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Easy, No-Cook Recipes for Summer

Posted by: Mira Roberts
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Summer is here, and the heat is on outside. When the temperatures start to spike outdoors, give your stove and oven a summer vacation, and prepare healthy, satisfying meals that you don't have to "cook."

You don't have to spend hours beside a hot stove to create a hearty meal to feed your family and fill you up. In fact, fresh salads, hummus plates, hearty sandwiches and chilled soups are easy to make, don't require any heat to prepare and will give you the nutrition you need to stay active and strong, all summer long.

We've gathered up some of our favorite recipes for summer that require zero cooking and almost no time to prepare. That way, you can spend more time enjoying this beautiful and sunny season feeling your best!

Here are easy, no-cook recipes for summer that we think you'll love. Cheers to summer! 

BLT Salad
This BLT salad is so hearty, delicious and filled with texture and flavor, you'll want to make extra to save for lunch or dinner, the next day. While you will have to cook the bacon to throw on this salad, you can easily cook your bacon the day before in the oven, then keep it in an air tight container in your refrigerator for use the next day. The salad dressing in this recipe is a winner, and we recommend picking up ultra fresh greens for ultimate flavor!

Crab Rolls
You don't have to live in New England to prepare a fresh and delicious crab roll this summer. In fact, since we're located on the coast, we have access to some of the freshest seafood around, including fresh lump crab meat that you can purchase at your nearby grocer. This crab roll recipe is simple and satisfying, and perfect for a lunch or dinner, or even as part of a platter at your next summer party or cookout.

Southwestern Salad
This light and refreshing southwestern salad is packed with black beans, corn, ripe tomatoes, avocado and fresh greens for ultimate nutrition and satisfaction. You can top with sliced turkey or rotisserie chicken, or eat as is for a delicious salad that will satisfy your hunger all summer long.

Mediterranean Chopped Salad
The secret to this delicious and nutritious, no-cook recipe is in the perfect chop and the easy-to-make red wine vinaigrette dressing. If you plan to serve this salad to a crowd, or to a hearty eater in your family, add tuna, rotisserie chicken or your favorite cold cuts along the side for a satisfying and refreshing summer meal!

Open-Faced Tuna Sandwich with Avocado
This recipe is certainly not your typical tuna sandwich. Prepared with ripe avocado and on hearty, multi-grain bread for added fiber and nutrition, you may only need to eat half of this sandwich to feel fully satisfied. On busy days when you've been extra active or haven't had time to slow down and eat a solid meal, fill up and recharge quickly with this delicious, hearty sandwich!

Homemade Hummus Plate
Prepare your own hummus from scratch, then place it in the center of a large plate filled with cut up, raw veggies, crunchy pita chips and crumbled feta or halloumi cheese. You can even use the hummus the next day to pack a pita for lunch, or to smear on top of crispy toast as a snack on the go.

White Bean Salad with Zucchini and Parmesan
This delightful, vegetarian salad is packed with protein and veggies, and will fill you up without weighing you down on hot summer days. An excellent side dish at your next potluck party, or perfect as a stand alone lunch or light dinner, you can prepare this salad in just minutes, and without using your oven or stove!

Cold Cucumber Soup
All you'll need is a blender and simple, fresh ingredients to prepare this chilled cucumber soup recipe that is oh-so-refreshing on hot days. Serve this simple soup alongside a half sandwich or salad when you need to fill up, or enjoy it as a light and simple lunch on its own when you need to satisfy hunger, but don't want to feel weighed down.

Blender Gazpacho
This perfectly pureed recipe combines your favorite gazpacho ingredients for delicious results. Serve with a side of crusty white or whole grain bread, and you'll feel satisfied just about any time of day. Gazpacho makes for an excellent appetizer, or can be served on taco nights in place of a salad for a refreshing, veggie-heavy treat.


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Mira Roberts

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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