8 No-Cook Dishes That Will Make Weeknights Way Easier to Handle

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Because no one wants to turn the oven on when it’s hot out
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8 No-Cook Dishes That Will Make Weeknights Way Easier to Handle

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No need to turn the oven or stovetop on when it’s hot out — we have eight no-cook dinner ideas.

Avocado Tartines

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The great thing about avocado tartines (aka avocado toast) is that the creative possibilities are near-endless. Top yours with thin slices of roast beef and red onion or with slices of hard-boiled egg and juicy heirloom tomatoes. You can even set out a variety of toppings and let everyone create their own.  

Ceviche

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If you’re looking for an easy, no-cook seafood recipe, then you have to try making ceviche. It’s as easy as combining some ingredients in a bowl, waiting, and then spooning the citrus-“cooked” fish onto tostadas or into an avocado half.

 

Chilled Avocado and Cucumber Soup

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Cold, creamy, and full of fresh vegetables, this velvety soup is perfect for a hot summer night. Try serving it with a crusty multi-grain baguette for a healthy and delicious dinner.

Gazpacho

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Another tasty soup that makes an easy weeknight meal? Gazpacho. This cold tomato soup can be as spicy (or as mild) as you like — just increase (or decrease) the amount of jalapeño that you’re adding.

Marinated Tofu Skewers

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These raw tofu skewers have tons of flavor thanks to a simple no-cook marinade and dipping sauce. Try alternating cubes of tofu with fresh, colorful vegetables for a pretty presentation and a more complete meal.
 

Panzanella

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Panzanella is a Tuscan tomato and bread salad that is loaded with fresh summer flavors. Our favorite panzanella upgrade? Fresh, creamy mozzarella cheese.

 

Salad

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The great thing about salad is that it’s easy to pack a complete meal into one bowl. Have some leftover, already-cooked quinoa or farro on hand? Toss it into the salad. Cheese ends, leftover grilled steak or chicken, fresh vegetables — whatever you have on hand can be used to make an easy and delicious meal.

Vegetable ‘Pasta’

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Instead of heating up your kitchen by boiling pasta noodles, why not cut summer squash into ribbons with a vegetable peeler and pile them onto your plate instead? Then, all you need to make a delicious “pasta” dinner is some fresh vegetables, olive oil, herbs, and seasonings.