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.
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.
- Mozzacado Sandwich
- How To Make a Sandwich for a Crowd
- Mediterranean Veggie Pita Sandwich
- Farmer's Lunch Sandwich
- Mediterranean Chickpea and Feta Wraps
- Crisp Tuna-Cabbage Salad
- Cucumber-Peel Sandwich Spread
- 1-Minute Tomato Sandwich
- Turkey Wraps with Honey Mustard Dip
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.
- Vegetarian Taco Salad
- Chickpea Waldorf Salad
- Chilled Black Bean, Feta & Cucumber Salad
- Succotash Salad
- Curried Tofu Salad
- Caprese Salad
- Spicy Panzanella Salad
- Hearts of Palm, Corn, Tomatoes & Watercress Salad
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!