16 Best Fuss Free No Cook Dinner Ideas You’re Going To Make On Repeat This Summer

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Get dinner on the table in a flash with these quick and easy no cook dinner ideas!

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No Cook Dinner Ideas

With the weather quickly warming up and summer right around the corner, no cook dinners are becoming more and more appealing.

When the weather is too hot to use the oven, no cook dinner ideas are a must try because they make getting dinner on the table totally fuss free.

No cook dinner ideas are perfect for nights when you don’t want to heat up your home by cooking an elaborate or complicated meal.

Even the easiest meals use the stove top or oven which creates unnecessary heat. And, on beautiful sunny days the last thing you want to be doing is slaving over a hot kitchen stove!

So, we wanted to share some of our favorite easy summer dinner ideas with you that require no cooking at all.

These 16 quick and easy summer dinner ideas are simple to put together, use basic ingredients, do not use the stove and are for the most part kid approved.

So, if you find yourself looking for weeknight dinner ideas that will not take forever to prepare you’ve got to try these easy summer dinner ideas.

From sandwiches to salads and even wraps, these no cook dinner ideas are also great no cook lunch ideas!

Keep on reading to find out which 16 fuss free easy summer dinner ideas we recommend you try!

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What should I make for dinner on a hot day?

If you are anything like us then the motivation to cook really dwindles on hot summer days.

Spending time outdoors always trump cooking in our home. So, we’ve become really efficient at getting a no cook dinner on the table in a flash.

No cook meals are often simple, made with fresh ingredients and are combined together to create fresh and delicious meals that can be prepared really quickly.

We often have a variety of no cook dinner staples sitting in our fridge throughout the summer to make dinner prep fuss free.

Here are some of our favorite no cook dinner ideas that you can mix and match all summer long to create fresh and tasty no cook supper ideas perfect for feeding the family.

  • Salad greens topped with a protein, fresh vegetables and our favorite salad dressing
  • Poke bowls made by combining cooked rice, sushi grade fish, fresh raw vegetables
  • Sandwiches loaded with low sodium lunch meats, tuna or chicken
  • Wraps made with smoked salmon, lunch meats and vegetables
  • Pasta salads loaded with fresh vegetables and tossed in delicious dressings
  • Bean salads tossed with tinned beans, fresh chopped vegetables, seasonings and dressing
  • Fruit Salads are a great side dish to complement a no cook dinner idea
  • Raw vegetables and dip are ideal for serving as a side for sandwiches, wraps and rolls

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Easy No Cook Dinner Ideas Perfect For Summer

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#1 Classic Club Sandwiches are a classic no cook dinner idea that you can quickly prepare to feed the family. This recipe from Pinch of Healthy uses turkey but you can also use store bought rotisserie chicken or sliced chicken to prepare your sandwiches. Serve with chips and a colorful raw veggies with dip to round out this no cook dinner idea. (Visit A Pinch Of Healthy for more details and the complete recipe)

#2 Classic Cobb Salad is one of our absolute favorite fuss free summer dinner recipes. A rotisserie chicken is a life saver in this recipe making prep literally 10 minutes. Top your salad with pre-cooked eggs, chicken, cheese, avocado and bacon to make an epic cobb salad the whole family will enjoy. (Visit Yellow Bliss Road for more details and the full recipe)

#3 Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta Salad is perfect for nights when you want something really light but packed with TONS flavor. Store bought (or homemade) zoodles are paired with Mediterranean flavors including Kalamata olives, artichokes, feta, chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and oregano. This quick and easy zucchini pasta is great as a stand lone meal or a side dish paired with one or more of these no cook dinner ideas. (Visit Two Peas and Their Pod for more details and the complete recipe)

#4 Hummus Veggie Wraps are a hearty and delicious no cook supper idea. Lavash bread (or tortilla) is smothered with garlicky hummus and loaded with kale, bell peppers, carrots and cucumber to create a quick and easy dinner that is packed with flavor. Add as many of your favorite veggies as you’d like to really boost the nutritional value. Pair this simple no cook dinner idea with fresh fruit to make it a complete meal. (Visit Simple Veganista for more details and the full recipe)

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#5 Mediterranean Tuna Salad is a mayo free tuna salad that really hits the spot on nights when cooking just isn’t the priority. Tinned tuna is paired with bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, black olives and chickpeas to create a quick and easy no dinner idea that is perfect for summer. Use chips to scoop and call it a meal!(Visit Delicious Meets Healthy for more details and the complete recipe)

#6 Greek Pasta Salad is made with pantry staples making this a must try dinner idea for a hot day. Make this dinner idea ahead of time and have it ready and waiting in your fridge for nights when you need a no cook dinner idea in a flash. (Visit The Delicious Spoon for more details and the full recipe)

#7 Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe is a classic recipe that will bring back memories of your childhood. Shredded rotisserie chicken is paired with mayo, grapes, celery and almonds to create decadent chicken sandwich with just the right crunch. Serve on a fresh croissant, Portuguese bun or soft Italian roll. Service with fresh veggies and dip, chips and fresh fruit for a complete meal. (Visit Spaceships & Laser Beams for more details and the complete recipe)

#8 BLT Chicken Wraps are incredibly simple and so delicious, Crispy bacon is paired with lettuce, tomato and a creamy dressy to create this classic wrap. Service with heaps of raw veggies and plenty of seasonal fresh fruit and call it a meal. (Visit Cooking With Karli for more details and the full recipe)

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#9 Avocado Toast Lox is the perfect combination of delicious avocado and smoked salmon. Top your favorite crispy toast with layers of avocado mash and smoked salmon to create the ultimate easy no cook supper. Pair with a zoodle salad, pasta salad or heaps of fresh fruit to create a complete meal. (Visit Hungry Traveling Mama for more details and the complete recipe)

#10 Muffaletta Sandwiches are an iconic sandwich from New Orleans. Italian bread is loaded with Italian lunch meats, cheese, olive tapenade and giardiniera to create a mega dinner sandwich. Serve with a fresh salad and fresh fruit to complete your quick and easy no cook summer dinner. (Visit Chili Pepper Madness for more details and the full recipe)

#11 Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad Bowls can be prepared quickly and easily using store bought cooked rice. This light and healthy Mediterranean grain salad combines cooked rice with loads veggies and tosses the whole lot in a deliciously tangy dressing that is to-die for. This meal sized salad is perfect on its own but can be served in smaller portions as a side with a wrap, sandwich or shrimp roll. (Visit Daisy Beet for more details and the complete recipe)

#12 No Cook Shrimp Rolls are a must try for anyone who LOVES seafood. These no cook shrimp rolls taste like you spent hours in the kitchen but really only take a couple of minutes to prepare. Combine cooked shrimp radish, scallion, carrot, lime juice, mint and spices to create a quick and easy no cook supper the whole family will gobble up. Pair with your favorite quick and easy side salad and fruit to complete your meal. (Visit Good Housekeeping for more details and the full recipe)

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#13 Smoked Salmon BLT is one of those no cook dinner ideas you’re going to have on repeat if you’re a fan of smoked salmon. A traditional BLT is made even more delicious by making smoked salmon the star. Pair your favorite fruit salad for a fresh and light no cook summer dinner.(Visit Running To The Kitchen for more details and the full recipe)

#14 Prosciutto Brie Sandwiches are the ultimate hearty sandwich idea. Thinly sliced prosciutto and creamy brie is paired to create a quick yet DELICIOUS no cook summer dinner perfect for all members of the family. Serve with a side salad and fruit for a delicious and simple dinner. (Visit Pinch Me I’m Eating for more details and the full recipe)

#15 Quick & Easy Shrimp Ceviche is one of those no cook dinner ideas the family will beg you to make over and over again. Use your favorite chips to scoop up this delicious shrimp ceviche as part of your no cook summer dinner spread. Serve with a bean or pasta salad to make it more hearty. (Visit That’s Delicious for more details and the full recipe)

#16 Summer Charcuterie Board is one of the best no cook dinner ideas since you can combine a variety of different cold foods to please every member of the family. From cheeses to lunch meats and olives and bread sticks you can create your charcuterie board to reflect the personal tastes of your family. Serve with a large side salad and fruit to make it a complete meal! (Visit Belly Full for more details and the full recipe)

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