25 No (or Low) Cook, Cool Dinner Recipes On Hot Summer Days

Summer is approaching quickly! We always look forward to a nice break as well as all of the summer time activities we can do. But the heat, peaking around 2 pm until about dinner time, is no go for our A/C-less family. Every summer, my family restricts activities that would make all of us hotter. We don’t turn on the lights and we stay away from the upstairs. Unfortunately, we don’t have a kitchen that doesn’t get hot. Cooking is something I never want to do on hot summer days. After a long day of work, staying in the kitchen with your stove or oven on high heat while preparing supper for the whole family can drain energy and make everyone feel hotter! That’s why I’m covering simple, no (low) cooking, light & cool recipes. To save you from the summer’s inconveniences, we have compiled a list of great dinner recipes to combat the heat. We hope you enjoy these yummy recipes as much as we did!


1. Irresistible Italian Chicken Wrap Sandwich

A chicken sandwich is a common and convenient recipe. So, why not give your family’s dinner an irresistible twist? To create this Italian chicken wrap sandwich, roll it in a wrap!  You only need to follow a few basic steps to make this recipe, then you will be safe to serve a simple yet mouth-watering dinner in no time.

Italian Chicken Wrap

2. Fresh Vietnamese Rice Rolls

Our family’s dinner spread on a hot summer day: fresh spring rolls with some mint, salad, and cocktail shrimp inside.

Then leftover tempura air-fryed up for a minute or two. Then of course we made sushi at home!

Viet RIce Paper Roll Sushi Dinner Food No Cooking Recipes for Dinner
Air fryer leftover tempura, simple sushi rolls, and fresh Vietnamese rice (spring) rolls

3. Homemade Sushi Roll

Chef Hiro has my favorite sushi-making YouTube channel. Sushi is something one should learn to do by hand (not using those badly designed kits!) Try rice on the outside rolls, they’re easier to make and hides flaws better. When you cut, remember to dip your knife in a simple water/white vinegar mixture so the rice won’t stick to the knife and it will be much easier to cut.

Hmart Homemade sashimi grade fish...making sushi at home

Remember to use high quality fish, if there’s none around, canned tuna or salmon will work fine in a pinch too!

4. Cold Noodles (Soba)

Are you looking for a 10-minute no-cook recipe? If you know how to boil pasta, you can enjoy Japanese soba noodles! When I first ordered this dish in a restaurant as a simple side, I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed a simple noodle dish of just 3 ingredients. Soba is buckwheat noodles and a well-known, popular Japanese comfort food that’s salty, umami, with a refreshingly cold slurp! Some zest from the spring onions and maybe a side of tempura for crunch…ooh a delicious meal!


5. Vermicelli Noodles

This dish is called ‘bun’ which means rice noodles which is the base of the recipe bowl. Bun ga nuong is popular for lunch, depending on what your bun bowl toppings, it’ll make a filling dinner. Bun ga nuong (vermicelli noodle bowls) is sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, and sour-y…all these amazing textures and flavors combined into a fairly healthy meal. If you have fresh mint and Asian basil on hand, it’ll make it extra yummy so take advantage or pick up some fresh herbs beforehand.

Homemade vermicelli bowl with lemon leftover pork no cook low cook recipes for hot days
Some leftover grilled pork on top of rice noodles and vegetables, super easy, eaten cold with some fish sauce.

6. Poke Bowls

I recreated this recipe using mostly Hiro’s demonstration and it was delicious! Excuse my horrible squirting spicy mayo abilities. The fish I used was Ora King salmon. Locally it was $7/per lb more expensive than our standard sashimi-grade salmon (at $19/lb.) That’s 30% price hike is worth it though, the Ora king salmon is so buttery, fresh, and tender. Not to mention the extra fat is nutritious and sustainably sourced. I use 1/8 lb of Ora salmon per bowl with 1/8 lb Tamago (sweet Japanese egg.)

Homemade poke bowl with ora king salmon and tamago egg omelette

7. Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado

Tired and drained, yet you still want to eat a protein-rich dinner? Try this crispy, creamy chicken salad with avocados nestled within. You can have a light and refreshing supper in less than 10 minutes. It’s also a healthy meal, so it’s perfect for health-conscious moms who want to always have something nutritious for their kids!

Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocado

8. Air-Fried Fish

We’re sure you’ve already heard of the air-fryer trend, so why not try it? Rather than frying it in oil, cook it in an air fryer for 10-12 minutes or until done, then served with lemon wedges and tartar sauce. This recipe is a lot healthier than the usual oil-fried fish.

Air-Fried Fish

9. 20-Minute Sausage and Zucchini

If you want to prepare a healthy and nutritious supper for your children but don’t have enough time! This nicely seasoned combination of sausage, onions, zucchini, and peppers is sure to please. It is also dairy-free, gluten-free, and easy to prepare.

20-Minute Sausage and Zucchini

10. Spicy Grilled Shrimp

These shrimp are sure to be the hit of any barbeque since they are so convenient and simple to cook. They also work well under the broiler if the weather is also not cooperating.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

11. Shrimp Ceviche Tostada

The crisp of the cucumber, onion, and jalapeño balance well with shrimp and smooth avocado if you don’t have time to prepare. This no-cook, light, and the refreshing dish will be good to go!

Shrimp Ceviche Tostada

12. On-Stick Pork Souvlaki With Grilled Citrus

Are you sick of hearing “grilled pork”? Then add some zest with some grilled squeezed citrus or simply serve it side by side. It’s terrific!

On-Stick Pork Souvlaki With Grilled Citrus

13. Healthy Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

You crave a burger, but you despise dry ones? This combination is good for you. This one-bite meal holds together well while providing a juicy and flavorful taste.

Healthy Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers

14. Greek Chicken Grain Bowl

It’s summer, and the entire family will be visiting! So give them this full-packed supper! A quick and easy meal that is both healthy and tasty.

Greek Chicken Grain Bowl

15. Grilled Chicken with Smoky Corn Salad

Fire up your dinner table with this savory and delicious combo that your entire family will enjoy. This is friendly to both adults and kids!

Grilled Chicken with Smoky Corn Salad

16. Delish Meatball and Tomato Salad

So you’re craving a meatball but it’s too plain? You can turn your meatballs into a delectable meal in much less than 20 minutes! Toss them with arugula, avocado, and a tablespoon of yogurt mixture, then voila! You’ve prepared a simple but enjoyable meal.

Delish Meatball and Tomato Salad

17. Mediterranean Hummus Bowl with Chickpeas and Soft-Boiled Egg

Do dinner plans include pita chips or bread? Serve it alongside this Mediterranean Hummus Bowl with Chickpeas and Soft-Boiled Egg, as well as a can of beer or plain cool water.

Mediterranean Hummus Bowl with Chickpeas and Soft-Boiled Egg

18. Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad

This dish comes together quickly and easily, and it’s completely savory without seeming too heavy. The cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad would be a real crowd-pleaser. Furthermore, this recipe can be kept for up to three days!

Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad

19. Inexpensive Sauerkraut and Sausage Roll

This tasty and inexpensive Sauerkraut and Sausage Roll can be done in less than six minutes! This goes well with beer or any other refresher you might want for dinner.

Inexpensive Sauerkraut and Sausage Roll

20. Grilled Eggplant With Garlicky Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

Try something different for dinner with this grilled egglpant with garlicky tahini-yogurt sauce!  Grilling method provides eggplant comparable crunchy skins and creamy innards, and it only takes a few toppings to make it full-on delicious.

 Grilled Eggplant With Garlicky Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

21. Veggie-Packed Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad

Are you one of those people that enjoys Mayo? If that is the case, this one might be for you! Mayo enhances the flavor of any salad, but not everyone enjoys it. This veggie-packed Greek yogurt tuna salad is for you if you have a family member who loves mayo like you! It comes in either a tortilla, a sandwich thin, or a lettuce wrap, depending on your preference.

Veggie-Packed Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad

22. Costco-Inspired Turkey Roll-Ups

If you think turkey is only for Thanksgiving, think again! These Costco-inspired turkey roll-ups will prove you wrong! It is even more delicious than store-bought turkey rolls. Yes, this is true because I tried both. In addition to serving it for supper, you may also serve it at a party you are holding or going to.

Turkey Roll Ups

23. Hoisin-Glazed Salmon with Broccoli and Sesame Rice

Have you always wanted to try salmon with broccoli and sesame rice? If yes, we got you an answer! This hoisin-glazed salmon with broccoli and sesame rice is a great dish. You can easily prepare it in just three steps in a span of only half an hour. You’ll need plenty of ingredients as you prepare this dinner, but all of them are always present in the kitchen and grocery stores, so you won’t find it stressful. With that, you and your family will surely love this recipe idea!

Hoisin-Glazed Salmon with Broccoli and Sesame Rice

24. Crispy Herby Smashed Potatoes

Potatoes, especially their peel, are chock-full of nutrients, believe it or not! Potatoes are high in potassium, Vitamin C, and B6, saturated and unsaturated fiber, helping us be balanced and satiated. So, if you’re thinking of something healthy to prepare for dinner, better try this one!

Crispy Herby Smashed Potatoes

25. Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad with Peaches

Spice up your steak salad with peaches and a quart of balsamic vinegar, as well as young arugula. However, keep in mind that too much acid is not a good thing, okay? So, everything should be done in moderation.

Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad with Peaches

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