Give the grill and oven a break and beat the heat by serving dinners that don't require any cooking.
Farro Salad with Cherry Tomato, Onion, and AlmondsCooking a batch of whole grains, such as farro at the beginning of the week makes dishes like these a breeze on busy summer nights.
Family-Style MuffulettaPorchetta, a seasoned boneless pork roast, can be found in the deli case, but you can use any cold cuts here. For a make-ahead twist, wrap the sandwich tightly with plastic wrap, and chill under the weight of a heavy cast-iron skillet up to 8 hours.
Rachel's Farro SaladNutty-tasting farro adds a boost of protein and whole grains in your summer salads.
Pan BagnatAs a specialty of Nice, France this Pan Bagnat makes the perfect picnic sandwich or outdoor summer dinner because the combination of ingredients packs in and stays together for a punch of flavor and a clean meal.
Shrimp, Watermelon, and Feta SaladMint and watermelon make a refreshing base for beautiful jumbo cooked shrimp in this delicious no-cook salad.
Thai Roast Beef SaladDeli meats such as roast beef makes summertime meals a breeze. Just whisk together ingredients and you have a healthy easy meal in no time.
Crab, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil DressingServe the best of summer veggies in a colorful salad that's packed with flavor. Lemon, honey, Dijon mustard, and fresh basil form a tart dressing that's drizzled on a fresh corn, succulent crabmeat, and hearty tomato salad. Both light and fresh, this meal is the perfect meal for a warm summer day.
Lobster Salad with Mango and Red OnionJalapeño peppers combined with fresh jicama and mango gives cooked lobster tails a sweet and spicy twist for a delightful summer salad.
Farro, Cherry, and Walnut SaladFarro is a quick-cooking grain with a mild flavor, perfect for a summer salad. Add juicy cherries, crunchy celery, and a mustardy dressing for the perfect accompaniment to grilled meat, poultry, or fish. If you can't find farro, you can substitute wheat berries, barley, or quinoa.
Hummus-Stuffed PitasAll you need is 15 minutes to make this quick and easy Mediterranean-inspired dish, the perfect grab-and-go meal or no-fuss dinner at home.
Tomato "Bruschetta" with Tuna and Cannellini SaladNo bread is involved, but this is hearty enough for a quick weeknight meal--and makes great use of vine-ripened tomatoes.
Mediterranean Garden WrapsHere's a simple yet satisfying way to get more vegetables into your day. Feel free to experiment, changing up the vegetables you use based on what's in season, as well as the bread. Tortillas make good wraps, and the fillings are excellent in pita bread.
Tuna, Arugula, and Egg Salad with Pita ChipsBoiling a dozen of eggs at the beginning of each week makes for a fast dinner solution and a delicious snack on-the-go.
Rotisserie Chicken with Peaches, Walnuts, and BasilStore-bought cooked chicken takes on a whole new dimension in this light and very flavorful dish.Worthy of a special occasion.
Prosciutto, Peach, and Sweet Lettuce SaladServe this light main-course salad with a hunk of crusty baguette and a glass of chilled riesling.
Bloody Mary Tomato Salad with Quick Pickled ShrimpMix and match colorful assorted tomatoes, such as 'Beefsteak,' 'Brandywine,' and 'Cherokee Purple.' Their rich, meaty flavor counters the dressing's tang and zip.
Zucchini-Mushroom "Linguine"Cutting zucchini into thin strips is easy and makes a fresh substitute for pasta. Add thinly sliced ribbons of salami for a meatier meal.
Picnic in a GlassThis Southern spin on Middle Eastern fattoush salad can be assembled in the morning before taking off to your picnic, tailgate, or work so the flavors meld and pita chips soften.
Peruvian CevicheImmersing delicate raw fish in aromatic citrus juices is an innovative way to slowly cook fresh fish. Habanero chiles add a spicy kick to the dish, but are balanced out by a mixture of sweet potatoes, corn, and butter lettuce. The citrus juices "cook" the fish in about an hour, so put this recipe together when you get home then enjoy some downtime on the porch before dinner.
Apricot-Nut Turkey-Salad SandwichesUse pre-cooked turkey breast to update the classic salad sandwich. The combination of crunchy cashews, sweet apricots, and low-fat yogurt adds a great finishing touch to this delicious sandwich. Serve on pumpernickel bread for extra flavor.
Smoked Salmon BagelBagel stackers aren't just for brunch anymore, especially when you pile them high with tasty ingredients. Rich, buttery smoked salmon not only makes the perfect accompaniment to a warm bagel, but it's rich in protein, healthy fats, and vitamin D. Finish the bagel with chive cream cheese, crunchy red onion, cucumber, and salty capers.
Chipotle Chicken Taco SaladServe a zesty salad packed with a chipotle chile, cumin, and cilantro dressing. The smokiness of the chipotle brings out the rich flavors of the roasted chicken breasts. Using pre-cooked chicken breasts means this Mexican-inspired salad can go from kitchen to table in just minutes.
Chunky GazpachoCrunchy cucumbers, sweet Vidalia onions, and three vinegars combine to form this traditional Spanish soup. Serve the soup cold for a light refreshing lunch or with a mixed green salad for a filling dinner. Put the soup together the night before you plan to serve it and let it chill, covered, until it's time to eat.
Mango Avocado Shrimp SaladZesty and filling, this no-cook salad combines fresh summer ingredients–mangoes and avocadoes, with a quick three-ingredient dressing. Fresh chiles add a bright kick of spice to the finished dish. Chill for about an hour to let the flavors marry.
White Bean and Roasted Chicken SaladUsers raved about this 5-ingredient salad that combines pre-cooked chicken breasts with white beans and fresh basil. For a quick finishing touch, drizzle with a lemon, vinegar, and Dijon mustard dressing and serve with a glass of iced tea or white wine.