When the temperatures outside heat up, the last thing you want is a hot kitchen! My meal prepping takes a serious hit in the summer because I just can’t bring myself to stand over a hot stove on sweltering days. This summer I decided enough is enough! I’ve been trying tons of no heat recipes that are more preparing than cooking. Seriously, no ovens or stoves required! I’m sharing ten of my favorite no heat recipes, including this Avocado and Mint Greek Salad, so you can stay cool and well-fed this summer.
10 Delicious No Heat Recipes
I have totally hopped on the vegetable noodle trend as they are so refreshing in the summer. I love that this cool salad is just so easy to meal prep too.
Is it a salad? Is it a party dip? It’s both! This southwestern salad can be eaten with a fork or scooped onto tortilla chips. Both ways are delicious!
Pita sandwiches are a vegetarian’s best food friend, but frying up falafels just doesn’t sound that appealing on a hot day. Which is why I’m obsessed with these chickpea salad pitas!
I still eat fish and this shrimp ceviche with tropical fruit just screams summer. I think it would serve so well at a summer party!
Who needs Thai takeout when you can make your own delicious pad thai?! With this recipe, you get all the flavor with none of the greasy guilt you get with takeout.
Don’t let the name fool you, this poke bowl is fish free and heat free! How refreshing does this watermelon, cucumber, and avocado salad sound?
If you’re looking for a good picnic recipe, update your classic coleslaw recipe with these spicy Asian slaw rolls. They’re easy to make, portable, and delicious!
I’ll look for any excuse to add avocado to a meal and these stuffed avocados are just my latest excuse. Despite being really simple to make and only a few ingredients, this recipe is super filling.
This recipe is so unique and a combo I never would have come up with on my own, but I’m glad I tried it. Between the sweet peaches, the spicy chili, and the cooling mint, this recipe is basically summer in a bowl.
and here’s my recipe for an Avocado Greek Salad
- 2 Persian cucumbers quartered
- 1 avocado diced
- 1 radish thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes chopped
- ½ cup Kalamata olive halved
- 2 oz feta cheese crumbled
- ¼ red onion chopped
- 2 scallions whites and light greens thinly sliced
- 2 springs of mint chopped
- 2 springs of dill minced
- 1-2 Tbl Lemon Olive Oil Dressing recipe below
- salt and pepper
- Za'atar spice* optional
Add veggies and herbs to bowl and mix gently with 1-2 Tablespoons of lemon olive oil dressing. Add salt and pepper, to taste and sprinkle Za'atar on top.
*You can make your own Za'atar by combining 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano, 1 Tbsp. sumac, 1 Tbsp. ground cumin, and 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds. Stir in 1 tsp. kosher salt and 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper. *makes about 1/4 cup, so save the rest!
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
Add lemon juice and vinegar to bowl and slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking constantly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I love all of these recipes, but I’m always looking for more! Matthew and I are such foodies and even Augustine is always excited to try new foods. Please share any of your favorite heat-free recipes in the comments! I’ve been sharing some of my favorite recipes on my YouTube channel so I can take you through them step-by-step. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss a new video!