Recipe Roundup: No-Cook Summer Recipes

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With summer right around the corner, I thought I would do a recipe roundup of some delicious summer foods that do not require the oven or stove. Using either during the hot summer months can be brutal, so I try to avoid it at all costs. Below are some of my favorite no-cook summer recipes. Click the links to be directed to the original posts with the recipes. Enjoy!



Overnight Oats

Oats are soaked overnight in the fridge in a mixture of Greek yogurt, almond milk, and chia seeds. In the morning they are ready to eat – cold!


Lunch and Dinner:

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Panzanella Salad

This no-cook salad is one of my favorites. There is so much flavor from fresh heirloom tomatoes and creamy burrata.


Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro, Garlic, and Garam Masala

Okay, I am breaking my rule a little bit for this one because you technically have to cook these kebabs, but with a grill – not your stove. The longer they marinate, the better they get!


Appetizers and Side Dishes:

Muhammara: Roasted Red Pepper Dip

I’ve made this dip four times since I posted the original recipe. It is incredible with warm pita bread. We devour it in our house!


Carrots with Raisins and Toasted Walnuts

This side dish can be served straight from the fridge or at room temperature. It is a great dish to make ahead of time because the longer it sits, the more flavorful it becomes.



Healthy “Brownie Bites”

These are little bites of heaven and they require no baking! You will be shocked when you find out how few ingredients you need to make them. Bonus tip: they are gluten-free!



  • May 28, 2014 - 10:30 am | Permalink

    I don’t know how I missed the Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Panzanella Salad post. It looks so so good! I can’t wait to try this.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      May 28, 2014 - 10:59 am | Permalink

      Megan, I think you would love it! Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  • Millie l Add A Little
    May 30, 2014 - 6:54 am | Permalink

    Yum!! Love the look of the red pepper dip as I’m obsessed with dips and crudites!!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      May 30, 2014 - 8:03 am | Permalink

      It is DELICIOUS! I hope you try it!

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