Once summer arrives, who wants to spend hours in a hot kitchen? Definitely not us! That’s why we’re big fans of no-cook vegetarian meals. They’re satisfying, easy to throw together, and, best of all, healthy. Why turn on the oven when you can enjoy the freshness of raw ingredients?
From hearty bean salads to veggie “noodle” dishes to deliciously raw tacos, we’ve gathered 20 no-cook vegetarian recipes that will help you stay cool all summer long.
Mango Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
Crumbled tempeh and sweet champagne mangoes make the perfect filling for these easy vegetarian lettuce wraps. Inspired by Williams-Sonoma’s Pork and Mango Lettuce Wraps, they’re a refreshing and flavorful way to beat the heat.
Smashed Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sandwiches
Who says sandwiches have to be boring? This no-mayo chickpea salad from Two Peas and Their Pod is a delightful option. It’s not only great for sandwiches, but it can also be used as a dip. Whether you’re having a picnic at the beach or a relaxed dinner al fresco, these sandwiches are sure to please.
Raw Carrot Pasta with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce
Spiralized vegetable “noodles” are a fantastic stove-free solution for scorching summer days. The Roasted Root presents raw carrot noodles with cashews and a zesty ginger-lime peanut sauce. This fast and healthy dish is a crowd-pleaser that will leave you feeling satisfied.
Raw Nori Rolls with Red Cabbage
These rolls from This Rawsome Vegan Life are packed with carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, avocado, and more. Enjoy them with a delicious miso tahini sauce that adds a tangy twist. These raw nori rolls truly are rawsome!
Instead of spending time cooking, why not assemble a spread of Mediterranean favorites like olives, hummus, and pita bread? Let everyone fill up their plates with deliciousness! Kitchen Treaty shows you how to create the perfect meze platter for a refreshing and satisfying meal.
Black Bean and Feta Tacos with Strawberry Mango Salsa
These simple yet tasty tacos from Eats Well with Others are the ideal choice for a no-cook summer dinner. Plus, the vibrant strawberry mango salsa takes full advantage of fresh, in-season fruit. It’s a combination that will leave your taste buds wanting more.
Cucumber Chickpea Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing
With fresh mint and a bright lemon-tahini dressing, this cucumber chickpea salad is not only hearty and healthy, but it also doubles as a super-satisfying side dish. Enjoy the crunch of cucumber and creaminess of chickpeas in every bite.
Shaved Cauliflower Salad
This veggie-packed dish from Happyolks features shaved cauliflower, radicchio, parsley, walnuts, and a tangy Dijon dressing. It’s a satisfying and flavorful meal that you can easily prepare without turning on the oven. Feel free to leave the walnuts raw for a delightful crunch.
Sprouted Quinoa Bowl with Kale Almond Pesto
Tasty Yummies introduces us to sprouted quinoa dressed with delicious kale almond pesto. Sprouted quinoa is packed with nutrients, and combined with kale, it creates an especially healthy no-cook option. This vibrant and nourishing bowl is perfect for summer.
Radish and Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing
Dishing Up the Dirt brings us a farm-fresh cabbage salad with radishes, carrots, cilantro, avocado, and a creamy peanut dressing. In just 10 minutes, you can create this crisp and satisfying salad that will keep you feeling refreshed on hot summer days.
Green Zebra Gazpacho with Cucumber and Avocado
Kalyn’s Kitchen highlights the star ingredient of this chilled soup: the heirloom Green Zebra tomato. This gazpacho is not your typical light version – the addition of avocado makes it more substantial and satisfying. It’s a refreshing way to enjoy a no-cook meal that’s perfect for summer.
Roasted Red Pepper and Mozzarella Sandwiches with Arugula Pesto
These hearty vegetarian sandwiches are a must-have for the summer. To avoid using the oven, simply opt for jarred, store-bought roasted red peppers. Alternatively, you can slice up a juicy, fresh-from-the-vine heirloom tomato for a burst of flavor. Either way, these sandwiches are a delight.
Green Goddess Detox Salad
Pinch of Yum presents this incredible salad packed with detoxifying veggies, creamy feta, crunchy almonds, and a vibrant homemade green goddess dressing. It’s a perfect way to go green and feel refreshed while enjoying a delicious and nutritious meal.
Zucchini Pasta with Two-Tomato Pesto
To Her Core spirals up zucchini noodles and serves them with a tangy tomato-basil pesto and pine nuts for an added crunch. This flavor-packed no-cook option is not only delicious and healthy, but it’s also incredibly easy to prepare.
Cauliflower Couscous with Cherries and Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette
Dolly and Oatmeal created this creative salad with sweet-tart cherries, fresh herbs, and raw cauliflower “couscous.” The refreshing and summery touch comes from the lemony sumac vinaigrette. It’s a dish that will steal the show at any dinner.
Greek-Flavored Butter Bean Salad
An Edible Mosaic offers this Greek-inspired butter bean salad bursting with bold flavors. Serve a generous scoop alongside pita bread or stuff it inside for a grab-and-go treat. It’s a salad that will transport you straight to the Mediterranean.
Mango Black Bean Salad
Fight fire with fire! This light and fresh black bean salad from An Edible Mosaic strikes a perfect balance between heat and coolness with the addition of jalapeno peppers. Enjoy it as a filling for tacos or wrap it in lettuce for a refreshing twist.
Avocado Smash Wrap
These wraps from The Spicy RD are a great meal-on-the-go option. Filled with creamy avocado chickpea spread and a variety of raw veggies, they’re perfect for those moments when you want to escape the heat and keep things light.
Spicy Asian Slaw Summer Rolls
Fresh bell peppers, crunchy radicchio, spinach, and more make these raw summer rolls from The View from the Great Island a tasty delight. Paired with a cool coconut dipping sauce, they’re the perfect combination of refreshing and satisfying.
Swiss Chard Wraps with Raw Walnut Taco “Meat”
Tasty Yummies introduces us to these vegan tacos made with hearty raw walnut “meat,” creamy avocado, and a smoky tomato vinaigrette. It’s a flavorful combination that will leave your taste buds craving more. Give it a try and see for yourself!
Now that you have these incredible no-cook vegetarian recipes at your fingertips, there’s no need to slave over a hot stove. Enjoy the freshness and deliciousness of raw ingredients while keeping cool all summer long.
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