I also know that sometimes it can be hard fitting meal prep and cook time into a jam-packed summer schedule. And when you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to do is more work. But thankfully, there are a ton of simple recipes to be made with real, honest food. No lazy drive-thru meals here!
With fresh produce overflowing at the farmers market and this list of my favorite no-cook meals, eating organic, delicious, and satisfying dishes can be as easy as throwing your ingredients in a bowl. Music to my ears after a long day in my fiery commercial kitchen! I hope you enjoy these creative (but easy) no-cook summer recipes as much as I do.
Let’s get started:
Overnight Oats. If you know you have a busy day planned for tomorrow, or if you finally have time to sleep in and don’t want to bother cooking up breakfast, overnight oats are perfect. The night before, simply combine milk and oats in a jar. Then layer: I like to mash in a banana and top it with fruit, fresh or frozen. Then add nuts and seeds. If you want, layer in some nut butter, too. Keep it refrigerated at night and enjoy cold in the morning.
Gazpacho. A soup made with raw vegetables and served cold, gazpacho is the best way to cool down on a sizzling summer night. Plus, there are so many ways to make it it’s impossible to get bored! Try it with a little spice and a few slices of avocado. You can even get creative with white gazpacho, featuring apples, grapes, almonds, and cucumber. Watermelon gazpacho is also incredibly hydrating. You really can’t go wrong, so have fun mixing it up.
Smashed White Bean Sandwich. This one is as easy as it sounds. Just mash white beans with spices, then spread on your favorite bread or toast. Add avocado, tomato, sprouts, cucumber, or really anything you’d like and have on hand.
Cucumber Salad. Cucumbers are so refreshing, you’ll be happy to make a whole meal out of them. You can cut or spiral the cucumbers, then toss in a simple dressing, and top with as many vegetables as you’d like. This is also a good way to combine any extra, fresh produce you have in the kitchen.
Summer Corn Salad. To be served on the side, or even as a main (it’s that good!). Combine corn, scallions, avocado, cherry tomatoes, parsley, and feta. Then enjoy.
Tapas Plate. Tapas are a Spanish favorite, and one of mine too. If you haven’t had them before, it’s really just a combination of appetizers or snacks put together into a satisfying meal. There are a ton of different ones to make. I use any or all of the following: pita, hummus, marinated chickpeas, cucumber, roasted peppers, feta, and olives. This is another one you can have fun with.
Excited to try these? I can’t wait to see what you make. Comment below or tag me in a post on Instagram to let me know what you come up with. Don’t forget the hashtag: #nocookrecipe