A boy eats an ice cream in the heat on the first weekend of the summer school holidays at the swimming pools in Kriens, Switzerland. Reuters

It's so hot you don't want to even move off the couch, let alone turn on the oven or fire up the grill. But you've got to eat something other than Popsicles, so what do you do? Throw together a no-cook meal and eat it in the comfort of your air-conditioned dining room.

The blogger behind Sally's Baking Addiction probably put it best: "When the temps rise, the last place I want to be is in my tiny kitchen. Send me to the pool and give me a margarita because this chick is NOT baking in a summer heat wave."

Luckily, you don't need the stove in order to get creative this summer. Forget boring salads and endless PB&J sandwiches — you can make meals of all kinds with fresh fruits and vegetables, deli meats and other literally cool ingredients. For dessert, skip eating ice cream out of the carton and instead whip up a no-bake pie or drink a beverage with frozen-berry ice cubes.

Next time your stomach growls, beat the heat with one of these 20 no-cook but totally great recipes:


Lola's Horchata from AllRecipes

Raspberry Peach Iced Tea from Damn Delicious

Frozen-Grape Sangria from Country Living

Watermelon Cooler from Mama's Gotta Bake

Cucumber Punch from AllRecipes


Homemade Hummus from Martha Stewart

Thai Beef Rolls from My Recipes

Light Yogurt-Poppy Slaw from Delish

Fruit, Cheese, and Herb Skewers from My Recipes

Blender Gazpacho from Martha Stewart


Southwestern Chopped Salad from Delish

Family-Style Muffuletta from My Recipes

Chicken and Dill Souvlaki from Real Simple

Hiyayakko (Japanese Cold Tofu) from Kitchn

Zucchini Lasagna with Farmer Cheese from Martha Stewart


Cake Batter Lush Dessert from The Domestic Rebel

Frozen Yogurt Pie from Pint-Sized Baker

Strawberry Whipped Sensation from Kraft

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie from Spoon University

Blueberry-Orange Parfaits from My Recipes