Open Thread: What's Your Favorite No-Cook Meal?

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Bold promises [Photograph: Dave Katz]

New York just emerged from a withering heat wave, the kind that left me sprawled out on my tile floor, draped in an icewater-soaked towel with a fan perched above my lifeless body for days on end. I know some people don't like to eat in that kind of weather, but even a UV index cranked to 11 isn't enough to kill my appetite, so I dragged myself up off the floor to assemble a meal that would require absolutely zero additional heat.

Unlike me, corn and tomatoes love the hot hot heat, and I had recently picked up some ultra-sweet bicolor corn and ripe Sungold tomatoes at the market. Years ago, a farmer I worked with turned me on to snacking on fresh sweet corn raw, and I've been hooked ever since.* Some of you may remember my sadness over not liking raw tomatoes earlier this summer, but I'm happy to report that I can enjoy wee little Sungolds when chopped into quarters. And because a salad isn't a salad in my mind without some meat, I sliced a few ribbons of proscuitto to toss in there, too. Some fresh basil leaves and a quick grating of Parmesan cheese on top were the finishing touches, along with a glug of olive oil and salt and pepper. I thoroughly enjoyed my colorful meal from my DIY igloo on the floor.

So, what's your favorite no-cook meal? (And if you need some inspiration, we've got 24 recipes right this way.)

*While I realize it's unrealistic for everybody to buy everything farm-fresh, raw corn really does taste much better if it's fresh from a local farmstand or farmers market, as opposed to from the supermarket. Trust me on this one.

About the author: Jamie Feldmar is a noodle aficionado, barbecue lover, and the managing editor of Serious Eats. You can follow her on Twitter at @jfeldmar.

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