Cool Off With These 6 Lazy, Refreshing No-Cook Dinners

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By Cooking Panda

It may be too hot to fire up the oven, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat delicious homemade food every night this week. This is the perfect time to try out some awesome no-cook or minimal cook recipes. Now go make all of these recipes, and save us a bite.

1. Pan Bagnat

Absolutely no cooking required. The best part about this sandwich is that it gets better the longer it sits, so it is the ideal work lunch or make-ahead dinner.

2. No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Presumably, you’ll pour this over pasta, so it’s not no-cook unless you have instant, fresh, or leftover noodles on hand. Please forgive us.

3. Cold Rice Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Peanut Sauce

Rice noodles are great because they cook up so fast — all you need to do is soak them for a few minutes in a bowl of very hot water. You can buy pre-cooked chicken if you’re feeling lazy, or just grill (or sautee) it yourself.

4. Warm Chickpea Salad with Cumin and Garlic

Shout out to all the vegans and gluten-free folks out there. This dish is delicious served hot, warm or cold and gets better the longer it sits. Serve with some salad greens and/or something bready like flatbread or a crunchy baguette. This would even be great in corn tortillas or lettuce wraps.

5. Steak Tartare

Make sure you get quality meat from your butcher that is safe to eat raw! If you’re concerned about the taste or safety of raw eating, go for the seared version mentioned in the recipe.

6. Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps with Grapes and Pecans

These sweet-savory chicken salad lettuce wraps will fill you up and cool you off in the summer heat. It’s also pretty healthy and lean, with tangy Greek yogurt instead of mayo, so you can totally enjoy this guilt-free.

Featured Photo Credit: Karsten Moran​/The New York Times

Tags: easy dinner, no-cook meal, summer dinner, summer recipe, weeknight dinner
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