By Vanessa Greaves

Because you're cool like that.

If you can't stand the heat, why make things hotter by cooking? Try these ideas for refreshing no-cook summer meals instead.

1. Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls

Pre-cooked shrimp saves you from heating up your kitchen when you make these fresh Asian wraps. Cool tip: "Cook" the rice noodles by soaking them in hot water from your tea kettle for a few minutes until they're soft but not mushy.

2. Avocado and Tuna Tapas

Canned tuna goes fancy pants when it gets stuffed into rich, creamy avocado halves. Cool tip: Learn how to tell if an avocado is perfectly ripe, and how to slice it to remove the seed.

Photo by bd.weld

3. Zucchini Spaghetti alla Marinara

It seems like everyone's wild about zucchini "noodles." Here, they get tossed with raw tomato sauce for the ultimate fresh-from-the-garden dinner. Cool tip: No spiralizer? No problem. Use these everyday gadgets to make vegetable "noodles."

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4. Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad

Stop by the deli to pick up a roasted chicken, and you're well on your way to making a satisfying dinner without breaking a sweat. Cool tip: Choose a flexible lettuce for your wraps, such as iceberg, Boston, or butter lettuce.

Photo by ReneePaj

Related: Get 8 more no-cook meals you can make from rotisserie chicken.

5. Crab & Avocado Salad with Fruit Salsa

Spring for real crabmeat instead of imitation if your budget allows. If not, you can make this salad with cooked shrimp. Cool tip: The Washington Post has an informative article about the difference between canned and fresh crabmeat. Spoiler alert: They say go for fresh crab in eight- or 16-ounce tubs.

Photo by Latina Cook

6. Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

"Everything in this salad is fresh except the bread," says Tamara. "Prepare this salad with a loaf of artisan bread or rosemary bread that is a touch stale." Cool tip: "If your bread is too fresh, toast it until it is about half as dried and crunchy as a crouton."

Photo by Natasha in Oz

7. Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Another great no-cook option with leftover or grocery-store rotisserie chicken. "This is a very simple-to-make salad with bold flavors," says Jia T. Cool tip: "The salad can be refrigerated overnight and still taste good the next day."

Photo by Catkin

8. Raw Pad Thai

Strips of zucchini "noodles" and thinly sliced cabbage combine with a savory sauce featuring almond butter, honey, ginger, soy sauce, miso, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Cool tip: Use a veggie peeler to sllice zucchini lengthwise to create long thin 'noodles.'

Photo by Eroshound

9. Arugula and Hummus Mini Pizzas

Hummus and arugula combine with chopped dates, and pumpkin seeds over rounds of naan bread. Finish with a generous drizzle balsamic vinegar. Cool tip: If you prefer, substitute pita rounds for the naan.

Photo by Kim's Cooking Now!

10. Chef John's Gazpacho

This classic no-cook summer soup will only taste as good as the produce you use, so save this recipe for the peak of tomato season. Although it takes just a few minutes to make, be sure to let it chill in the fridge for the recommended two hours to let the flavors fully blossom. Some reviewers topped theirs with avocado, sour cream, or cooked shrimp. You go ahead and dish it up your way.

Photo by Jennifer Baker

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