No-Cook Summer Dinners

Dinner,In Season,Recipes,Summer
August 1, 2007

Stay cool with no-cook meals that are crisp, wonderfully light and made for hot summer evenings on the porch.

Caprese Salad with Peppers
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

There’s no better season than summer to indulge in a little laziness, particularly where cooking is concerned.

When the weather’s picture-perfect or the mercury’s high, the last thing we need is to spend quality time with our stoves. Here are some great no-cook meals anchored with simple recipes and rounded out with items available from your local super. Add a crisp, cool wine, a porch, a fan, and dinner is served.

Italian Antipasto Plate

  • Caprese Salad with Peppers
  • Garbanzo Bean Salad
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • Slice Prosciutto, Salami or Cappicola
  • Arugula
  • Crusty Italian Bread
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Chilled Melon

Middle Eastern Mezze Plate

  • Tabbouleh Salad
  • Dolamades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Hummus
  • Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Pita Bread
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Baklava

—By Stacey Morris, a writer in upstate New York.


Caprese Salad with Peppers

Caprese Salad with Peppers

What goes better with fresh, ripe tomatoes than mozzarella and roasted peppers?

Tabbouleh Salad

Tabbouleh Salad

Grains and veggies combined with a simple vinaigrette.


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