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Best ever no-cook recipes

A collection of our favourite no-need-to-cook recipes. So that means no heating anything up, no turning the oven off, and usually less washing up!


Courgetti, pea and artichoke salad with pistachio pesto

This recipe for courgetti, pea and artichoke salad with pistachio pesto is vegan, low calorie, gluten free and ready in just 20 minutes.

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Beef crudo with burrata, basil & grapes

This recipe for beef crudo with burrata, basil and grapes makes a great starter or easy lunch. It’s low calorie but packed but a little burrata makes it feel luxurious.

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Ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad

This ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad is a great way to use up left-over ham and cheese. It’s an easy starter for 4, or a quick meal for 2.

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Whipped feta mousse with melba toast

A lovely canapé, or light starter for a fancy dinner party. It takes minutes to prepare, and always looks pretty on the plate. Beetroot would work well this dish, if you want to bulk it out a little.

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Asian ham baguette with spicy cucumber

Asian flavours and pickled cucumber give this ham baguette a spicy kick. It’s really easy to make in half an hour, so a perfect lunchtime treat or quick dinner recipe.

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Watermelon and feta salad with pomegranate dressing

The combination of fresh-tasting ingredients and big flavours make this watermelon and feta salad with pomegranate dressing a winner. We love the salty feta with fresh, juicy watermelon. Plus, its super-quick, easy, and under 500 calories.

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Smoked mackerel on rye with horseradish cream and pickled radish

This recipe for smoked mackerel on rye with horseradish cream and pickled radish makes for a great lunch or lighter dinner for one. The horseradish gives it a punchy kick.

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Rhubarb, green bean and almond salad

Rhubarb isn’t just for crumbles! This leafy salad is full of textures and taste. Perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner party starter

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Smoky salmon tartare with lemon and capers

If you love serving smoked salmon for a Christmas starter, this is a great modern twist. The salmon is finely chopped and tossed in a fragrant dressing of lemon, shallots and capers. Serve with thin slices of melba toast.

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Moroccan couscous with toasted almonds

Quiet night in tonight? Treat yourself to this easy, healthy couscous dish with tagine style flavours.

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Chicken and cashew salad

This chicken and cashew salad recipe is packed with lots of protein and fresh flavours but is easy to make and ready in just 15 minutes. Plus, it’s under 500 calories.

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Picnic dip jars with pea guacamole

Not only are these snacks packed with flavour, but they’re also a great alternative to the usual picnic food. Simple and quick to prepare, the dip jars will become a family favourite in no time. Click here to explore our other picnic recipes.

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Sicilian fennel and orange salad

A crunchy Italian fennel salad with a citrus dressing. Serve as it is or add strips of smoked fish for a simple summery lunch or a starter for 4.

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Sashimi

You can use virtually any fish for sashimi, but two of the most popular are salmon and the fattier cuts of tuna. The fish must be extremely fresh. A specialist Japanese fishmonger might offer sashimi-ready fillets so all you need to do is slice them. Otherwise, ask your fishmonger for long fillets at least 3cm thick, then trim them into blocks 5cm wide and 2cm thick.

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Kiwi, kale and chia parfait smoothie

Try this next-level smoothie from bloggers Green Kitchen Stories. Their new book, Green Kitchen Smoothies, is a celebration of this healthy way to pack fruit, veg and nuts into your diet. This showstopping smoothie can double up for dessert or breakfast. Click here to see all our other delicious smoothie recipes.

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Strawberries Romanoff

This classic dessert of strawberries, orange liqueur and cream is stylish enough for you to serve at a summer dinner party, but it is in fact really easy to whip up last minute, taking the stress out of entertaining.

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Champagne syllabub

This easy dessert is ready in only 10 minutes, perfect for those last-minute dinner parties or for a quick end of the meal treat. Serve with pastel-coloured macaroons from delis or patisseries.

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No-churn banana ice cream

Dairy-free, no-churn, no-effort ice cream. Plus it’s healthy! What’s not to love? Once you’re confident, why not try experimenting with different flavours

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Overnight bircher muesli with cherries, peach and coconut

This recipe for overnight bircher muesli with cherries, peach and coconut is a great healthy, make-ahead breakfast if you’re short of time in the mornings.

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Peach and raspberry trifle

Peaches and raspberries make the best fruit trifles. Shop bought cake makes this classic pud so easy and individual desserts always look good. Enjoyed this idea? Why not check out our best ever raspberry recipes too.

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Eton mess

A classic English dessert that makes the most out of succulent, sweet British strawberries that are in season. Strawberries, meringues and cream make a heavenly combination. Use ready made meringues to make this dessert really simple.

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Easy kiwi sorbet

This easy kiwi sorbet makes for a really simple dessert. Serve it in small glasses with a little champagne or cava poured over for a more grown-up twist.

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Breakfast smoothie bowl

Breakfast smoothie bowls are a big trend and it’s all about how you arrange your toppings. Experiment with different fruits and veg and any superfood toppings you can get your hands on.

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