No-Cook Summer Dinners

Dinner, In Season, Recipes, Summer
on August 1, 2007
Caprese Salad with Peppers
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

There’s no better season than summer to indulge in a little laziness, particularly where cooking is concerned.

When the weather’s picture-perfect or the mercury’s high, the last thing we need is to spend quality time with our stoves. Here are some great no-cook meals anchored with simple recipes and rounded out with items available from your local super. Add a crisp, cool wine, a porch, a fan, and dinner is served.

Italian Antipasto Plate

  • Caprese Salad with Peppers
  • Garbanzo Bean Salad
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • Slice Prosciutto, Salami or Cappicola
  • Arugula
  • Crusty Italian Bread
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Chilled Melon

Middle Eastern Mezze Plate

  • Tabbouleh Salad
  • Dolamades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Hummus
  • Feta Cheese
  • Fresh Pita Bread
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Baklava

—By Stacey Morris, a writer in upstate New York.