Cobb Salad Sub
If you love the flavors and textures of classic Cobb salad, try stuffing the mixture in a hollowed-out French loaf to make it extra filling. Shred meat from a rotisserie chicken and add leftover (or purchased precooked) bacon and purchased hard-boiled eggs for a delicious and easy no-cook dinner that comes together in a snap.
Santa Fe Turkey Wraps
We love no-cook dinner ideas that keep it simple, and these easy turkey wraps fill the bill. You can start with store-bought turkey (or leftovers), then dress it up with tasty fillings like corn, tomato slices, avocado, and lettuce. We left the spicy Southwest dressing on the side for dipping, so you can chill the wraps up to four hours before serving without them getting soggy.
Fresh Taco Salad
Jalapeños add kick, black beans add plenty of protein, and avocados finish this salad with the creaminess it needs. It's ideal for a summer side and filling enough to be a main dish by itself. Who needs taco shells with no-cook summer dinners like this?
Caprese Salad Pita Pockets
Turn your favorite salad into a full meal in a flash. Start with the traditional Caprese salad ingredients—tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil—and make them into a healthier dish to serve for no-cook summer dinners by adding chopped cucumber and salad greens. Serve your veggies and cheese nestled inside a whole wheat pita pocket for easy picnicking.
Classic Creamy Coleslaw
It's not a summer potluck unless there's coleslaw. You can toss together this easy no-cook side dish in a jiffy—it'll need at least two hours to chill before you start spooning it onto plates, but it takes only 20 minutes to mix up the whole batch. If you want to put a spin on classic coleslaw, turn it into Tex-Mex coleslaw by adding salsa, red pepper, and corn to the bowl.
Niçoise Salad Sandwiches
Step up your sandwich game with our simple recipe. Pile it high with your favorite tuna, fresh garden veggies, and hard-boiled eggs for a fully stacked picnic winner. You can serve this no-cook summer dinner recipe two ways: Stack everything up into a triple-decker sandwich or stuff the filling into a tasty pita.
New Orleans-Style Muffuletta
Stacked with deli meat, cheese, and a zingy olive topper, this heaping sandwich is a Southern classic for a reason: There's no cooking to heat up the kitchen. You can't do much better than this when you need easy no-cook dinner ideas. It takes just 10 minutes to toss the whole sandwich together.
Garbanzo Bean-Veggie Pitas with Creamy Avocado Dressing
Fiber-filled garbanzo beans and omega-3-rich avocado make a delicious and healthy duo alongside garden-fresh tomatoes. When you need no-cook dinner ideas for hot days, these simple sandwiches are cool, refreshing, and easy to eat on your porch or patio while you enjoy the weather.
Asian Ramen Noodle Slaw
To make this slaw-style salad stand out, skip the croutons. Instead, use uncooked ramen noodles to add crunch to this easy no-cook recipe. We repurposed the seasoning packet, too—instead of flavoring noodles, it helps make the dressing for this cabbage and carrot slaw a little more savory.
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Make a restaurant favorite in your own kitchen! In just 20 minutes you'll have a fresh chicken-and-veggie filling wrapped in buttery lettuce, complete with a savory dipping sauce. The key to this no-cook dinner recipe is to start with leftover chicken so you don't have to heat up a pan.
If you're a fan of artichoke hearts, you'll adore this no-cook lentil bowl. Just mix the 'chokes with a package of precooked tender lentils, fresh produce and herbs, and a handful of feta crumbles. This easy no-cook dinner recipe will be on your table in 20 minutes.
Blackberry Icebox Cake
Oh, yes—you can still enjoy a slice of summer cake even if you're determined to take a break from cooking. Instead of grabbing the flour and sugar, mix together whipped cream, blackberries, and cream cheese, then layer between graham crackers. That's it! If you have the patience to let it freeze for a few hours, this no-cook dessert recipe will be ready to take to any potluck or picnic.
Chilled Cucumber-Chickpea Soup
Move aside, gazpacho recipes—there's a new summer soup in town, and it's packed with spicy seasoned shrimp, fresh cucumber, and hearty chickpeas. You don't have to put this no-cook recipe in the fridge to cool it down, either; just before serving, add ice cubes to the blender. No waiting involved!
Spicy Three-Meat Picnic Hero
Want no-cook camping dinners that will send you off to your sleeping bag with a full stomach? The layers stacked up in these sandwiches will keep you full all night with no need for a midnight snack. Three different kinds of meat—ham, pepperoni, and salami—deliver plenty of protein, and you can dress them up with tons of tasty toppings.
Italian Focaccia Sandwich
When we need no-cook summer dinner ideas, we usually find ourselves reaching for a sandwich. Salami and cheese can go a long way if you're willing to doctor them up a little more than usual. To make this Italian sandwich recipe ultratasty and satisfying, stack up artichoke hearts, roasted red sweet peppers, capocollo, and provolone on mouthwatering focaccia slices (no plain white bread here!).
Pizza Lettuce Wraps
Ditch the hassle of baking a crust, and instead opt for Bibb lettuce leaves to hold all your favorite pizza toppings. Fresh cherry tomatoes make a great replacement for sauce, and you can go ahead and pile on pepperoni, cannellini beans, and mozzarella cheese, too. This easy no-cook dinner recipe is faster than takeout and a lot less work than kneading your own dough.
Peach and Blackberry Slaw
This fresh fruit slaw is peachy keen for any party. Start this no-cook side dish with a head of green cabbage, then add fresh summer fruits like white and yellow peaches and blackberries. Crumbles of blue cheese are optional, but, if you ask us, every salad recipe needs just a little bit of creaminess.
Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits
Shrimp and Pineapple Lettuce Cups
Dark Chocolate Banana Nut Pops
Enjoy a dressed-up version of frozen bananas with a peanut butter and chocolate coating. Rolled in crunchy peanuts or almonds, this frozen fruit is a blissful no-cook summer treat, and you don't even have to chase after an ice cream truck.
Mango, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
Salmon Pita Sandwiches
Creamy Chocolate Pudding
All-Wrapped-Up Chef Salad
Take a dinner salad recipe on the go by tightly wrapping your fresh ingredients in a whole grain tortilla. No fork needed for your romaine lettuce, avocado, and crunchy cucumber slices, so take them outside with you to enjoy the summer weather. Add a slice of roast beef to your wrap to give this no-cook dinner recipe a filling boost of protein.
Chilled Avocado Soup
Tuna Club Sandwiches with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Chopped Salad Taco
If sweet corn and zucchini are burning a hole in your farmers market bag, it's time to whip up a batch of these veggie-filled tacos. Pinto beans serve as a delicious source of protein for this no-cook taco recipe. Don't let the simple ingredients fool you—these vegetarian tacos will impress even the most dedicated meat-eaters.
Beef and Tapenade Open-Face Sandwiches
Need dinner fast? This simple open-face sandwich recipe features hearty roast beef, olive tapenade, and a touch of Dijon for a no-fuss main dish that's ready fast. Serving it as an open-face sandwich lets you pile even more toppings on top of this no-cook dinner (and you can never have too many toppings).