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).
Chilled Avocado-Cucumber Soup with Crostini
If you're a gazpacho fan try this, its verdant cousin, packed with refreshing cucumbers, cilantro, and scallions, plus avocados for dairy-free creaminess. Pop the ingredients in the blender, chill, and serve this cool soup with a platter of good ham, jammy eggs, blanched asparagus, and crisp crostini for DIY tartines.
Beet Gazpacho with Shrimp
You can make this refreshing meal without even turning on the oven or stove top. Float pre-cooked shrimp on a bowl of gazpacho made heartier with earthy beets. Look for vacuum-packed cooked beets in the produce section of supermarkets.
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.
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.