These no-cook meals will serve up fresh, hearty dinners that need no grill, oven, or stove.
This bright and fresh recipe is a perfect appetizer for your summer cookouts.
Brisket and Rice Noodles with Pineapple Salsa
Pulled pork or cooked shrimp can stand in for the brisket.
Texas Caviar Rice and Beans
Recipe: Texas Caviar Rice and Beans
Turn a Lone Star State appetizer into a simple weeknight main dish. Customize with any topping, such as guacamole, salsa, or a dollop of sour cream.
Picnic in a Glass
Recipe: Picnic in a Glass
This Southern spin on Middle Eastern fattoush salad can be assembled in the morning before taking off to your picnic, tailgate, or work so the flavors meld and pita chips soften. Serve it directly from the jars. We love wide-mouth Weck jars, though any style will do.
Recipe: Zucchini-Mushroom "Linguine"
Cutting zucchini into thin strips is easy and makes a fresh substitute for pasta. Add thinly sliced ribbons of salami for a meatier meal.
Bloody Mary Tomato Salad with Quick Pickled Shrimp
Mix and match colorful assorted tomatoes, such as 'Beefsteak,' 'Brandywine,' and 'Cherokee Purple.' Their rich, meaty flavor counters the dressing's tang and zip. Don't overlook the tender inside leaves of the celery bunch—they're quite delicious, and they add an herbal note to the dish.
BLT Salad with Olive Vinaigrette
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.
Summer Gazpacho with Avocado West Indies Salad
Serve this immediately on busy weeknights for a fresh and light meal. Or make ahead and chill to let the flavors brighten even more.
Recipe: Family-Style Muffuletta
Porchetta, a seasoned boneless pork roast, can be found in the deli case, but you can use any cold cuts here. For a make-ahead twist, wrap the sandwich tightly with plastic wrap, and chill under the weight of a heavy cast-iron skillet up to 8 hours.
Salmon Tostadas with Zucchini-Radish Slaw
This crunchy plateful comes together in 35 minutes. Serve with avocado and lime wedges. Customize the toppings based on your taste for a unique spin that's all your own. We love the addition of fresh jalapeño peppers, but if you're not a fan of spice, stick to the radishes for a cool crunch.
Peach-and-Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber Yogurt
This soup captures summer in a bowl. It's light and refreshing—the perfect balance of sweet peaches and ripe tomatoes.