20 No-Cook Lunches to Make All Summer

updated May 1, 2019
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When summer is in full swing, it can be hard to even think about turning on the oven or stove. This is especially true at noon, when the sun is at its hottest and, let’s be honest, you’d rather be outside with an ice-cold beverage or inside feeling thankful for air conditioning.

Luckily, there’s no reason to sweat it out and cook. There are a slew of tasty and easy recipes that forgo appliances. From hearty sandwiches to wholesome salads, here are 20 of our favorite no-cook lunches to make this season.

Hearty Sandwiches

Not only are sandwiches some of the most crowd-pleasing no-cook lunches around, but they also happen to be the most portable. That means you should definitely pack up your lunch and take it outside for a summer picnic.

Wholesome Salads

When it’s hot, a light, crisp salad always satisfies. These recipes won’t weigh you down, but they also have enough good things in them, like beans and cheese, to keep you full until your next meal.

Other Great No-Cook Lunches

Go beyond sandwiches and salads to try something new for lunch this summer. A package of rice paper wrappers can be turned into countless riffs on summer rolls. Or you can give avocado toast a seasonal makeover with the help of fresh tomatoes and mozzarella.

Do you have a go-to no-cook summer lunch? Share with us in the comments!