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For those of us who just love to cook, we enjoy any chance we get to break out our best pots and pans and use them to create something delicious on the stove. But I have to be honest: Despite my love of cooking, there are times when I simply do not want to light up my beautiful range, and I cringe at the thought of washing another pot or pan. Are you with me?! The idea of cooking something for your family, or for just yourself, without really "cooking" is really appealing, don't you think?

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There's no question you can still make satisfying meals without applying any heat to your ingredients. Right of the bat, I'm sure salads come to mind. Putting veggies together is easy, but how about adding different kinds of legumes, nuts, and even fruit to your salads to make them not-so-boring. Also, making use of leftovers is always a good idea. For example, if you roasted a chicken the night before (or you bought it at your local supermarket, no judgment here!) and have leftovers, not only can you make finger-licking-good sandwiches, but you can also add the extra chicken to your salads and wraps for a perfect meal the next day.

The good news is that you don't have to wrack your brain and wonder what to make without cooking with heat. We've got you covered. From refreshing ceviche to elegant soups to colorful spring rolls, we have gathered 40 yummy recipes that do not require you to turn on that stove. Oh, and we cannot forget dessert. You'll be amazed at the recipes we've included for super simple no-bake sweets. Yay. Have fun not cooking!


Black bean, corn and tomato salad is a surprisingly good combination. 1

Black bean, corn and tomato salad is a surprisingly good combination.

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This is one of my favorite salads. Some people serve it as a salsa to go with chips, but I think it also works great as a light lunch or as a side dish. Give it a try!

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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Ceviche is one of my top no-cook meals. You'll love it! 2

Ceviche is one of my top no-cook meals. You'll love it!

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You can never go wrong with a refreshing ceviche. Aside from the delicious taste, the best part is that you don't have to use the stove at all!

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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Sopa fría de aguacate is creamy and so satisfying. 3

Sopa fría de aguacate is creamy and so satisfying.

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This elegant chilled avocado soup will please any palate.

Get the full recipe at Saveur.

Mexican tuna salad is the perfect light meal. 4

Mexican tuna salad is the perfect light meal.

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Canned tuna is a pantry staple in my house. How about at yours? Try this recipe for a quick yet delicious meal.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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Gazpacho is a favorite among many. Have you had chilled tomato soup? 5

Gazpacho is a favorite among many. Have you had chilled tomato soup?

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I used to say no to chilled soup. But the first time I had gazpacho, I became a believer.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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This 3-bean salad couldn't be easier to make. 6

This 3-bean salad couldn't be easier to make.

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Another staple at my house: A variety of canned beans, which when seasoned, make for a perfectly satisfying salad.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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Coconut snowballs are good any time of year! 7

Coconut snowballs are good any time of year!

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I have never had these little morsels, but after reading the no-bake recipe, I think I must!

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

Papaya, avocado and tomato salad make the perfect combination. 8

Papaya, avocado and tomato salad make the perfect combination.

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Papaya is a tropical fruit packed with goodness for your body. Try it in this savory salad.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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Guasacaca is a no-cook avocado sauce to die for! 9

Guasacaca is a no-cook avocado sauce to die for!

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This is the perfect sauce for Venezuelan arepas, but don't stop there. Use it to add a Latin twist to your next-day chicken sandwich.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

Here's a no-cook recipe for a spicy jalapeño hummus. 10

Here's a no-cook recipe for a spicy jalapeño hummus.

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While this recipe has you roasting your own jalapeños, I say no! You can get them already roasted in a jar at most supermarkets.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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Here's another delicious bean salad. This time, lima beans are the star. 11

Here's another delicious bean salad. This time, lima beans are the star.

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Once you prepare it, let it chill. The longer you keep it in the fridge, the better it will taste!

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

Jicama adds perfect crunchiness to any salad. 12

Jicama adds perfect crunchiness to any salad.

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Before I moved to Mexico, I had never had jicama before. Now I add it to almost all my salads. Check out this simple recipe below.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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Ricotta mango parfait sounds perfect to me. 13

Ricotta mango parfait sounds perfect to me.

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This dessert is not only super easy to make, it looks beautiful!

Get the full recipe at Martha Stewart.

Make a turkey wrap for a light meal or snack. 14

Make a turkey wrap for a light meal or snack.

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Keep it simple. Gather extra ingredients you may have a home. Then, make a turkey wrap and call it a day.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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Try this combination for a salad: Mango, avocado and garbanzo. 15

Try this combination for a salad: Mango, avocado and garbanzo.

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Mango, like watermelon, is such a versatile ingredient. It goes especially well with savory salads.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

Roasted red pepper hummus is addictive! 16

Roasted red pepper hummus is addictive!

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Hummus made at home is always better! And it couldn't be eaiser to make. Use canned garbanzos and jarred roasted peppers.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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Avocado and garbanzo make a filling salad. 17

Avocado and garbanzo make a filling salad.

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I can eat avocado every day, so I always have it on hand. The choices for salads with avocado are unlimited. This recipe is particularly delicious!

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

Paletas de piña bring me back to my childhood. 18

Paletas de piña bring me back to my childhood.

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When I lived in Mexico, I think I probably ate a paleta a day as a kid. These pineaple popsicles are so easy to make and soooo yummy!

Get the full recipe at Saveur.

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Black bean pureé is a no-cook appetizer that you'll love. 19

Black bean pureé is a no-cook appetizer that you'll love.

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You can have it as an appetizer, but sometimes I make it a light meal by adding veggies, and maybe some crispy pretzel chips.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

Cabbage slaw is as colorful as it is delicious. 20

Cabbage slaw is as colorful as it is delicious.

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It cannot get easier than this. Raw cabbage slaw is great on its own, but also great as a topper for your favorite sandwich.

Get the full recipe at Food Network.

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Another chilled soup for your no-cook repertoire: Cucumber soup. 21

Another chilled soup for your no-cook repertoire: Cucumber soup.

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Who would have thought!? You can actually make soup (the chilled kind) with cucumbers. I'm all in.

Get the full recipe at Food Network.

Use your leftover chicken to make a delightful Chinese chicken salad. 22

Use your leftover chicken to make a delightful Chinese chicken salad.

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Leftover chicken doesn’t have to go to waste. Try this recipe for something different.

Get the full recipe at Food Network.

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Tomato, mozarella and basil salad is a go-to in my house. 23

Tomato, mozarella and basil salad is a go-to in my house.

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This quintessential salad is one of my favorites. Drizzle good quality balsamic vinegar at the end, and you are done!

Get the full recipe at AllRecipes.

Greek salad is a classic. 24

Greek salad is a classic.

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This very popular salad doesn’t disappoint. Add big chunks of feta cheese and sprinkle dried oregano on top. Finish it with a drizzle of olive oil. 

Get the full recipe ta Food Network.

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Chilled white gazpacho is a twist on the traditional. 25

Chilled white gazpacho is a twist on the traditional.

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Made with white grapes and cream, this chilled soup is unique.

Get the full recipe at Food Network.

If you love cheesecake, this recipe is a winner. 26

If you love cheesecake, this recipe is a winner.

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Use up all your summer strawberries to show off with this no-bake dessert!

Get the full recipe at Food & Wine.

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Salsa con camarón seco: A delicious Oaxacan dish. 27

Salsa con camarón seco: A delicious Oaxacan dish.

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Bring intense flavor by adding dried shrimp to a traditional pico de gallo.

Get the full recipe at Saveur.

Peanut butter cookies that you don’t have to bake! 28

Peanut butter cookies that you don’t have to bake!

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Since I love peanut butter, I’ll be making these the first chance I get.  

Get the full recipe at Country Living.

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Elevate watermelon salad with cotija cheese. 29

Elevate watermelon salad with cotija cheese.

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Watermelon is such a versatile fruit, and it is the perfect addition to your no-cook meals.

Get the full recipe at Saveur.

Tuna bahn mi is one of my favorite Vietnamese sandwiches. 30

Tuna bahn mi is one of my favorite Vietnamese sandwiches.

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This sandwich is typically made with fish, but this recipe calls for canned tuna instead. Sounds good to me!

Get the full recipe at Food & Wine.

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Avocado and mashed white beans: This sandwich takes the prize. 31

Avocado and mashed white beans: This sandwich takes the prize.

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I would've never thought to combine mashed white beans with avocado. But this is has become one of my favorites.

Get the full recipe at Real Simple.

No-bake chocolate custard is truly decadent. 32

No-bake chocolate custard is truly decadent.

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Okay, I made this for a picnic just recently, and you wouldn't believe all the compliments I received.

Get the full recipe at Food & Wine.

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Make a healthy taco salad in a jar and take it to work! 33

Make a healthy taco salad in a jar and take it to work!

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Here's the perfect no-cook recipe for a lunch at home or something beautiful to take to work. Check out the recipe below.

Get the full recipe at Food Faith Fitness.

Similar to ceviche, tiradito is another no-cook fish recipe that will delight. 34

Similar to ceviche, tiradito is another no-cook fish recipe that will delight.

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The lime juice will essentially “cook” the fish, making for a bright and lovely dish.

Get the full recipe at MamásLatinas.

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Don't miss having these super-yummy vegetable summer rolls. 35

Don't miss having these super-yummy vegetable summer rolls.

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The hardest thing you'll have to do is dunk the rice paper in water. That's it!

Get the full recipe at Taste.

Another yummy no-bake dessert recipe for you. 36

Another yummy no-bake dessert recipe for you.

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You may want to try this raw and vegan no-cook pecan pie this Thanksgiving. It sounds amazing!

Get the full recipe at Food52.

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Beets do not need to be roasted to be delicious. 37

Beets do not need to be roasted to be delicious.

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Beets, like carrots, can be eaten raw. And they're so sweet! I urge you to try this perfect recipe.

Get the full recipe at Mark Bittman.

If you’re a fan of good quality tuna, make a beautiful poke bowl. 38

If you’re a fan of good quality tuna, make a beautiful poke bowl.

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You can get as creative as you want when making a tuna poke bowl. They look so pretty and are also so delicious!

Get the full recipe at TheKitchn.

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You can eat zuchinni pasta raw! 39

You can eat zuchinni pasta raw!

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Show off your crazy-good knife skills and cut thin zucchini slices to make the “pasta.” Or you can also use a “spiralizer” and you’ve got zucchini pasta for a meal!

Get the full recipe at My Recipes.

Despite the name, this pie does not taste like dirt! 40

Despite the name, this pie does not taste like dirt!

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This dirt pie is a healthier version of the original. Think dates, coconut cream and dark chocolate. And no baking!

Get the full recipe at Cotter Crunch.

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