Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm
July 07, 2016

It's too dang hot. We'll say it again: It's. Too. Dang. Hot.

We love to cook. And so do you (otherwise, you probably wouldn't be here, reading this). But when the oven causes your house/apartment's temperature to raise to something akin to an inferno, it's time to cook selectively. By that, we mean cook what's necessary and no-cook what's not, like sauces.

No-cook sauce can be everything from chopped fresh tomatoes with lots of basil and garlic best tossed with pasta or peanut sauce for summer rolls (or to just eat with a spoon). Even if you don't know what you want to cook, there will be an easy, heat-free sauce for whatever that turns out to be. Here are 11 no-cook sauces to make this summer:

1.) Fresh Tomato Sauce 

Top a pizza or bread or toss with pasta, like penne or linguine.

2.) Mojo Sauce

Dress a black bean salad, toss with pulled chicken for tacos, or serve with grilled shrimp.

3.) Grape Raita

Pair with any spicy dish (the yogurt tames the heat) or grilled salmon.

4.) Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauce

Toss with rice noodles and thinly sliced veggies, serve with grilled tofu or chicken, stir into ground turkey for a different kind of burger, serve with summer rolls, or serve alongside kebabs.

5.) Chimichurri Sauce

Drizzle over gazpacho, serve with grilled steak or chicken, use as a dressing for a tomato salad, or toss with cooked shrimp and pasta for a different kind of scampi.

6.) Yogurt-Tahini Sauce

Serve with beef kabobs, with falafel, as a topping for lamb burgers, or with grilled vegetables.

7.) Muhammara Sauce 

Brush onto grilled meats or vegetable kebabs, serve with roasted or grilled fish, stir into cooked grains like couscous or farro.

8.) Aji Amarillo Sauce

Top nachos or tortilla chips, drizzle on tacos, spoon over rice, toss it with roasted potatoes, or use it as a sauce for pretty much anything, like chicken, pork, fish, summer squash, or sautéed greens.

9.) Tzatziki Sauce

Top a sandwich or baked potato, serve with grilled vegetables, eat with pita chips, serve with roasted chicken, toss with cooked potatoes for a Greek-inspired potato salad, or serve with grilled shrimp.

10.) Avocado Sauce 

Use on a burger or vegetable sandwich, as a dip, or as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or salmon.

11.) Dandelion Greens Pesto 

Drizzle over tomatoes, toss with cooked grains or pasta, eat with scrambled eggs, or slather on a sandwich.

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