Summer is all about embracing the warm weather, spending plenty of time seaside, and eating delicious food in the open air. And when the weather is hot, the last thing you want to do is spend more time than necessary in a hot kitchen. That’s when these delicious no-cook summer recipes come in handy. While some equipment, such as a food processor or blender, is needed, you won’t need to turn on your oven, stove, or grill in order to make these easy, seasonal dishes.
One of the most delicious no-cook summer recipes is gazpacho; this chilled soup is typically made with tomatoes, cucumbers, red bell pepper, and vinegar, and while our version doesn’t stray too far from the classic, it does feature orange juice, which brightens the flavor with a subtle tang. For a different take, try the Gazpacho Salad with Croutons, pictured here. It’s like a hybrid of gazpacho and a Panzanella salad. Chopped tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumbers, and croutons are arranged on a platter, then dressed with a garlic and sherry vinaigrette.
Looking for another inspired way to use your bounty of summer tomatoes? Try our Bloody Mary Tomato Salad, which is a clever iteration of the brunch cocktail. A variety of colorful heirloom tomatoes are sprinkled with all the makings of this boozy favorite—celery, caraway seeds, horseradish, chives, and a Worcestershire dressing.
We also have some sweet no-cook summer recipes that will help you to cool off after a long, hot day in the sun. One of our favorites is Martha’s Strawberry Ice Cream, which uses an entire pound of strawberries to create the pretty-in-pink hue. An additional cup of macerated berries is folded into the churned ice cream right before freezing.
From starters to sweets, these no-cook summer recipes are as easy to make as they are delicious.