8 Fast and Delicious No-Cook Salads

While it’s true that cooked components can take your salad to the next level, you don’t always feel like sweating over a hot stove during the dog days of summer. And besides, the longer you’re in the kitchen, the less time you’re spending with the ones you love. Here are eight quick, simple, and most importantly, delicious salads that take just minutes to prepare.

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Build Your Own Mimosa Bar

If Bloody Marys are the brunch must-have of the decade, mimosas are its slightly classier counterpart. (I mean, who could resist those bubbles?) But don’t stop at just OJ and champagne. There are literally dozens of sweet and savory combinations—yes, savory paired with a bit of bubbly works, too—to take your mimosa to the next level.

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Make a Simple Party Sandwich Spread

If there’s one thing we like about graduation parties (well, any party for that matter) is that there’s a good chance there will be a full spread of sandwiches, dips, and probably a cold beer or two. And good thing, too, because there’s nothing like a good ‘ol sandwich to bring distant relatives and school chums together. And just think—the better the spread, the more $$ your grad might get. Double win!

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Mexican Fruit Cups

There’s a reason why spicy and sweet go together like…spicy and sweet. “Ensalada de Frutas con Chile”—or fruit salad with chili—is the perfect combo of both. Better yet, you can sub in your favorite fruits and add a sprinkle of salt for an unexpected snack. It’s flavorful, juicy, and the ideal pre-drink snack on Cinco de Mayo. It doesn’t hurt that it’s bright and cheery, too.

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How to Build a Dessert Table at Home

Don’t mind us, we’ll just be in the corner ooing and aahing over this gorgeous dessert table. I mean, really, it’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost. And while we think this pretty setup is great as a new Mother’s Day classic (goodbye, boring breakfast in bed!), but can work for brunches, showers, and basically any time you want to entertain with a whole lot of the sweets.

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Seasonal Spring Sensations from Gotham Greens

Where others see city rooftops, Gotham Greens see fields. That’s why they built a 15,000 square-foot greenhouse on a Brooklyn rooftop. All of their produce is pesticide free and grown using ecologically sustainable methods. The result? Delicious locally grown greens all year-round. So we’re celebrating spring and the milder climes it brings by rustling up a citrus salad and a grapefruit-basil gin fizz using Gotham Greens.

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