Could there be a more refreshing vegetable than the cool cucumber? This vegetable is full of water so it’s super hydrating and deliciously crunchy. It’s also a truly versatile vegetable to use in recipes! Pop it into salads, pickle it, or throw it into drinks to make fancy “spa water”. Here are the top cucumber recipes that can work for any time you want!
Creamy Cucumber Salad
This creamy cucumber salad is so refreshing, it’s hard to stop eating! Adding a bit of sour cream to a tangy cucumber salad makes an irresistibly creamy sauce. The silky sauce also features dill and shallots. While it has a summery vibe, this tasty salad works any time of the year.
Cucumber Dill Sandwiches
What’s better than that classic combination of cucumber and dill? These sandwiches are a bit of a retro snack, served on those little cocktail rye bread slathered with cream cheese. But they go back even further than that: cucumber sandwiches come from Britain and were served as tea sandwiches! And for good reason: they’re simple to make and seriously refreshing.
Cucumber Salad with Vinegar
The other best cucumber recipe: this tangy cucumber salad with vinegar! Thin sliced cucumbers and onions dressed with vinegar are salty, bright, lightly sweet, and totally refreshing. This salad is perfect for just about any occasion: lunch, potlucks, barbecues, and picnics. It’s one of those recipes that goes with just about everything, from salmon to burgers.
Watermelon & Cucumber Salad
What’s more refreshing than a watermelon salad? This one features sweet melon and salty feta with crunchy cucumber, fresh basil, and lemon zest. And it’s truly easy to make! Just chop a few ingredients and throw them together on a platter. The side dish is done!
Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad
This cucumber tomato avocado salad recipe is all about the ingredients: ripe and juicy tomatoes, cool cucumbers, and creamy avocado. They’re mixed with lime juice and cilantro for a tangy pop that perfectly accentuates their flavors. This one is great as a side dish for any meal; it specifically jives well with Mexican flavors with the lime and cilantro.
Cucumber Caprese Salad
It doesn’t get easier than this. Cucumber slices are simply scattered among the usual Caprese salad suspects: thick tomatoes slices, sliced fresh mozzarella, a handful of fresh basil, a drizzle of good olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, and a big pinch of flaky sea salt. Not only do you now have another veggie on your plate, but it also brightens up an already-vibrant dish and adds a refreshing crunch.
If you are not in the mood to try cucumber in a conventional way, the exciting recipes above will inspire you to make use of cucumber in a way you wouldn’t have imagined before. But before you put on your aprons and take charge of the kitchen, here are a few quick tips on how to buy and store cucumbers.