17 No-Cook Ways to Get Dinner on the Table Fast
We’re not out of the woods yet with the sky-high summer temperatures, which means that the lazy days of August are perfect for no-cook meals. After all, who wants to heat up the kitchen any more than you have to?
The other bonus with no-cook meals is that they are generally quicker to prepare than their cooked counterparts. So not only will you stay cool, but dinner will also be on the table sooner than you think. Give one of these no-cook meals a try tonight.
There’s one surefire way to make a caprese sandwich better: add avocado. And when you do that, it automatically becomes dinner-worthy.
We couldn’t have a no-cook summer meal list without zucchini noodles. This super-simple recipe is one of our favorite ways to put all that tasty summer produce to good use.
If you normally only reach for the canned tuna, this recipe will have you embracing canned salmon as well. It’s an easy pantry item to keep on hand, and these wraps are total crowd-pleasers.
Panzanella is one of those magical dishes that’s more impressive to serve than it is complicated to make. Chop, marinate, and plate — dinner is ready.
The key to making this no-cook poke bowl? Using the freshest ahi tuna that you can get your hands on.
The good news about no-cook meals is that many of them are vegetarian-friendly. If you happen to have leftover chicken hanging around, you can use it in these wraps.
7. Pan Bagna
Think of this like a Niçoise salad in sandwich form. It has the tuna, tomatoes, green beans, and hard-boiled eggs. Yes, we know you’ll have to cook the eggs, but if you’re like us, you probably have a few hard-boiled eggs in your fridge at all times.
If you want to get really fancy, call this a chicken salad tartine and it will feel more appropriate for a quick dinner alongside your favorite glass of rosé.
Use your leftover noodles from last night to toss together this pasta dish. You’ll get bonus points for putting it together the night before so it has plenty of time to marinate in the dressing.
All this meal takes is a bit of chopping time and chilling time. Because this meal is so easy to put together, it’s a great one for your tweens or teens to put together after school so it has time to marinate before dinner.
Turn the traditional side salad into a main course with the addition of protein-packed chickpeas.
When it’s hot out, gazpacho is a no-brainer. It’s easy to whip up in your blender and can be very helpful in clearing out some of those veggies before your next CSA pickup.
Don’t be intimidated by tempeh — the alternative protein crumbles nicely in this veggie-packed deli salad. Serve it on a bed of greens or on your favorite sandwich bread.
There’s something so satisfying about taco salad — maybe it’s all the fresh veggies, hearty black beans, or the tortilla chips. (Seriously, it’s the tortilla chips.)
We’ll never say no to sandwiches for dinner — especially when they are as filling as this turkey version.
The key to this salad is making (or buying) enough spicy carnitas for dinner earlier in the week. Then all you have to do is give it a healthy makeover in this mustard green and Brussels sprout-packed salad.
Similar to gazpacho, this chilled veggie soup comes together quickly in the blender and will help you clear out avocados, cherry tomatoes, and spinach from your fridge.