47 No-Cook Summer Dinners (with 8 Bonus No-Bake Desserts!)

Here we are at this intersection of circumstances that together indicate, strongly, that I am just not going to be cooking much this summer.

It’s summer, and warm weather has finally settled in. We’re super short on time, especially because we’re busy prepping our house to show to prospective buyers. And let me tell you, I am just plain done cleaning and re-cleaning and re-re-cleaning the kitchen to perfection only to mess it up again every time I cook up another meal.

“Is it bad if I just don’t use the stove for the next month or so?” I asked my guy. He’s in. Dinner-wise, we’re thinking two things: lots of no-cook, fresh, super easy meals, and tons of grilling. (Stay tuned for recipes on both fronts, but today, I’m focusing on the no-cook. If you’re eager for grilling ideas, be sure to see this wonderful round-up over on Oh My Veggies.)

47 No-Cook Summer Dinners (with 8 Bonus No-Bake Desserts!)

One of the bonuses of doing round-ups is that you can gather all the ideas you would have collected anyway, but you can also publish your list to share with readers. Kind of like having your cake and eating it too. Except cake requires baking in the oven and getting batter on the countertops and, NO! Not going to happen right now. Not in my kitchen!

I’ve prepped a little, knowing these crazy times lie ahead. I cooked and froze quinoa, rice, and beans (and stocked up on canned beans, too). I roasted up a batch of red peppers, and they’re sitting in the fridge in all their scarlet glory, just waiting for some delicious application or another.

Meat-wise, I like the idea of just grabbing a rotisserie chicken from the store and adding it to salads and wraps as my carnivores desire, or stocking up on cold cuts.

And so here are 47 no-cook summer dinner ideas for when we’re short on time, or the weather is sweltering, or you’re tired of doing a gazillion and one dishes when you should be out soaking up the last evening bits of warm summer sun, or when you are going to shut yourself into a room and scream into a pillow if you have to scrub the uncleanable stove pan things one more time. Or, you know, all of the above, all at once.

Tofu & Spring Rolls

I love the idea of both chilled tofu and spring rolls. And maybe even both together. In fact, I think I might just make a Frankenstein no-cook dinner out of all four of these recipes.

Sandwiches & Wraps

Throw a few chopped veggies on the side and you’ve got the quintessential quick meal.

Roasted Red Pepper Sandwiches || 47 No-Cook Summer Dinners (with 8 Bonus No-Bake Desserts!) | Kitchen Treaty

Roasted Red Pepper Sandwiches

Dips, Spreads, & Antipasto

Add a loaf of French bread, an assortment of crackers, and some fresh fruit and you have the most delicious summer meal pretty much ever.

White Bean & Kale Pesto Dip || 47 No-Cook Summer Dinners (with 8 Bonus No-Bake Desserts!) | Kitchen Treaty

White Bean & Kale Pesto Dip

Salads, Salads, Everywhere!

The obvious choice – but for a reason. Salads bring endless possibilities, and they’re the perfect refreshing, cool no-cook dinner for sweltering summer nights.

Lemony Butter Bean, Arugula, & Avocado Salad || 47 No-Cook Summer Dinners (with 8 Bonus No-Bake Desserts!) | Kitchen Treaty

Lemony Butter Bean, Arugula, & Avocado Salad

Soup in a (Cold) Snap

I remember when the idea of cold soup used to make me, well, shiver. Not anymore. Give me a good gazpacho and I’m happy as a clam – and cool as a cucumber.

Breakfast for Dinner

It’s not just for pancakes anymore!

Sweet Treats

Just say aaaah.

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Popsicles || 47 No-Cook Summer Dinners (with 8 Bonus No-Bake Desserts!) | Kitchen Treaty

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Popsicles

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11 Responses to “47 No-Cook Summer Dinners (with 8 Bonus No-Bake Desserts!)”

  1. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl posted on July 8, 2013 at 5:10 am

    These are absolutely awesome ideas! All of the sandwiches/wraps sound SO tasty! :)

    • Karen Troughton replied on July 8th, 2013 on 6:51 am

      Thanks Hannah! I am so excited to get going on some of those spring rolls. They all look so amazing.

  2. Jackie {Domestic Fits} posted on July 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

    House selling is so stressful. Good luck and I hope it all goes smoothly! And thanks for the links :)

    • Karen Troughton replied on July 10th, 2013 on 6:54 am

      Thanks so much Jackie! Ugh, yes. It is SUCH a roller coaster.

  3. Arthur in the Garden! posted on July 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Yep! I am not getting back into those 29″ jeans this Summer!

    • Karen Troughton replied on July 10th, 2013 on 6:53 am

      I’m jealous you were in them to begin with!

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted on July 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    This is such a lovely summer round up! No bake sounds good to me!

    • Karen Troughton replied on July 10th, 2013 on 6:49 am

      Thanks so much, Katrina! I adore your site.

  5. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on July 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! I’ve been making lots of meals like this lately. Not even so much because I don’t want to cook, but because no cook meals also happen to be craaaazy easy. Which is very nice right now!

  6. callum posted on July 16, 2013 at 6:08 am

    excellent post, my spouse and i certainly love this website, continue it

  7. Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Wonderful list! I am pretty frugal about turning on the air conditioning, so this will certainly come in handy. Good luck with the house :)
    Thanks for including my zucchini pappardelle!

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