Step away from the stove. Don't even think about turning on the oven right now. And, while you're at it, leave your slow cooker where it is, too. Hot summer days call for simple dinners that skip the heat, come together with no fuss, and put your farmers market haul or CSA delivery to work. From salads and sandwiches to chilled soups and summer rolls, these 10 no-cook vegetarian dinners are no sweat!
Here's your chance to use up any leftovers from your farmers market haul. Stick with spinach or swap it out for whatever greens and herbs you have handy. You can also swap the cucumber for zucchini or summer squash.
When it's just too hot to cook, this is the most delicious way to tackle Taco Tuesday — a no-lettuce salad packed with vibrant, crisp veggies, and finished off with a tangy cumin-lime dressing.
Fashioned from day-old bread and a slew of the freshest seasonal vegetables, panzanella is a quintessential summer salad. This version is stuffed with briny Kalamata olives, feta, and a bright lemon vinaigrette to give it a Greek-inspired twist.
This is the kind of salad that can be tossed together at a moment's notice. Filled with good things like chickpeas and cherry tomatoes, it's simple yet still incredibly hearty and satisfying.
Summer rolls are always a good idea on hot nights because they require more prep and assembly than actual cooking. Swap out the shrimp for strips of tofu, sliced avocado, or more veggies.
When you're craving something simple and fresh, this summery spin on egg salad will do the trick. Sliced hard-boiled egg is partnered with herby pesto and layered on a crusty baguette. Mix up a small side salad and dinner is ready.
This no-cook dinner is inspired by pad Thai, and is certain to bring a bevy of vibrant and refreshing flavors to the table. It's mixed with a combination of carrot, zucchini, cabbage, and tangy citrus, then finished off with a cashew dressing reminiscent of peanut sauce.
Consider this your go-to solution for a no-cook pasta night, and a way to use up all that zucchini you have hanging around.
Now that juicy, sweet summer tomatoes are here, make sure gazpacho is added to your meal plan rotation. It's a totally refreshing meal that comes together in no time, and can easily be made in advance.
Here's how to turn your love for caprese into dinner for the whole family. It has all the usual suspects — creamy mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and sweet basil — plus a thick spread of pesto sauce.