It’s summertime, so the oven is basically off limits. While there are plenty of work-arounds to use instead (like the grill, the stove and the slow cooker), there are some nights when we just can’t bring ourselves to be near any source of additional heat. Besides, when the sun is beating down and we feel like a sticky mess, the last thing we’re craving is a hot meal.

Instead, we like to opt for simple, no-cook dinners that will keep us both satisfied and cool. Read on for 43 recipes you can mix, match or serve on their own to create no-cook meals you'll enjoy all summer, from salads to cold soups. (Bonus: Less time in the kitchen means more time hanging in the yard with a cold one.)

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1. 15-Minute Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegan, one bowl
We spend all year waiting for fresh summer produce, and this cold tomato soup is the best way to showcase it. All you need is a good blender or food processor to put dinner on the table.

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2. Chopped Greek Chickpea Salad

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, <30 minutes, vegetarian, make ahead
This easy dinner has everything we love about a Greek salad, plus canned chickpeas for a boost of protein. Follow Coterie member Monique Volz’s lead and make extra to pack for lunch the next day.

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3. Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly
Feel free to use whatever veggies you have in the house. Everything tastes delicious with this savory peanut butter sauce.

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4. Summer Berry Salad with Burrata and Arugula

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, <30 minutes, vegetarian, <10 ingredients
Unleash your inner Yankee Doodle with this red, white and blue salad that stars blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. (We’ll assume someone else is bringing the hot dogs.)

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5. Kelp and Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, gluten free, high protein, no cook
We’re always down for takeout. This healthy alternative swaps out wheat-based noodles for kelp noodles (which are gluten-free and only require a quick soak to turn al dente) and zucchini ribbons.

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6. The Lighter Cheese Board

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, <30 minutes
We love entertaining in the summer, especially when there’s almost no work for the hostess. Throw together some cold meats and cheeses, fresh fruit and pickled veggies and a super Insta-worthy dinner awaits.

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7. Zucchini Salad with Lemon and Parmesan

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegetarian, no cook
Somehow, we always have too many zucchinis come summertime (we blame the neighbor’s overzealous garden). Instead of succumbing to sugary zucchini bread, make this nutritious dinner instead.

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8. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, no cook, make ahead, high protein
Store-bought rotisserie chicken to the rescue. Combine the pre-cooked meat with tangy Greek yogurt and plenty of veggies, then stuff it into hollowed-out bell peppers for the cutest dinner ever.

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9. Vegetarian Summer Taco Salad

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, no cook, vegetarian, beginner-friendly
If you’re looking for ground beef and tortilla chips, this is not the salad for you. Packed with plant-based protein, this vegetarian take on a taco bowl is everything we want on a scorching hot Taco Tuesday.

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10. Italian Deli Pinwheel Sandwiches

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, no cook, kid-friendly, <30 minutes
You could slap a few slices of deli meat and cheese on two slices of sandwich bread, but wrapping and slicing them into little wheels is so much more fun. The wraps are packed with Genoa salami, pepperoni and prosciutto.

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11. Joanna Gaines’s Peach Caprese Salad

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, kid-friendly, vegetarian, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients
After trying Joanna Gaines's twist on summer caprese, we might never make it the traditional way again. She uses ripe, in-season peaches instead of tomatoes, and the end result is unbelievably refreshing.

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12. Watermelon Poke Bowls

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegan, kid-friendly, no cook
We love the flavors of a poke bowl, but we admit that we’re still a little bit squeamish about handling raw fish ourselves. Subbing in fresh watermelon gives us the best of both worlds.

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13. Avocado Green Goddess Sandwiches with Havarti

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, one bowl, <30 minutes, vegetarian
Kermit says it’s not easy being green, but we beg to differ. These hearty sandwiches are a little bit crunchy, a little bit creamy and a fantastic dish to take on an outdoor picnic.

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14. Zucchini and Fresh Corn Salad with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian, beginner-friendly, no cook
Put the weekend’s farmers market haul to good use in this super summery salad by Coterie member Heidi Larsen. Double the vinaigrette recipe so you can use it on fresh greens all week long.

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15. Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, special occasion-worthy, no cook
Not only does salad on a board feel like an elegant restaurant app (even on the couch), but it also allows you to access all the toppings with ease instead of having to dig to the bottom of a bowl to get them.

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16. Tuna Salad and Chickpea-Stuffed Avocado

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, gluten free, <30 minutes, no cook, high protein
This easy dinner has it all: It’s low carb, full of protein and healthy fat and adorable. Plus, the creaminess of the avocado means you can go totally mayo-free, with the help of a little Greek yogurt.

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17. Unforgettable Italian Chopped Salad

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegetarian, one bowl, crowd-pleaser
At first glance, this looks like an ordinary chopped salad. But a few extra ingredients (spoiler alert: sunflower seeds, everything bagel seasoning and balsamic glaze) give it the extra flavor we never knew it needed.

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18. Buffalo Chicken Wraps with Blue Cheese and Celery

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients
There’s nothing we crave more than the combination of spicy Buffalo sauce and funky blue cheese dressing. Here, they’re rolled up in a wrap with pre-cooked chicken and plenty of crunchy celery.

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19. Chile Basil Coconut Ceviche

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 45 minutes (includes marinating time)
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, pescatarian, no cook, high protein
Believe it or not, ceviche is beyond easy to make at home. One fancy Friday date night coming right up, thanks to Coterie member Aida Mollenkamp.

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20. The Ultimate Party Sub

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, no cook, high protein
It’s too hot to even think about lighting the grill, but that doesn’t mean you have to cancel your plans with friends. Shift the party indoors and keep cool with this super-sized sub sandwich.

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21. Rainbow Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, no cook
Sure, you could put these out as an app at your next party. But we’re pretty happy keeping them all to ourselves for a quick main course. Just make sure to use the freshest tomatoes you can find.

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22. The Best Sesame Soy Broccoli Salad

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegan, one bowl, no cook
This quick salad has a divine balance of flavors and textures—crunchy almonds, sweet dried cranberries, red onion and a tangy, salty-sweet soy dressing. Who knew raw broccoli could be this good?

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23. Zoodles with Avocado and Mango Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegan, no cook
Puréed fresh and frozen mango, avocado and coconut milk sound like the start to a pretty tasty smoothie. But add in ginger, tamari and crushed red pepper, and you’ve also got a light and zesty sauce for raw zucchini noodles.

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24. Ginger Scallion Chicken Wraps

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: high protein, make ahead, beginner-friendly
These handhelds are a great way to use up leftover chicken (or pick up a rotisserie bird, if you don’t have any on hand). The recipe calls for sautéing the mushrooms, but save yourself the effort by using them raw. Consider your weeknights saved.

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25. Rainbow “Raw-Maine” Taco Boats

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, no cook, vegan, gluten free
These little lettuce boats are stuffed with all sorts of goodies—veggies, avocados, quick beet hummus—and drizzled with an addictive tahini dressing.

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26. Shredded Thai Salad with Avocado

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, no cook, special occasion-worthy
This salad is almost too pretty to eat...though we plan on taking one for the team and doing it anyway. Plus, with smoked tofu and sliced avocado in the mix, it’s hearty enough for a full meal.

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27. Lunch Kebabs with Mortadella, Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, make ahead, no cook
They’re called lunch kebabs, but we’ve been known to eat them for dinner after a long day at the office too. Use your favorite brown bread and store-bought pesto to make them.

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28. Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, beginner-friendly, no cook
Swapping the noodles for cucumber zoodles in this takeout favorite makes it a million times more refreshing. And adding store-bought tofu makes the meal satiating while keeping it light.

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29. Sonoma Chickpea Salad

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegan, no cook, <30 minutes
Whip up this protein-packed vegan dish in 15 minutes flat. Close your eyes, take a bite and you'll be surprised that you don't even miss the chicken.

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30. Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Chèvre Ranch

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, <30 minutes
OK, so you have to boil the peas for two minutes—but we promise this dish is worth the brief cooking. Full warning: You won't be able to quit the Chèvre ranch dressing once you taste its magic.

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31. Avocado Chicken Salad

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, no cook, high protein
The only way to improve a classic chicken salad? First, use a store-bought rotisserie chicken so you don't have to cook the poultry yourself. Then, add avocado for extra flavor and creaminess.

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32. Chilled Cucumber Salad

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 35 minutes (includes chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: vegan, make ahead, crowd-pleaser, no cook, <10 ingredients
So damn refreshing. Odds are you already have all the ingredients too, considering there are only five of them. It'll fit right in at any barbecue or cookout.

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33. Fruit and Cheese Board

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, no cook
Isn't she lovely? Swap meat for seasonal produce like cherries, mangos and peaches for a light take on charcuterie (ahem, fruicuterie).

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34. Grilled Flatbread Pizza with Artichoke, Ricotta and Lemon

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, vegetarian, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients
Fancy enough for a backyard dinner with friends, yet so mind-blowingly simple. The only cooking you'll have to do is warm, toast or grill the store-bought flatbread.

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35. Spring Crudités with Romesco Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, vegan
Just like salad, only ten times more fun to eat (and easier on the eyes). Use store-bought roasted peppers to make the sauce no-cook, or just roll with whatever dressing you have in the fridge.

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36. Moroccan Watermelon Salad with Pistachio

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, one bowl
Starring summer's favorite melon and lots of salty feta. Pistachios, red onion and cucumber offer just the right dose of crunch to the refreshing dish.

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37. The Easiest Chopped Greek Chickpea Salad

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian, beginner-friendly, one bowl, no cook
Canned chickpeas have saved dinner at our house more times than we can count. You'll love them tossed in lemon-garlic dressing.

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38. Avocado Caprese Wrap

  • Time Commitment: 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegetarian, no cook
Because you can never go wrong with avocado *or* balsamic vinaigrette. Zhuzh them up by adding shredded chicken, prosciutto, salami or grated Parm to each wrap.

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39. No-Noodle Pad Thai

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, make ahead, beginner-friendly, no cook
Come for the raw zucchini, carrot and daikon ribbons. Stay for the lime-honey peanut sauce (or use agave instead of honey to make it vegan).

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40. Greek Wedge Salad

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, no cook
Contrary to popular belief, wedge salads don't need to be buried in blue cheese and bacon. Here, crisp iceberg lettuce is doused in a zippy homemade vinaigrette instead.

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41. Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian, beginner friendly, no cook
This sammy is endlessly riffable. Use capers, olives or pickles instead of pepperoncini, Greek yogurt instead of mayo or even hot sauce instead (or in addition to) crushed red pepper flakes.

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42. Melon Caprese Skewers

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian, no cook, kid-friendly
Sweet, juicy honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon are just the pairing for creamy mozz and salty prosciutto. Don't even get us started on the basil vinaigrette.

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43. Miso Tuna Salad

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, high protein, <10 ingredients, one bowl, no cook
Holy umami. Bring on the miso paste and Japanese mayo for this bold rendition of tuna salad that pairs just as seamlessly with roasted seaweed sheets as it does crackers.

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