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20 No-Cook Dishes That Will Make Weeknights Way Easier to Handle Gallery

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Don’t worry about sweating in the kitchen with these easy and delicious no-cook recipes

By now, most of us have experienced the blazing heat, humidity, and sun of summer. Think back to the last heat wave — now what did you have for dinner? If you’re like me, you probably found yourself trying to come up with a quick, cool, and refreshing dish you could put together without getting near the toaster or stove… or you may have found yourself seeking refuge in the blast-chiller-like temperatures of your local go-to restaurant and shelling out the bucks for a family meal out.

The next time the temperatures climb over 95, forget dining out and instead fix something light, healthy, and delicious for the family at home. Cool gazpacho is easy to make and refreshing — plus, if you make extra, it’s perfect for lunch the next day. If you have kids, they’ll love designing and rolling their own wraps and sandwiches. Just two of you? Pop open an ice-cold bottle of white or rosé and enjoy a platter of chilled Mediterranean dips and spreads. Craving protein? Why not try a cold crab and avocado salad, or a tuna ceviche with cilantro and soy? Whatever you choose, plate it up then go enjoy it in the coolest part of your house.

20 No-Cook Dishes That Will Make Weeknights Way Easier to Handle

By now, most of us have experienced the blazing heat, humidity, and sun of summer. Think back to the last heat wave — now what did you have for dinner? If you’re like me, you probably found yourself trying to come up with a quick, cool, and refreshing dish you could put together without getting near the toaster or stove… or you may have found yourself seeking refuge in the blast-chiller-like temperatures of your local go-to restaurant and shelling out the bucks for a family meal out.

The next time the temperatures climb over 95, forget dining out and instead fix something light, healthy, and delicious for the family at home. Craving protein? Why not try a cold crab and avocado salad, or a tuna ceviche with cilantro and soy? Whatever you choose, plate it up then go enjoy it in the coolest part of your house.

Avocado and Apple Chicken Salad

Avocado Tartines

The great thing about avocado tartines (aka avocado toast) is that the creative possibilities are near-endless. Top yours with thin slices of roast beef and red onion or with slices of hard-boiled egg and juicy heirloom tomatoes. You can even set out a variety of toppings and let everyone create their own.

Best Baguette Sandwich Recipe

A simple baguette is a delicious thing. Crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, filled with spicy Dijon mustard, ham, provolone, and thinly sliced, crunchy apples, this sandwich pairs nicely with a green salad for a lovely, simple, no-cook meal.

Chickpea, Avocado, and Pea Shoot Salad

When it gets really hot, nothing beats a healthy and refreshing salad that won't weigh you down when it comes to dinner for two. Instead of heating the dressing as this recipe calls for (which just helps to wilt the greens), just combine the ingredients in a jar and shake well — no need to turn on the stove!

For the Chickpea, Avocado, and Pea Shoot Salad recipe, click here.

Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup

Gazpacho

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Greek Salad

There is nothing better than a light and refreshing traditional Greek salad. Prepare a large bowl for two to share, along with some fresh pitas or multi-grain bread. Need something more substantial? Pick up grilled chicken at the market (remember, you're not cooking) — or cooked shrimp or canned chickpeas — and serve on top or to the side for more protein.

Green Grape Gazpacho

This interesting version of gazpacho uses a plethora of delicious green vegetables in place of the standard tomatoes, to create a delicious and refreshing green soup that’s perfect for summer. Pair it with some toasted, seasoned breadcrumbs for a truly delicious soup sensation.

Italian Deli-Stuffed Loaf

Labneh, Herb, and Cucumber Tartine

Make-Your-Own Wraps

This is a fun way to get your family involved in preparing dinner. Set out only healthy ingredients and then give the kids free reign to create their own concoction as you rest easy knowing they’ll be eating something nutritious.

Start with flour tortillas (or fresh bread, if you wish) and a couple of spreads, like pesto, cream cheese, or white bean dip. Pick up some cold cuts at the market, or stick with oil-packed tuna, ricotta cheese, or your favorite chicken salad. Top with your favorite vegetables, like sliced tomatoes, roasted red peppers, lettuce, sliced cucumber, avocado, or shredded carrot. Have kids? Tightly roll their sandwich and slice it into 3/4-inch-thick slices for something more manageable for little hands to grip.

Mediterranean Platter

Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

When you have a fresh, ripe tomato from the garden, nothing is more satisfying that this simple Italian salad. While this recipe calls for layering fresh basil with slices of fresh mozzarella and tomato slices, you could also drizzle basil pesto on top — or add a garnish of extra-virgin olive oil and syrupy balsamic vinegar. Be sure to serve this along with fresh bread, so you can mop up the leftover juices.

Raw Artichoke, Cured Olive, and Sun-Dried Tomato Salad

Ricotta Toast With Pistachios & Honey

Pauline Lacsamana

Tuna Ceviche

Vegetarian Greek Wrap

This wrap was inspired by a desire to make a wrap with vegetarian protein that is also high in fiber. The result is a delicious Greek-inspired wrap that carnivores, omnivores, and vegetarians can enjoy together.

Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad


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Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

Try this recipe: Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

This meat-free one-skillet dinner (it's delicious for breakfast, too) is full of yummy fall flavors like kale, butternut squash, and ground nutmeg. The crispy egg on top adds a boost of protein, while grapeseed oil keeps it heart-healthy.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs

Calories: 282


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Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

Try this recipe: Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

This meat-free one-skillet dinner (it's delicious for breakfast, too) is full of yummy fall flavors like kale, butternut squash, and ground nutmeg. The crispy egg on top adds a boost of protein, while grapeseed oil keeps it heart-healthy.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs

Calories: 282


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Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

Try this recipe: Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

This meat-free one-skillet dinner (it's delicious for breakfast, too) is full of yummy fall flavors like kale, butternut squash, and ground nutmeg. The crispy egg on top adds a boost of protein, while grapeseed oil keeps it heart-healthy.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs

Calories: 282


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Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

Try this recipe: Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

This meat-free one-skillet dinner (it's delicious for breakfast, too) is full of yummy fall flavors like kale, butternut squash, and ground nutmeg. The crispy egg on top adds a boost of protein, while grapeseed oil keeps it heart-healthy.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs

Calories: 282


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Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

Try this recipe: Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

This meat-free one-skillet dinner (it's delicious for breakfast, too) is full of yummy fall flavors like kale, butternut squash, and ground nutmeg. The crispy egg on top adds a boost of protein, while grapeseed oil keeps it heart-healthy.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs

Calories: 282


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Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

Try this recipe: Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

This meat-free one-skillet dinner (it's delicious for breakfast, too) is full of yummy fall flavors like kale, butternut squash, and ground nutmeg. The crispy egg on top adds a boost of protein, while grapeseed oil keeps it heart-healthy.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs

Calories: 282


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Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

Try this recipe: Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

This meat-free one-skillet dinner (it's delicious for breakfast, too) is full of yummy fall flavors like kale, butternut squash, and ground nutmeg. The crispy egg on top adds a boost of protein, while grapeseed oil keeps it heart-healthy.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs

Calories: 282


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Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

Try this recipe: Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

This meat-free one-skillet dinner (it's delicious for breakfast, too) is full of yummy fall flavors like kale, butternut squash, and ground nutmeg. The crispy egg on top adds a boost of protein, while grapeseed oil keeps it heart-healthy.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs

Calories: 282


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Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

Try this recipe: Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

This meat-free one-skillet dinner (it's delicious for breakfast, too) is full of yummy fall flavors like kale, butternut squash, and ground nutmeg. The crispy egg on top adds a boost of protein, while grapeseed oil keeps it heart-healthy.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs

Calories: 282


2 of 18

Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

Try this recipe: Butternut-Squash Kale Hash

This meat-free one-skillet dinner (it's delicious for breakfast, too) is full of yummy fall flavors like kale, butternut squash, and ground nutmeg. The crispy egg on top adds a boost of protein, while grapeseed oil keeps it heart-healthy.

Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs

Calories: 282


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