Slideshow: 24 Almost-No-Cook Meals to Beat the Heat

Steak Tartare
Steak Tartare

Have a hankering for meat but can't take the heat of the grill? We have your answer here- steak tartare.

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Spicy Rice Noodle Salad with Cabbage and Tofu
Spicy Rice Noodle Salad with Cabbage and Tofu

Thank goodness for rice noodles. A quick bath in boiling water, and they're good to go. The bright flavors and crisp textures in this noodle salad make for a fresh solution to dinner.

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Zucchini Carpaccio Salad with Parmesan, Basil, and Walnuts
Zucchini Carpaccio Salad with Parmesan, Basil, and Walnuts

Raw zucchini is a surprisingly tasty take on the more traditional beef carpaccio.

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Crab Salad with Lime and Avocado
Crab Salad with Lime and Avocado

Delicate and sweet, crab salad is a nice alternative to the more traditional tuna or chicken salads.

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Classic Peruvian-style Fish Ceviche
Classic Peruvian-style Fish Ceviche

Ceviche is tart, bright, and refreshing. Not to mention an cinch to make. Make sure to get super fresh fish.

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Andalusian Gazpacho
Andalusian Gazpacho

Make use of summer's bounty with this lovely chilled soup.

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Easy Chopped Greek Salad
Easy Chopped Greek Salad

Fresh, chopped veggies paired with sharp, tangy feta, this salad is a great light main.

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Jicama and Pomelo Salad with Spicy Thai Dressing
Jicama and Pomelo Salad with Spicy Thai Dressing

A delicious combo of bittersweet pomelo, crunchy jicama and bean sprouts, and crispy fried shallots and peanuts with a sweet-and-hot lime dressing.

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Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Tomatoes, Peppers, Feta, and Basil
Mediterranean Chopped Salad with Tomatoes, Peppers, Feta, and Basil

In order to ensure a flavor-packed chopped salad that doesn't end in a soupy mess at the bottom of the bowl, be sure to salt and drain the veggies before-hand.

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Watermenlon, Lychee, Feta, and Basil Salad with Spicy Lemongrass Vinaigrette
Watermenlon, Lychee, Feta, and Basil Salad with Spicy Lemongrass Vinaigrette

Sweet, juicy watermelon, salty tangy feta, and just a hint of herbs in a light vinaigrette make for a great summertime salad.

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Raw Asparagus Caesar Salad
Raw Asparagus Caesar Salad

We know it may sound strange, but crisp raw asparagus makes a wonderful salad, especially when tossed with a creamy Caesar vinaigrette and freshly-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Greek-Style Chickpea Salad
Greek-Style Chickpea Salad

This chickpea-based concoction relies on cucumber for freshness, onion for zest, and a smattering of feta cheese for tang, all balanced perfectly by the dressing.

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Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Fried Almonds
Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Fried Almonds

What's not to love about this Middle Eastern-style salad with cilantro, smoked paprika, and cumin?

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Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad with Sumac Onions
Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad with Sumac Onions

This makes for a hearty and healthy lunch but works equally well as a side dish.

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Egg Salad, Salmon, and Radish Sandwich Loaf
Egg Salad, Salmon, and Radish Sandwich Loaf

Though it might seem strange at first, a sandwich loaf, basically a cake made with a loaf of bread and savory fillings, is a great way to feed a few people. This one includes egg salad with cured black olives, butter and crisp, peppery radishes, smoked salmon with crème fraîche, capers, and dill.

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Canned Sardine Banh Mi
Canned Sardine Banh Mi

The rich, meaty flavor of sardines along with the spice and tang from the tomato sauce makes this Banh Mi extra special- and makes it easy to whip up at home.

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Pan Bagnat
Pan Bagnat

Like the muffuletta, a pan bagnat really benefits from some time spent loitering on the kitchen counter. The flavors get a chance to meld and soak into the bread just enough to make it extra tasty.

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Spicy Salami Sandwiches with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese
Spicy Salami Sandwiches with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese

Although these are composed of a lot of flavor-packed ingredients, they all balance each other out quite nicely.

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