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Leave the stove off and make these easy, delicious side dish recipes

This simple Avocado and Corn Salad Recipe goes well with your favorite burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs.

Maybe it's just too hot in the kitchen to even think about touching the stove or the oven. Or maybe you're looking for a quick side dish you can toss together outside while your favorite protein is cooking on the grill. Either way, we've got you covered with seven great recipes.

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Luckily, with warm weather comes a veritable bounty of produce, which makes putting together some no-cook side dishes a snap. With so many fruits and vegetables to choose from, it's easy to come up with some great salads, slaws, and pickles to go along with your main dish.

Highlights include chef Aarón Sanchez's Tangerine and Jicama Slaw, the perfect accompaniment to some Grilled Adobo-Marinated Skirt Steak or perhaps some Grilled Shrimp Tacos; Spicy Kimchi, a great option for your next Asian-inspired meal; and an Avocado and Corn Salad that you'll definitely want to serve at your next burger bash.

For more meal ideas and inspiration, check out some more recipes in the slideshow.

Will Budiaman is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.


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This quick, easy-to-make egg salad has a great kick thanks to the added ingredients of ground cumin and curry powder. Put it on your bread of choice, and you'll have a delicious sandwich to enjoy.

Get our recipe for Curried Egg Salad.


Easy, No-Cook Picnic Side Dishes

Get ready for an alfresco meal in a flash with quick, simple sides that require no cooking –– perfect for a hot summer day.

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5-Minute Salad: Goat Cheese, Herb and White Bean

Ellie's no-cook Five-Minute Salad couldn't be easier to make and lets fresh, summery ingredients like ripe tomatoes shine. The secret is her simple homemade vinaigrette and a handful of torn basil leaves that give the salad that from-the-garden taste.

Papaya Slaw with Spicy Honey Vinaigrette

Kelsey juliennes mango and papaya, adds chopped peanuts for crunch and tosses the tropical fruit combo with a tangy dressing for a salad that’s as sweet and bright as a summer day.

Panzanella (Stale Bread Summer Entrée)

Debi and Gabriele's panzanella salad is a great way to use up stale bread and bring a taste of Tuscany to your picnic. Make sure to pack the E.V.O.O. and vinegar in your basket, so you can dress the salad right before you're ready to eat.

Greek Feta and Cucumber Salad

Feta cheese adds just the right amount of saltiness to Michael Symon's light and refreshing cucumber salad, and since it only takes 10 minutes to pull together, you can spend more time soaking up that vitamin D.

Carrot Slaw

Instead of the julienne method traditionally used when making slaw, Alton Brown utilizes a vegetable peeler to shave his carrots into long, thin ribbons, which look lovely piled high in a bowl.

Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing

In order to ensure this salad stays crisp for your picnic, pack Ellie's cumin dressing and yogurt sauce in separate containers from the spinach and chickpea mixture.

Antipasto Salad

Spiral-shaped fusilli pasta tossed with salami, smoked turkey and Italian cheeses makes for a satisfying summer side, but be sure to keep this salad in the cooler until you're ready to serve it.

Debi's Salad

The creamy nuttiness of avocado balances the bite of red onions in Debi Mazar's quick and easy salad.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Kelsey's macaroni salad has the perfect balance of chewy, crunchy and creamy textures, and fresh dill gives a refreshing burst of herby flavor.

Puttanesca-Style Panzanella

This vibrant panzanella, or bread salad, has all the salty tanginess of a classic puttanesca sauce, but there's no cooking required.


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Pair with a nice big salad for a light and refreshing meal. The soup's a delicious source of healthy fat. In a blender, combine 2 unpeeled cucumbers, 2 avocados, a cup of vegetable broth, 2/3 cup each of yogurt and milk, a couple of tablespoons of chopped onion, a tablespoon each of lemon juice and chopped mint, a teaspoon of vinegar (I like to use rice wine vinegar), and a pinch of cayenne. Puree and then season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Chill at least 4 hours, or even overnight, before enjoying this do-ahead warm-weather treat.

&ndashJeff Cox, author of The Big Summer Cookbook

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Make them on raisin bread (lightly buttered, if you wish) using deli ham and American cheese. They're even better on fresh raisin buns from my hometown bakery. I buy a dozen and toss the fixings in the cooler. We devour the sandwiches on picnics during road trips. (Don't like ham? Consider these other tasty 400-Calorie sandwiches.)

&ndashRachelle Vander Schaaf, Prevention's copy editor

This is one of my favorite meals on a busy day. A serving keeps me full for hours! Finely chop half a red onion and add it to a bowl with the juice of a lemon. Let stand while you prep the rest of the salad. Chop half a bunch each of flat-leaf parsley and watercress, rinse and drain a can of chickpeas, and add it all to the bowl. Drain and flake 2 cans of tuna and add with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix until well combined and serve with crispbread on the side.

This thick and tasty smoothie reminds me of the malted milkshakes I loved as a kid. In a blender, combine 1 cup blueberries, half a can of light coconut milk, 2 1/2 tablespoons almond butter (or any nut butter), 2 tablespoons water, 1/2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Blend until smooth (makes 2 servings).

&ndashLeslie Cerier, author of Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook

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I se fat-free Greek-style yogurt instead of sour cream to cut down on fat and calories in my version of this dip. Spread fat-free retried beans mixed with taco seasoning in a dish and top with a mixture of cream cheese and Greek yogurt. Sprinkle on scallions, black olives, tomato, lettuce, cheese, and cilantro. Chill and serve with chips. (Got leftover Greek? See 25 Things You Can Do With Yogurt.)

I love finding healthy ways to satisfy my chocolate cravings morning, noon, and night. For a breakfast "banana split," I halve a potassium-rich banana lengthwise, spread it with natural peanut butter, and top it with calcium- filled yogurt and a hint of chocolate syrup. Then I sprinkle it with crunchy low-fat granola for a decadent yet nutritious treat to start off my day!

&ndashDevin Alexander, healthy chef and author of I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening!

Use a Microplane or box grater to shave raw zucchini, baby carrots and turnips, onions or shallots, and cauliflower. Toss with pine nuts, crumbled blue cheese, and red wine vinegar. The varied textures and colors make this healthy side dish pleasing to the eye and palate. (Get even more veggie side dish ideas, here.)

&ndashDavid Myers, chef of Sona, Comme Ca, and Pizzeria Ortica in Los Angeles


"I love leeks and was glad to find a recipe where they�re the main attraction! This makes an excellent side dish."

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Grapefruit, Avocado, and Prosciutto Breakfast Salad

Bright, refreshing grapefruit pairs surprisingly well with nutty-earthy toasted sesame oil. This meal is full of satiating heart-healthy fats that will keep you full for a long time, which makes it great for breakfast. But we also really love this for an easy and healthy no-cook lunch. The slight bitter tang of grapefruit combines with salty prosciutto and creamy avocado for a dish we can’t get enough of in the warmer months.


Air Fryer Recipes That Pair With Tacos

For quick and simple recipe ideas, these air fryer dishes make great side dishes or appetisers to pair with your Mexican dishes. Enjoy some of your favourite sides without needing to deep fry them. The best part, they require a short amount of prep before letting your air fryer do all the work.

    &ndash These air fried sweet potato fries are so simple to make, with a light seasoning to make them kid-friendly. They are delicious with the complimentary Greek yogurt dipping sauce too.
  • Salt & Pepper Calamari &ndash Add a side or appetiser of seafood with these air fryer calamari rings. So crisp and tasty!
  • Onion Rings &ndash Make the quickest and easiest onion rings at home from scratch and cook them to crispy perfection without a deep fryer! No more fast food stops to get your onion rings fix.
  • Crispy Coconut Shrimp &ndash These coconut prawns are a great alternative to fish tacos as a taco filling or add a few on the side for a seafood appetiser or side.
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes &ndash These stuffed air fryer baked sweet potatoes can be loaded up with your favourite toppings &ndash bacon, sour cream, salsa and anything else you like.

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Heat the oil in a large nonstick saute pan set over medium-high heat until sizzling, about 2 minutes. Add the green beans and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to brown. Reduce the heat to medium, toss

Green Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic

Heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large saute pan set on high heat until sizzling, about 2 minutes. Add the beans and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper, mix

Green Beans with Almonds

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oli in a large nonstick saute pan set on high heat until it begins to sizzle, about 2 minutes. Add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the

Cornmeal Pudding

Brin the water and salt to a boil in a 3 to 4 quart saucepan. Slowly stir in the cornmeal with a whisk to avoid lumps. Once the cornmeal has alll been whisked in, begin stirring with a ling-handled wooden

Vegetable Calzone

Place the diced eggplanrt in a colander with a plate or bowl underneath. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt. Put a small plate over the eggplant and place 2 cans of food on top as weights. Drain for 30

Roasted Stuffing

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Pour the oil into a nonstick saute pan and brown the sausage over medium heat, about 3 minutes. Set aside. Discard all but 3 tablespoons of the fat left in the saute pan. Saute the

Vegetarian Stuffing

Pour theolove oil into a nonstick saute pan and cook the onions over medium-low heat until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Increase the heat to high, add the

Potato Coins

Do not peel the potatoes. Cut them in half lengthwise, then cut them in slices as thick as a quarter. Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick pan set on high heat until sizzling, about 2 minutes. Add the potato slices

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Put the potatoes and garlic into a large saucepan with enough cold water to cover by 2-inches. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once the water reaches a boil, uncover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for

Baked Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Slice the tops off the tomatoes with a very sharp knife and set them aside. With a small paring knife, cut the tomato pulp away from the skin making sure you do not cut the

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30 Last-Minute Potluck Ideas That Will Blow Your Guests’ Minds

Problem: You’ve signed yourself up for a potluck get-together, but your cooking expertise extends to boiling eggs and slapping together PB&Js.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but we’re pretty confident you can do more. And it’s much easier and way less time-consuming than you might think. Solution: This roundup.

You could be a total novice in the kitchen or an amateur chef extraordinaire. Either way, with these crowd-pleasing ideas at the ready, there’s no need to stress over what you’re bringing to a gathering.

Whether you’re in charge of an appetizer, entrée, or dessert, we’ve got you covered. Here are 30 recipes that take only 15 minutes to make (from start to finish) and are guaranteed hits at any party. Your friends are already drooling.

1. Skinny beet dip

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Ain’t nobody got time to steam raw beets, but don’t let that stop you from eating them. Grab super-convenient precooked beets at the store to whip up with tahini for this scene-stealing, ready-for-its-close-up dip.

2. Rainbow guacamole dip

Regular guacamole is tasty enough, but throw in crunchy bell peppers, juicy cherry tomatoes, and a fiery red chile for a guac that’s off-the-chain good. Make a double batch of this 10-minute recipe — it’ll go fast.

3. Spicy Mexican hummus

The unmistakable kick of jalapeño and a dash of cumin give regular hummus some south-of-the-border flavor, and a little tomato helps mellow things out. Serve this one with tortilla chips or pita bread — both go perfectly.

4. Garlic feta dip

Garlic and cheese: The match made in (stinky) heaven gets even more out-of-this-world good thanks to swaps like Greek yogurt and light cream cheese, plus a sprinkling of mixed herbs. It’s like a cheese plate in dip form, and you seriously can’t go wrong.

5. Broccoli pesto dip

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Pesto isn’t just for pasta — it’s fantastic as a dip too. Plus, if you’re dunking carrot sticks into a bowl of this broccoli-based version, you’re getting in a serving of veggies without even trying.

6. Buffalo chicken dip

Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese go halfsies to lighten up this party favorite. Packed with shredded chicken and served with veggie sticks, it’s a sneaky yet delicious way to get in a generous dose of protein.

7. Easy walnut and lentil dip

It’s hard to believe that a dip this creamy has no dairy in it, but the combo of walnuts and lentils is pretty amazing that way.

Packed with healthy fats and fiber, a few scoops of this will keep you full and happy — just make sure you leave room for the main course.

8. Kale and carrot salad with chili lime peanut dressing

Weary of kale? Drench it in a peanut-based dressing and watch your worries fade away. With so much flavor from the nut butter and sesame oil, don’t be too surprised if this salad outshines your main course.

9. Raw radish and corn salad

Fresh corn works best for this simple six-ingredient salad. The sweet kernels are paired with tangy cumin and lime for a fun combination of flavors, and sliced radishes add some extra crunch.

With no cooking, fancy equipment, or long prep time required, it’s perfect for your next potluck.

10. Tropical chickpea salad

This salad gets its tropical twist from the cubed mango, which goes surprisingly well with the savory flavors of avocado, chickpeas, and cumin. A one-step recipe that makes a large batch and keeps well for days, this salad is ideal for potlucks.

11. Avocado dill tuna salad

Mayo haters, unite! Avocado, the reliable swap for mayonnaise, gives this tuna salad a heart-healthy upgrade without sacrificing taste. With cucumbers and pickles thrown into the mix, eating “green” has never been so easy.

12. Crunchy sesame chicken slaw

Pick up a bag of shredded cabbage to make this chicken salad easier to put together. Dressed with olive oil, vinegar, coconut sugar, and a handful of almond slivers, it may not be your regular mayo-laden slaw, but it might just become your favorite.

13. Deviled egg salad

Sometimes you just need a good ol’ classic, and this one sure delivers.

It’s got all the traditional ingredients, from the celery to the Dijon mustard and even the mayo — though slightly less of it than you’d find in conventional recipes. Consider your craving satisfied.

14. Hot shrimp, corn, and basil salad

A simple basil, corn, and tomato salad gets an extra punch of protein from seared shrimp. With so many colors, nutrients, and textures in one serving, it can be served as a main dish just as easily as it can be a side.

15. Healthy edamame salad

Even if you count the cooking time for the edamame, this recipe comes together in 5 minutes flat!

If that’s not enough reason to make this salad, you can get excited about the fact that between the beans, the juicy cranberries, and the salty bite of feta, it’s a fantastic mixture of flavors.



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