Made in the Shade … 10 No-Cook Recipes for Hot Summer Days


Last week, it was in the 90’s for a couple days, and so I did some baking. *

Since I’m guessing you’re not into turning your kitchen into a furnace, I thought you might like some no-cook, no-bake meals for these hot summer days.

Here are 10 delicious, no-cook, vegan, and gluten-free recipes for hot summer days.

No-Cook Recipes

1. Mediterranean Couscous Salad

An easy and healthy salad for your summertime produce. Add some pita bread with a spread (like this Creamy Cashew Chive Dip) and you have a full meal!

2. 5-Minute Italian Butterbean Salad

Quick and Easy Italian Butterbean Salad

This high-fiber, super healthy, full-of-flavor main dish salad takes only minutes to prepare and is perfect for packed lunches or picnics.

3. Sprout Sandwich

Vegan Sprout Sandwich

I do not like sprouts. At all. But they are super yummy in this amazing sandwich!

4. Oil-Free Pesto

Healthy Low-Fat Pesto Recipe

Smother a couple slices of whole-grain bread with this luscious pesto, add some fresh tomato slices … oh, yum I’m hungry now!!

5. Veggie Wrap

Healthy Mediterranean Wrap Recipe

Quick. Easy. Nourishing. Clean-eating. Delicious. And flexible. What’s not to love?

6. Avocado Tomato Salad


There’s nothing quite like a juice homegrown tomato. Add a can of black beans to this salad and you have nourishing and easy, no-cook meal.

7. French Lentil Salad

French Lentil Salad - healthy vegan glutenfree

If you have some lentils on hand (either home-cooked or lentils from a can work great too), this elegant, yet simple, salad comes together in just minutes! Added benefits: It’s super nutritious, has amazing flavor, and is very flexible so you can make it how you like it.

8. Greek Garbanzo Salad

Greek Chickpea Salad

A very hardy and filling no-cook meal.

9. Power Salad

Power Salad

Packed with protein, healthy fat, fiber, and an abundance of other nutrients, this filling power salad is a satisfying meal in itself.

10. Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Made with a healthy serving of veggies and high-fiber garbanzo beans, this easy-to-prepare filling just may be the key to the perfect, healthy sandwich.

* P.S. In case you think I’ve totally lost my rocker, I wasn’t baking for the fun of it; I had to test a recipe for an event I was cooking for.

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