Reach beyond just incorporating this veggie into summer salads with our unique cucumber recipes.
Cucumbers are a delightful product of summer but must be chosen wisely. If the weather has been hot and dry, some cucumber
varieties can become bitter. When in doubt, taste a cucumber before using it in one of our delicious, light recipes. (See
our Guide to Cucumbers.)
First up is our Cucumber Gazpacho with Shrimp Relish. Chilled cucumber gazpacho is so refreshing in the heat of summer. We recommend English cucumbers because they have fewer seeds and thin skin that doesn’t require peeling. Blending them into a creamy summer soup is a breeze.
View Recipe: Cucumber Gazpacho with Shrimp Relish
Creamy and tangy, this simple side comes together in a flash. Don't make the salad ahead--the cucumbers will release too much
View Recipe: Herby Cucumber Salad
We know cucumbers are cool, and sweet shaved ice is the quintessential summer refreshment. Together, the two make an ideal
treat from the garden.
View Recipe: Cucumber-Lime Granita
Miso is a thick soybean paste with a salty, slightly sweet flavor. Look for it in the refrigerated part of the produce section
or with the dairy products, or substitute soy sauce.
View Recipe: Sesame-Miso Cucumber Salad
A reinterpretation of the familiar gin and tonic, this cocktail includes fresh watermelon and cucumber juices for a refreshing
View Recipe: Watermelon and Cucumber Tonic
This recipe is perfect for a quick party appetizer. You can make the salmon mixture up to a day in advance. Sprinkle with
chopped parsley for a more finished look.
View Recipe: Smoked Salmon in Cucumber Boats
Serve a simple steak dinner topped with a peppery veggie-and-cheese relish. Pepperoncini peppers are yellow, wrinkled, and
slightly spicy; we use both the chopped pickled pepper and pickling liquid to flavor the crunchy relish.
View Recipe: Flank Steak with Cucumber-Pepperoncini Relish
Each serving of this low-calorie smoothie offers a half-cup of vegetables, plus a little fruit. This refreshing sipper will
soon be a favorite.
View Recipe: Cucumber, Apple, and Mint Cooler
This Indian-inspired dish features quinoa, a high-protein grain that cooks relatively quickly. We like the heat that Madras
curry powder brings, but use regular curry powder if you prefer.
View Recipe: Curried Quinoa Salad with Cucumber-Mint Raita
Quick-pickled cukes give these burgers tart crunch. Panko and egg white hold the patties together. Use cilantro leaves on
the burgers as you would lettuce for herby freshness.
View Recipe: Hoisin-Glazed Salmon Burgers with Pickled Cucumber
Ready in just 10 minutes, this simple side salad is the perfect addition to a variety of meat-based main dishes.
View Recipe: Cucumber Salad
A traditional Pimm's Cup may include slices of lemon and orange, mint, and sometimes rosemary or thyme, along with cucumber
spears. We steeped the lemonade overnight with cucumber slices to bring out their flavor.
View Recipe: Cucumber Pimm's Cup