20 Summer Dinners to Make Without Turning on the Oven

The heatwaves are coming and we all know it. When it gets hot the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven. The oven is the appliance that turns my house into the hottest place on the planet. Not really, obviously, but that is what it feels like when it is 90 degrees F outside and the oven is cranking at 350 degrees for over half an hour. So, when the heatwaves come I keep the oven turned OFF. I make dinners that are no-cook, or barely require any stovetop heat. It is about keeping it simple and oven-free. Of course, the good news is that you really don’t have to sacrifice quality just because you don’t want to turn on the oven. There are tons of great dishes you can make and your family with love!

  • 20 Summer Dinners to Make Without Turning on the Oven 1 of 21
    20 Oven-Free Summer Dinners
  • Vietnamese Spring Rolls 2 of 21
    Vietnamese Spring Rolls

    These delicious spring rolls are so easy to make all you need is the food processor. Then, whip up a simple no-cook peanut sauce to dip them in. Everyone will love this healthy meal!

    Photo: Laura Levy

  • Hijiki & Carrot Salad 3 of 21
    Hijiki and Carrot Salad

    Skip the oven and turn on the stove for a quick 15 minutes to make this gorgeous superfood salad. Everyone will love the sweet flavors and crunchy texture it is perfect for an easy summer meal.

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Caprese Salad on a Stick 4 of 21
    Caprese Salad on a Stick

    These bite size skewers are the perfect light summer dinner bites. Serve them up with a glass of wine and forget about turning on the oven completely!

    Photo: Paula Jones

  • Cheese & Fruit Plate 5 of 21
    Cheese and Fruit plate

    The ultimate no-cook meal is a simple cheese and fruit plate. It is delicious, filling, and healthy!

    Photo: Jaime Richardson

  • Caesar Salad Wraps 6 of 21
    Caesar Salad Wraps

    A simple wrap sandwich can make a hearty summer dinner. Use some leftover chicken to wrap it up, or cook it quickly in a skillet on the stove top.

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Creamy Caesar Gazpacho 7 of 21
    Caesar Gazpacho

    If you love the flavors of Caesar salad then you will love this easy gazpacho. Simply fire up the food processor and add the ingredients and dinner is served!

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Chicken Summer Rolls 8 of 21
    Chicken Summer Rolls

    These awesome rolls come together with some leftover grilled chicken. Or, you can buy chicken strips already grilled at the grocery store. Then, drizzle them with a spicy chipotle sauce and enjoy!

    Photo: Brooke McLay

  • Gazpacho Shooters 9 of 21
    Gazpacho Shooters

    Shooters of classic gazpacho are amazingly delicious and so refreshing for a summer meal. Best of all, there is no need to turn on the oven or even the stove top. The vegetables are processed fresh and the soup tastes amazing!

    Photo: Paula Jones

  • Easy Beani Panini 10 of 21
    Easy Bean Panini

    Need a protein packed vegan meal? Make this awesome bean panini. The only cooking involved is toasted the bread and warming up the beans in the microwave!

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Cold Sesame Noodle Salad 11 of 21
    Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

    The only hot part of this meal is boiling the noodles. Then, slip them into a simple sauce and serve it up warm or cold. It is the perfect Asian-style dish for a hot summer night.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Prosciutto, Basil, & Red Pepper Panini 12 of 21
    Prosciutto Red Pepper Basil Panini

    This amazing panini is made with ingredients straight from the fridge and toasted quickly on the stove. It is hearty and healthy and perfect for a quick summer meal.

    Photo: Angie McGowan

  • Ichiban Salad 13 of 21
    Ichiban Salad

    This awesome ichiban salad is packed with veggies and some ramen noodles. It is cinch to make in a jiffy and is great to serve cold on a hot summer evening.

    Photo: Brooke McLay

  • Greek Pasta Salad 14 of 21
    Greek Pasta Salad

    This delicious traditional salad is made heartier with the addition of pasta. Adding that extra umph makes it perfect for a hearty dinner. Simply boil the pasta, add the fresh vegetables and dinner is served!

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Purple Power Green Smoothie 15 of 21
    Purple Power Green Smoothie

    This delicious smoothie would be a great light dinner if you are in the mood for a mild detox or just something easy. It just requires a little blending and chilled glass packed with healthy fruits and vegetables is ready. It will fill you up without weighing you down and be a welcome reprieve on a hot summer evening.

    Photo: Kathy Patalsky

  • Caprese Omelet 16 of 21
    Caprese Omelet

    An omelet is always a healthy dinner and takes just a few minutes to pull together on the stovetop. After that just add a few ingredients like tomatoes, basil, and cheese and serve with a side of strawberries for a healthy dinner!

    Photo: Shaina Olmanson

  • Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps 17 of 21
    Tuna Salad Lettuce Wraps

    Tuna salad is a protein packed main course that only requires a fork and a bowl to pull together. Then, wrap it up in fresh lettuce with some tomatoes to make this healthy wrap that is ideal for a cool, light summer dinner.

    Photo: Aggie's Kitchen

  • Chickpea & Broccoli Slaw Salad 18 of 21
    Broccoli Slaw Salad

    Need a healthy no-heat salad? Try this chickpea and broccoli slaw that will work when it is even too hot to turn on the stovetop. It is packed with protein and vitamins and is perfect for serving for dinner or to a crowd.

    Photo: Aggie Goodman

  • Classic Salmon Salad 19 of 21
    Classic Salmon Salad

    This awesome salmon salad is assembled in a flash with no heat needed. There is so much added flavor from the celery, shallots, and pickles. Serve it on a slice of toast or just lettuce for a healthy dinner!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper

  • Blueberry Basil Soup 20 of 21
    Blueberry Basil Soup

    This amazing chilled soup would be ideal for a hot summer evening. There is no heat needed to bring it together and it is full of antioxidants and summer flavor.

    Photo: Julie VR

  • Meyer Lemon Skillet Chicken 21 of 21
    Meyer Lemon Skillet Chicken

    If your family is dying for roast chicken, but you have no interest in roasting it try this awesome skillet chicken. It is bright and lemony and is easily made on the stovetop!

    Photo: Brooklyn Supper


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