When it’s hot outside, no one wants to turn on the oven or work over a searing cooktop. Thankfully, there are plenty of recipes that can keep you cool with minimal cooking. And they’re easier to find than ever, thanks to TikTok.
While you might associate TikTok more with viral dances and makeup tips, it’s actually a treasure trove of recipes and cooking hacks—including some that are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re looking for meals or snacks that require little to no heat or feature fresh, cool ingredients, these 10 viral recipes are for you.
If you follow trends on social media at all, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Baked by Melissa’s green goddess salad. Sure, it might have hit the internet during the winter, but it’s perfect for spring and summer salads.
The base is made of cabbage, cucumber, and green onion, but it’s the dressing everyone’s in love with. Once you’ve blended it all together, just pour it over your greens, and serve it with chips or on its own.
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YUM! 🍾 just cover with a lid or wrap, refrigerate overnight , drain, roll in sugar and enjoy! 🥰. 21 years old to enjoy. #howto♬ original sound - Babs aka Nonna
Looking for a poolside, patio, or beach snack? Boozy, frozen grapes are the way to go! Babs is known for her fun, brunch-ready recipes, and these grapes are no exception.
To craft this cold, alcoholic snack, just pour two cups of prosecco and two ounces of vodka over a pound of clean, large grapes, and then cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, drain (or drink) the grapes, roll them in sugar, place them on serving skewers, and you’ll stay deliciously cool no matter how hot it is outside.
Impress your family or guests with a big batch of delicious ceviche that’s surprisingly easy to make. SkinnyTaste crafted this simple recipe, and it requires no heat whatsoever.
You simply chop your shrimp, add lime, red onion, and salt, and then allow it to sit for 20 minutes, stirring intermittently. The combination actually cooks the shrimp as it sits.
While it’s sitting, chop your cucumbers, jalapeños, cilantro, and scallions. Toss them in with the shrimp, mix it all up, and you’ve got ceviche! You can even add some tomato or avocado, if you’d like.
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Increase your veggie intake this summer with these easy-to-make cucumber wraps from Feel Good Foodie. While you’ll have to chop your fair share of veggies, it’s a cooling, no-cook snack idea for outdoor entertaining.
Just peel, and then thinly slice the cucumbers into strips. Then, chop some strips of carrots, bell peppers, and avocado. Finally, spread some of your favorite dip on the cucumber strip (she uses creamy feta). Fill it with the veggies, roll it up, and then secure it with a toothpick if necessary.
Need an easy, weekday meal? A big batch of this pasta salad is perfect. First, you cook some rotini on the stovetop. While it’s cooking, chop cucumber into quarters, halve a bunch of cherry tomatoes, and slice up some pepperoni.
Once your pasta is done, toss it in olive oil and allow it to cool before adding your other ingredients and mixing it all together. Top with mozzarella pearls, your favorite Italian dressing, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Mix again, and you’ve got a cool, easy-to-grab weekday lunch for the summer.
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This summer-appropriate dish does require a bit of cooking, but it’s just a quick bit of frying. Throw some delicious, bright, and citrusy slaw on that fish, and you’ve got one delicious taco.
This recipe comes courtesy of Violet Witchel, and it’s incredibly simple. To get started, you’ll need some whitefish (Witchel uses tilapia). Season it with cumin, garlic powder, and chipotle powder, and then fry it up in a bit of oil.
As it’s cooking, throw together some pre-chopped slaw and toss it with lime, cilantro, and mayo. Remove the fish when it’s white throughout, and then toss some corn tortilla in the oil for a light fry. When that’s done, add your slaw, fish, and a few pieces of jalapeño for a bit of kick.
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A delicious snack doesn’t have to be complicated, and this delicious bruschetta recipe proves it! Harnessing one of summer’s most delicious, in-season fruits (tomatoes), you can’t go wrong serving up some of this on a warm day.
In her video, Lindsey Eats cuts a baguette into slices before placing them on a baking sheet and topping them with olive oil. As they bake, she slices several tomatoes and puts them in a bowl.
Next, she adds salt, pepper, olive oil, some thinly chopped basil, shaved garlic, and lemon zest, and then mixes everything together. As a final seasoning step, she rubs garlic on the toasted bread before topping it with the tomato mixture and serving it all up on a platter.
You’ll need to fire up that grill to make this delicious sandwich from Half-Baked Harvest. To get started, you create a multi-ingredient dressing that features a variety of spices, including basil and thyme, along with some acidic and sweet elements, like mustard and honey.
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Next, coat sliced bell peppers, zucchini, and yellow squash with the dressing and toss it all on the grill with some sliced ciabatta. Place your cooked veggies on the bread, top them with provolone and burrata, and you’ve got a simply perfect sandwich.
In our opinion, nothing says summer like a fresh, crispy spring roll filled with veggies! And that’s exactly what you’ll get with Emily Daniels‘ Hot Girl Summer Rolls.
You simply use rice paper to wrap slices of cucumber, carrots, avocado, and butter lettuce with bits of mint, basil, and cilantro. Then, dip them in your sauce of choice and enjoy!
Feeling adventurous? Try making some gazpacho! Think of it as a delicious, herby, and chill tomato soup. And the best part is all you really need to make it is a blender.
Combine your grilled corn, tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, serrano chili, bell pepper, lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin in the aforementioned blender and pulse until smooth. Then, toss in some cilantro and blend again.
Allow your gazpacho to chill in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight. Serve it up topped with some fresh crab or shrimp if you like, and you’ve got yourself a delicious (and really cool) meal.
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No one wants to be working over a hot stove when the weather’s already scorching. If you’re looking for some cool and easy dishes to serve at your spring and summer cookouts, these 10 delicious TikTok recipes will help everyone chillax.