Our Best Healthy No-Cook Recipes
Save time with our shortcut crust swap! If you're in a hurry, purchase flatbreads, pitas, or naan rather than baking or grilling crust for pizza. Unlike often-greasy delivery, these slices are loaded with vitamins and fiber from tomatoes, cucumbers, and chickpeas.
Sesame-Shrimp Noodle Bowl
If you consider cooking noodles from scratch about as exciting as waiting for a pot of water to boil, we've found the perfect pasta recipe for you! Simply soak the bean thread noodles in hot water while you stir together the Asian-inspired sauce. Toss those together with piles of herbs, veggies, and tofu, and you have a fast and fresh dinner with 33 grams of satisfying protein.
Lemony Tuna Salad
Tuna is a great protein to add 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.
Chilled Pea Soup with Vegetable Noodles
At first glance, you might expect this soup to be slow-simmered to score that silky, luscious texture. But all it takes is a blender and some buttermilk! Asparagus, peas, and zucchini—plus the chilled temperature—make this an ideal soup for summer. Just add a hunk of crusty bread, and dinner is done.
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.
Burrata and Stone Fruit
For this modern twist on Caprese salad, layer pieces of creamy burrata cheese with slices of nectarines, plums, peaches, and/or apricots. (We're partial to mixing things up!) Then sprinkle on mint and finish with hot chili oil for a taste bud-tempting hot-and-cool finish.
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.
Salmon Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
This isn't just any salad! Fresh strawberries, honey, ginger, and chopped pecans take it to the next level. The inclusion of salmon ensures that this healthy no-cook dinner will satisfy in a hurry—it's ready in just 20 minutes!
Pizza Lettuce Wraps
With help from a few large lettuce leaves, it's 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.
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 in nutrient-rich kale and/or spinach for the romaine.
Shrimp and Pineapple Lettuce Cups
Whip up a healthy meal with just six ingredients that ooze international flavor. Coat cooked shrimp, fresh pineapple, and sweet red pepper with toasted sesame oil and cilantro before piling into crisp lettuce cups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nectarine, Beet, and Goat Cheese Salad
Shredded cooked chicken lasts 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.
Caprese Salad Pita Pockets
The classic mozzarella, tomato, and basil salad gets a hearty twist in pita pockets alongside 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.
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.
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.
White Bean Tuna Salad
This delicious salad is ready for dinner in just three easy steps. And best of all, there's no cooking required. Just combine the salad ingredients, shake up the dressing, and enjoy.
Fresh Taco Salad
Transform traditional taco salad with our version that's packed full of fresh ingredients. Jicama, jalapeño 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.
Tofu Spring Rolls
A quick dunk in water makes the rice papers pliable and ready to shape around fresh fillings. We call for tofu, cucumbers, carrots, and mint, but feel free to customize with other no-cook ingredients you have on hand. (Sweet peppers, shrimp, bean sprouts, and Thai basil would all be brilliant swaps or additions.)
Goat cheese and walnuts help give this salad a standout flavor. Filled with spinach, blueberries, strawberries, and chicken, this super-easy salad is full of protein and ready in less than half an hour.