Our 11 Coolest Picks for No-Cook Summer Meals 2021

These 11 picks for no-cook summer meals are cool, refreshing, healthy, and satisfyingly easy to make. Get ready to spend more time in the hammock (with one of these delish snacks) and a lot less time in a hot kitchen.

A bowl of easy gazpacho with ice cubes floating in it on a silver plate with a spoon and a few crostini.
This easy gazpacho is a chilled summer soup made with tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, and onion blitzed in the blender and seasoned with hot sauce. Simple, fresh, and healthy.
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Two halves of a tuna salad sandwich stacked on top of each other with some sliced pickles on the side on a white oval plate.
These tuna salad sandwiches were a huge hit with our testers. They praised the versatility and the flavors that Hank Shaw suggests—capers, chiles, pickles, Dijon, bacon. You'll discover your own favorite variations, too. 
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: foodiecrushA simple 3-ingredient dressing tops fresh ahi tuna, mango, and avocado on a bed of greens in this flavorful tuna poke salad, perfect for lunch or dinner.
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A rimmed baking sheet with several vegetarian summer rolls, a plate, fresh herbs, a bowl of dip, and a bowl of sesame seeds on it.
This vegetarian summer rolls recipe usurps the traditional Vietnamese fillings for rice paper rolls by opting for colorful and crunchy vegetables in place of vermicelli noodles, pork, and shrimp. They’re crazy good. And crazy good for you.
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: HealthySeasonalRecipesThese low-carb spiralized zucchini noodles with pesto is a no-cook vegetarian meal you’ll just love this summer!
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A small white bowl filled with chicken-pea shoot salad.
Chicken-pea shoot salad takes advantage of early summer's sweetest offerings. Pea shoots in a tangy-sweet ginger dressing, balanced with radishes and tender chicken, it's like June in a bowl.
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A bowl of chilled cucumber soup with a spoon resting inside.
Inspired by Indian raita (except you eat it with a spoon), it is refreshing and so pretty, making it the perfect starter for lunch or dinner on a sweltering day. Stay in the shade, listen to the cicadas, and make this chilled soup. Cooling off doesn’t get any simpler than this!
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A glass jar filled with a layered Vietnamese chicken salad.
This Vietnamese chicken salad is a simple-to-assemble salad of cabbage, chicken, cilantro, and dressing that keeps well for several days in the fridge. It’s authentic through and through thanks to its notes of sour, sweet, salty, and heat.
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: A Beautiful PlateDeliciously spicy and packed with flavor, this No-Cook Spicy Tofu, made with spicy chili crisp sauces, comes together quickly.
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A white plate filled with chopped salad, and a fork and knife, halved avocado, and dish of blue cheese, almonds, and apple on the side.
Chopped salad. Hear us out. We combine the hallmark ingredients of two classic salads—Cobb and Waldorf—in this simple, satisfying, and we dare say stunning collision of healthy and indulgent.
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: Local HavenThis gazpacho is the simplest soup to make in the summer time, and really showcases the best of the tomatoes. Creamy, flavorful, chilled, and just perfect on these hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the stove.
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