It’s inevitable. In some unspecified time in the future this summer time, it’s going to be too sizzling, too humid, too overwhelming to prepare dinner.

So don’t.

Don’t activate the range. Don’t preheat the oven. Don’t soften or sear or sauté.

The 24 recipes that observe are made for the warmth by skipping its software altogether, as a substitute prioritizing contemporary produce, ready proteins, assembling, mixing and chilling. The place an authentic recipe could have referred to as for some cooking, we’ve supplied ideas and swaps to be sure to don’t activate the range, oven, even the toaster.

In fact, there’s no disgrace in a meal of chips and salsa or a juicy mango eaten messily over the sink. And whereas some sandy chilly cuts on the seashore, tucked into hand, then into mouth, could also be memorable, they aren’t precisely Proustian.

So, make some meals — and a few recollections. However positively don’t prepare dinner.

Carry the French seaside to you with this recipe from Kay Chun. Sure, you may blanch the steered greens, however why? Decide up some precooked edamame, and persist with dippers like carrots, cucumbers and pleasantly bitter endives. Then take Kay’s recommendation and bulk it up with some canned tuna or rotisserie hen.

Recipe: Grand Inexperienced Aioli

Malika Ameen, a Pakistani American cookbook creator, has watched her household use every kind of fruit on this savory salad, however hydrating watermelon, as on this recipe she shared with The Instances, is good for sustaining you when the mercury rises.

Recipe: Watermelon Chaat

Torn items of grocery store rotisserie hen sop up the simple sauce, impressed by the Vietnamese condiment nuoc cham, on this weeknight particular from Yewande Komolafe. The mint and basil right here outnumber the leafy greens for a salad that’s full of contemporary, herbaceous taste and prepared in 5 minutes. Crispy shallots, additionally store-bought for minimal effort, add yet one more layer of taste.

When even desirous about cooking is a slog, Hetty McKinnon’s recipe, impressed by Japanese hiyayakko and Chinese language liangban tofu, is the last word dish. Silken tofu, calmly chilled from the fridge, swims in a stunning soy dressing that’s simply doubled, tripled and even quadrupled. It could possibly sit in your fridge for months, prepared for at any time when that summer time kitchen stoop inevitably arrives.

Recipe: Silken Tofu With Spicy Soy Dressing

Sue Li’s easy dish is so good and nuanced: Salting the cucumbers attracts out any extra liquid whilst you whisk collectively a fast sauce. However its true brilliance lies in how the recipe layers the peanut combination between sheets of cucumber for wealthy texture in each chew. For much more crunch, use chile crisp instead of the oil, or chunky peanut butter as a substitute of creamy.

Recipe: Cucumber Salad With Roasted Peanuts and Chile

This caprese revels in risk: In case your tomato choices are restricted, this salad proves you should utilize no matter stone fruit seems good, then soak it in a combination of lemon juice, sugar and salt till it tastes “perky and vivid — like the best stone fruit you’ve eaten,” because the recipe’s developer, Ali Slagle, recommends. Peaches, nectarines, plums or cherries all work effectively right here, topped with a little bit oil and herbs for a dish that cools and invigorates.

Recipe: Stone Fruit Caprese

Two sorts of peppers — sizzling and candy — work collectively on this Mediterranean-inspired salad from Genevieve Ko. A stint in a salt-and-vinegar dressing pickles them gently and shortly, infusing them with taste as you put together the remainder of the dish. Take a reader suggestion and pair the salad with a crunchy baguette for contrasting texture.

Recipe: Tuna Salad With Sizzling and Candy Peppers

Cannellini beans step in for the normal chickpeas on this hummus, which comes collectively within the meals processor and is prepared in mere minutes. Genevieve Ko brilliantly features a little bit of miso for depth and a little bit saltiness, nevertheless it’s simply as memorable with out.

Melissa Clark’s protein-heavy salad is thrillingly zesty. Reduce the preparation time for this recipe in half through the use of store-bought cooked shrimp (or a shrimp cocktail) and simply skip step one. Then, give all of it a spritz of lemon on the finish till the flavors are balanced and sharp.

Recipe: Shrimp Salad

Conventional kulfi requires cooking down milk till concentrated and further candy, which is lower than supreme when the climate’s sizzling and the surface is so alluring. This shortcut, straight from Tejal Rao’s mom, requires combining sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream to comparable impact. It comes collectively in 5 minutes and freezes in a single day, so prep it within the morning, and pop it within the freezer so it’s prepared by dinner’s finish.

Recipe: Fast Mango Kulfi

Ali Slagle channels the ’80s — the golden age of goat cheese — with this texture-packed, fruit-filled salad. Candy nectarines goes effectively with the tangy cheese and the crispy smattering of pita chips, however you may use any seasonal stone fruit so long as it’s juicy and ripe.

Recipe: Hen Salad With Nectarines and Goat Cheese

As fairly as it’s scrumptious, this summery recipe, influenced by Japanese hiyayakko and Italian caprese salad, tucks rosy peaches and bright-red tomatoes alongside silken tofu and drizzles all of them in a dressing spiked with balsamic vinegar and sesame oil. Hana Asbrink, who created the recipe, calls the dressing “the most effective half!” — spectacular in a salad with a lot to supply.

Recipe: Chilly Tofu Salad With Tomatoes and Peaches

You would wing it relating to a charcuterie board, or you may use this intelligent recipe, which builds in adapting for style. Select no matter spreadable pâtés, cured meats, cheeses, nuts or olives you want, however don’t skip the super-quick whipped ricotta. Each dip and unfold, it turns the entire thing right into a meal.

Julia Moskin searched excessive and low for the best tackle this Spanish basic, and he or she landed on one from Seville, in Andalusia, recognized for its sizzling climate. A half cup of olive oil lends its silky heft and tones down the colour of this model. (It’s extra orange than pink.) Make it, then maintain some within the fridge for when an pressing starvation strikes. This gazpacho goes a good distance.

Recipe: Greatest Gazpacho

Run by way of with contemporary herbs (and bitter pickles!), this one-bowl tuna salad sandwich is stuffed with sturdy flavors and textures, particularly since Naz Deravian layers potato chips underneath the bun for a salty crunch that provides solution to the creamy filling.

Recipe: Tuna Salad Sandwich

A ceviche with out seafood? Inconceivable, you would possibly say. However Jocelyn Ramirez’s tackle the basic applies a mixture of lemon and nori sheets (and wakame, if you happen to like) to grated cauliflower, evoking the brininess of the ocean. No, it’s not the actual factor, nevertheless it’s simply as satisfying.

Recipe: Cauliflower Ceviche

One ingredient. One step. One basic New York Instances recipe. Bananas are sliced, frozen after which blended till easy. That’s it! Prime it with wealthy fudge or chocolate shavings, sprinkles or whipped cream and a cherry. Or simply serve it straight with the satisfaction that you simply made a real crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

A calmly retro hen salad, this further crisp tackle a sequence restaurant and buffet basic — Candy Tomatoes, anybody? — pairs wonton strips, shredded rotisserie (or leftover) hen and chopped romaine hearts with a fruity sesame oil-infused dressing. You would make the wonton strips, however don’t. Purchase them on the grocery store, as Eric Kim, the recipe’s developer, suggests, or just put aside a packet out of your subsequent takeout order particularly for this dish.

“What a candy little mild factor that is,” a reader wrote about this recipe, a centerpiece of many Iranian tables, from Naz Deravian. Every aspect — feta, basil, mint, cucumbers and watermelon, to call a number of — is thoughtfully organized and delightfully cooling. You possibly can soak the walnuts to mood their bitterness, nevertheless it’s fully non-compulsory. What isn’t non-compulsory is tucking a little bit of cheese, herbs and walnuts into the flatbread for a loghmeh, the Persian phrase for an ideal chew.

Recipe: Naan-o Paneer-o Sabzi

It’s uncommon {that a} salad seems like a celebration, however this recipe from Alexa Weibel challenges that assumption with glee. A do-it-yourself ranch dressing stuffed with energetic cilantro, lime and jalapeño will get drizzled over a set of crunchy greens — romaine hearts, corn, radishes. In case you can’t readily discover Cotija, you possibly can all the time swap in Parmesan for the same salty umami.

Recipe: Chopped Salad With Jalapeño-Ranch Dressing

An olive salad tops 5 sorts of cured meat and provolone on this New Orleans basic, tailored from Susan Spungen. Letting every thing sit for 10 minutes as soon as assembled and earlier than you dig in could also be troublesome, nevertheless it’s for the most effective: The sandwich melds collectively, the juices mingle, the anticipation builds. Make it forward and maintain it chilled, able to feed a hungry crowd at a second’s discover.

Recipe: Muffuletta

A tart French dressing constructed on Dijon mustard, orange juice and a splash of lemon, lime or grapefruit juice (your name) provides this salad — initially from Von Diaz’s cookbook “Coconuts and Collards” — an edge, whereas mellow avocado and candy shrimp maintain it from going too far. Don’t fear about poaching the shrimp right here: You possibly can simply use precooked shrimp and toss it with the dressing on the finish.

Recipe: Shrimp and Avocado Salad With Citrus French dressing (Camarones a la Vinagreta)

This vivid, mild however nonetheless filling salad from Lidey Heuck likes to tag alongside — to picnics, potlucks, barbecues, the seashore. Take it wherever you suppose getting hungry is a risk. It hangs out amenably and welcomes any method of last-minute additions: canned tuna, olives, herbs. A dream date!