When it’s too hot to cook or you’re just not in the mood to fire up the stove, no-cook dinners are a lifesaver. From refreshing salads to creative wraps, these quick and easy recipes make mealtime a breeze. You’ll love how simple and flavorful these dishes are, all without breaking a sweat in the kitchen.

Four vegetable wraps filled with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and other greens, wrapped in paper and arranged in a row.
Photo credit: The Healthful Ideas.
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Tuna Sushi Bowl

Tuna sushi bowl with wasabi avocado dressing.
Tuna Sushi Bowl. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Enjoy your favorite sushi flavors at home with this quick and easy tuna sushi bowl. Packed with radishes, carrots, cucumber, seaweed, and avocado, all drizzled in a spicy avocado wasabi dressing, it’s perfect for a no-cook dinner.
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Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Cream Sauce

Zucchini noodles with creamy avocado sauce and cherry tomatoes in a bowl.
Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Cream Sauce. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These zucchini noodles with avocado cream sauce make a perfect side dish or light meal for summer. Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a heartier option. No stove required!
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Mini Charcuterie Board

Mini Charcuterie Board. Photo credit: My Everyday Table.

Create a mini charcuterie board for dinner in less than 10 minutes. It’s balanced with a variety of foods and needs no cooking, making it perfect for casual meals and outdoor picnics.
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Best Tomato Toast Recipe for Summer Tomatoes

Best Tomato Toast Recipe for Summer Tomatoes. Photo credit: My Everyday Table.

Ready in just 10 minutes, this tomato toast gets a few simple upgrades that make it incredibly satisfying. No oven or stove needed, perfect for a quick meal.
Get the Recipe: Best Tomato Toast Recipe for Summer Tomatoes

Ceviche Tostadas with Heart of Palm and Avocado

Ceviche Tostadas with Heart of Palm and Avocado. Photo credit: Very Veganish.

These ceviche tostadas, ready in 15 minutes, are light, fresh, and tangy. They make a great no-cook dinner option, especially in the summer.
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Hamachi Crudo with Soy and Citrus

Hamachi Crudo with Soy and Citrus. Photo credit: Peel with Zeal.

Impress your dinner guests with this Hamachi Crudo. Thin slices of tender hamachi are layered with radishes, microgreens, Thai chili peppers, and cilantro, then topped with a citrus and soy dressing. No cooking required.
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Sichuan Doufunao (Spicy Tofu Pudding)

Sichuan Doufunao (Spicy Tofu Pudding). Photo credit: Earth to Veg.

Doufunao is a classic Sichuan dish that’s just the right amount of sweet, spicy, salty, and sour. This savory tofu pudding is piled high with aromatic seasonings and needs no cooking.
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Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Texas Caviar)

Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Texas Caviar). Photo credit: Raepublic.

This cowboy caviar, paired with tortilla chips or on top of your favorite salad, is plant-based and protein-packed. An easy bean salad that requires no cooking, perfect for a quick meal.
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Cabbage Crunch Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

Cabbage Crunch Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing. Photo credit: Piper Cooks.

This cabbage crunch salad takes just 20 minutes and features crispy, crunchy vegetables with a creamy peanut butter dressing, sliced green onions, cilantro, and chopped peanuts.
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Grilled Watermelon Salad

Grilled Watermelon Salad. Photo credit: Budget Delicious.

Sweet, colorful, and fresh Grilled Watermelon Salad with feta and blueberries is ready in under 20 minutes and makes an easy side dish for Memorial day celebrations, hot summer days or every day.
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Smoked Salmon Wrap

Smoked Salmon Wrap. Photo credit: The Healthful Ideas.

This Smoked Salmon Wrap is a fun take on the classic lox bagel sandwich. It has all of the same flavors but instead of a bagel, it’s a tortilla wrap! It requires no cooking and comes together in just 15 minutes. It makes a great make-ahead lunch or light dinner.
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Chickpea Tuna Salad

Chickpea Tuna Salad. Photo credit: Healthy Fitness Meals.

You will not be able to stop eating my Chickpea Tuna Salad. It is so easy to make and full of flavor. A great addition to your dinner table that everyone will love.
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Burrata Caprese

Burrata Caprese. Photo credit: Little Nonni.

Burrata caprese is bright, fresh, and full of flavor. Made with creamy burrata instead of mozzarella, it’s a delicious twist on the traditional caprese salad. It’s ready in just 15 minutes and perfect for an appetizer or snack!
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Salmon Poke Bowl

Salmon Poke Bowl. Photo credit: Cooking With Lei.

Dive into the goodness of this Salmon Poke Bowl! Quick to make, super delicious – a meal that’s as easy as it is satisfying!
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Berry Caprese Salad

Berry Caprese Salad. Photo credit: The Jam Jar Kitchen.

This fresh and delicious salad combines strawberries, blueberries, and mozzarella cheese for a red, white, and blue side dish perfect for Memorial Day and the 4th of July! Topped with toasted pine nuts, fresh basil, and balsamic vinaigrette this Caprese inspired salad is sure to wow your friends and family!
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Fresh Tuna Cucumber and Ricotta Cheese Salad

Fresh Tuna Cucumber and Ricotta Cheese Salad. Photo credit: My Chef’s Apron.

Enjoy this delicious healthy Ricotta salad with fresh greens, cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, creamy herbed, and tuna-infused ricotta cheese. Perfect for a light lunch or a side dish. This salad is easy to make and bursting with flavor.
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Asian Bean Salad Recipe with Orange Sesame Vinaigrette

Asian Bean Salad Recipe with Orange Sesame Vinaigrette. Photo credit: The Herbeevore.

This Asian bean salad recipe is a tasty twist on classic bean salad with fresh oranges and a tangy and sweet sesame dressing. A fantastic side dish or appetizer recipe you can make all year long.
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Pinwheels with Avocado & Chickpeas

Pinwheels with Avocado & Chickpeas. Photo credit: The Herbeevore.

This pinwheels recipe is a delicious appetizer, snack, or light lunch made with creamy avocados, smashed chickpeas, and fresh crunchy veggies in each bite! These pinwheel appetizers make the perfect snack for game day, and a much lighter option than chips & dip.
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