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32 Low-Cal, No-Cook Recipes for Scorchingly Hot Days

These healthy, no-cook meals are guaranteed to satisfy without heating up the house or putting a dent in your diet.

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Pear Waldorf PitasTaste of Home

Pear Waldorf Pitas

Here's a guaranteed table brightener for a shower, luncheon or party. Just stand back and watch these sandwiches vanish. For an eye-catching presentation, I tuck each one into a colorful folded napkin. Roxann Parker, Dover, Delaware

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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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Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight OatsTaste of Home

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

These peanut butter and jelly overnight oats give everyone's favorite sandwich a healthy twist. Switch to crunchy peanut butter and sprinkle chopped peanuts over the top if you like the extra crunch. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Slim Curried Deviled EggsTaste of Home

Slim Curried Deviled Eggs

When you're in the mood for some good finger food, try any one of these sinfully delicious variations on deviled eggs. They are a cinch to fill and make a popular contribution to a potluck or brunch. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

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Sesame Chicken Slaw SaladTaste of Home

Sesame Chicken Slaw Salad

I tasted many types of Asian chicken salad in California. When I moved back to Georgia, I wanted more. Heres a gingery-sweet recipe using wonton strips. Michelle Mulrain, Evans, Georgia

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Blueberry Pancake SmoothieTaste of Home

Blueberry Pancake Smoothie

My family loves this pancake smoothie in the morning. I dont normally measure the blueberries, so go crazy! If you have fresh blueberries, I would recommend freezing the banana ahead of time. Kailey Thompson, Palm Bay, Florida

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Pronto Vegetarian PeppersTaste of Home

Pronto Vegetarian Peppers

In the summer I love to serve these peppers with salad and a roll. At the end of summer, I freeze them for cold months when produce costs are high. For a hot meal on a cold day, I love to serve them with a side of warm pasta tossed in olive oil. Renee Hollobaugh, Altoona, Pennsylvania

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Watermelon GazpachoTaste of Home

Watermelon Gazpacho

This is a delightfully simple, elegant dish. Serve as a side or with pita and hummus for a meal. Its so refreshingguests will love it. Nicole Deelah, Nashville, Tennessee

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Shrimp Salad AppetizersTaste of Home

Shrimp Salad Appetizers

This refreshing hors d'oeuvre has gained a big following since a friend shared her family recipe with me. My son says it best: The celery and shrimp are so good together. Solie Kimble, Kanata, Ontario

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Kale Slaw Spring SaladTaste of Home

Kale Slaw Spring Salad

My parents and in-laws are retired and like to spend winters in Florida. This tangy spring salad welcomes the snowbirds back for our Easter celebration! Jennifer Gilbert, Brighton, Michigan

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Cool & Crunchy Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Cool & Crunchy Chicken Salad

When the weather sizzles, get your chill on with a cool chicken salad. Mine uses grapes, pecans and celery for that signature crunch. Sarah Smiley, Bangor, Maine

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Caprese Salad KabobsTaste of Home

Caprese Salad Kabobs

Trade in the usual veggie platter for these fun kabobs. In addition to preparing these for get-togethers, I often make these as snacks for my family. And because assembly is so easy, the kids often ask to help. —Christine Mitchell, Glendora, California

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Chia Seed Protein BitesTaste of Home

Chia Seed Protein Bites

I keep these little bites on hand in my refrigerator and grab them for breakfast or a snack when I'm in a hurry. We have a lot of food allergies in our family and I like to keep healthy snacks around that everyone can eat. This recipe has no gluten, eggs, dairy or corn, so it's the perfect go-to treat in our house. Tanja Miller, Peoria, Arizona

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Breakfast Banana SplitsTaste of Home

Breakfast Banana Splits

These bright cups are pretty enough for a formal brunch, yet simple and nutritious, too. Feel free to substitute different fruits and cerealsthe possibilities are endless! Renee Lloyd, Pearl, Mississippi

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Lemon Chia Seed ParfaitsTaste of Home

Lemon Chia Seed Parfaits

These bright and tangy parfaits start the day on a healthy note, but they're also sweet enough to double as dessert. Crystal Schlueter, Babbitt, Minnesota

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PB&J BitesTaste of Home

PB&J Bites

These PB&J bites are fun to make and fun to eat! For a change of pace, replace the jam with Nutella and the rolled oats with sugar or crushed puffed rice cereal. Kelly Ward, Stratford, Ontario

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Fresh from the Garden WrapsTaste of Home

Fresh from the Garden Wraps

We moved into a house with a garden that needed tending. Using the herbs we found, we made these fresh-tastic wraps for our first dinner there. Chris Bugher, Asheville, North Carolina

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Rise and Shine ParfaitTaste of Home

Rise and Shine Parfait

Start your day with a smile. This fruit, yogurt and granola parfait is so easy to make. If you like, use whatever favorite fresh fruits are in season and are looking best at the supermarket. Diana Laskaris, Chicago, Illinois

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Slim Chutney Deviled EggsTaste of Home

Slim Chutney Deviled Eggs

A fun twist on a classic finger food, these chutney deviled eggs are easy, delicious, and make a popular contribution to any gathering. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

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California Roll WrapsTaste of Home

California Roll Wraps

I love the California rolls I get at sushi restaurants and wanted to capture those flavors in a sandwich I could take to work. I started with the standard ingredients, added a few others and came up with a hit. Mary Pax-Shipley, Bend, Oregon

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Chipotle Berry Fruit SalsaTaste of Home

Chipotle Berry Fruit Salsa

Not too hot, but with a bit of a kick, this salsa is a perfect topping for grilled fish or chicken. Its also a delectable chip dipjust double the recipe and watch it disappear. The spice is quite mild, but cut down on (or increase!) the chipotle peppers to suit your taste. If you like, add lime zest for an added twist. Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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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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Ruby Raspberry SlawTaste of Home

Ruby Raspberry Slaw

Give ordinary coleslaw a "berry" tangy twist. It's sure to get raves at your next picnic or potluck. Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska

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Homemade Peanut ButterTaste of Home

Homemade Peanut Butter

We eat a lot of peanut butter, so I decided to make my own. My homemade version is easier on my wallet, and I know what ingredients are in it. It's also a lot tastier! Marge Austin, North Pole, Alaska

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Watermelon CupsTaste of Home

Watermelon Cups

This lovely appetizer is almost too pretty to eat! Sweet watermelon cubes hold a refreshing topping that showcases cucumber, red onion and fresh herbs. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Mixed Fruit with Lemon-Basil DressingTaste of Home

Mixed Fruit with Lemon-Basil Dressing

A slightly savory dressing really complements the sweet fruit in this recipe. I also use the dressing on salad greens. Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois

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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

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Tasty Marinated TomatoesTaste of Home

Tasty Marinated Tomatoes

My niece introduced me to this colorful recipe some time ago. I make it when I have buffets or large gatherings because it can be prepared hours ahead. This is a wonderful way to use a bumper crop of tomatoes. Myrtle Matthews, Marietta, Georgia

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Cobb Salad WrapsTaste of Home

Cobb Salad Wraps

A homemade dressing lightens up these refreshing tortilla wraps. The avocado, bacon, blue cheese and tomato deliver the flavors I enjoy most while keeping me on my healthy eating plan. -Lynne Van Wagenen of Salt Lake City, Utah

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Lime Coconut Smoothie BowlTaste of Home

Lime Coconut Smoothie Bowl

This Key lime and coconut smoothie bowl is the most refreshing thing on the planet! —Madeline Butler, Denver, Colorado

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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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Sesame, Sunflower and Carrot SaladTaste of Home

Sesame, Sunflower and Carrot Salad

I love the harmonizing colors of the ingredients that make this a beautiful salad to serve, and a super healthy salad to eat. It's a versatile side that goes with everything! Jessica Gerschitz, Jericho, New York

Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.

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