When it’s north of 90 degrees outside and the AC is blasting, the last thing I want to do is crank up the oven. I spend enough money keeping my home at the not-unreasonable temperature of 74 degrees during the summer, so heating the place back up while cooking dinner does not sound appealing. However, that no-oven-required stipulation really limits my options for summer dinner recipes. Sure, salads make great no-cook dinners, but sometimes you need something a little more substantial—or perhaps you live with a partner who doesn’t believe salads count as meals (I know I’m not the only one!). In my quest to stay cool without having to order take-out every night, I rounded up a bunch of summer dinner recipes that don’t require baking, roasting, broiling, or any other form of oven cooking. You can bet I’ll be making these on repeat from June through September.
12. Antipasto Salad
14. Chicken Kabobs