Perfect Dishes for Summer: 10 Easy, No-Cook Recipes

These brilliant dishes—including avocado crab rolls and crunchy sweet corn salad—require no cooking at all.

  • The Best Tomato Sandwich. Some folks just don't appreciate the magic of a perfect tomato sandwich enough, while others, like us, think about it more often than is technically healthy. Get the recipe.
  • Avocado Crab Rolls. Summer in a bun: a butter-toasted roll bursting with crab and bound by avocado mayonnaise. Get the recipe.
  • Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers and Walnuts. Move over gazpacho, there’s a new chilled soup on the block. This dish gets protein and heft from walnuts and yogurt, while cucumbers keep it fresh and light. Get the recipe.
  • Salsa Verde. You just can’t go wrong with salsa verde. There is no other sauce that extracts summer resources so vividly, or that pairs so well with other summer foods like grilled fish, chicken or steak. Get the recipe.
  • Zuccaghetti. Zucchini and summer squash, if sliced thinly enough, resemble spaghetti—or, zuccaghetti!—and make for a tender, refreshing salad. The notion of zucchini spaghetti has popped up here and there over the past couple of years. Here, the thin, dewy zucchini is enrobed in a tarragon vinaigrette rounded out with cream. Get the recipe.
  • Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich. A decidedly Nicoise tuna salad is pressed between two garlic -and oil-slicked halves of a baguette and left in the fridge overnight, which allows all of the juices to soak into the bread. Get the recipe.
  • Summer Ceviche. This recipe is the essence of summer: the fish soaks up the lime juice, taking on a citrusy brightness, and the sweetness of the tomato and watermelon juices mitigate the acid. Get the recipe.
  • Crunchy Celery, Radish and Turnip Salad-Slaw in Blue Cheese Sauce. Don't bother turning on the stove—a whisk, a knife, and a chopping block are the only tools you'll need here. The secret’s in the addition of tangy blue cheese. Get the recipe.
  • Dilled, Crunchy Sweet-Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing. This thoughtfully composed corn salad has none of the rough edges a raw salad often brings. The dressing, tangy with buttermilk and yogurt, envelops the crunchy corn, peppers and cucumbers in a silky cloak. We love the hit of herbs (dill and parsley) and the zip of onion and garlic in the dressing. Get the recipe.
  • Mango Salad with Fennel Frond Pesto. This is a surprising and unexpected combination of ingredients for a salad. It's light and fresh, yet substantial enough to be served as a vegetarian meal, or as side dish with a piece of fish or chicken. Get the recipe.

With summer so hot and sticky, the last thing you need is to add more heat by turning on the stove.  Keep yourself and your kitchen cool with these 10 no-cook recipes, which are perfect for entertaining, picnics, or boxing up to take to the beach.

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  • Brand Some

    Pan Bagnat is made with a round bread, for fuck’s sake.

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