churned ice cream right before freezing. From starters to sweets, these no-cook summer recipes are as easy to make as they are delicious.
Shucked Oysters with Three Sauces
Bloody-Mary Tomato Salad
Sour cherries are usually only available during June, so stock up as soon as you can, then turn them into this bright beverage with colonial roots. All you need to do is steep fresh sour cherries in white rum for at least one week, then serve the drink chilled over ice.
Martha's Strawberry Ice Cream
Mediterranean Cucumber Tonic
Chilled Sour-Cherry Soup
Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad
Garden Salad with Herbs and Sour-Cherry Dressing
Mint, Lime, and Ginger Sparkler
Kids and adults alike will be able to enjoy the refreshing, spiced flavors of a Moscow mule or mojito—minus the booze. All you need to do is muddle fresh ginger, mint leaves, and lime juice in a pitcher, then top with ginger beer and seltzer for a spectacular sip.
There are a few fabulous facts about this salad—the vegetables are completely customizable (choose whatever looks best at the farmers' market) and everyone can pick and choose exactly what they want to eat (not a fan of feta? No problem!). Best of all, you can prepare this no-cook recipe well in advance, so dinner is on the table in a flash.
No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake for a Crowd
Melon Milk Pops
Berries-and-Cherries Ice Cream Cake
Instead of baking, prepare this super impressive, freezer-friendly ice cream layer cake. It's filled with layers of chocolate wafers, fresh sweet cherries and berries, and cherry ice cream. The cherry on top is that you can make it up to two days before you plan to serve it.
Late-Summer Chopped Salad with Cottage Cheese
As the end of summer draws near, keep things simple with this 10 minute, six-ingredient salad that is served over cottage cheese. Chop apple, cucumber, and fennel, then dress everything with olive oil and rice-wine vinegar.
Ginger-Campari Lager Punch
Guacamole Without Tomatoes
Strawberry Gelée with Rose Granita
This dessert is just as apt for a casual neighborhood block party as it is for elegant entertaining. Top strawberry gelée (think Jello) with a berry-and-rose frozen granita for a delicious treat that doubles as a buzzy bite.
Tomato Burrata Bites
Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats
Butter-Lettuce Salad with Avocado-Buttermilk Dressing
Avocado is used in a totally new and inspired way in this crowd-friendly salad. Instead of serving as a topping, it's whipped with garlic, fresh dill, lemon juice, and buttermilk for the creamiest-ever dressing.
Summertime is all about easy living, so make this super simple slaw in just 10 minutes. Toss red cabbage and spiralized carrots together with a sweet and sharp dressing made from apple cider vinegar, whole-grain mustard, honey, and cayenne pepper.