22 Fast and Delicious No-Cook Meals


It’s the last Friday in July – who wants to waste the dwindling summer hours cooking?  Real Simple is featuring a mouth-watering slideshow of 22 meals that you can make in a snap and eat cold.

Even the pickiest pre-schooler is sure to love the creamy shrimp rolls or roast beef cheddar roll-ups.  The barbeque chicken sandwiches look extra yummy, and for the vegetarians out there, there’s a smashed white bean and avocado club.  Mmm… more summer food suggestions after the jump.

One of my favorite no-cook meals is a simple 3 bean salad.  Everyone has their own recipe, but if you’re domestically challenged like me, all you need to make culinary magic is three different types of beans and a jar of Italian dressing.  In the past I’ve added tomatoes, fire-roasted red peppers, black olives and cilantro.  How do you make yours?

I also swear by my taco dip.  I bring it to any party that requires a dish to pass.  Just smear a can of refried beans in the bottom of a caserole dish, add a layer of sour cream, salsa and sprinkle the top with cheese!  Can be served warm or cold and used as a dip for crackers or tortilla chips or as a hard or soft taco filling.  You can get as fancy or keep it as simple as you like, depending on the type of salsa and cheese you use.

What are you favorite meals in a pinch?