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18 Cool And Easy Summer Dinners You Can Make Without An Oven

Because when it's 100°F outside, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven.

Let's be real: The last thing you want to do on a hot summer night is turn on your oven or spend hours cooking.

So we rounded up 18 of our favorite summer recipes that require practically no cooking. From hearty summer salads to fresh spring rolls, these recipes are just the thing to keep you cool.

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1. Thai Peanut Wraps

spicedblog.com

Feel free to make the filling and peanut dressing ahead of time to make life easier — just hold off on assembling them until the last minute so the wraps don't get soggy.

Get the recipe: Thai Peanut Wraps

2. No-Cook Zucchini Noodles With Pesto

Zucchini noodles can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores. If unavailable, just slice your zucchini into thin planks and cut into matchsticks.

Get the recipe: No-Cook Zucchini Noodles With Pesto

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3. Mediterranean Chopped Salad

Chickpeas + cucumbers + tomatoes = the perfect no-cook summer salad to serve with pita bread.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean Chopped Salad

4. Gazpacho

Just throw all of the ingredients into a blender, purée until smooth, and garnish with sour cream and chives.

Get the recipe: Gazpacho

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5. Vietnamese Noodle Salad

To cook the noodles, simply pour boiling water over them and let sit for about three minutes until tender. No need to boil them in a big pot of water like wheat pasta.

Get the recipe: Vietnamese Noodle Salad

6. Italian Chicken Wraps

Feel free to use shredded rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own or omit it altogether. That way, you can turn these wraps into a vegetarian-friendly or no-cook meal.

Get the recipe: Italian Chicken Wraps

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7. Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce

jessicainthekitchen.com

You can fully assemble these spring rolls ahead of time and stash them in the fridge — just make sure to cover them with a damp paper towel so they don't dry out.

Get the recipe: Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce

8. Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad

projectmealplan.com

Using Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise helps keep this tuna salad nice and light. Serve it with crusty bread, stuffed into a croissant, or on soft white bread for a simple summer dinner.

Get the recipe: Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad

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9. Italian Chopped Salad

thegraciouspantry.com

Because a refreshing chopped salad is always a good idea — especially when it's 100° outside. This recipe dresses it in a simple balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette, but you can use your favorite store-bought dressing as well.

Get the recipe: Italian Chopped Salad

10. Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas

You can find tostada shells near the chips in most grocery stores. If unavailable, simply bake small corn tortillas in the oven until crisp and lightly browned.

Get the recipe: Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas

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11. Chicken Salad Summer Rolls

Proof that rice paper can make anything look fancy — even classic chicken salad.

Get the recipe: Chicken Salad Summer Rolls

12. Chilled Summer Soup With Herby Cucumber Salad

Just toss a bunch of veggies together in a bowl, let 'em sit for 30 minutes, then blend until smooth. Top with a fresh cucumber salad and dinner is done.

Get the recipe: Chilled Summer Soup With Herby Cucumber Salad

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13. Ground Chicken Thai Lettuce Wraps

evolvingtable.com

You'll have to quickly cook the ground chicken on the stovetop to make the filling, but it's totally worth it.

Get the recipe: Ground Chicken Thai Lettuce Wraps

14. Mediterranean Tomato Salad With Herbs and Feta

themediterraneandish.com

Because tomatoes + red onion + feta is always a winning combination.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean Tomato Salad With Herbs and Feta

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15. Avocado Chicken Salad

Creamy avocado takes the place of mayonnaise in this fresh chicken salad that's perfect for hot summer nights.

Get the recipe: Avocado Chicken Salad

16. Watermelon Salad With Feta and Cucumber

acouplecooks.com

Sweet, salty, and easy to make.

Get the recipe: Watermelon Salad With Feta and Cucumber

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17. Turkey Roll-Ups

Fans of Costco turkey roll-ups, this is for you.

Get the recipe: Turkey Roll-Ups

18. Spicy Tuna-Stuffed Avocados

saltandlavender.com

Feel free to make the tuna salad ahead of time and keep it in the fridge to get a head start. That way, when you're ready to eat, all you have to do is slice open some avocados and stuff them.

Get the recipe: Spicy Tuna-Stuffed Avocados

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