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8 No-Cook Mediterranean Diet Dinners for Easier Weeknight Meals

August 7, 2023
Courtesy of A Couple Cooks

Following a Mediterranean diet is totally worth putting in some time and effort. This anti-inflammatory eating plan centered around whole grains, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and healthy oils has benefits galore, from reducing your risk of heart disease to possibly extending your life. But in the summertime, you might not feel like heating up the kitchen to create a Mediterranean masterpiece — and these no-cook Mediterranean meals are here to help.

During the warmest days of the year, you can still stick to a Mediterranean diet at dinnertime by opting for no-cook meals. The easy, heat-free options below make the most of canned Med-friendly ingredients like beans, chickpeas, and tuna, ready-made grains like bread and wraps, and—of course—plenty of fresh veggies and fruits. So don’t fire up the oven for these no-cook Mediterranean dinners—and stay cool, my friends!

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1. The Easiest Chopped Greek Chickpea Salad

The Easiest Chopped Chickpea Salad

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

When “easy” is right there in the name, you know you’re in the right place for a winner of a no-cook Mediterranean dinner. True to its title, this toss-together salad takes just 20 minutes to assemble, no stove or oven required. A can of chickpeas lends its ample protein content, mingling with oodles of fresh veggies in an herby DIY dressing.

Try the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

2. Ang’s Chicken Wraps

Ang’s Chicken Wraps

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

It might seem like all Mediterranean diet recipes are meat-free, but in fact, the diet allows for some lean meats—like chicken! In these wraps, you’ll start with store-bought rotisserie chicken to take cooking out of the dinnertime equation. Pop in some summery veggies like tomato, corn, and lettuce, drizzle with sauce, and you’ve got a handheld meal perfect for a picnic or ballgame.

Try the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

3. Quick Hummus Bowls

Quick Hummus Bowls

Courtesy of A Couple Cooks

Hummus and pita transform from an appetizer into a dead-easy no-cook Mediterranean dinner. Here, pre-cooked rice serves as a bed for Mediterranean vegetables, feta, hummus, and pita wedges. The only “cooking” you’ll have to do is toasting the pita—or leave it as-is for a completely heat-free meal.

Try the recipe from A Couple Cooks.

4. Sweet Corn Gazpacho

Sweet Corn Gazpacho

Courtesy of The Endless Meal

You’ve probably tried tomato-based gazpacho, but how about a recipe that features another bumper crop of summer? Sweet corn gazpacho is a totally intriguing (and delicious) way to enjoy a seasonal no-cook meal. Pop sweet corn kernels, tomatoes, bell peppers, olive oil, vinegar, and spices into a blender and watch it whirl its way to a yellow, salsa-like soup.

Try the recipe from The Endless Meal.

5. Mayo-Free Creamy Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Mayo-Free Creamy Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Courtesy of Haute and Healthy Living

Fish is a staple of Mediterranean eating for its high levels of inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. Humble canned tuna is the foundation of these colorful no-cook lettuce wraps. Made with a cashew-based creamy sauce that eliminates the need for mayo, these wraps are not only low-key but low-carb, too!

Try the recipe from Haute and Healthy Living.

6. Ultimate Mediterranean Turkey Cucumber Sandwich

Ultimate Mediterranean Turkey Cucumber Sandwich

Courtesy of Beautiful Eats and Things

Sandwiches take center stage at lunchtime, but who says they can’t make a great dinner, too? A combo of whole grain bread, sliced turkey, and Mediterranean vegetables fill out this sandwich with enough protein and fiber to keep you full throughout the evening.

Try the recipe from Beautiful Eats & Things.

7. Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Courtesy of A Couple Cooks

Canned tuna to the rescue again! This made-in-a-flash no-cook Mediterranean dinner enhances the usual tuna salad with zippy capers and white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, feta, and chopped veggies. Eat it all by itself or put it in a wrap or between thick slices of crusty bread for an even heartier dinner.

Try the recipe from A Couple Cooks.

8. Mediterranean Kale Salad

Mediterranean Kale Salad

Courtesy of The Healthy Epicurean

No need to heat up the house for this antioxidant-rich salad. It uses pre-cooked chicken to create healthy dinnertime magic. (Again, a store-bought rotisserie chicken would work here, or try canned chicken.) You can follow the recipe to a T or feel free go off-script by adding any of your favorite Mediterranean veggies. Just don’t miss massaging the kale! This step softens any tough leaves for more pleasant eating.

Try the recipe from The Healthy Epicurean.

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