Cucumber Recipes

Cool off with these delicious recipes that include lots of salads - but go way beyond that! Try cucumber on soup, sandwich, sauces or drinks.

Staff Picks

Brown-Rice Cakes with Toppings

Puffy brown-rice cakes are just as versatile as toasts for layering on the flavor (and they're gluten-free).

Quick Pickled Cucumber Salad

Rating: 3.11 stars
Quickly pickled sliced cucumbers and red onion make a cooling side salad for lamb burgers or fried fish.

Cucumber, Red Onion, and Dill Salad

Rating: 3.03 stars
This Cucumber, Red Onion, and Dill Salad is simply refreshing. While English cucumbers are generally seedless, if any seeds remain, simply scoop them out by dragging a spoon down the length of the cucumber.

Cucumber Blueberry Smoothie

Rating: 3.05 stars
This smoothie of cucumber and blueberries is brimming with antioxidants. It makes a great start to any day for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.  Low-fat yogurt makes it extra creamy.


Rating: 3.38 stars
On a hot day, use your blender to whip up a refreshing cold gazpacho, a soup from a ripe tomato, cucumber, and bell pepper.

Freezer Dill Pickles

Got a bumper crop of cucumbers? Make a batch of these easy pickles and stash them in the freezer -- you're going to love having the tangy treats in your back pocket in the months to come.

Rice-and-Bean Salad Bowl with Tahini Sauce

Our glorious grain bowl calls for making the brown rice in advance, but even if you start from scratch, you can get the whole dish on the table in under an hour.

Israeli Salad

Rating: 3.33 stars
Fresh ingredients add bold flavors to this simple, no-cook salad.

Greek Turkey Burgers

Ground turkey patties flavored with parsley, Worcestershire, and Dijon mustard are steamed then seared for these Mediterranean-inspired pita burgers. They're topped with lemon-infused yogurt, hummus, and cucumber.

Greek Salad

Rating: 3.67 stars
This traditional Greek Salad made with lettuce, feta cheese, black olives, and red onion is practically a meal itself. Serve with Seasoned Flatbread, to satisfy hearty appetites.

Gordon's Breakfast Cocktail

Our spin on the classic cocktail (a lighter, brighter alternative to a Bloody Mary) swaps out the usual hot sauce and Worcestershire for fresh jalapenos and mint from the garden. The resulting drink is spicy, savory, and quite possibly the best way to use up your late-summer bumper crop.

Inspiration and Ideas

30 Cool Cucumber Recipes You'll Want to Make All Summer Long
Few foods are as refreshing or adaptable as cucumbers. Their subtle flavor and high-water content make them a welcome addition to a range of dishes, from salads and soups to pickles and cocktails.
Cucumber-Pear Juice
Rating: Unrated
This is a refreshing drink with a gingery zing to it.

Grilled Pork Cutlets with Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

We think of watermelon as the stuff of fruit salads, but it's also great in savory ones. In this Vietnamese- and Thai-inspired recipe, melon and cucumber salad is the cool contrast to sliced chile and grilled pork (chicken works, too).