Cool And Easy Summer Dinners You Can Make Without An Oven
Updated: Jul 3, 2019
Let's be real: The last thing you want to do on a hot summer night is turn on your oven or spend hours cooking. Here's some hearty summer salads to fresh spring rolls, just the thing to keep you cool.
1. Thai Peanut Wraps
Feel free to make the filling and peanut dressing ahead of time to make life easier — just hold off on assembling them until the last minute so the wraps don't get soggy.
Get the recipe: Thai Peanut Wraps
2. No-Cook Zucchini Noodles With Pesto
Zucchini noodles can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores. If unavailable, just slice your zucchini into thin planks and cut into matchsticks.
Get the recipe: No-Cook Zucchini Noodles With Pesto
3. Mediterranean Chopped Salad
Chickpeas + cucumbers + tomatoes = the perfect no-cook summer salad to serve with pita bread.
Get the recipe: Mediterranean Chopped Salad
Just throw all of the ingredients into a blender, purée until smooth, and garnish with sour cream and chives.
Get the recipe: Gazpacho
5. Vietnamese Noodle Salad
To cook the noodles, simply pour boiling water over them and let sit for about three minutes until tender. No need to boil them in a big pot of water like wheat pasta.
Get the recipe: Vietnamese Noodle Salad
6. Italian Chicken Wraps
Feel free to use shredded rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own or omit it altogether. That way, you can turn these wraps into a vegetarian-friendly or no-cook meal.
Get the recipe: Italian Chicken Wraps
7. Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce
You can fully assemble these spring rolls ahead of time and stash them in the fridge — just make sure to cover them with a damp paper towel so they don't dry out.
Get the recipe: Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce
8. Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad
Using Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise helps keep this tuna salad nice and light. Serve it with crusty bread, stuffed into a croissant, or on soft white bread for a simple summer dinner.
Get the recipe: Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad
9. Italian Chopped Salad
Because a refreshing chopped salad is always a good idea — especially when it's 100° outside. This recipe dresses it in a simple balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette, but you can use your favorite store-bought dressing as well.
Get the recipe: Italian Chopped Salad
10. Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas
You can find tostada shells near the chips in most grocery stores. If unavailable, simply bake small corn tortillas in the oven until crisp and lightly browned.
Get the recipe: Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas
11. Chicken Salad Summer Rolls
Proof that rice paper can make anything look fancy — even classic chicken salad.
Get the recipe: Chicken Salad Summer Rolls
12. Chilled Summer Soup With Herby Cucumber Salad
Just toss a bunch of veggies together in a bowl, let 'em sit for 30 minutes, then blend until smooth. Top with a fresh cucumber salad and dinner is done.
Get the recipe: Chilled Summer Soup With Herby Cucumber Salad
13. Ground Chicken Thai Lettuce Wraps
You'll have to quickly cook the ground chicken on the stovetop to make the filling, but it's totally worth it.
Get the recipe: Ground Chicken Thai Lettuce Wraps
14. Mediterranean Tomato Salad With Herbs and Feta
Because tomatoes + red onion + feta is always a winning combination.
Get the recipe: Mediterranean Tomato Salad With Herbs and Feta
15. Avocado Chicken Salad
Creamy avocado takes the place of mayonnaise in this fresh chicken salad that's perfect for hot summer nights.
Get the recipe: Avocado Chicken Salad
16. Watermelon Salad With Feta and Cucumber
Sweet, salty, and easy to make.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Salad With Feta and Cucumber
17. Turkey Roll-Ups
Fans of Costco turkey roll-ups, this is for you.
Get the recipe: Turkey Roll-Ups
18. Spicy Tuna-Stuffed Avocados
Feel free to make the tuna salad ahead of time and keep it in the fridge to get a head start. That way, when you're ready to eat, all you have to do is slice open some avocados and stuff them.
Get the recipe: Spicy Tuna-Stuffed Avocados