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Summer Recipes: No Cook Meals

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Having a stash of summer recipes in my back pocket is essential to surviving our hot summers.  When it gets really, really hot I prefer summer recipes that require no cooking so both the house and my family can say cool!

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The day my husband and I drove our moving truck in to Las Vegas the temperature on the dashboard read 118 degrees. We decide to wait until it cooled down after the sun set to move our stuff in. Ha ha! I think the low that night was 100 degrees.  When the weather gets hot, I don’t want to turn on any kind of heat to cook at all – not even the slow cooker!

So I looked around the internet to see if I could find some meals that require no heat, or no cooking, at all to make. A few require cooked items like beans or rice that you could buy and use. But in general, here are a 50 no cook recipes for scorching hot summer days!


White Bean Salad from Inspired RD

Creamy Grape Salad from Krafted Koch

Italian Sub Salad from Just 2 Sisters

Easiest Tuna Salad Sandwich from Pinch This, Stretch That

Avocado Tuna Salad from The Healthy Maven

Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad from Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Mexican Tuna Salad from Simple. Home. Blessings.

Layered Summer Salad from Heavenly Savings

No Cook Fresh Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad from Two Healthy Kitchens

Peach and Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese from Wine Lady Cooks


Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad from The Kitchen is My Playground

Cucumber and Avocado Sandwiches from Good Life Eats

Seafood Avocado Salad from Wine Lady Cooks

Sashimi Salmon from Growing Up Gabel

How to Make A Sushi Roll at Home from Our Family World

Local Style Ahi Poke from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Spicy Asian Slaw Summer Rolls from The View from Great Island

Fresh Rolls with Honey and Lime Slaw from The Lemon Bowl

Homemade Lox from Growing Up Gabel

Wild Sardine and Grapefruit Salad in Endive Cups from Seasonal and Savory


Vegan Buddha Bowl from Because I Like Chocolate

Cantaloupe, Strawberry and Coconut Gazpacho from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Gazpacho Verde from The View from Great Island

Watermelon Gazpacho from Healthy Slow Cooking

Langoustine and Avocado Ceviche from Seasonal and Savory

Pineapple and Shrimp Ceviche from Food Faith Fitness

Orange Tropical Shrimp Ceviche from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Skinny Shrimp and Crab Salad from Call Me PMC

Cheese and Mango Salad from Our Family World

Old Bay Cauliflower Salad from Noble Pig


Greek Flavored Butter Bean Salad from An Edible Mosiac

No Bake Cheesecake from Jade Louise Designs

Healthy Sugared Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip from Two Healthy Kitchens

Birthday “Fruit Cake” – Pinch This, Stretch That

Southern Strawberry Coconut Punch Bowl Cake from The Kitchen is My Playground

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Cheeseball from Just Misty

Refrigerator Oatmeal from Chef in Disguise

Beautiful Breakfast Tart from The View from Great Island

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie from The Kitchen is My Playground

5 Minute Raspberry Jell-O Salad from Cupcake Diaries


Chocolate Strawberry Eclair Cake from Renee’s Kitchen

Lemon Ice Box Pie from Cravings of A Lunatic

Easy White Chocolate Berry Dessert from Renee’s Kitchen

Kiwi Lemon Cheesecake from Noble Pig

Frozen Peanut Butter Mocha from Back for Seconds

Low Carb Chocolate Mousse from Life Tastes Good

Ice Box Tiramisu from The View from Great Island

No Bake Nutella Ice Box Cake from Apron Strings

Kahlua Ice Cream Pie from Life Love and Sugar

S’mores Muddy Buddies from Back for Seconds

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  • Antionette Blake
    June 14, 2014

    Quite a few must-makes for the summer. Thanks for posting at the @WWDParty.

  • Kristina & Millie
    June 11, 2014

    A little bit of everything – the best kind of round up. Some yummyliciousness going on here! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Camille
      June 17, 2014

      Thank you Kristina & Millie! Definitely lots of different ideas!

  • kristi
    June 11, 2014

    These are all fantastic! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!

    • Camille
      June 17, 2014

      Thanks so much Kristi! I love your party!

  • Shelley
    June 9, 2014

    118 degrees?!?! Camille, that’s insane! Yeah – you definitely need some good no-cook recipes in your back pocket, no doubt! This is a fantastic list – so many terrific ideas! Thanks a million for including our no-cook corn salad and yogurt fruit dip! So happy to be amongst so many other wonderful bloggers and delicious recipes! And now we have so many new ideas for when the mercury climbs here in Ohio (although we for sure won’t be seeing 118!!! 😀 )! Have an awesome (yummy!) summer!

  • Gina Valley (
    June 5, 2014

    Perfect timing with this. I was just going brain blank on new recipes for summer. Bookmarked!

  • Danielle
    June 3, 2014

    So many great recipes to make in the the heat of summer! Thanks for including my Creamy Grape Salad!

    • Camille
      June 5, 2014

      Love your recipe, Danielle! It looks so refreshing – perfect for summer!

  • Joanne/WineLadyCooks
    June 3, 2014

    Hi Camille, Thank you so much for including my Peach and Tomato Salad With Feta Cheese in your terrific collection of No Cook recipes. There are many new recipes included that I will definitely be making when it begins to “heat up” in our area.

    I’ve pinned and will share on my page tomorrow.
    Thank you again,

    • Camille
      June 5, 2014

      Thank you, Joanne! I love the idea of peach with tomato and feta. So summery!

  • Beautiful, and (COOL!) collection — thanks so much for including me!

    • Camille
      June 5, 2014

      Thanks for all your beautiful recipes, Sue! Such delicious inspiration.

  • Taylor
    June 3, 2014

    With the FL heat, I need some no cook meals! Thanks for sharing my pineapple shrimp ceviche! Pinning!

    • Camille
      June 5, 2014

      Heat and humidity in Florida! I’m sure avoiding heating up the kitchen is a must for you. I can’t wait to try your ceviche this summer!

  • Susan
    July 13, 2013

    Great collection, I can’t wait to try the Mexican tuna. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  • Miz Helen
    July 13, 2013

    Great collection of recipes for summer! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great summer weekend and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Sawsan
    June 29, 2013

    What a wonderful collection
    No cook meals are life savers in the summer heat
    Thank you kindly for including a recipe of mine