No-Heat Recipes


No Heat Recipes

The midsummer heat means hot foods no longer seem as appetizing as they do during the rest of the year. If you’ve been avoiding making fresh home-cooked meals for fear of having to turn on the oven or stove, this list of no-heat summer recipes is for you!


Main Course

Cold Southwestern Corn and Shrimp Soup


It’s true! You really can make heatless soup! This recipe uses frozen pre-cooked shrimp and corn for a refreshing and savory summer soup. For a fresher taste, try using fresh corn instead of frozen.



For this low-effort soup, all you have to do is blend the ingredients and let the pureé chill in the refrigerator for a couple hours. Then eat it whenever you like!

Mini Mediterranean Tuna Pita Wraps


Jam-packed with veggies and flavor, these mini tuna wraps are great choice for when you want bold taste without the heat. The mini wraps mean you can also enjoy them as a snack or serve them as an appetizer. Perfect for potlucks!

Marinated Mushroom Caps


These marinated and stuffed portobello mushroom caps are healthy, tasty, and fun to look at. Try out this recipe for a light-yet-filling meal!

Arugula, Apple, and Chickpea Salad Wrap


For the carb-conscious, wraps are a wonderful sandwich alternative. This wrap is unique in that you can get fruits, veggies, and protein all in one go.



Berry Fruit Salad


If you aren’t enthusiastic about vegetable salads, make sure to try out this simple fruit salad. It’s an easy way to get your daily fruits, and it’s versatile enough that you can remove, sub, or add berries or other fruits to suit your tastes and what you have available.

Greek Zoodle Salad


A great alternative to leafy salads, this greek salad uses zucchini noodles (zoodles!) as its base. If you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t worry; you can use this method to make zoodles without one.

Asparagus, Radish, and Pea Salad


This simple salad is another wonderful option for non-greens eaters who still want a quick and easy (and delicious!) way to eat their veggies.

Egg Salad


Ok, we’re kind of cheating with this one, since you need boiled eggs to make the salad. The good news is you can always boil large batches of eggs in advance (they’ll last about a week in the refrigerator) and use them continuously for no-heat recipes and snacks afterwards.

Everyday Salad


This salad recipe gets straight to the point, using simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen or can easily find at your local farmers’ market. Bonus: it also has ideas on how to customize the salad to suit your preferences, including optional add-ins.



Raspberry Salsa

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This raspberry salsa is a fun divergent from traditional tomato-based salsas. You can enjoy it as a chip dip, or even use it as a spread for crackers and sandwiches. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Ham and Cheese Asparagus Roll-Ups


The best thing about these ham and cheese asparagus roll-ups (besides being a unique and tasty way to eat asparagus) is that they’re easy to make. The base recipe only uses three ingredients, though you can also spice it up by adding additional herbs or trying different kinds of cheeses and meats. Eat them by themselves as a snack or with a meal as a healthy side.

Cucumber Bites


This recipe only needs four ingredients: dill, cream cheese, cucumber, and french baguette slices. The bites work well as a snack, appetizer, or last-minute potluck dish.

Fresh Fruit Pops


When the days get really hot, try out these tasty and healthy fruit popsicles made with only coconut water and fresh sliced fruit. They’ll cool you off and give you your daily fruit servings!

(Tip: if you don’t have reusable popsicle molds, try putting the fruit and coconut water in small cups with a popsicle stick instead. Make sure to use plastic cups; water expands when it freezes and can cause non-flexible containers to break).



Icebox Cake


For a deceptively simple and impressive dessert, try out this recipe for icebox cake. There’s no baking involved, and you can easily customize it by using whatever seasonal fruits you enjoy most.

Strawberry Cheesecake Salad


What’s better than strawberry cheesecake during the summertime? Ovenless strawberry cheesecake! The cool thing about this recipe is that it can be eaten as-is like a fruit salad or with graham crackers or waffle cone pieces as a dip.

Watermelon Sorbet


If you want ice cream but don’t have an ice cream maker, this watermelon sorbet is a great alternative. Perfect to cool you down on a hot day!

RecipesLiz Connor