Welcome to the dog days of summer. This is that special time of year when you try to convince yourself that you'll have all your friends over and you'll cook up a big bash to celebrate the summertime produce that is available. Unfortunately, at the same time, the thought of turning on the stove seems like the very last thing that you want to do.
So what do you do?
Just because you're not turning on the stove doesn't mean that you can't whip up a few great dishes to entertain. Far from it, in fact. All you have to do is just get a bit creative with your recipe selection and choose no-cook meals.
To give you a head start, here are a few delicious no-cook recipes that will keep you cool and everyone is sure to love.
1. Roast Beef and Rice Noodle Salad
No stoves are needed with this salad. All you need is some deli meat and vegetables to create this Asian-inspired dish when it's too hot to even think about turning on that stove.
Incidentally, easy no-cook recipes are often some of the most healthy recipes around. Comfort food wasn't made for the hot summer anyways. Get the recipe here.
2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad
Not only is this recipe heat-free, but it is clean eating at its most delicious. With brussels sprouts, green apples, walnuts, cranberries, and a maple champagne vinaigrette. In other words, Brussels sprout bliss!
Get the recipe here for one of our favorite easy dinners.
3. Lemon Icebox Pie
Icebox pie is just what summer ordered. Sweet, tart, creamy, and nutty all at once, you'll enjoy flavor extravaganza while still keeping yourself cool. As if you don't get enough lemon juice in the summer!
Get one of the best summer recipes here.
4. Turkey Spring Rolls
Sure spring rolls are typically vegetarian or filled with shrimp, but the Pioneer Woman took a different turn and decided to Americanize these summertime favorites by making them into a sort of turkey sandwich.
Busy weeknights will never be the same and they'll keep your kitchen cool to boot. Get the recipe here.
While cold soup admittedly sounds a little strange, it will absolutely surprise you with how delicious it is. This puree is packed with bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, and spices. It is both creamy and refreshing without any cooking involved.
To add creaminess to it when serving, a dollop of goat cheese goes a long way. Get the recipe here.
6. Paleo Shrimp and Avocado Salad
With only four ingredients required, a stove-free meal couldn't get any easier. Plus, this recipe is easy to scale so you can choose to feed yourself or an army.
Why have just a green salad when you can double up on protein and healthy fats? Delicious meals don't have to take all day to prepare. Get the recipe here.
7. Chicken Salad Sandwich
Crispy apples pair phenomenally with creamy chicken. Add some grapes and this classic salad is ready to serve up. Put it on chips or put it in a sandwich, any way you do it, it's good.
Was there a more classic combo than chicken salad, lettuce, and fresh apples? We think not. Get the recipe here.