It's difficult to not love the summer with it's long sunny days and the abundance of ripe produce begging to eaten raw. The summer heat is a welcome treat to those of us who live in colder climates and enjoying the great weather is reason alone to minimize your time in the kitchen, not to mention those blistering hot days when standing by the stove or oven can be very uncomfortable. Below are 15 no-cook recipes to keep you out of the kitchen and enjoying the ever too short summer.
There are certain summer days when a hot meal, let alone a hot bowl of soup, is simply unimaginable. After spending a long day in the heat it's important to give your body the nutrient it needs and soup is a convenient and tasty way to accomplish this goal. Enter the summer gazpacho, such as the No Cook Tomato Soup with Cucumbers and Vegan Corn Chowder; all the flavor and nutrients you want minus the time spent by the stove.
In the summer there always seems to be a new fruit or vegetable popping up at the farmers market throughout the summer. Incorporate both into salads that are satisfying enough to serve as a meal. For example, there's the Nectarine Tomato Salad, Simple Salad with Tehina and Yogurt Dressing, and the Alaskan Salmon Salad.
If you have access to high quality fish try serving it raw. A rice cooker makes sushi is an hassle-free recipe that is easily customizable for all family members or guests. Two other great options are the Ceviche with Pickled Beets or the Tuna Tartare with Avocado. There may not be fish in this recipe, yet the Summer Rolls would go great with both the ceviche and the tuna tartare. If you’re not a fan of raw fish, enjoy a revitalized take on a classic with the Chunky Tuna Sandwiches.
Use fruit to help you stay hydrated this summer in a number of delightful ways. The Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip are a fun way to serve fruit salad and are a great way to get the kids excited to enjoy a healthy snack. Enjoy some guilt-free sweets by using greek yogurt to make Frozen Strawberry Yogurt or Mango Yogurt Parfaits.
Raw fruit makes for a great summer dessert, but you can still enjoy pies and tarts without turning on the oven. The No-Cook Key-Lime Pie and and Mini Blueberry Lemon Tarts take only minutes to prepare. Chocolate lovers should try the Bittersweet Chocolate Agave Shots, which are great for a quiet dinner or are fancy enough to serve to guests.
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