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31 Recipes That Require No Oven, No Stove, No Sweat, No Tears

Food52 logo Food52 8/2/2017 Sarah Jampel

The oven in my apartment is dead. You could say I rang the death knell, baking pies at 425° and pizzas at 500° F every weekend—acting like it's October, not August, like my oven is an Olympic marathoner, not an aging, overheated turtle. Had I been more gentle, perhaps, its knobs wouldn't have melted and fused.

Or maybe this is fated? A sign I should keep my kitchen cool and lay-off my weekly baking sprees?

Alas, may my old oven rest in peace. While I grieve, I'll have to do without an oven (or a stovetop) for maybe a week or two. But even if your oven is still perfectly functional, you may be wary to introduce any artificial heat into your kitchen. If the answer is yes, browse these 31 no-cook, nearly-raw recipes. If they require any heat at all, an electric water kettle will suffice.

Soups

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa © Provided by Food52 Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa by Gena Hamshaw

Creamy Chilled Horseradish Soup with Tomato and Green Apple © Provided by Food52 Creamy Chilled Horseradish Soup with Tomato and Green Apple Creamy Chilled Horseradish Soup with Tomato and Green Apple by gingerroot

Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers and Walnuts (Tarator) © Provided by Food52 Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers and Walnuts (Tarator) Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers and Walnuts (Tarator) by Nicholas Day 

White Gazpacho © Provided by Food52 White Gazpacho

White Gazpacho by Sonali aka the Foodie Physician

Salads (+ Bread salads)

You'll have to toast pita for fattoush, but Rivka says, "If it’s too hot to turn on the oven, you can just slip the pita slices in the toaster and toast until crisped." Wahoo:

Fattoush © Provided by Food52 Fattoush

Fattoush by Rivka

Torn Pita Panzanella/Fattoush with Salad Greens, Sumac & Feta Cheese © Provided by Food52 Torn Pita Panzanella/Fattoush with Salad Greens, Sumac & Feta Cheese

Torn Pita Panzanella/Fattoush with Salad Greens, Sumac & Feta Cheese by Sara Jenkins

Bronzino's Green Panzanella © Provided by Food52 Bronzino's Green Panzanella

Bronzino's Green Panzanella by Emiko

Tahini Sumac Slaw © Provided by Food52 Tahini Sumac Slaw Tahini Sumac Slaw by Hilarybee

Cabbage Slaw with Miso-Carrot Dressing © Provided by Food52 Cabbage Slaw with Miso-Carrot Dressing Cabbage Slaw with Miso-Carrot Dressing by Alexandra Stafford 

Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice with Smoky Red Pepper Sauce © Provided by Food52 Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice with Smoky Red Pepper Sauce

Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice with Smoky Red Pepper Sauce by Gena Hamshaw

Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing © Provided by Food52 Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing

Shaved Vegetable Salad with Apples and Lemony Tahini Dressing by Elizabeth Stark

The beauty of bulghur? Pour water over top and wait ten minutes. No boiling necessary:

My Mother's Lebanese Tabbouleh © Provided by Food52 My Mother's Lebanese Tabbouleh

My Mother's Lebanese Tabbouleh by cdilaura

Fresh Raw Pea, Asparagus & Fava Bean Salad with Herbs & Pecorino © Provided by Food52 Fresh Raw Pea, Asparagus & Fava Bean Salad with Herbs & Pecorino

Fresh Raw Pea, Asparagus & Fava Bean Salad with Herbs & Pecorino by Sara Jenkins

Plum Avocado Summer Salad © Provided by Food52 Plum Avocado Summer Salad

Plum Avocado Summer Salad by Lena S.

Noodles

Instead of adding your rice noodles to boiling water, try pouring boiling-hot water from an electric kettle over the noodles, then letting them soak until tender:

Summer Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad © Provided by Food52 Summer Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad

Summer Vegetable and Glass Noodle Salad by CarolineWright

Summer Cold Noodle Salad © Provided by Food52 Summer Cold Noodle Salad

Summer Cold Noodle Salad by Kendra Vaculin

Vietnamese-ish Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp, Peas, and Corn © Provided by Food52 Vietnamese-ish Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp, Peas, and Corn

Vietnamese-ish Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp, Peas, and Corn by Sarah Jampel

Zucchini Pasta Marinara © Provided by Food52 Zucchini Pasta Marinara

Zucchini Pasta Marinara by Gena Hamshaw

Okay, so you'll have to boil pasta...

Summer Raw Pasta Sauce with Spaghetti © Provided by Food52 Summer Raw Pasta Sauce with Spaghetti

Summer Raw Pasta Sauce with Spaghetti by Pinch&Swirl

Sandwiches

Invest in a rotisserie chicken (that is, let someone else do the hot work):

The Full Monty Salad (or Sandwich) © Provided by Food52 The Full Monty Salad (or Sandwich)

The Full Monty Salad (or Sandwich) by Jessica Koslow

Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich © Provided by Food52 Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich by Waverly

Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts © Provided by Food52 Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts Smoked Trout and Avocado Salad Toasts by Alexandra Stafford 

Monster Avocado Toast Sandwich © Provided by Food52 Monster Avocado Toast Sandwich

Monster Avocado Toast Sandwich by Kendra Vaculin

Canned beans are your friends:

Curried Chickpea Sandwich © Provided by Food52 Curried Chickpea Sandwich

Curried Chickpea Sandwich by Mari Miyachi

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad © Provided by Food52 Chickpea "Tuna" Salad

Chickpea "Tuna" Salad by Sarah Jampel

The Sweeter Stuff

Watermelon with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette © Provided by Food52 Watermelon with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette

Watermelon with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette by EmilyC

Vegan Banana Cashew Yogurt © Provided by Food52 Vegan Banana Cashew Yogurt

Vegan Banana Cashew Yogurt by Gena Hamshaw

The King of Easy-Yet-Impressive No-Bake Summer Desserts, Updated! © Provided by Food52 The King of Easy-Yet-Impressive No-Bake Summer Desserts, Updated!

The King of Easy-Yet-Impressive No-Bake Summer Desserts, Updated! by Sarah Jampel

Bulk Bin Snack Bars © Provided by Food52 Bulk Bin Snack Bars

Bulk Bin Snack Bars by Kendra Vaculin

Yogurt and Berry Tart with a Pecan Crust © Provided by Food52 Yogurt and Berry Tart with a Pecan Crust

Yogurt and Berry Tart with a Pecan Crust by fiveandspice

Raw Mini Key Lime Pies © Provided by Food52 Raw Mini Key Lime Pies

Raw Mini Key Lime Pies by Natalie

What's your go-to no-cook meal? Tell us in the comments below.

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