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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    Lemony Tuna Salad

    Tuna is a great way to add protein to a salad on a no-cook night. The combination of lemon, red onion, and cherry tomatoes ensures that this salad is bright and fresh.

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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.

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    Veggie Noodles with Cashew Cilantro Pesto

    In the mood for noodles but don't want to turn on your stove? Try veggie noodles instead! Carrots, cucumber, and daikon act as imitation noodles in this healthy and flavorful dish.

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    Salmon Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

    This isn't just any salad -- fresh strawberries, honey, ginger, and chopped pecans take it to the next level. Ready in just 20 minutes, the inclusion of salmon ensures that this healthy no-cook dinner will satisfy in a hurry.

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    How to Make Salad Dressing

    Nothing adds flavor to a salad like homemade dressing -- we share our secrets for creating your own signature dressing!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Chopped Chef's Salad

    Pack 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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    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.

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    Pizza Lettuce Wraps

    With help from a few large lettuce leaves, it's even possible to enjoy homemade pizza without turning on the oven or stove. These healthy, quick pizza wraps have only 5 grams of fat and, thanks to cannellini beans, a plentiful 12 grams of protein per serving.

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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 is 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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    Salmon Pita Sandwiches

    Low in fat and calories, these yummy sandwiches are a great no-cook option for a busy weeknight. Assemble the sandwiches in 15 minutes or less.

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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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    How to Boil Chicken

    Learn how to boil chicken to have it on hand for your next hurried meal. Once shredded, the chicken can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months, so it's always available to make a quick chicken salad or add protein to a no-cook dinner.

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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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    Italian Turkey Salad

    Fresh and tasty, the deli turkey in this yummy no-cook salad can be substituted for tofu, making it quick, easy, and vegetarian. Even without firing up the stove, this dish can be ready in just a few minutes.

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    Cashew-Curry Chicken Salad

    This is no run-of-the-mill chicken salad -- curry powder gives the dressing a powerful kick of flavor. Best of all, this tasty sandwich packs 30 grams of protein and only 410 calories per serving.

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    How to Make Chicken Salad

    Chicken salad is classic, simple, and delicious -- and is a great no-cook meal for using leftover chicken.

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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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    White Bean Tuna Salad

    This delicious salad is ready for dinner in just three easy steps -- best of all, there's no cooking required. Just combine the salad ingredients, shake up the dressing, and enjoy.

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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 Cucumber-Chickpea Soup

    Healthy and colorful, this easy no-cook soup packs 22 grams of protein in each serving. Thanks to chickpeas, shrimp, and cucumber, this soup will leave you feeling full and refreshed, without any pots and pans to clean up.

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    Superfoods Salad

    Goat cheese and walnuts help give this salad a stand-out flavor. Filled with spinach, blueberries, strawberries, and chicken, this super-easy salad is full of protein and ready in less than half an hour.

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    Veggie Grilled Cheese

    Enjoy a delicious, comforting grilled cheese without ever turning on your stove. Just a quick zap in the microwave is all that's needed to prepare the filling for these yummy sandwiches.

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    Fresh and Light Dinner Recipes

    From salads to pastas to sandwiches, we've compiled a list of our favorite easy and light dinner recipes. We even have ideas for making steak into a light and refreshing meal! Plus, these recipes are filled with fresh ingredients, making them extra tasty and nutritious. These recipes prove that dinner doesn't have to be a covered in mounds of cheese and dripping with butter to be satisfying!
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