Healthy No-Cook Recipes

Find healthy, delicious no-cook recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Watercress Salad

Dress peppery watercress with a simple Asian-influenced vinaigrette for a delightful salad.

Sesame-Honey Carrot Ribbon Salad

A simple vegetable peeler turns carrots into beautifully thin strips in this healthy vegetable side dish recipe. If you have a spiralizer, you can go for an artful tangle instead. Serve with miso-glazed fish or tofu.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

The combination of ginger, garlic and jalapenos brings out the sweetness of roasted red peppers; serve with low-fat sesame crackers and crudites.

Shepherd's Salad

Rating: Unrated
This simple salad of chopped summer vegetables and herbs is typical of country salads served throughout the Mediterranean. It is best served right after mixing, but if you wish to make the salad ahead, add the tomatoes just before serving. Serve with warm pita bread.

Creamy Preserved Lemon Sauce

Try this tartar sauce-inspired lemony herb sauce with pan-fried fish, on a fish sandwich or with roasted chicken. For this recipe, you can use the yellow peel and/or the pulp from a preserved lemon. Just be sure to rinse the lemon well before using and remove any seeds from the pulp.

White Bean Spread with Sage

Rating: Unrated
Though this make a good dip for veggies or pita crisps, you can also spread it in a pita with leftover roasted vegetables for a packable lunch.

Endive & Watercress Salad

Sweet apple cider and peppery watercress make for an excellent salad.

Frozen Berry Yogurt

Though this frozen yogurt may be made with only one kind of berry, a combination of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries will deliver a richer, more complex flavor.

Radish, Celery & Snap Pea Salad

Rating: Unrated
This stunning spring salad, full of peppery radishes, sliced celery, celery leaves and crunchy snap peas, is perfect for entertaining. If you grow your own celery, you'll have plenty of leaves to work with. But we found that most store-bought celery yielded enough leaves for this recipe if you combine the dark outer leaves with the pale yellow inner leaves at the heart. If you can't collect enough celery leaves, make up the difference with extra parsley. The results will still be delicious.

Mixed Greens with Grapes & Feta

Rating: Unrated
Contrasting sweet grapes with savory feta cheese and crisp, colorful greens, this salad makes an elegant first course.

Salmon Classic

Rating: Unrated
Smoked salmon is always a cocktail party favorite.

Crab Salad with Pimiento Mayonnaise

Pimientos and a touch of cayenne enrich a light creamy dressing for a luxurious but healthful seafood salad that makes a sensational lunch or light supper.

Inspiration and Ideas

26 No-Cook Sunday Dinners for Summer

End your weekend with a delicious, no-cook dinner recipe. These dinners don’t require any cooking, just assembly, making it an easy choice for Sunday dinner. We rely on pre-cooked and pre-made ingredients to make a healthy and balanced meal. Recipes like Rainbow Veggie Wraps and Spicy Salmon Sushi Roll-Ups are tasty, filling and the perfect option for dinner.

Silly Alligator Spinach Wrap

Rating: Unrated

There's nothing wrong with having a little fun while you eat! Use a green spinach wrap to make this chicken and avocado wrap look like an alligator for a fun lunch to pack for your kids' school lunch. (Just remember to warn them about the toothpicks holding the alligator's eyes in place.)