For many people, mid-July marks the real beginning of the dog days of summer. From here on out, we can expect muggy mornings, hot sunshine, and plenty of steamy evenings when turning on the stove (or heaven forbid, the oven) is just not possible. Keep your body and your house cool and refreshed with these no-cook recipes perfect for a hot summer day. Pro tip: When cooking’s absolutely necessary, use a small appliance like a Crock Pot, toaster oven, or grill to heat food without turning the whole apartment or house into a sauna.
Green Gazpacho via Vegangela
Nothing cools and refreshes quite like gazpacho, a tomato-based soup originally from southern Spain. This recipe gets its fresh flavor and unique color from yellow bell peppers and tomatoes, cilantro, cucumber, and avocado. Serve chilled (and chill out yourself!).
Photo: Angela / Vegangela
BLT Chopped Salad via How Sweet It Is
Everyone’s favorite diner sandwich gets a healthy summer makeover. Toss well-chopped lettuce, corn, tomatoes, avocado, and feta cheese and drizzle with a simple lime and olive oil dressing. The recipe calls for bacon which technically requires turning on the stove. Avoid the heat by ditching the bacon or cooking it in the microwave or toaster oven.
Photo: Jessica / How Sweet It Is
Salmon Ceviche via Heather Christo
Ceviche (pronounced suh-vee-chay) is a South American dish bound to change the way you think about cooking forever. Ceviche is prepared by marinating a piece of raw fish or seafood in fresh citrus juice instead of grilling/roasting/sauteeing/etc. The acid in the juice breaks down compounds in the fish, so the meat is somewhere between raw and cooked (and totally delicious, of course). This summer-worthy recipe uses salmon, cucumber, mango, jalapeno, and avocado.
Photo: Heather Christo
Raw and Crunchy Nori Rolls with Sweet-Spicy Dip via Tales of a Kitchen
What’s raw, no-heat, gluten-free, vegan, and still makes a tasty and filling meal? It sounds like a trick question, but these raw nori rolls definitely fit the bill. Fill ’em with sliced carrots, peppers, cukes, and avocados (or whatever strikes your fancy) and get rolling.
Photo: Chris and Bogo / Tales of a Kitchen
Broccoli and Wild Rice Salad With Citrusy Avocado and Basil Dressing via The First Mess
Last but not least, here’s a salad that looks and tastes more elegant than most piles of raw veggies. Combine chopped broccoli, sprouted wild rice (just soak grains in water for a day or two to make them sprout), raisins, and sunflower seeds. The dressing — made of orange, lemon, and lime juices, avocado, cider vinegar, basil leaves, jalapeno pepper, and agave — elevates the whole dish to something definitely dinner-worthy.
Photo: Laura / The First Mess
What are your favorite hot-weather, no-cook meals? Do you have a theme you’d like to see on next week’s The Greatist Table recipe roundup? Share your thoughts in the comments below or tweet the author @SophBreene.