No-Cook Dinner Party Dishes for Those Sweltering Summer Evenings

It is possible to throw a dinner party without even turning the oven on
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No-Cook Dinner Party Dishes for Those Sweltering Summer Evenings

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When it’s too hot to cook, throwing a dinner party is totally unappealing: If you’re lucky enough to have a grill, you’ll end up sweating over it for several hours; if you don’t have a grill, you’ll need to turn on the oven and push the temperature in your apartment to more than 100 degrees. But neither of these options need to apply — a much better idea is to throw a dinner party without cooking anything at all. You don’t even need to boil a pot of water.

Butter Bean, Tuna, and Celery Salad

Butter Bean, Tuna, and Celery Salad

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This hearty, filling salad uses high-quality canned products to your advantage to make a dish with light, fresh, and well-balanced flavors.

For the Butter Bean, Tuna, and Celery Salad recipe, click here.

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

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This classic Italian salad is always incredibly popular, especially when served in the height of a hot summer.

For the Caprese Salad recipe, click here.

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

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Summer’s beautiful strawberries should feature at every summer dinner party. Make them even more decadent by stuffing them with a super creamy cheesecake filling.

For the Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries recipe, click here.

Ceviche de Aguja With Ginger and Mezcal

Ceviche de Aguja With Ginger and Mezcal

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Ceviche is a flavor-packed, refreshing dish, where the raw fish is lightly cured in a lime juice and mezcal agua.

For the Ceviche de Aguja With Ginger and Mezcal recipe, click here.

Four-Ingredient Ice Cream Pie

Four-Ingredient Ice Cream Pie

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Using peanut butter and Rice Krispies to makes this pie’s crust, and filling it with store-bought ice cream, means you can make a decadent dessert without baking anything.

For the Four-Ingredient Ice Cream Pie recipe, click here.

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

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Herbed Avocado Tartine

Herbed Avocado Tartine

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A simple tartine of smashed avocado and finely chopped herbs make elegant dinner party hors d’oeuvres.

For the Herbed Avocado Tartine recipe, click here.

Marinated Zucchini Chicken Salad With Marcona Almonds

Marinated Zucchini Chicken Salad With Marcona Almonds

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No-Churn Cookie Butter Ice Cream

No-Churn Cookie Butter Ice Cream

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Cookie butter is not just for kids: Transform it into a simple ice cream and top it with chopped nuts and fresh berries for an incredibly easy dessert.

For the No-Churn Cookie Butter Ice Cream recipe, click here.

Pineapple With Smashed Mint

Pineapple With Smashed Mint

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This sweet and fruity dessert really is the quickest, easiest way to end your dinner party: Don’t think twice about serving something so simple.

For the Pineapple With Smashed Mint recipe, click here.

Spicy Crab and Avocado Salad

Spicy Crab and Avocado Salad

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This classic, retro salad is a popular summer dinner party dish for a reason: The combination of seafood, creamy avocado, and bitter grapefruit come together to create a flavor-packed dinner.

For the Spicy Crab and Avocado Salad recipe, click here.

Watermelon With Mint and Feta

Watermelon With Mint and Feta

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For those totally unbearably hot days, help your guests cool down and chill out by serving this delicious, sweet-and-salty watermelon salad.

For the Watermelon With Mint and Feta recipe, click here.

Zucchini Pasta With Almond Pesto

Zucchini Pasta With Almond Pesto

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Transform your zucchini into zoodles and toss them with a light and salty almond pesto for a satisfying, beautiful, and light summer dinner.

For the Zucchini Pasta With Almond Pesto recipe, click here.