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.

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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.


Rating: 3.5 stars 186
On a hot day, use your blender to whip up a refreshing cold gazpacho, a soup from a ripe tomato, cucumber, and bell pepper.

Cucumber Blueberry Smoothie

Rating: 3 stars 124
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.

Quick Pickled Cucumber Salad

Rating: 3 stars 37
Quickly pickled sliced cucumbers and red onion make a cooling side salad for lamb burgers or fried fish.

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.

Greek Salad

Rating: 3.5 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.

Cucumber, Red Onion, and Dill Salad

Rating: 3 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.

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.

Tandoori Fried Chicken

Instead of cooking the chicken in a traditional tandoor oven, we pan-fried ours in a cast-iron skillet. Cool off with a side of cucumber spears and a salad of red onion, mint, and cilantro for a flavorful dinner.  

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.
Cellophane-Noodle Salad
Seedless cucumbers often have small seeds; remove them for this Asian-inspired Cellophane-Noodle Salad recipe. Do not rinse the noodles after cooking; it will make them stick.
Cucumber-Pear Juice
Rating: 3 stars 64

This is a refreshing drink with a gingery zing to it.