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 Fruit Parfait

Photography by Danny Kim; Food Styling by Ali Nardi
When it's hot outside, we want a recipe that we can throw together quickly using ingredients we already have in the fridge. That's where parfaits come in. Not only can you eat them for breakfast, as a snack, or for dessert, but they are fast, easy, and flexible. In fact, most of the time, there's little to no prep involved. If you're a parfait newbie, try the below flavor combo for a fresh and simple summer treat.

Greek Yogurt, Mango & Blueberry Parfait
Serves 1

3/4 cup Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla (0%, 2%, or full fat)
1/2 mango, peeled and diced (about 1/2 cup)
1/3 cup fresh blueberries
1 tbsp toasted coconut or granola, optional

1. Layer 1/4 cup yogurt in a glass or parfait cup.

2. Top the yogurt with mango, then another 1/4 cup yogurt.

3. Add the blueberries and then the rest of the yogurt.

4. Sprinkle with coconut or granola, if desired