Fresh and Easy No-Cook Summer Recipes

There are those hot summer days or nights where you just don’t want to turn the oven on, right? Well, it is time to give your oven a vacation. Here are some fresh and easy summer recipes that don’t require any cooking.

Apple & Walnut Salad– Makes 6 servings

¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
5 ounces baby kale
1 green apple, diced
2/3 cup walnuts, chopped
½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

In a salad dressing shakes, combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Shake well to mix. In a large bowl, add baby kale, green apple, walnuts and cheddar cheese. Toss well to mix. Drizzle salad dressing over the salad and toss well to coat.

Cantaloupe & Mint Soup- Makes 4 servings

6 cups cantaloupe chunks
¼ cup honey
½ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped

In a blender, combine cantaloupe, honey and orange juice. Pulse until smooth. Add mixture to a large bowl, cover and refrigerate. Add fresh mint before serving.

Chicken Salad Wraps- Makes 2 servings

2 cups cooked chicken, cooled and chopped
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 stalk celery, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 spinach tortillas

In a large bowl, combine chicken, mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, salt and pepper. Mix together well. Spoon ½ of the mixture onto one tortilla and the other ½ onto the other tortilla. Fold the bottom of each tortilla upwards, fold each side over and then fold the tops over.

Crab Rolls- Makes 4 servings
½ pound crab meat
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
4 hot dog rolls

In a large bowl, combine crab meat, mayonnaise, celery, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix together well. Divide the mixture evenly into the hot dog rolls.

Mamasita Amber
Mama of three children and proud new mama of a standard poodle named Prince Miguel.

21 Responses to “Fresh and Easy No-Cook Summer Recipes

    robin rue
    4 years ago

    Those chicken salad wraps sound GOOD. I am all for super easy recipes especially on hot summer days.

  • oh man crab rolls how delicious, i remember a friend in culinary school who made crab rolls and they were so goooood! he would make his own mayo and it made all the difference.

    4 years ago

    I love fresh and easy meals. The past few days..err, weeks…have been extremely busy so I need all the meal shortcuts I can take. I’d love to try the crab rolls.

  • All of these sound delicious, refreshing and perfect for summer! I’m going to make the salad tonight!

  • I SO appreciate no cook recipes because they’re perfect for the summer! No heating up the kitchen at all! I think it’s really awesome that you shared a lot in this list, thanks so much!

  • I love these recipes! they all look healthy and easy to make for a quick lunch for me or for a family dinner. thanks!

  • I love no cook recipes! I think I will try your chicken salad recipe first!

  • Love quick and easy recipes for summer time. Especially when it is hot. You get tired of having to use the oven on hot days.

    4 years ago

    I love summer recipes because I could survive on cold salads and wraps. My favorite is definitely chicken salad wraps!

  • Cantaloupe soup sounds so interesting! I never would have thought to make a cantaloupe into a soup.

  • Wow, this all looks so yummy. I love spending time in the kitchen, but you’re right during the Summer I don’t always want to cook over a stove. Great non-cooking options. Thanks for sharing.

  • The chicken salad wraps sound and look amazing! I would love to try these out sometime!

  • Apple and walnut salad caught my attention. Cantaloupe and mint soup sound like a weird combo, but makes me want to try it.

  • These are ideal! Especially at the moment where it is so warm, who wants to cook in this?!

  • I love the combination of walnuts, apple, and cheese! Yum! And yes, on hot summer nights, a quick, easy, and tasty salad is the perfect dinner!

  • Yum! What a delicious looking salad. I love the combination of Dijon with apple—always incredibly tasty. I will have to add this to my list of summer salads to try before fall gets here. 🙂

  • You had me at no cook! It’s so so hot down here in Florida and turning on the stove is the last thing I want to do most nights and these recipes are just what I need!

    4 years ago

    The chicken salad wraps look amazing I like my chicken chunky so this looks great.

  • No cook recipes are the best in the summer! I’m so tired of thinking about what to make will have to give these a try.

    Krystle Cook
    4 years ago

    Sometimes it is just way too hot to cook. I love that these are no cook recipes for when I just want to beat the heat!

  • Loving our no-cook and no-bake recipes this summer!! It has been far too hot to turn on the oven! Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

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