Easy No-Cook Dishes
Roast Beef Summer Rolls
Vietnamese summer rolls are often filled with chicken or shrimp, but Grace Parisi makes hers with roast beef from the deli.
Chilled Tomato Soup with Tarragon Crème Fraîche
Supersweet tomatoes will make this cold soup extra-delicious. But to enhance the flavor of even less-than-perfect produce, Melissa Rubel adds tomato paste, which has a rich, concentrated taste.
Indian Pulled-Chicken Sandwiches
Whenever it's hot out, let your favorite grocery store roast your chicken for you. Then pull apart the meat for these healthy curried chicken salad sandwiches.
Raw Corn and Radish Salad with Spicy Lime Dressing
Nick Fauchald rarely cooks fresh corn in the summer because it's so much better straight off the cob. Here, he tosses sweet, fresh corn kernels (preferably picked that day) with radishes and a puckery lime dressing flavored with jalapeños and honey.
Cucumber-Yogurt Soup with Pepperoncini
Pepperoncini (long, thin Italian pickled chiles) give Marcia Kiesel’s otherwise-mild soup an appealingly tangy flavor.
No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies
Grace Parisi's crumbly, ultra-peanutty cookies require only four ingredients: puffed-corn cereal, peanut butter cups, peanut butter and chocolate sprinkles. The powdery texture of the ground cereal prevents the cookies from feeling sticky.
Spicy Asian-Chicken-Salad Lettuce Cups
Melissa Rubel uses a store-bought rotisserie bird in her reinvented chicken salad. She spikes the mayonnaise with chile sauce and toasted sesame oil and adds water chestnuts for crunch.
Chilled Avocado Soup Topped with Crab
A perfect summer soup.
Citrus, Avocado and Escarole Salad
In this salad, a variety of citrus is served with creamy avocado and a Mexican-inspired dressing.
Lemony Bulgur Salad with Shrimp and Spinach
Bulgur (a quick-cooking form of whole wheat) is usually boiled before it's eaten, but for this terrific main-course salad, Melissa Rubel Jacobson simply softens it in warm tap water before tossing it with baby spinach and precooked shrimp.
Cucumber-and-Radish Salad with Burrata
The delicious dressing for this salad comes from the juices that form while the cucumber macerates with the other ingredients.
7-Minute Salmon Caviar Sushi Bites
This is an inexpensive, easy, playful take on a sushi roll. It makes a terrific party snack.
Spicy Greens and Pear Salad with Pomegranate Gremolata
Aida Mollenkamp packs tart (pomegranate), bitter (watercress, arugula) and sweet flavors (honey, pear) into this spicy salad.
Soppressata Bundles with Radicchio and Goat Cheese
Chef Dante de Magistris serves these little soppressata-wrapped cones as party snacks. He varies the filling—sometimes he replaces the peperoncini (Italian pickled peppers) with grappa-soaked raisins.
Pita-and-Chopped Vegetable Salad
Called Na’ama’s fattoush, this nontraditional chopped vegetable salad from Sami Tamimi’s mother gets tossed with a tangy buttermilk dressing.
Cold Watermelon Soup
This easy summer soup is made by lightly seasoning watermelon juice and then thickening it with a small amount of xanthan gum.
This is a quick and satisfying little “sandwich” of apples that’s great to wrap up and take on the go.
This chilled, no-cook Spanish soup is similar to gazpacho but blended instead of chopped. Smoked olive oil adds meatiness to the vegetarian dish.
Scallop Ceviche with Aguachile
This simple ceviche combines aguachile, a vibrant sauce made with fresh chiles, herbs and cucumbers, with thinly sliced scallops that have been just cured in fresh lime juice.
Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad
This Brazilian-style salad might taste a bit rich—with creamy avocado and a mayonnaise dressing—but it’s really quite healthy.
Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
Grace Parisi brilliantly layers chocolate cookies with a quick mix of cream cheese, chocolate syrup and a little water. The cookies soften as the cake chills overnight for a perfectly moist, chocolaty “cheater’s” cheesecake.
Passion Fruit Ice Cream Pie with a Ginger Crust
This isn’t the kind of ice cream pie you’d make for a kiddie birthday party. Instead of a plain cookie crust, Grace Parisi creates a crispy, chewy one with crumbled gingersnaps, dried pineapple and candied ginger. And instead of the usual caramel or chocolate sauce on top, she prepares a delectable mix of dulce de leche and passion fruit nectar from the supermarket.
Frosty Strawberry-and-Cream Milk Shakes
A quick puree of fresh strawberries and lemon zest creates a delicious fruit floater for this ultra-creamy milk shake.