No-Cook Summer Recipes

When it's too hot to turn on the oven or stove, you can still enjoy homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and sweets with our top no-cook recipes from Food Network chefs.
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Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad

Rachael Ray uses Kirby cucumbers for this salad because they have a very thin skin; you can just wash them and use them without peeling.

Get the Recipe: Tomato, Onion, and Cucumber Salad

Red Velvet-Blueberry Ice Cream Pie

Store-bought red velvet cupcakes add a moist layer to ice cream pie. Top this no-bake layered dessert with fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of crumbs.

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Fresh Corn Tomato Salad

Serve this corn tomato salad on its own, on pasta or even as a taco topper for an extra-fresh flavor.

Get the Recipe: Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Individual No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes

Rachael's individual cheesecakes have a beautiful pink blush to them and couldn't be easier to make, thanks to help from store-bought crusts.

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10-Minute Fruit Tart

Rachael's fruit tart comes together quick with the help of instant pudding mix and a premade crust.

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Papaya-Banana Smoothie

Slurp up this smoothie after a workout, for breakfast or as dessert. Bobby Flay's healthy treat takes less than five minutes to prepare.

Get the Recipe: Papaya-Banana Smoothie

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad

Ina's five-minute appetizer is a beautiful display to have on your picnic table. Vary the color of your tomatoes to get the most-appealing presentation.

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Cucumber Salad

Ellie Krieger's salad is simple and light. A dressing of white wine vinegar, sugar and dill is all you need to top your cucumbers.

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Watermelon Gazpacho

Kick off a summer meal with Tyler Florence's quick and refreshing gazpacho. The blended watermelon keeps the soup light, and a bit of serrano chile will add just the right amount of heat.

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Crunchy Avocado Salad

Bobby uses blue corn tortilla chips to add crunch to this side. Toss all the ingredients together, crumble the chips on top and enjoy.

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The Sandwich King's Monster Muffuletta

A muffuletta is a traditional Italian sandwich typically made with Italian deli meat, cheese and a marinated olive salad. Jeff Mauro's version uses mortadella, salami and capocollo, which each have a distinct taste that comes from the process of curing the meat.

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Greek Salad

Gather around with friends and family for dinner to share Rachael's fresh salad inspired by Greek tapas recipes.

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Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad

Ina Garten's no-cook combination of watermelon, arugula, mint and feta cheese gives this salad a ton of flavor without taking a lot of time.

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Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bars

The Neelys layer cookies, ice cream, caramel and whipped cream to create their decadent, layered ice cream bars. Best of all, this no-cook treat features ingredients that are likely stocked away in your kitchen.

Get the Recipe: Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bars

Chilled White Gazpacho

Bobby features white grapes and white grape juice in his gazpacho with champagne grapes as a contrasting garnish. Simply puree all of the ingredients in a blender and strain before chilling. Fold in the whipped heavy cream at the very end.

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Spiked Watermelon Pops

Spike these frozen treats with vodka or substitute orange juice for a family-friendly summertime dessert.

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Tomato and Watermelon Salad

"When it comes time for summer," says Alex, "I can't resist making a salad bursting with ingredients from the local markets. For best results, make the salad without ever refrigerating the tomatoes but with the watermelon cold from the refrigerator. The contrast of temperatures will give the salad an extra-fresh taste."

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Chilled Creamy Cucumber Soup

This no-cook soup is made entirely in a food processor. It gets a creamy consistency thanks to smooth yogurt and a touch of sweetness from honey.

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Zucchini Salad

This simple salad (ready in just 10 minutes) is loaded with fresh flavor thanks to chopped fresh herbs and a tangy vinaigrette.

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Dill Pickles

Make Alton Brown’s pepper and dill pickles ahead of time and you'll be set in advance for the next summer cookout or picnic.

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Boozy Blondie Milkshakes

These vanilla milkshakes with malted milk aren't for kids. A splash of Scotch in these sips makes them an adults-only indulgence.

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Chinese Chicken Salad with Red Chile Peanut Dressing

Shredded rotisserie chicken makes this salad a filling but still no-cook option. Toss with a peanut dressing and drizzle with chile oil for extra heat.

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Red Cabbage Slaw

Anne Burrell uses green apples, fennel and horseradish to transform a typical cabbage slaw into a creamy and tart side dish for your cookout.

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Almost-Famous Milk Shakes

With only three ingredients, you can make a classic vanilla, chocolate or strawberry shake anytime of day.

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Zucchini "Fettuccine" with Tomato Sauce

Peeling zucchini into ribbons with a mandoline or vegetable peeler gives the strips the appearance of fettuccine.

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Individual Summer Trifles

These beauties from Giada De Laurentiis can be refrigerated for up to two days for an impromptu indulgence at a moment's notice. Start with store-bought pound cake for a quick dessert solution.

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Arugula and Strawberry Salad

Alex Guarnaschelli showcases how delicious strawberries can be when used outside of the dessert realm.

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Watermelon Salsa

Trisha Yearwood gives traditional salsa a makeover with fresh summer mango and watermelon. Serve with tortilla or pita chips to tide over a crowd before your main dishes.

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Breadless Cucumber Tuna Salad Sandwich

Food Network Kitchen's Cucumber Tuna Salad Sandwich For Bunless/Breadless Sandwiches As seen on Food Network

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Guacamole Salad

Ina deconstructs guacamole and turns it into a festive summer salad. Mix everything together ahead of time and then toss in the avocado at the last minute for extra freshness.

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Endive-Tomato Salad

All you need is 15 minutes to turn crunchy endive into a salad filled with toasted hazelnuts, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.

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Spicy Cilantro-Scallion Salad

This salad is both beautiful and healthy, thanks to a variety of greens. Serrano chile adds heat to the dish while English cucumbers give it crunch.

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Tropical Watercress Salad

This 20-minute salad is inspired by island ingredients. Fresh and sweet mango is complemented by spicy jalapeno.

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Scallop Ceviche

The acid from the lime and orange juices "cooks" the scallops for the easiest starter or no-cook light meal. Top with sliced avocado or make your own guacamole.

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Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

The cool crunch of cucumber and the juiciness of in-season watermelon make this salad perfect for a summer day.

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Hummus Dip

Using Asian sesame oil in addition to olive oil gives this savory summer snack a nuttier taste.

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Cucumber Salad

Stay cool as a cucumber with this simple side dish that's a perfect complement to a summer meal on the grill.

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Spicy Thai-Style Pineapple Wraps

Pineapples offer a fresh take on the lettuce wrap, while the fish sauce, a salty Asian condiment, gives it a nutty edge.

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Roast Beef Wraps with Dill Slaw

Quick and easy dill slaw, made with preshredded coleslaw mix, gives this lunchtime classic a crunchy, flavorful twist.

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Summer Squash Carpaccio

Dress thinly sliced zucchini and yellow squash with a little lemon juice, fresh herbs, olive oil and pecorino cheese for a simple summer salad.

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Strawberry-Blackberry Trifle

This British-inspired dessert is nice and light — and layered with sweet, fruity flavor.

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Crunchy Turkey Salad Sandwich

This upgraded turkey sandwich features traditional ingredients like mayonnaise and celery, as well as some unconventional ones like grapes and almonds. It is also perfect to take on the go for a picnic.

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Vine-Ripe Tomato Salad with Queso Fresco, Cilantro and Serrano

The fresh flavors in this salad shine when drizzled with white wine vinaigrette and topped with crumbled queso fresco cheese.

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Chocolate Cream Pie

This dessert is literally easy as pie. The chocolate pie topped with fresh whipped cream and shaved chocolate is ready in just 10 minutes.

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Sangria Ice Pops

Bobby features the sophisticated flavors of sangria in an ice pop. Combine reduced red wine with fruit and fruit juices, then let the mixture steep overnight in the fridge before pouring into ice pop molds.

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Chopped Salad

Instead of sprinkling cheese directly on top of your salad, try incorporating it into your dressing for more layered flavors. Feta, dill, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil make up the dressing for this colorful salad.

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Boozy Peaches and Cream

Bourbon-spiked whipped cream gives this dessert a kick of flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet summer peaches.

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Veggie Pita Pockets

Beans make a versatile and filling spread for these sandwiches.

Get the Recipe: Veggie-Stack Pita Pockets

Limoncello Raspberry Torte

This torte is a fantastic no-bake, hot-weather version of cheesecake. The recipe uses Neufchatel cheese, which is very similar in texture and taste to cream cheese.

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Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ellie's petite treats are perfect one-bite summer desserts.

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