Gallery: 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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Spicy Tuna Salad with Young Ginger and Lemongrass
Spicy Tuna Salad with Young Ginger and Lemongrass

Apart from a bit of knife-work, this recipe is as simple as tossing ingredients together.

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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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Tuna Avocado Tartare
Tuna Avocado Tartare

Another staple in any no-cook repertoire, tuna tartare is made interesting with the addition of creamy avocado and a zest lime dressing.

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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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Marinated Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato, and Basil Salad
Marinated Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato, and Basil Salad

Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil are a classic combination, but sometimes the dish can be very bland. Here, cherry-sized mozzarella balls (ciliegine) are marinated in extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, salt and pepper, and then tossed with sweet cherry tomatoes and golden balsamic vinegar. Nothing bland about that.

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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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Salade Niçoise
Salade Niçoise

A good loaf of crusty bread and a nice bottle of wine round out this refined salad perfectly.

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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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Classic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich
Classic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich

Muffulettas only get better as they sit around at room temperature, so feel free to make them ahead of time. They're ideal party fare, as well.

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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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Anchovy, Basil, and Tomato Sandwiches with Aioli
Anchovy, Basil, and Tomato Sandwiches with Aioli

These sandwiches pack a nice, salty wallop with just a few anchovies . Think of them as a Provencal BLT.

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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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