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5 No-Cook Summer Meals to Chill Out a Heat Wave

If you can't stand the heat, why make things hotter by cooking? Try these ideas for refreshing no-cook summer meals instead. Because you're cool like that.

1. Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Pre-cooked shrimp saves you from heating up your kitchen when you make these fresh Asian wraps. Cool tip: "Cook" the rice noodles by soaking them in hot water from your tea kettle for a few minutes until they're soft but not mushy.

Fresh Spring Rolls

Photo by Meredith

2. Avocado and Tuna Tapas

Canned tuna goes fancy pants when it gets stuffed into rich, creamy avocado halves. Cool tip: Learn how to tell if an avocado is perfectly ripe, and how to slice it to remove the seed.

Avocado and Tuna Tapas

Photo by bd.weld

3. Zucchini Spaghetti alla Marinara

It seems like everyone's wild about zucchini "noodles." Here, they get tossed with raw tomato sauce for the ultimate fresh-from-the-garden dinner. Cool tip: No spiralizer? No problem. Use these everyday gadgets to make vegetable "noodles."

Zucchini Spaghetti alla Marina

Photo by bd.weld

4. Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad

Stop by the deli to pick up a roasted chicken, and you're well on your way to making a satisfying dinner without breaking a sweat. Cool tip: Choose a flexible lettuce for your wraps, such as iceberg, Boston, or butter lettuce.

Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad

Photo by Renee Paj

Related: Get 8 more no-cook meals you can make from rotisserie chicken.

5. Crab & Avocado Salad with Fruit Salsa

Spring for real crabmeat instead of imitation if your budget allows. If not, you can make this salad with cooked shrimp. Cool tip: The Washington Post has an informative article about the difference between canned and fresh crabmeat. Spoiler alert: They say go for fresh crab in eight- or 16-ounce tubs.

Crab Avocado Salad with Fruit Salsa

Photo by LatinaCook

Related: Check out 12 fruit salsas you're going to want on everything.

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Vanessa Greaves

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