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Our Best Healthy No-Cook Recipes

Need something to eat but don't want to cook? Try one of our favorite no-cook recipes, including soups, salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Bonus: You don't have to watch your waistline with any of these recipes, because each has fewer than 450 calories per serving.

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    • Tuscan Tuna Salad

      Amp up your average arugula salad with protein-rich cannellini beans and flaky albacore tuna. A spritz of lemon juice adds bright citrus flavor to the gluten-free recipe.

    • Chopped Salad Tacos

      These vegetarian tacos are stuffed to the brim with with fresh veggies, pinto beans, and classic Mexican toppings so good you won't miss the meat. The 20-minute meal not only boasts big flavor but packs a nutritional punch.

    • Red Pepper Hummus Wraps with Avocado and Cheddar Cheese

      Homemade red pepper hummus is worth the effort in these tasty wraps. Each serving -- complete with sweet pepper, avocado, and microgreens -- fuels you with fiber, protein, and lots of healthful vitamins.

    • Smoked Salmon Flatbread

      Smoked salmon is packed with omega-3s, which help you to stay focused throughout those long afternoons. For an energy-boosting lunch, pair the fish with cream cheese, radishes, and capers inside a multigrain flatbread.

    • Shrimp and Pineapple Lettuce Cups

      With just six ingredients, you can whip up a healthy meal that oozes international flavor. Coat cooked shrimp, fresh pineapple, and sweet red pepper with toasted sesame oil and cilantro before piling into crisp lettuce cups.

    • Mediterranean Lentils

      No time to boil beans? No problem. Stir refrigerated steamed lentils into a mix of artichoke hearts, cucumber, and tomatoes, then top with crumbly feta cheese for a quick and healthy Mediterranean recipe.

      Healthy No-Cook Recipe Tip: 
      Lentils are high in fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The legume also helps keep blood sugar levels stable, so you won't feel groggy after eating.

    • Precook Lentils in a Snap!

      Learn how to cook lentils for your next meal in a hurry. The little but mighty legume stars in soups, salads, and side dishes, plus can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

    • Sesame Chicken Salad

      Naturally sweet orange juice and mild rice vinegar combine with nutty sesame oil to make a flavorful dressing for this no-cook salad. Precooked chicken from your grocer's deli adds lean protein to keep you full.

    • Chopped Chef's Salad

      Fit lots of food groups into one scrumptious salad with this low-calorie classic. Lean turkey breast and hard-cooked eggs give our easy chef's salad an impressive 21 grams of protein per serving.

      Healthy No-Cook Recipe Tip: Turn this recipe into a power salad by swapping nutrient-rich kale and/or spinach for the romaine.

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      Tofu Spring Rolls

      Create an Asian-inspired meal in minutes with the help of savory baked tofu and store-bought spring roll wrappers. Cucumber and carrots pack the quick roll-ups with crunch, while sweet chili sauce proves a worthy dipper.

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      Cabbage and Carrot Salad

      Trade your lackluster spinach salad for an impressive bed of peanut-sauced cabbage and carrots. Just add cellophane noodles, and dinner's done.

      Healthy No-Cook Recipe Tip: To bump up the protein in this easy main dish, top with leftover grilled chicken, cooked shrimp, or tofu.

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      Gazpacho Verde

      Go green with a refreshing blend of spinach, avocado, cucumber, and celery. The cool summer soup gets a kick from green salsa and lime juice, plus it takes just 10 minutes to prepare.

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      Black-Eyed Pea Salad

      Lunch doesn't have to be ho-hum. Fill a couple of salad containers with fresh, healthful vegetables, tangy homemade dressing, and vitamin-rich black-eyed peas for an easy make-and-take lunch idea.

      Healthy No-Cook Recipe Tip: Eat this salad as you would salsa by scooping it up with whole grain baked pita wedges or tortilla chips.

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      Nectarine, Beet, and Goat Cheese Salad

      Shredded cooked chicken lasts for up to 3 days in the refrigerator, making it a go-to protein for busy weeknight meals. Pile the lean meat onto spinach and top with baby beets, nectarine slices, and creamy goat cheese.

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      Caprese Salad Pita Pockets

      The classic mozzarella, tomato, and basil salad gets a hearty twist in our pita pockets with salad greens, cucumber, and a bit of dressing. If you need a quick lunch to take to work, pack the pita, salad, and dressing separately so everything stays fresh and crisp.

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      Nicoise Salad Sandwiches

      Nicoise is a traditional French salad with tomatoes, green beans, and tuna that's topped with hard-cooked eggs, anchovies, and olives. We nixed the anchovies and green beans and started a new tradition with a healthy sandwich under 400 calories. The best part? This no-cook lunch or dinner takes just 20 minutes to put together.

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      Peach and Blackberry Slaw

      Fresh peaches and blackberries add bright flavor to this no-fuss side salad that's high in flavor and fiber. Top with crumbled blue cheese for a taste combination that will make you ask for seconds -- or thirds!

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      Easy Steps to Freezing Peaches

      You can enjoy fresh peaches all year long by freezing the summer fruit. Get our easy technique for freezing peaches here.

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      Indian Garbanzo Bean Salad with Pitas

      Cumin and curry powder wake up the vinaigrette for this Indian-style vegetable and bean salad that's high in fiber. Served with yogurt and pita bread, it's an easy salad you can enjoy without turning on the stove or oven.

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      Stacked Vegetable Salad

      Layer upon layer of thinly sliced vegetables make this no-cook side salad fit for a party. A simple dressing of lemon juice and olive oil lets the flavors of the veggies shine, and each stunning serving has just 117 calories.

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      Tuscan Kale Salad with Pecorino

      Mix up your go-to salad with this easy kale recipe. The side-dish kale salad is loaded with vitamin A and tons of flavor from a pungent Pecorino cheese and anchovy dressing.

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      Chilled Raspberry-Chile Soup

      Sweet and spicy together? Sign us up. This creamy, no-cook soup is perfect for an appetizer or lunch on a hot day, and it's low in fat but full of fiber.

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      Chicken, Pear, and Parmesan Salad

      Precooked chicken breast means no oven is required for this easy and hearty salad. Packed with protein and vitamin A, it's a fast, no-cook dinner option that can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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      Fresh Taco Salad

      Transform traditional taco salad with our version that's packed full of fresh ingredients. Jicama, jalapeno peppers, and avocado add a bounty of delicious flavor to this no-cook side dish. Top it all off with a cilantro-ranch dressing for a creamy finish.

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      Chilled Avocado Soup

      Ripe, creamy avocados blend perfectly with carrots, onion, and cucumber in this easy-to-make chilled soup. Bottled hot sauce gives it a little kick, and a sprinkle of paprika on top creates party-worthy presentation.

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      Five-Tomato Salad

      The sweet flavor of ripe tomatoes is nicely complemented by a spicy herb vinaigrette. Sprinkle with feta cheese for a boost of tangy flavor.

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