We’re deep in the dog days of summer, which means the last thing we want to do is turn on the stove—let alone the oven—to make dinner. So, we’ve rounded up seven no-cook meals that will help you beat the heat. Whether you’re all about vegetable noodles, sandwiches or charcuterie, these picks are guaranteed to satisfy without turning your kitchen into a sauna.
Two 1-inch pieces ginger
2 garlic cloves
6 Lacinato kale leaves
4 large collard green leaves
4 white peaches
4 yellow peaches
4 stalks celery
1 head red cabbage
1 head green cabbage
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
8 ounces snow peas
1 crisp-tart apple, such as Honeycrisp
2 bunches scallions
4 bunches basil
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch cilantro
2 bunches mint
8 ounces sliced Genoa salami
8 ounces sliced pepperoni
11 ounces sliced prosciutto
1 rotisserie chicken
8 ounces sliced provolone cheese
Two 4-ounce balls fresh mozzarella cheese
1 stick unsalted butter
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
Two 4-ounce balls burrata cheese
7 large flour tortillas
2 store-bought flatbreads or naan
Canned and Packaged Goods
8 ounces marinated baked tofu
8 ounces roasted red peppers
4 ounces hummus
4 ounces peanut butter
Sweet chili sauce
White balsamic vinegar
Blue cheese dressing
8 ounces smoked tofu
2 ounces peanuts
Pantry Ingredients: sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sriracha, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce or tamari, garlic powder, flaky salt, Buffalo sauce, honey, sesame seeds
Monday: Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles
Summer is zoodle season in our book, but swapping zucchini for cucumbers makes the pasta substitute ten times as hydrating and refreshing. Marinated tofu gives the dish a boost of plant-based protein (and even better, it’s ready to eat in ten minutes flat).
Tuesday: Italian Deli Pinwheel Sandwiches
There’s no shortage of flavor in these lunchbox-ready sammies, thanks to a trio of savory deli meats, provolone cheese and store-bought roasted red peppers. Serve the pinwheels with pepperoncini and Caesar salad to round out the meal.
Wednesday: Joanna Gaines’s Peach Caprese Salad
Thursday: Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
Bring your roomiest tote bag to the farmers market and load up on all the fresh veggies you can carry. Hummus, peanut butter and avocado make these vegan, gluten-free handhelds more filling than expected.
Friday: Buffalo Chicken Wraps with Blue Cheese and Celery
Saturday: Shredded Thai Salad with Avocado
Sunday: Charcuterie-Board Flatbread
Our go-to version is flawless if you ask us, but these personal flatbreads are endlessly riffable. Sub speck for prosciutto, Manchego for burrata, peach for apple, pistachios for almonds—just don’t forget the wine.
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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.