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Who wants to cook in the heat of summer? Heat up the house even more? No thanks! Check out these no cook meals that are cool to make. Talk about an easy dinner idea!
Who else besides me is looking for a quality dinner for the family without turning on the stove in the summer? There are plenty of yummy things you can make without extra heat. And they don’t all have to be raw. Think of yummy salads, sandwiches, and cool soups.
No cook dinners
I love to have a big salad for a meal. I don’t really like lettuce salads much, but I love raw vegetables marinated in something delicious. Add some cold meat or cheese or both and you can turn it into a meal.
A quick tip is to microwave some potatoes and add toppings for a quick and easy dinner. I love baked potatoes as a meal and so does my husband. You could top it with leftover chili, some cottage cheese, shredded cheddar and sour cream, some broccoli, whatever you like. They make a great easy dinner for family.
No cook meal
I love how you can make a big bunch of meat and use it leftover all week or put some in the freezer and use it later. Saves so much work and clean up. It’s one of my favorite time savers.
Cook one pork roast and make 5 meals from the leftovers to avoid a ton of heat in the kitchen throughout the week. You can even cook it in the crockpot or instant pot for less heat.
Cook one whole chicken (in the crock pot or instant pot to save heat) and make 3 meals throughout the week with the leftovers.
This delicious leftover Lamb sandwich with avocado and jam is so flavorful and good, you won’t believe it!
Crunchy healthy turkey salad recipe is a real crowd pleaser made with leftover turkey.
Easy no cook meals
Sandwiches make a great summer no cook dinner, but even better, a great variety of new sandwich ideas. Get some inspiration from these recipes.
Chicken salad sandwich with grapes and pecans. This one only has 6 ingredients! But the flavor is on point and you’d never know it was simple to make!
Sun-dried tomato and hummus sandwich is hearty and filling, but doesn’t require and cooking for meat. It’s so savory and good you won’t believe it.
Tuna pita pockets are the bomb for an easy no cook dinner idea. They are hearty and quick to make since the tuna is already cooked. Canned tuna is one of the least expensive proteins you can buy as well.
Herbed goat cheese and avocado sandwich is a taste bomb! I LOVE the savory and tangy notes of goat cheese and the herbs and avocados make it perfect!
This Mediterranean veggie sandwich is going to amaze you with the flavor layers and fresh veggies. It’s so satisfying on so many levels.
Cold soups are a great alternative to heating up the kitchen during no cook weather in summer. These look amazing! You can even do fruit soups!
My favorite cool dinner stand by is salads. I don’t really like lettuce, so I love this variety of salads and many don’t have lettuce at all.
- Zesty avocado salad would make a wonderful cool dinner in the heat of summer.
- Caesar Salad
- Keto broccoli salad
- Tuna spring roll salad
- Crunchy kale broccoli salad
- Chickpea cucumber avocado salad
- Kale, watermelon and feta salad
- Strawberry salad with poppyseed vinaigrette
- Avocado black bean corn salad
- Broccoli salad
- Mexican street corn salad
- Cold salmon salad recipe
- Healthy chickpea salad
- Balsamic chopped salad is another salad that would make a great dinner.
Dinner ideas for tonight
Here are some more great ideas for no cook dinner ideas tonight. Maybe something you’ve never tried before will end up being your favorite.