12 Healthy No-Cook Recipes for Hot Summer Nights

Hot days call for cool recipes. Try these 12 that'll keep you far from the stove.

Poke bowl

Poke bowl photo by Asia Bradlee

Let’s state the obvious: It’s hot. Too-hot-to-turn-on-the-stove hot. Still, sweltering temperatures don’t have to be a one-way ticket to takeout (or ice cream for dinner). We found 12 no-cook recipes you can make tonight.

1. White Bean Caprese Salad
via Skinny Taste

Salads are the gold standard of eat-it-cold cooking. This one uses white beans to beef up a classic caprese salad. To make it even more filling, add chickpeas or rotisserie chicken.

2. Avocado Gazpacho
via Alive

This recipe is packed with vegetables, and doesn’t have you going anywhere near a burner. Swap the sour cream for Greek yogurt to add protein and keep it as healthy as possible.

3. Raw Zucchini Noodles with Pesto
via Skinny Taste

To make this dish, simply spiralize a zucchini (or pick up pre-made zoodles at the grocery store) and toss it with pesto and all the veggies your heart desires.

4. Thai Basil Summer Rolls
via Earthy Andy

Tons of veggies and juicy mango slices make for a fresh summer meal. Dip the rolls in whatever sauce you have in the fridge, or make your own.

5. Tuna-Stuffed Avocados
via Cook Eat Paleo

If you’re hot and short on time, this recipe is your lifesaver. All you have to do is stuff half an avocado with lemon juice, onions, and tuna. Dinner is served.

6. Watermelon Cucumber Salad
via Feasting at Home

Not only does it require no cooking, this salad is seriously refreshing. Watermelon and cucumber cool you down, while feta and pistachios give it a little heft.

7. Tuna Poke Bowl
via Asia Bradlee

If you can’t bear to cook rice, look for pre-cooked varieties at the supermarket, or simply forgo it. Otherwise, this recipe is raw and refreshing.

8. Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Wrap
via the Recipe Critic

Pick up a rotisserie chicken or cold cuts, and you’re on your way to assembling this cold wrap. Strawberries add a touch of summery sweetness.

9. Hummus and Greek Salad Naan Flatbreads
via Cookin’ Canuck

This healthy take on pizza is ready in 10 minutes, no cooking required. Just top naan bread with hummus, veggies, and feta.

10. Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club
via Real Simple

A healthier take on a club sandwich, this recipe is stuffed with enough veggies to keep you full. Add cold cuts if you want additional cook-free protein.

11. Prosciutto and Peach Salad
via Cooking Light

Salty prosciutto, sweet peaches, and creamy ricotta salata combine for one powerhouse salad. The recipe also includes an easy DIY dressing.

12. Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon
via What’s Gaby Cooking

We promise, toasting the bread is as involved as this recipe gets. Consider it a healthier take on your Sunday morning bagel and lox.