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5 (Almost) No-Cook Summer Recipes

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Too hot out to cook? We're with you! That's why we got the scoop on five of SparkPeople's favorite summertime recipes. Just click on the name of each to get the full recipe. Enjoy!


Mango-Avocado Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing

(PICTURED) This salad combines many favorite foods: avocado, almonds, beets, mango, onions, and carrots. Topped with a lime-cilantro dressing, it's irresistible! This is great for company. Serve it alongside grilled fish or chicken, omitting the tofu.

  • Calories: 383.8
  • Total Fat: 23.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 112.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 43.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 11.7 g
  • Protein: 20.7 g

Crunchy, Creamy Broccoli-Raisin Salad

Broccoli salad is a summertime party staple. This version is healthier--no bacon, no mayo but plenty of flavor from almonds and raisins!

  • Calories: 363.9
  • Total Fat: 9.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 281.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 58.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 16.3 g
  • Protein: 18.7 g

Lemon-Tahini Slaw with Dill

This slaw has all the creaminess you crave, with a boost of protein and a tangy flavor from the tahini, which pairs well with the fresh herbs.

  • Calories: 136.4
  • Total Fat: 8.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 189.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 13.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.1 g
  • Protein: 4.8 g

Zucchini "Pasta" with Tomatoes and Basil "Cream"

This "pasta" dish is so light and yet rich--you'll never guess the "cream" is made from sunflower seeds. The white beans add buttery flavor and protein. Make this when the garden overflows with tomatoes, basil and zucchini.

  • Calories: 211.4
  • Total Fat: 5.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 56.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 34.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 13.3 g
  • Protein: 12.5 g

Cauliflower Sushi "Rice" Salad

Cauliflower "rice" is light yet filling--perfect for summer. Think of it as deconstructed sushi and consider topping it with kimchi and pickled ginger and garlic.

  • Calories: 412.3
  • Total Fat: 22.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 261.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 46.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 15.4 g
  • Protein: 13.4 g

Continued: (Almost) No-Cook Summer Recipes

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What is your favorite no-cook summer meal? Will you try any of these?