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Our 10 Most-Saved No-Heat Recipes

updated May 29, 2019
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We’re closing out July and heading into August, which means it’s really hot outside — and inside our kitchens! On sticky, humid days, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or stand at the stovetop, which is why no-cook recipes (or ones where the slow cooker does all the work for you) are where it’s at.

From marinated beans and a taco slaw, to cucumber salads and chicken sandwiches, these are the top no-heat recipes you’ve been saving this year.

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Caprese is a classic summertime side, but we’re upping the cool crunch factor with sliced cucumber. Once you try it, you won’t want to go back to the regular version!

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Start with pre-cooked chicken (yes, that includes grabbing a rotisserie chicken on your way home from work!) and these sandwiches are super easy to assemble. With roasted red peppers, bacon (optional, if you don’t already have some cooked bacon on hand), and a tangy vinaigrette, this is not your average (read: mayo-laden) chicken salad.

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Don’t bother with the stovetop the next time you get a craving for migas — just make it in your slow cooker! Eggs, tortilla chips, cheese, and tomatoes all come together in the slow cooker — all you have to do is garnish with avocado and cilantro when you’re ready to eat.

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The slow cooker strikes again with these flavorful beans! Just combine pinto beans, onion, garlic, bay leaves, and water in a large slow cooker and let them cook on low to perfection. Once they’re cooked you can serve them with cilantro, tomatoes, and crema or queso fresco.

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This bright and fresh slaw is the perfect complement to any taco you’re serving. The shredded red cabbage and carrots ensure it’s crunchy, while jalapeño gives it a kick and a touch of mayo keeps things cool and creamy.

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When juicy, fresh tomatoes are in season, tomato salads are a total given. Paired with cucumber, red onion, dill, and feta, this is the show-stopper side dish you’ll be eating all summer.

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This slow cooker beef brisket — cooked in beer, diced tomatoes, onion, dried oregano, and garlic — comes out melt-in-your-mouth tender. Serve the shredded meat on tortillas with your favorite taco fixings and you’ve got dinner without having to lift a finger!

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When it’s too hot to do more than open up a can of beans and call it a day, this recipe will be there for you. It takes things one tiny step further by marinating the beans in a zesty lemon-garlic vinaigrette. Enjoy them as is, or serve them on top of a salad for a protein punch.

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Nothing screams refreshing as much as a crisp cucumber salad. This low-effort recipe — with dill, red onion, and sour cream — yields the most delicious results. Bring it to a potluck or serve it alongside grilled chicken for the perfect summer meal.

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This ingenious recipe takes two unassuming ingredients — fresh watermelon and sweetened condensed milk — and turns it into the creamiest, dreamiest sherbet. It’s pure magic!