When you find yourself cooking on scorching summer days, even looking at the stove can make you break a sweat. Instead, keep yourself cool with these no-heat potluck recipes that can be assembled without turning on the oven or barbecue.
Valerie Bertinelli's Avocados Stuffed with Shrimp and Crab Salad
In this light and summery recipe, avocado halves are filled with a tasty shrimp and crab salad. It’s an elegant and delicious menu item for a bridal shower, afternoon tea and more.
Molly Yeh's Chopped Salad with Crumbled Feta
This rustic side dish is made with cucumber, tomato and feta dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. It’s simple, delicious, and you can even make it up to two days in advance. Plus, it’s a great way to use your garden’s bounty or farmers’ market finds.
Montreal Muffulette Sandwich
This Italian inspired picnic recipe starts with a thick sourdough boule, filled with layers of Montreal smoked meat, turkey, pickles, cream cheese, red onion, peppers and a touch of spicy mustard.
Moroccan Carrot Salad
In a Moroccan-inspired dish, golden raisins or dried apricots are added to ribbons of carrot tossed in a tangy lemon dressing. It’s a light side dish that pairs well with grilled meats.
The Pioneer Woman's Leftover Cheese Dip
Not sure what to do with the leftover cheese you have from your last party? Combine them in this crowd-pleasing dip and serve with your choice of crackers or crudites.
Tomatoes come in so many shapes, colours and sizes, and this side dish embraces the unlimited possibilities of the fruit. Marinade them in a fragrant homemade salad dressing for a few hours, then serve on large leaves of butter lettuce.
The Barefoot Contessa's Tricolore Salad with Oranges
A vibrant summer side dish from Ina Garten. Three types of lettuce, sweet navel orange rounds and salty Kalamata olives are combined with a simple apple cider vinaigrette, making it great for those warm weather potluck meals.
Cucumber Salad with Fresh Coconut
Cucumbers and chilis go quite well together in this fresh and spicy salad. Toss with raw onions and crunchy cashews, then dress it with a zesty lime, honey and ginger vinaigrette. Garnish with grated coconut for added sweetness.
The Pioneer Woman's Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail
This fusion of a popular cocktail and a classic restaurant appetizer is the perfect small bite for summer entertaining. Serve the vodka-spiked shrimp cocktails in a shot glass for a fun touch.
The Pioneer Woman’s Peach Salsa
Switch up your typical tomato salsa for this sweet and spicy peach option. Pulse garlic, onions and jalapeños in a food processor with fresh lime juice and chili powder, before adding chopped peaches. Spoon the mixture into Mason jars and voila! You’re ready to get snacking.
The Pioneer Woman's Tomato, Mozzarella and Pesto Sandwiches
It’s hard to pass up a simple sandwich filled with bright, herby pesto, fresh tomatoes and thick slices of fresh mozzarella.
Ina Garten's Roasted Eggplant Spread
If you love baba ganoush, you’ll love this roasted eggplant spread. It has all the creamy, roasted goodness plus the sweetness of roasted red pepper, red onions and freshly chopped garlic.