We all know that dreaded feeling. Wanting to contribute a home-cooked dish to your next soiree, but taking one look at the oven and stove during the heat of summer and thinking to yourself “no way that’s happening.” You’re in luck: ‘tis the season for a plethora of hearty and refreshing dishes that require zero heat and are sure to be people-pleasers. We rounded up our favorite no-cook summer options for your next picnic to keep you entertaining in style, even when your phone reads ninety degrees in the weather app.When turning on your oven or stove in the heat of summer feels like the end of the world, whip up these light and easy no-heat options and be the life of the party at your next potluck picnic.
Watermelon with Lime Dressing and Peanuts
We love this Asian-influenced spin on a juicy summer staple. Salty peanuts, tart lime juice, and umami-rich fish sauce add just the right unexpected notes to one of our favorite warm weather treats.
Chopped Salad with Feta, Lime, and Mint
No summer picnic is complete without a crisp and refreshing salad, and this one is absolutely crave-worthy. The lime juice adds a nice bite, and we love the creamy feta and fresh mint to round out the summery flavors.
Source: Smitten Kitchen
Another incarnation of our beloved frosé? Say no more! This cooling granita is an absolute cinch to make, and is sure to be a showstopper. Serve it topped with fresh berries for added sweetness.
Crudites and Chipotle Cashew Dip
One of our favorite dips of all time (and also one of the easiest). Have a Magic Bullet that you make smoothies in? You can make this spicy, nutty dip in there too. It’s also vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, so you can serve it knowing that all guests can enjoy it.
Source: Bon Appetit
Chickpea Tahini Salad
The versatility of this simple, filling, and healthy salad makes it one of our go-to options. Have it over toast, as a sandwich, or on top of greens, and it’s equally delicious. Try it as a picnic app in lettuce cups FTW!
Coconut Rainbow Popsicles
A wise woman once said “once you pop the fun don’t stop” – and that’s exactly how we feel about these popsicles. Not only are they gorgeous on the eye, but the creamy coconut milk and zesty lemongrass keep them big on flavor too.
Source: My Name is Yeh