8 simple no-cook supper recipes

Whether it's too hot to stand over the stove or you're too tired (or lazy, this is a safe space) for dinner, these easy no-cook recipes have your back.

8 simple no-cook supper recipes

Photo: Maya Visnyei

Simple no-cook recipes

Rotisserie Chicken Gyro

Here’s that deli rotisserie chicken swooping in (bad joke?) to save dinner again. OK, so this isn’ttechnically no-cook since our recipe calls for quickly sautéing the chicken with olive oil and spices. But you can totally skip that step and tuck your tender shredded chicken into a fresh pita with tomato, cucumber and feta and call it dinner. Store-bought Greek dressing (or a quickly whisked threesome of olive oil, lemon and dried oregano) will make it sing. Get the recipe: Rotisserie Chicken Gyro

plate of pitas filled with shredded chicken, tomatoes and cucumbers

Pantry Salad

Meet your new BFF. This salad is there for you when you’re at your most vulnerable: Tired, grumpy and drained by too many nights of sweating over a stove. Reach in the pantry for supplies and you’re well on your way—chickpeas, artichoke hearts and sweet red pepper in a tangy Dijon dressing. Simple as that. Get the recipe: Pantry Salad

plate of chickpea saladPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Vietnamese Roast Chicken and Salad Rolls

Ain’t no shame in the rotisserie chicken game. Depending on the size of your family, one chicken can last beyond this fresh dish. You don’t even have to boil rice noodles—just soak them in boiling kettle water for four minutes, then it’s time to roll! Get the recipe: Vietnamese Roast Chicken & Salad Rolls

tray of homemade Vietnamese rolls with fish saucePhoto: Maya Visnyei

Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwich

Question: What feeds six people and can be made ahead of time like it ain’t no thang? Answer: This sandwich. Packed to the top with what counts, this baby’s got cream cheese, pesto, roast beef, roasted red peppers, crumbled chevre and lettuce all tucked into a chewy ciabatta loaf. Get the recipe: Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwich

basket with sandwich on ciabatta with potato chips on the sidePhoto: Maya Visnyei

Fresh Corn Soup

Sweet summer corn is tender even when it’s raw, so it purées nicely for this cool and refreshing soup. Serve it with fresh bread on nights when you literally cannot even with the stove. Get the recipe: Fresh Corn Soup

bowl of corn soup with croutonPhoto: Maya Visnyei


Italian Panzanella with Beans

The name of this recipe is panzanella—it’s Italian so you know it’s good. The premise incorporates crusty bread into a salad of crisp veg and beans. Your job now is to go forth and make it. Get the recipe: Italian Panzanella with Beans

plate of fresh veggies with croutons and beansPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Ham and Cheese Muffaletta

The longer these layers of crisp apple, green beans, ham, cheddar, mayo and Dijon hang out together, the better this sandwich tastes. That means it’s a make-ahead and no-cook recipe, which also means: You win. Get the recipe: Ham and Cheese Muffaletta

thick sandwich filled with ham, cheese, apple and lettucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Simple Summer Sandwich

Call it fancy toast, call it tartine, call it a meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner, really) in mere minutes—like five, max. This simple open-faced sammy has fresh bocconcini, juicy tomatoes and creamy avocado. Four ingredients (including that rustic base) that are so much more together than they are apart. Get the recipe: Simple Summer Sandwich

toast with bocconcini cheese, avocado and tomatoPhoto: Maya Visnyei

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This article was originally published on Jul 14, 2014

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