No-Cook Appetizers and Salads So You Don't Have To Spend A Minute by Your Stovetop
During summertime in the South, it can get too hot to even think of turning your oven or stovetop on. Luckily, hot summer temps don't have to hold you back from exploring delicious new recipes. These no-cook appetizers and salads showcase the best of summer's gorgeous produce. Without having to put much work in, you can still show up at the church potluck or neighborhood cookout with the prettiest appetizer or salad in sight.
Whether you're in the mood for an old-school no-cook appetizer like pimiento cheese or crab dip, or you want to branch out with no-cook recipes that will be new to guests like pimiento cheese-stuffed pickled okra and West Indies crab salad, these no-cook recipes have your back for every event. Busy weeknights call for quick, easy dinner recipes, and our no-cook salads fit the bill beautifully. Don't waste a minute of summer standing by the stovetop. These no-cook appetizer and salad recipes are summer time savers.
Creamy Avocado Dip
Recipe: Creamy Avocado Dip
Mayonnaise transforms avocados into a creamier version of guacamole. Serve alongside chips and veggies of your choice.
Herbed-Goat Cheese Spread
Recipe: Herbed-Goat Cheese Spread
You're just 5 minutes and a few stirs away from setting this easy goat cheese spread out for your guests.
Recipe: Strawberry-Spinach Salad
This recipe is made to serve 10, but you can easily double if you're expecting a larger crowd.
Sweet Pea-Parmesan Dip
Recipe: Sweet Pea-Parmesan Dip
Everyone will enjoy eating their peas when you serve them up in the form of a dip.
Quick Chopped Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Never underestimate the deliciousness of a simple, no-frills salad.
Classic Pimiento Cheese
Recipe: Basic Pimiento Cheese
This might be a simple pimiento cheese recipe with very few ingredients, but it surely doesn't taste basic. Set it up with crackers and crudité or make tea sandwiches with it for easy grab-and-go access.
Fresh Fruit Salad
Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad
Every luncheon, potluck, and brunch spread could use a simple, delicious fruit salad, like this lightly dressed one.
Spring Mix Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese
Making your own herbed goat cheese takes just a few minutes. You can prepare a day in advance so all you have to do on the day of serving is toss the remaining ingredients together.
Marinated Feta With Cherry Tomatoes
Cheese and tomatoes are always a winning combination in our book.
Cucumber-Chickpea Salad with Feta-Mint Vinaigrette
Chickpeas serve as a crunchy alternative to croutons in this refreshing cucumber salad.
Turnip Green Salad
Recipe: Turnip Green Salad
This fresh salad is full of beautiful produce and topped with our own homemade Green Goddess Dressing that you'll want to keep in the fridge for good.
Recipe: Pineapple-Pepper Slaw
Fresh pineapple and peppers create a colorful coleslaw that just may become your family's new favorite slaw.
Marinated Tomato-and-Herb Salad
Recipe: Marinated Tomato-and-Herb Salad
Make the most of fresh herbs from your garden by using them to make this tomato salad that's ready in just 10 minutes.
Creamy Broccoli Slaw
Recipe: Creamy Broccoli Slaw
Follow this simple recipe to upgrade bagged broccoli slaw and turn it into a refreshing summer dish.
Recipe: Tomato Tea Sandwiches
What's a shower or luncheon without an arrangement of tea sandwiches? This recipe takes a Southern classic and makes it portable for parties.
Spicy Pineapple Slaw
Recipe: Spicy Pineapple Slaw
This crunchy, festive slaw recipe combines sweet pineapple with spicy jalapenos for a side dish that can get the party started.
Orange-Basil Yogurt Dip
Recipe: Orange-Basil Yogurt Dip
You can prepare this savory, sweet, and tangy dip up to three days in advance of serving.
Marinated Watermelon Tomato Salad
Two summer favorites, watermelon and tomato, come together to create a refreshing summer salad you'll want to serve immediately.
Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
Recipe: Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
This rich homemade dip is so much better than store-bought, and yes, guests will be able to taste the difference.
Mango-Rose Fruit Salad
Recipe: Mango-Rose Fruit Salad
In this fruit salad, chopped banana, apple, strawberry, pineapple, and grapes are covered in a creamy mango mixture that gets a delicate floral aroma from rose essence.
Watermelon "Steak" Salad
Recipe: Watermelon "Steak" Salad
Not your mother's fruit salad. A cold, thick, steak-like slice of ripe watermelon pairs unexpectedly well with salty Cotija cheese and a smoky vinaigrette. Also try it with leftover grilled chicken or beef.
Recipe: Tomato-and-Watermelon Salad
Combine sweet, juicy watermelon chunks with fresh tomato, onion, and a red wine vinaigrette for a salad that is the essence of summer.
Creamy Crab Dip
Recipe: Creamy Crab Dip
Fresh lump crab is the star of this easy dip recipe, and the flavor of Lowcountry favorite Old Bay seasoning shines through.
Our Best Ambrosia Recipe Ever
Recipe: Our Best Ambrosia Recipe Ever
Toasted coconut chips add a layer of crunch and tropical flair to colorful ambrosia.
Recipe: Olive-Cheese Sandwiches
As shown, we serve this cheesy mixture on pumpernickel but you can serve it on whatever type of bread you prefer.
Brussels Sprout Slaw with Apples and Pecans
This fresh, crunchy slaw has everything you could want in a side dish, and the presentation is much prettier than the time you spent on it would let on.
Recipe: Watermelon Salad
Summer produce shines in this simple salad that will start the meal off on a bright note.
Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Pickled Okra
This fun appetizer is about as Southern as it gets, and it's so ideal for a casual cookout.
Whipped-Cream Corn Salad
Recipe: Whipped-Cream Corn Salad
If you don't have time to make corn pudding before the potluck, no worries! This no-cook salad has all the fluffy goodness you crave.
Bitter Greens Salad with Lemon and Pecorino
This is the perfect mixed green salad. With a bright, tangy vinaigrette, it's the perfect accompaniment to a main dish like grilled steak, fish, or chicken, or a beautiful starter salad.
Herbed Shrimp-and-Rice Salad
Recipe: Herbed Shrimp-and-Rice Salad
Your guests will never know this colorful, light salad was made with shrimp you didn't cook yourself and microwaveable rice, but they don't have to.
Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad
Recipe: Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad
This summer stunner showcases all those gorgeously fresh fruits and veggies you picked up at the local farmers' market.
Recipe: Succotash Salsa
A summer-favorite side dish gets appetizer treatment with this easy dip everyone will love.
Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Recipe: Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps
This fresh, 15-minute appetizer gives us another reason to love store-bought rotisserie chicken.
Sesame, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad
No one will guess that the most beautiful summer salad to hit the potluck only took you 10 minutes to throw together.
Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
This springy cheese ball will brighten up any cheese and charcuterie platter.
White Cheddar-Chive Pimiento Cheese
Here's the secret to nice pimiento-cheese texture: Grate the cheese by hand, half on the large holes of a box grater and half on the small holes.
Shaved Carrot, Asparagus, and Apple Salad
This springy update on a classic coleslaw recipe is light, bright and oh-so-pretty.
Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Recipe: Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
You can make a gorgeous platter of crudité and homemade pita chips to surround this Southern spin on classic hummus.
Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
This farm-fresh salad might be the prettiest way to use up that rotisserie chicken in your fridge.
Shaved Carrot, Asparagus, and Apple Salad
Dress up traditional cabbage slaw by adding in apples, carrots, and asparagus.
Easy Summer Appetizer Board
Recipe: Easy Summer Appetizer Board
No Southern appetizer board is complete without spicy-sweet pickled okra.
Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Add something fresh to the cookout spread with this easy, colorful salad.
Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad
Recipe: Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad
There's no need for fuss: This simple chicken salad recipe will do the trick at any luncheon.
Smoky Brussels Sprout Slaw
Recipe: Smoky Brussels Sprout Slaw
Sweet, salty, tangy, smoky—this crunchy slaw recipe has it all, and everyone will be begging for your secret.
Strawberry Caprese Salad
Recipe: Strawberry Caprese Salad
Celebrate spring with this fresh salad that can be served over French baguette slices as an appetizer or mixed greens as a starter salad.
Zucchini Noodle Salad
Recipe: Zucchini Noodle Salad
This fresh salad is a sunny starter or perfect pair with a hearty main dish protein like steak, chicken, shrimp, or fish.
Recipe: Strawberry-Tomato Salad
The only directions needed for this pretty salad? "Stir together all ingredients." You're welcome.
Recipe: White Gazpacho
Hosting a summer dinner party? Impress everyone with this lovely chilled soup that only takes a blender and a little time in the fridge.
Clementine-and-Collard Greens Salad
This healthy yet hearty salad is bright and beautiful for your table, and store-bought rotisserie chicken comes to the rescue yet again.
Guacamole with Jicama
Recipe: Guacamole with Jicama
If you love to try new ways with good ole guac, this will be your favorite, guaranteed.
Squash Ribbon Salad
Recipe: Squash Ribbon Salad
You just need six ingredients and a veggie peeler to throw together this pretty summer salad.
Cream Cheese-and-Walnut Stuffed Celery
At appetizer time, there's something nostalgic about a classic relish tray. This easy bite comes together quickly, but the cream cheese, honey, and walnut filling is to die for.
Mini Caprese Bites
Recipe: Mini Caprese Bites
These savory bites are the easiest appetizer for guests (and hostesses) on the move.
West Indies Crab Salad
Recipe: West Indies Crab Salad
Showcase fresh lump crabmeat with this old-school recipe from Mobile, Alabama. Guests who haven't had it before will fall in love.
Ombré Citrus Salad
Recipe: Ombré Citrus Salad
This salad is beautiful enough for a holiday spread but easy enough for a last-minute get-together.
Caesar Salad Bites
Recipe: Caesar Salad Bites
Everything you love about Caesar salad, in pick-up form! Don't fuss with tossing a salad (or said salad getting wilted and soggy during the party) with this colorful starter.
Herbed Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad
Recipe: Herbed Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad
This Greek-inspired side dish is fresh, easy, and only gets better the longer it marinates.
Cheddar-Horseradish-Walnut Cheese Ball
Take the stress out of entertaining with a cheese ball that doesn't stand a chance at providing leftovers once guests taste a bite.