I lean hard on no-heat suppers throughout the steamy days of summer. They require more prep and assembly than actual cooking, and come together in a snap with help from some smart grocery store buys (I'm looking at you, rotisserie chicken), trips to the farmers market, and leftovers.
From dinner-worthy salads to tacos to a spin on noodle bowls, here are 10 no-cook suppers to take you through summer and beyond.
When you want to turn your farmers market haul into a super fresh dinner, this salad has your back every time. Use the produce of the moment, and top it with a bright lemon-sumac dressing. Keep the kitchen cool by skipping the homemade crunchy pita chips in favor of your favorite store-bought variety.
Dried rice noodles are one of my favorite staples for no-cook suppers. Unlike pasta, they only require a few minutes of soaking in hot water before they come to life. Pick up a few grilled chicken breasts or a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, and you'll be tucking into this gingery noodle salad in no time.
Inspired by pulled BBQ chicken this wholesome bowl flips the script, putting a bowlful of fresh veggies at the forefront and then topping it off with a scoop of saucy meat. Keep it easy by picking up the pulled chicken from your local BBQ joint or grocery store.
When your goal is to make a dinner salad that's guaranteed to be filling, start by reaching into the pantry for a can of chickpeas. This is like the chopped salads you know and love, but it puts protein-rich legumes at the forefront to make it extra satisfying.
Fresh spring rolls are always a good choice for dinner come summertime. Start with a rotisserie chicken, and all that's left to do is prep the veggies, stir together a dipping sauce, and assemble the rolls.
Consider this hearty salad your best solution for embracing Taco Tuesday without heating up the kitchen.
Take sandwiches beyond lunchtime fare and throw them into your meal plan for ridiculously easy summer suppers. This one gets an extra-special touch using a fresh baguette, a few slices of nutty Gruyère, and cornichons.
On nights when you don't really feel like cooking, but still want something totally delicious, this quick bowl hits the spot. If you can't get your hands on a couple pre-cooked salmon fillets, canned salmon or smoked salmon make a fine substitute.
Be sure to add panzanella to your summer bucket list (if you haven't already). This ultra-fresh salad if fashioned from day-old bread and the ripest summer produce, with this version including a spicy twist and some stone fruits.
All the work for this recipe happens when you're grocery shopping, because the ingredients are what really matter. Sashimi-grade tuna is the classic base for this dish, but it can really be made with any type of seafood. Serve it with cooked rice, cold vermicelli noodles, or a simple, fresh bed of crunchy romaine.