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).

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.

Quick Pickled Cucumber Salad

Rating: 3.11 stars 37
Quickly pickled sliced cucumbers and red onion make a cooling side salad for lamb burgers or fried fish.

Greek Salad

Rating: 3.67 stars 18
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.

Stewed Lentils with Yogurt, Cucumbers, and Green Chiles

If you think of Indian food as complicated, get ready to be wowed. Stripped down to its barest form, it's easy, healthful, and affordable -- like this vegetarian dish that costs way less than take-out.

Israeli Salad

Rating: 3.33 stars 64
Fresh ingredients add bold flavors to this simple, no-cook salad.

Cucumber-Pear Juice

Rating: 2.92 stars 64
This is a refreshing drink with a gingery zing to it.

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.

Pulled Chicken with Apple-Cucumber Slaw

Rating: 4.36 stars 14
While you enjoy these sandwiches, what's left of your chicken simmers in water, creating stock to use later.

Cucumber, Red Onion, and Dill Salad

Rating: 3.03 stars 363
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.

The Ultimate Salad Mix with Carrot, Cucumber, and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Rating: 3.67 stars 6
Make your own convenient salad blend in this Ultimate Salad Mix with Carrot, Cucumber, and Balsamic Vinaigrette. Use 4 cups here, then store the rest.

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.
Mediterranean Cucumber Tonic
This refreshing drink combines floral flavors from the Mediterranean, the sweetness of muddled cucumber, and a little bite from the Democratic Republic of Congo's "fever tree." It's an enlivened take on a gin and tonic that's completely alcohol-free.
Pickled Napa Cabbage

Pickling this cabbage gives you a fresh twist on sauerkraut.