Take the heat out of the kitchen with these no-cook recipes

In the thick of summer, you probably want to avoid turning on the oven or stove. Luckily, no-cook meals are here to save the day so you can stay cool when it’s hot outside. Now that chefs all over TikTok are switching out their heavy and hearty dishes for something light and refreshing, there are many delicious recipe options with no heat required. From ahi tuna poke to garlic sesame noodles, here are five incredible no-cook recipes that take the heat out of mealtime.

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1. Ahi tuna poke

This ahi tuna poke is packed with flavor and easy to throw together. Start by cutting sushi-grade raw tuna into cubes, and add them to a mixing bowl. Next, add green onions, sweet white onion and ginger. Then mix in sesame oil, soy sauce and ponzu sauce. Finally, sprinkle in some chili powder and sesame seeds, and combine thoroughly. Then add a pinch of sugar before serving.

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2. Pesto white bean salad with garlic croutons

For a salad that’s dressed to impress, look no further than this recipe. First, add arugula and cherry tomato halves onto a large platter. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Next, add white beans mixed with pesto and garlic croutons. Finally, top with a balsamic glaze, and enjoy!

3. Tomato and watermelon gazpacho

Tomatoes combined with watermelon make this gazpacho recipe “soup-er” tasty. Begin by adding chopped tomatoes, diced red onion, peeled and chopped cucumbers, bits of stale white bread, garlic, olive oil and sherry vinegar to a mixing bowl. Next, season with salt and pepper. Then toss all the ingredients together before refrigerating for one hour. Add the mix to a blender, followed by watermelon and basil. Finally, blend until smooth. Serve with croutons, herbs or any of your favorite toppings.

4. Garlic sesame noodle bowl

The power is in the sauce when it comes to this garlic sesame noodle recipe. First, combine rice noodles with hot water in a mixing bowl. Let the noodles soak before draining the excess water. Next, add the noodles to a serving bowl, followed by shredded carrots, cucumbers, cabbage and edamame. Then, top with sesame sauce made from tahini, peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, syrup, sesame oil, chili oil, garlic and ginger. Finally, garnish with fresh herbs and sesame seeds before serving.

5. Heirloom tomatoes with peaches and burrata cheese

This zesty recipe is so mouthwateringly good that it will leave you “s-peach-less.” Start by cutting heirloom tomatoes into slices and cubes, and add them to a salad bowl. Next, place peach chunks and thin peach slices on top of the tomatoes. Then add the burrata. Season with salt and pepper. Then top with basil, olive oil and balsamic glaze. Enjoy!

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