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50 No-Cook Meals That’ll Keep the Kitchen Cool

When the dog days of summer roll in and it's just too hot to turn on the oven, keep cool with a no-cook dinner. Enjoy these light salads, sandwiches and soupsall made without breaking a sweat.

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DIY Salad in a Jar

Our farm-fresh salad is layered with gorgeous garden veggies. And we built in a homemade dressing flavored with fresh herbs. Just shake it up to eat the rainbow. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Smoked Salmon Egg SaladTaste of Home

Smoked Salmon Egg Salad

Served on croissants, these grown-up sandwiches offer a great way to use leftover Easter eggs. Salmon adds smoky flavor. Cathy Tang, Redmond, Washington

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Red, white and blue summer saladTaste of Home

Red, White and Blue Summer Salad

Caprese and fresh fruit always remind me of summer. In this no-cook meal, I combine traditional Caprese flavors with summer blueberries and peaches. I also add prosciutto for saltiness, creating a balanced, flavor-packed dish. Emily Falke, Santa Barbara, California

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Hasselback Tomato ClubsTaste of Home

Hasselback Tomato Clubs

This no-fuss, no-bread riff on a classic is perfect during tomato season. Make it for lunch or pair with pasta salad for a light dinner. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Easy Seafood SaladTaste of Home

Easy Seafood Salad

This easy seafood salad was inspired by a dish I had in the Bahamas that featured conch. I substituted crab and shrimp and like it even more! Cindy Heyd, Edmond, Oklahoma

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Chicken Cucumber PitasTaste of Home

Chicken Cucumber Pitas

I wanted a good recipe for pita stuffing. Seeing the large stack of garden-fresh cucumbers on my counter, I decided to improvise and create my own no-cook meal. It was a huge hit. Sheena Wellard, Nampa, Idaho

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Chicken Nectarine and Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Chicken, Nectarine and Avocado Salad

This salad is really summery and comes together very quickly. Using granola adds crunch and makes it different. I've tried using a various types of granola, and our favorites have been those that aren't overly sweet but have lots of nuts. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Cobb Salad Wrap SandwichesTaste of Home

Cobb Salad Wrap Sandwiches

These wraps are easy for a summer nightand even better, I don't have to turn on my oven. It's smiles all around when I make this for dinner. Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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Watermelon Shrimp SaladTaste of Home

Watermelon Shrimp Salad

Sweet, spicy and easy to make, this salad travels well in a cooler to picnics and summer gatherings. I love the combination of flavors, the colorful presentation, and of course, I love to see the happy faces of my guests once they've tried it. Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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Focaccia SandwichesTaste of Home

Focaccia Sandwiches

Slices of this pretty no-cook meal make any casual get-together more special. Add or change ingredients to your taste. Peggy Woodward, Shullsburg, Wisconsin

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Cherry Chicken CroissantsTaste of Home

Cherry Chicken Croissants

I had a similar chicken salad at a restaurant and created my own version. It may seem like an odd combination, but the ingredients work really well together. My children love it, and it only takes a few minutes to cut everything upso easy! Katrina Gladdish, Grawn, Michigan

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Tarragon Tuna SaladTaste of Home

Tarragon Tuna Salad

It's surprising how a few herbs can brighten up tuna salad. Made with reduced-fat mayonnaise, this version gets its zip from mustard. It makes a terrific light lunch or Sunday brunch dish. Billie Moss, Walnut Creek, California

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Dilly Chickpea Salad SandwichesTaste of Home

Dilly Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

These chickpea salad sandwiches are super flavorful and contain less fat and cholesterol than chicken salad. They make delightful picnic sandwiches. Deanna McDonald, Muskegon, Michigan

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Turkey Pitas with Creamy SlawTaste of Home

Turkey Pitas with Creamy Slaw

Pack these pockets o fun for school, work or a weekend picnicor just eat them at home. Toss in a few slices of red pepper for extra color and crunch. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Shrimp Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Shrimp Avocado Salad

This salad can be served as a cool and satisfying dinner or lunch. The delicious taste and smooth texture of avocados mixed with the crisp shrimp salad is heavenly. Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

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Ham & Potato Salad SandwichesTaste of Home

Ham & Potato Salad Sandwiches

These little sandwiches with zingy toppings are super simple to pull together. This classic version originated in a deli in Prague, where they're a really popular winter party food. Cara McDonald, Winter Park, Colorado

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Roast Beef & Tomato Sandwich PizzaTaste of Home

Roast Beef & Tomato Sandwich Pizza

The great thing about this pizza is it has all the makings of my favorite roast beef sandwich. If time allows, I like to marinate the veggies in balsamic vinaigrette just before topping the pizza. Seth Murdoch, Red Rock, Texas

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Mint-Cucumber Tomato SandwichesTaste of Home

Mint-Cucumber Tomato Sandwiches

I jazzed up the quintessential teatime cucumber sandwich to suit my family's tastes. This was my absolute go-to sandwich last summer when I was pregnant. It hit all the right spots! Namrata Telugu, Terre Haute, Indiana

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Meat Lover's Bread SaladTaste of Home

Meat Lover's Bread Salad

Growing up, we loved visiting a sandwich joint in Nebraska. The awesome sandwiches inspired my salad of bread and cold cuts for meat lovers everywhere. Molly Atherton, Kansas City, Missouri

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So-Easy GazpachoTaste of Home

So-Easy Gazpacho

My daughter got this recipe from a college friend and shared it with me. Now I serve it often as an appetizer. It certainly is the talk of the table. Lorna Sirtoli, Cortland, New York

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Tomato & Avocado SandwichesTaste of Home

Tomato & Avocado Sandwiches

I'm a vegetarian, and this is a tasty, quick and healthy lunch I could eat for every meal. At my house, we call these sandwiches HATS: hummus, avocado, tomato and shallots. These are ingredients I almost always have on hand. Sarah Jaraha, Moorestown, New Jersey

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Zesty Chicken Soft TacosTaste of Home

Zesty Chicken Soft Tacos

Weve made these tacos with corn and flour tortillas, but naan flatbread is our favorite. Set out toppings and let people make their own. Jessie Grearson-Sapat, Falmouth, Maine

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Tuna and White Bean Lettuce WrapsTaste of Home

Tuna and White Bean Lettuce Wraps

Say bye-bye to ho-hum tuna salad. Here's a recipe we actually look forward to eating. Heather Senger, Madison, Wisconsin

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Cobb Salad SubTaste of Home

Cobb Salad Sub

When we need a quick meal to share, we turn Cobb salad into a sandwich masterpiece. Sometimes I substitute tortillas for the bread and make wraps instead. Kimberly Grusendorf, Medina, Ohio

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Ham & Mandarin SaladTaste of Home

Ham & Mandarin Salad

I created this salad at the request of all the men in our house. They asked for something tangy, sweet, spicy and manly. This fit the bill. Patricia Swart, Galloway, New Jersey

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Raspberry Pecan Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Raspberry Pecan Chicken Salad

I gave this sweet-savory chicken salad a little zip with Chinese five-spice powder, which tastes a bit like pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle some on roasted carrots for an awesome meal. Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri

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Sesame-Ginger Cucumber SaladTaste of Home

Sesame-Ginger Cucumber Salad

I love the marinated sides and salads that come with meals at Japanese restaurants and wanted to try some at home. After some research, I came up with this cool and crisp salad with a little Asian zing. We love it with meat hot off the grill! Kimberly Ludvick, Newburgh, New York

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Dilled Seafood Salad SandwichesTaste of Home

Dilled Seafood Salad Sandwiches

In California, we fell in love with a deli's seafood salad. After we moved to Iowa, I went to work recreating it. Tanna Richard, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Garden-Fresh Chef SaladTaste of Home

Garden-Fresh Chef Salad

For a lot of the year, I can use my garden's produce when I make this cool salad. In spring, it's fresh greens and radishes, and in summer, we have tomatoes, cabbage and carrots. What a good feeling! Evelyn Gubernath, Bucyrus, Ohio

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Chipotle Turkey Club SandwichTaste of Home

Chipotle Turkey Club Sandwich

Were crazy for BLTs. A nearby roadside stand carries gorgeous tomatoes every summer. We load up, then stuff our sandwiches with the usual suspects, plus smoked turkey and cheese. Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West Virginia

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Italian-Style Veggie WrapsTaste of Home

Italian-Style Veggie Wraps

Yummy! There are so many great flavors and textures in these wraps. Feel free to experiment with the ingredientsuse mozzarella, pepperoni or any combo you like. Maria Simmons, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

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MuffulettaTaste of Home

Muffuletta

Muffuletta, which originated in New Orleans, is named after the round, crusty Sicilian loaf of bread it's traditionally served on. While I favor my own olive salad, there are several good versions available in most supermarkets. Lou Sansevero, Ferron, Utah

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Chicken & Apple Salad with GreensTaste of Home

Chicken & Apple Salad with Greens

My favorite memory of eating this dish was when my mom made it for lunch on weekends when we were home from school and could have something other than "brown bag" lunches. Happy memories of childhood and late summer days just make this salad extra special. Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Turkey-Jalapeno SandwichesTaste of Home

Turkey-Jalapeno Sandwiches

When turkey sandwich meets modern Thai, its a fun mix of classic and trendy food. I love it when my mixing and matching turns out so tasty. Stacy Mullens, Gresham, Oregon

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Cashew-Curry Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Cashew-Curry Chicken Salad

My husband and I fell hard for the curried chicken salad from our grocery store deli, and I knew I could find a way to make something similar. This greek yogurt chicken salad has become one of our favorites to take on trips to the beach. Janine Cooper-Moren, Portland, Oregon

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Turkey Ranch WrapsTaste of Home

Turkey Ranch Wraps

Heres a cool idea thats ready to gobble up in no time. Its a terrific use for deli turkey. Just add lettuce, tomato, green pepper, shredded cheese and ranch dressing for a flavorful blend. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Easy Asian-Style Chicken SlawTaste of Home

Easy Asian-Style Chicken Slaw

From the first time I made this chicken dish, I knew it was a winnerthe bowl came back to the kitchen scraped clean. This one-dish wonder works every time in my house! Bess Blanco, Vail, Arizona

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Crunchy Tuna WrapsTaste of Home

Crunchy Tuna Wraps

Packed with protein-rich tuna and fresh veggie crunch, these colorful wraps have sensational flavorand they're good for you, too. Edie Farm, Farmington, New Mexico

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My Favorite Avocado SaladTaste of Home

My Favorite Avocado Salad

Tangy lime dressing is the perfect topper for this avocado salad. Toasted walnuts make for crunchy goodness, but try it with any kind of nut you like. Ilia Kaku, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Shrimp GazpachoTaste of Home

Shrimp Gazpacho

Heres a refreshing take on the classic chilled tomato soup. Our twist features shrimp, lime and plenty of avocado. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Turkey & Apricot WrapsTaste of Home

Turkey & Apricot Wraps

For these everyday wraps, I combined the traditional southern appetizer of jam and cream cheese on crackers with the turkey, apple and Brie sandwiches we ate at my bridal luncheon. I like to sneak fresh spinach into all sorts of recipes because it has such a mild flavor. Kim Beavers, North August, South Carolina

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Tangy Cilantro Lime Confetti SaladTaste of Home

Tangy Cilantro Lime Confetti Salad

I love standout salads that burst with flavorthe kind that make you feel as if you're splurging without having to eat that piece of chocolate cake. This is one of my very favorites, and everyone I serve it to loves it as well. Jasey McBurnett, Rock Springs, Wyoming

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Chicken, Pecan & Cherry SaladTaste of Home

Chicken, Pecan & Cherry Salad

Already cooked chicken strips make this a super easy meal when I'm trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry. Grabbing a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is another road to take when time is short and hungry family members surround the table! Kellie Mulleavy, Lambertville, Michigan

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Fruity Chicken Salad PitasTaste of Home

Fruity Chicken Salad Pitas

I found this handwritten recipe tucked inside an old community cookbook I bought more than 40 years ago. I made a few changes over the years to suit my familys tastes. Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York

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Pork & Vegetable Spring RollsTaste of Home

Pork & Vegetable Spring Rolls

I thought rice paper wrappers would be a quick, fun way to put salad ingredients into a hand-held snack or meal. I also make this with shrimp or add in cranberries. Go ahead, experiment! Marla Strader, Ozark, Missouri

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Crunchy Tuna Salad with TomatoesTaste of Home

Crunchy Tuna Salad with Tomatoes

On a hot summer day, there's nothing more refreshing than this salad. I grow a few tomato plants in my garden and the fresh-picked taste makes the dish even more of a treat. Diane Selich, Vassar, Michigan

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Turkey Ramen Noodle SaladTaste of Home

Turkey Ramen Noodle Salad

My husband and I make this awesome salad togetherhe does the chopping. When we bring it to go, we pack the ramen and almonds separately and toss them in right before its time to dish up. They stay nice and crunchy that way. Kristen Pallant, Big Arm, Montana

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Waldorf Turkey PitasTaste of Home

Waldorf Turkey Pitas

Living in New York City means not having a lot of time to prepare meals. This recipe is quick, easy and healthy, making it perfect for my lifestyle. Kevin Sobotka, Staten Island, New York

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Spicy Crab SaladTaste of Home

Spicy Crab Salad

My creamy crab salad gets a boost of heat from Sriracha and a tangy touch from lime. Its ready fast, leaving me more time with guests. Patti Lavell, Islamorada, Florida

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Pesto-Dijon Egg Salad SandwichesTaste of Home

Pesto-Dijon Egg Salad Sandwiches

Turn your old-standby egg salad into your new lunch favorite. Honey Dijon mustard and pesto add a sensational, savory spin, and the celery and onion lend nice crunch. Carrie Kenny, Batavia, Ohio