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26 Christmas recipes with little or no cooking required

No-one wants to spend Christmas Day cooped up in a hot kitchen. That's why we've put together a collection of recipes that require 10 minutes cooking – or less!

  1. Made from fresh mango, mixed nuts and coconut cream, our no-cook cheesecakes are suitable for vegans. As an added bonus, you can prepare them in advance to reduce your workload when catering for a crowd.

  2. For a super simple starter, you can't go past Curtis' no-cook carpaccio served with a zesty salsa verde.

  3. Crisp pear, peppery rocket and salty parmesan is a classic combination and this no-cook salad is so versatile that it goes with just about everything.

  4. This substantial salad requires no cooking at all, so you'll be cool as a cucumber when you bring it to the table.

  5. Finish your festive feast on a high note with this show-stopping tiramisu cake that calls for just 5 minutes cooking. After that, all you have to do is mix, layer and serve!

  6. Just 5 minutes' cooking is all that's required to make this easy ice cream cake that's flavoured with sweet summer peaches and maple syrup.

  7. No-one will believe that it took just 5 minutes' cooking to create these sweet petite pavlovas filled with eggnog-flavoured cream and drizzled with boozy rum syrup.

  8. These bite-sized tarts are home-baked in 10 minutes and served topped with pretty sugar-coated cherries.

  9. This faster spin on our original Snickers trifle is made with Coles Make at Home Chocolate Mud Cakes - no baking required.

  10. Drizzled with basil-infused oil, this colourful Italian-style salad teams sliced summer tomatoes with cannellini beans and bocconcini.

  11. Sustitute gin and tonic for the coffee in this classic Italian dessert and you've got a light, refreshing terrine that's perfect for summer celebrations and requires less than 10 minutes' cooking.

  12. Once you've spent 10 minutes making a syrup, there's no more cooking for this cake which layers sponge, summer berries and a gorgeous sauce.

  13. We've hacked this festive sweet treat so it takes just 20 minutes to make. Serve our rocky road with coffee or package it up for a homemade gift.

  14. A colourful no-cook Vietnamese-style salad that's served topped with toasted peanuts and coriander leaves.

  15. Whip up these no-cook skewers in just 20 minutes for a sophisticated starter that combines sweet watermelon, salty fetta and fresh prawns.

  16. Curtis' present to you is this super fresh Asparagus, Snow Pea & Wombok Salad, which needs no cooking and is undeniably delicious.

  17. A great no-cook option, these pretty rainbow rice paper rolls taste as good as they look. You can make them up to 4 hours ahead, cover with a damp cloth and keep in the fridge.

  18. Traditional Christmas pud takes hours to cook but this ice cream bombe is made entirely without pots and pans – all you need is a kitchen blowtorch to lightly toast the meringue.

  19. Besides melting some chocolate, there's no cooking to do when making these festive truffles. Plus, they're super quick once you get on a roll.

  20. This laid-back twist on pavlova needs no cooking – just fold together citrus-infused berries, whipped vanilla cream, bought meringue and macarons for a wow dessert.

  21. Throw these prawns on the barbie for 5 minutes then serve with an Asian-inspired passionfruit dipping sauce for a low-effort starter that tastes amazing.

  22. Crisp prosciutto in the oven for 5 minutes, then toss with sweet summer melon, rocket and fresh herbs for a sublime starter or a substantial side salad.

  23. Stay chilled with this frozen dessert, which pairs tropical fruit and a zesty lime granita that needs just 5 minutes' cooking.

  24. You'll finish cooking this deliciously easy green bean salad in 10 minutes tops. All that's left to do is toss with herbs and serve on a yoghurt-tahini sauce.

  25. The secret to this spectacular pavlova trifle is that the recipe only includes 10 minutes' cooking time. But your guests don't know that and we won't tell them!

  26. Knocking out a plate of these smoked salmon bites is as simple as toast, spread, top and serve.