What to Cook When It's Too Hot to Cook

5 Easy Dinner Ideas that Don’t Take Any Cooking at All!

5 no cook dinners

The mercury outside is topping 100, and there’s no way you’re cranking up the heat on your oven–it’s too hot to cook! A quick, no-cook meal seems like an impossible feat, but we’ve got you covered! Break out your freshest ingredients and try one of the five recipes that we’ve rounded-up below. You’ll have a filling, incredible tasting meal in a matter of minutes!

Try a Spread 

cheese meat spread

Want a quick, easy dinner idea for a hot summer’s eve? Various sliced meats, cheeses, crackers, bread, dip and olives make a lovely gourmet meal in minutes!

Go Green

tomato salad pita

This Tomato Salad Pita Pocket is fresh, simple and delicious. Raid your garden or farmer’s market for crisp green lettuce and succulent tomatoes to get a true taste of summer.

Share a Salad

panzanella salad

A tasty, beefed-up salad is the way to go on a hot summer night. Try this super healthy and delicious hybrid between Greek salad and classic panzanella.

Better Than Takeout 

asian chicken salad

This Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad takes 10 minutes to throw together if you’ve got rotisserie chicken on hand. The salty and sour dressing brings in the exotic Thai and Vietnamese flavors to this tasty dish!

No-Bake Steak Pizza (a Coupons.Com Exclusive recipe!)

steak pizza

Grab just five items from the deli or salad bar section of your favorite grocery store, pile ‘em high on a piece of flatbread, and you’ve got a delicious dinner done in minutes. No oven, stove or skillets required.


  • Serves 4
  • 4 pieces flatbread
  • 4 cups arugula
  • ½ pound thick-sliced deli Roast Beef, cut into strips
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette


Place flatbread on four serving plates. (Grill or microwave if warm flatbread is desired). Top with arugula, roast beef, tomatoes and a sprinkling of cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Salt and pepper, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Before you shop: With minimal effort, you can have dinner on the table and keep your house cool during the dog days of summer. Here is a list of some of our favorite no-bake desserts to top off your meal!

brooke-mclayBrooke McLay is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, food writer, and single mom to four rad kids. Author of two cookbooks and the beloved blog, CheekyKitchen.com, her creative approach to fast, fresh, family-friendly foods has garnered her regular gigs with Disney’s Babble.com, Tablespoon.com, Good Cook, and Coupons.com.