5 No-Cook Summer Recipes Every 20-Something Should Know

By the time August rolls around, the last thing we want to do is spend time in our extremely hot kitchens. Turning on the stove or the oven makes us want to beeline for a breezy, beachfront restaurant immediately. (If only we could afford that kind of pampered dining experience on the regular.) Fortunately, there’s a whole slew of fast, super-easy summer recipes that you can make without any heat whatsoever. Take that, warm-weather cooking woes! Beat the end-of-summer swelter with these five refreshing, no-cook recipes. To offer some visual guidance — and make your time in the kitchen even shorter — each recipe comes complete with a how-to GIF.

No-Cook Summer Corn-Avocado Salad

Photography by Danny Kim; Food Styling by Ali Nardi
If there's one thing the East Coast does better than the West, it's corn. So, pairing creamy avocado with sweet kernels of corn might be the next best thing to guacamole in the summer — and it's far easier to prepare. Just toss in some black beans to make it a heftier meal.

Corn, Avocado & Lime Salad
Serves 2

1 ear fresh, sweet yellow or white corn
1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
1/3 cup cooked or canned black beans, rinsed
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 fresh lime, squeezed
Red pepper flakes

1. Scrape the corn kernels off the cob and into a bowl.

2. Add the avocado, black beans, cilantro, and lime juice.

3. Season to taste with salt and red pepper flakes.