10 No-Bake Summer Appetizers and Desserts

No need to preheat the oven for these delectable foods.

Sometimes it's just too hot to turn on your oven or stove to food prep for your summer get-together. Keep the heat out of your home by whipping up one of our favorite no-bake appetizers and desserts.

Spiked S'mores Pie

Spiked S'Mores Pie Slice

Spiked S'Mores Pie Slice

The bourbon ganache gives this pie a boozy-licious flavor you can't resist.

Gorgonzola Cheese Balls

No-Cook Gogonzola Cheese Balls

No-Cook Gogonzola Cheese Balls

For this cheesy app, combine Gorgonzola, low-fat cream cheese, and a splash of white wine. Add in walnut pieces and salt and pepper for a surprising taste. Place the mixture in the fridge for two hours.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Make these cheese balls ahead of time, so you have less stress the day of your party.

Berry Ice Cream Bombe

Photo by: Matt Armendariz; Food Network

Matt Armendariz; Food Network

Grab your favorite ice cream or sorbet flavors and a frozen bowl to make this beautiful ice cream treat.

Sweet Pistachio Pesto Crostini

The combination of salty pistachios and sweet honey makes this crostini a great appetizer or dessert.

Coconut Almond Truffles

Photo by: Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

This four-ingredient dessert will satisfy the biggest of sweet tooths.

Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This rich, creamy peanut butter cookie ice cream is the perfect treat for your outdoor party.

From: Chrissy Barua

A dessert topped with peanut butter cookies? It can't get much better than that.

Creamy Smoked Salmon Rolls

Creamy Smoked Salmon Roll

Creamy Smoked Salmon Roll

This appetizer version of the traditional salmon and cream cheese breakfast combination can be made up to two days ahead of time for super-easy party prep. Get the recipe.

Put the infamous smoked salmon and cream cheese breakfast combo on a cracker for an impressive bite that's fulfilling.

Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake

This refreshing no-bake “cake” uses watermelon and other seasonal fruit.

Photo by: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Photo by Mick Telkamp

So, this isn't an actual cake. It's a giant piece of watermelon dressed with whipped cream, almonds and fresh fruit. Can you say, perfect (and guiltless) summer treat?

Frozen Clementine Sorbet

Frozen Clementine Sorbet

Frozen Clementine Sorbet

You don't need a bowl for this frozen dessert — just the clementine peel and your appetite.

Caprese Salad Bites

Caprese Appetizers

Caprese Appetizers

Photo by: photo by Sam Henderson

photo by Sam Henderson

Put caprese salad on toothpicks for an easy-to-eat spin on the classic.

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Salmon Tartare in Baked Wonton Cups

Great for a hot summer day, this cool starter is refreshing and delicious. Fresh, healthy ingredients make this appetizer a great alternative to other heavier dishes. Image courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon\

Recipe: Salmon Tartare in Baked Wonton Cups

Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Chips and dip is always a party favorite, but for a variation on the classic standby, give eggplant chips a try. The beautiful color and sweet taste pair perfectly with fresh cilantro pesto. Image courtesy of What's Gaby Cooking

Recipe: Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Every good barbeque requires the perfect cheeseburger, and these flavorful baby cheeseburgers are perfect outdoor party fare. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy a delicious burger and still have room for dessert (and everything else)? Image courtesy of Picky Palate

Recipe: Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Bites

It seems like such a pity to not take advantage of nature's bounty during the warmer months. Garden-fresh bell peppers are a must. This bell pepper and mozzarella combination could not get any easier, but sometimes the simplest recipes are also the most delightful. Image courtesy of The Italian Dish

Recipe: Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Bites

Avocado Fries

Is it even possible to mess up an avocado? Plain, on a sandwich, in guacamole — however they are prepared, avocados simply can't help but be delicious. In fact, these avocado fries might just be too much of a good thing. Image courtesy of A Cozy Kitchen

Recipe: Avocado Fries

Whole Grain Roasted Garlic Bruschetta

Not many foods exist that are better than really delectable bread. So instead of looking for alternatives, why not simply add variety? This hearty bruschetta should do just the trick. Image courtesy of Picky Palate

Recipe: Whole Grain Roasted Garlic Bruschetta

Best Potato Salad

With so many different potato salad recipes to choose from, how can you be sure you have the best potato salad? Though taste buds are subjective, it is hard to imagine anything more delicious than just the right mix of pickles, dill and the pièce de résistance: whole-grain mustard. Image courtesy of Pink Basil

Recipe: Best Potato Salad

Spicy Shrimp Toast

Surprise your taste buds with this conglomeration of complementing flavors. Shrimp, chile, ginger and more star in this tasty appetizer that is sure to delight. Image courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon

Recipe: Spicy Shrimp Toast


Though the fresh chickpeas will need to be soaked overnight, the wait is the most difficult aspect of this dish. But take heart in the fact that soon you will be enjoying the creamy delight that only entirely homemade hummus can provide. Image courtesy of Sassy Radish

Recipe: Hummus

Fresh Corn and Avocado Salsa

When nature supplies such exquisite ingredients, it doesn't take much to make the perfect summer salsa. Fresh corn, tomatoes, onions and avocados come together for a mouthwatering result: the perfect party dish. Image courtesy of A Cozy Kitchen

Recipe: Fresh Corn and Avocado Salsa

Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs

These flaky puffs are an ideal finger food, perfect for a party or even just a regular day at home. Cheesy and delicious, these yummy little morsels make a fantastic appetizer. Image courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon

Recipe: Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs

Roasted Salsa

Grilled or broiled, a seared veggie is a flavorful veggie. And this roasted salsa takes advantage of the many delicious flavors summer has to offer. Image courtesy of Sassy Radish

Recipe: Roasted Salsa

Creamy Lump Crab and Corn Dip

Partygoers love a good dip, and a crab dip is perfect for summer soirées. Serve it on top of a garlic crostini, and it is bound to be a hit. Image courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon

Recipe: Creamy Lump Crab and Corn Dip

Amazing Deviled Eggs

Though deviled eggs are not strictly a warm-weather menu item, they certainly are party-pleasers (any time of the year!). To add an extra kick to the popular classic, sprinkle the finished product with smoked paprika. Image courtesy of Pink Basil

Recipe: Amazing Deviled Eggs

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