All start with smart supermarket choices—precooked eggs, canned or jarred tuna, rotisserie chickens, and steamed lump crabmeat. All these meals are also ideal for people who live in dorm rooms or other small spaces without full kitchens.
Prosciutto, Peach, and Sweet Lettuce Salad
White Bean and Roasted Chicken Salad
Rotisserie chicken is your best friend when it comes to no-cook fare. Here are some tips for getting the most of the pre-cooked time-saver: 1) Pick up a rotisserie at the end of your shopped trip so it stays hot until you get home. 2) Serve or refrigerate within two hours. 3) Cut, shred, or chop chicken, and store it, uncovered, in a shallow container in the refrigerator to help it cool quickly. Cover the container when the chicken has cooled. 4) An average 2-pound rotisserie chicken yields 3 to 3½ cups of meat.
Avocado-Buttermilk Soup with Crab Salad
One online reviewer raved: “Silky, luscious, and decadent! I made it for guests and we ate every drop. I used one seeded serrano pepper, and wouldn't have minded a little more spice. We had it for an appetizer before some grilled shrimp salad—rave reviews!”
Thai Beef Rolls
They are an online hit. One reviewer said: “These were not only easy to put together, but delicious. I was looking for something quick after a long, hot day, and these really hit the spot. I served the rolls bias-sliced with oranges and extra mint to garnish, and it was a pretty dish. Even the eye appeal garnered an "ooooh" from my 2-year-old who devoured hers without leaving a crumb. She said, ‘You're a good cooker mommy!’ The beauty of it is that I didn't have to cook a thing.” We agree…a no-cook, kid-friendly recipe is a beautiful thing!
Tuna, Arugula, and Egg Salad with Pita Chips
Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho
Chicken and Guacamole Tostadas
Look for tostada shells (fried, flat corn tortillas) near the flour and corn tortillas or in the Mexican food section of your grocery store. Serve with lime wedges and an extra sprinkling of chopped cilantro for even more fresh flavor.
Lobster Wraps with Lemon Mayonnaise
Making a homemade sandwich spread is an easy way to add a punch of flavor without turning on the heat. You can quickly turn low-fat or light mayonnaise into a gourmet spread by stirring in herbs, citrus juices, and freshly ground black pepper. Vary the herbs according to your taste preferences. Fresh chives and lemon add flavor to this recipe, while fresh tarragon and rosemary would complement a chicken sandwich and fresh dill would work nicely with fish.
Crab, Corn, and Tomato Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing
Use vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh summer corn, and other offerings from your garden (or the local farmers’ market) for a go-to seasonal dish you’ll lean on year after year.
Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad
This 5-star recipe, a favorite of our online reviewers, is a classic no-cook, weeknight meal. The creamy dressing mellows the heat from the chiles—and best of all, it can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.
Pair with a quick no-cook watermelon-mango salad: Combine 2 cups cubed, seeded watermelon and 1 cup sliced, peeled mango in a medium bowl. Combine 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons honey, and a pinch of salt, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle juice mixture over fruit; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon chopped mint. Serve with a crunchy baked tortilla chips, and dinner is served.
Arugula, Italian Tuna, and White Bean Salad
When going the no-cook route, adding flavor-packed ingredients really contribute to the success of the dish. That’s why we like shaving the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese instead of grating for a salty, nutty punch.
Chicken and Glass Noodle Salad
The salad is moderately spicy; reduce the chile paste by 1 teaspoon or omit for a milder dish. A sprinkling of dry-roasted peanuts make a crunchy, satisfying topping.
Shrimp and White Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon-Dill Dressing
For a flavor variation, try arugula and basil in place of watercress and dill. You can also substitute chopped rotisserie chicken for shrimp.