The 5 Best TikTok Recipes to Try Right Now

From Italian pasta salad to chocolate quinoa crunch bars.

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It seems as though every day, there’s a new TikTok food trend that takes a few adventurous kids by storm. From air-fried bagels and grinder sandwiches to buttered radishes and homemade churros, there’s no shortage of creativity on the app.

But as fun as these trends are, there will always be equally-as-interesting recipes that fall by the wayside. As the weather heats up, we’re particularly excited about colorful, fresh recipes that won’t require you to turn your oven on, like veggie-filled summer rolls, Italian pasta salad, and chocolate quinoa crunch bars.

While spring rolls are wrapped in a dough made of flour and fried, summer rolls are wrapped in rice paper and served cold—still crunchy, but much more refreshing. Grab whatever vegetables you have on hand—maybe some shrimp—and wrap them up for a healthy mid-day treat. When it comes to the rice paper, make sure to give each piece a quick dip in water rather than a soak. The peanut dipping sauce, a simple concoction of peanut butter, sesame oil, and ginger, is an essential component.
 

If you’ve got a barbecue or picnic coming up, this is the perfect side dish to have in tow. In this Italian pasta salad, crisp cucumbers and juicy cherry tomatoes get balanced out by salty pepperoni and creamy mozzarella cheese pearls. In the time it takes to cook the pasta, you can chop up all the ingredients, resulting in a meal that comes together in less than 15 minutes. Swap the Italian dressing for balsamic vinegar, or add black olives for an extra umami kick.

This one’s for when you’re feeling fancy. And there’s nothing that says summer quite like a fresh catch, minimally cooked and topped off with tangy flavors. If you don’t want to splurge on fresh sea bass, you can look for a pack of frozen filets, or opt for cod instead. The pistachio and caper salsa is really the star of the show, rounded out by hints of lemon, garlic, and mint. And the Israeli couscous will give you that hearty bite.

It’s a Nestle Crunch Bar but better for you. Plus, there’s no baking involved. Quinoa is an unexpected player here. All this time we’ve been simmering those whole grains when we really should have been toasting them. This two-ingredient recipe is delightfully simple, but I’d be interested in experimenting with some additional fixings, like dried fruit or walnuts. And while the instructions call for an initial freeze to allow everything to set, I bet these bars would taste just as good if you kept them frozen.

Any recipe that turns tofu into comfort food is a winner in my book. The key here is breaking off the tofu into irregular pieces, rather than cutting them into little squares, which offers more opportunity for crisp edges. The sauce makes use of condiments you probably already have—like ketchup, vinegar, and soy sauce—and the addition of pineapple takes this meal from an average stir fry to something extra special.

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Jessica Sulima is a staff writer on the Food & Drink team at Thrillist. Feel free to email her your favorite TikTok recipes.