20 No-Heat Summer Potluck Dishes for Everyone

updated May 1, 2019
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Who’s ready to keep the oven and stove off in this too-warm spring? It’s Memorial Day and summer is here. Well, you’re in luck — these 20 recipes don’t require one bit of cooking.

In addition to keeping the kitchen just a little bit cooler, no-cook dishes always have a way of offering something for everyone — from vegetarians and vegans to people avoiding gluten, dairy, and nuts. Keep it easy and relaxed with modern broccoli slaw, or a cabbage and ramen salad, and stay cool with strawberry icebox cake and no-cook, no-churn two-ingredient ice cream.

There’s a degree of simplicity that comes with no-heat dishes. I mean, isn’t that what summer is all about? Especially summertime potlucks? You get to keep things easy and relaxed; no rhyme or reason — just a casual affair with a little something for everyone.

From guacamole and a cool dip, to fruit-filled spring rolls and slices of gussied-up watermelon, these are the apps that will please every type of eater in your crowd.


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Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, there’s something you’ll love in this selection of salads and simple main courses. These recipes truly take advantage of fresh summer produce.

And whatever you do, don’t forget dessert! From icebox cakes to a fruity tiramisu, every meal deserve a sweet ending.

Salads and Mains

No-Cook Desserts