To avoid melting in the mid-summer heat, we’re stepping away from our stovetops and ovens and dedicating this week to our favorite no-cook dishes. Case in point: these six appetizers perfect for any party or impromptu snack—no heat source required.
|Bar Amá Guacamole
Guacamole is the ultimate no-cook start to any meal—it only takes a few minutes to pull together, and it’s fun to make with friends. For a little something different, try adding celery puree like they do at the Los Angeles restaurant Bar Amá. No one will be able to guess what’s in the guacamole, but everyone will agree it’s delicious.
This one-bite Basque-style tapa is one of the oldest; it’s a little bit spicy, a little bit salty, and perfect for pairing with a refreshing cocktail.
|Ceviche with Ginger and Mezcal
In this ceviche, the earthy, smoky flavor of the mezcal sets up both the sharpness of the citrus in the marinade and the fattiness of the cubed avocado. Use the leanest marlin or swordfish you can find.
|Oysters with Fig Vinegar Mignonette
The best oysters have a clean, refreshing quality to them. Serve the bivalves on ice to keep them as cold as possible, then serve them topped with fig vinegar mignonette, an update to the traditional red wine vinegar dressing.
|Peaches with Prosciutto and Mascarpone
What could be better than a no-cook starter that calls for only five ingredients? Since each component—the peaches, prosciutto, basil, mascarpone, and balsamic—plays such a critical role, make sure you use only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients you can find.
|Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup
Kick off an afternoon picnic or summer lunch with chilled heirloom tomato purée served in glasses and sprinkled with cucumber-crab salad.
Looking for more no-cook ideas? We’ve got seven fabulous soups to help you beat that summer heat.