Here are all the best cucumber recipes for using this refreshing vegetable! From salads to pickles, they’re so versatile…and delicious.
Could there be a more refreshing vegetable than the cool cucumber? This vegetable is full of water so it’s super hydrating and deliciously crunchy. It’s also a truly versatile vegetable to use in recipes! Pop it into salads, pickle it, or throw it into drinks to make fancy “spa water”.
Nothing says summer like cucumbers, but you can eat them any time of the year! Here we’ve collected our top cucumber recipes that can work for anytime, from tangy cucumber salad to creamy Greek cucumber dill sauce. Bonus: none of these recipes require “cooking”!
And now…our best cucumber recipes!
The best cucumber recipe: this tangy cucumber salad with vinegar! Thin sliced cucumbers and onions dressed with vinegar are salty, bright, lightly sweet, and totally refreshing. This salad is perfect for just about any occasion: lunch, potlucks, barbecues and picnics. It’s one of those recipes that goes with just about everything, from salmon to burgers.
What’s better than that classic combination of cucumber and dill? These sandwiches are a bit of a retro snack, served on those little cocktail rye breads slathered with cream cheese. But they go back even further than that: cucumber sandwiches come from Britain and were served as tea sandwiches! And for good reason: they’re simple to make and seriously refreshing.
We all know we’re supposed to drink a lot of water. But do you ever get kind of…bored? Here’s a solution: cucumber lemon water! Making an infused water brings big flavor to boring old water: and it takes only 5 minutes. This so called "spa water" is also a perfect drink for entertaining.
What's better than a classic Greek salad? There’s not much that tastes more refreshing than the combination of juicy tomatoes, cool cucumbers, red onion, Kalamata olives, and salty feta. This salad is the traditional Greek way (no lettuce!) and relies on juicy cucumber for its hydrating crunch.
Ever had a Thai cucumber salad? This one is slightly spicy from red curry paste, with a wonderful jumble of textures with crunchy cucumbers and cashews. For the cucumbers, peel off alternating strips of cucumber skin and leaving small strips on: it makes for a fun variegated pattern!
Is there anything more refreshing than a watermelon salad? This one features sweet melon and salty feta with cucumber, fresh basil, and lemon zest. And it's truly easy to make! Just chop a few ingredients and throw them together on a platter. Side dish done!
Tzatziki, that famously creamy and garlicky Greek cucumber sauce, made with Greek yogurt, olive oil, and cucumbers. It’s commonly eaten as a dip on pita or veggies, or as a gyros sauce. And it tastes like pure gold! Here you'll grate the cucumber to infuse a subtle crunch into each bite.
What's a more classic cucumber recipe than pickles? These refrigerator dill pickles require just 10 minutes of hands on prep work and are great on sandwiches or eaten straight from the jar! If you’ve never made a refrigerator pickle recipe before, this is the one to try. This recipe uses pickling cucumbers: you can find them in most grocery stores or in farmers markets.
Here's a “fancy” drink recipe that’s ultra refreshing and healthy: watermelon cucumber juice! It takes just minutes to make and garnished with a little watermelon wedge, it looks beautiful too. Something about that cucumber flavor brings in a spa-like, relaxing vibe.
This cucumber tomato avocado salad recipe is all about the ingredients: ripe and juicy tomatoes, cool cucumbers, and creamy avocado. They’re mixed with lime juice and cilantro for a tangy pop that perfectly accentuates their flavors. This one is great as a side dish for any meal; it specifically jives well with Mexican flavors with the lime and cilantro.
Tangy Cucumber Salad
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This cucumber salad with vinegar is perfect for barbecues and picnics, a refreshing mix of tangy and salty sliced cucumbers and onions.
- 2 large, thin cucumbers (English if possible)
- 1 small yellow or white onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (optional)
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Slice the cucumbers as thin as possible, using a mandolin if desired. Peel and thinly slice the onion into half moon shapes. Layer the cucumbers and onions in a large shallow bowl; add the dill (if using).
- In a small bowl, mix the white vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture over the cucumbers and onions, mixing everything together to ensure even coverage. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Stir again to evenly mix the dressing. Then serve with a slotted spoon. Store refrigerated for up to 7 days; the flavor even improves over time!
- Category: Salad
- Method: Raw
- Cuisine: Vegan
Keywords: Cucumber Recipes, Cucumber Salad
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A few more recipes
Still want inspiration? Here are a few more recipes that star this crunchy refreshing vegetable:
- Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad This salad brings out the beauty of ripe tomatoes and cool cucumbers in a way you’ll want to eat again and again.
- Poke Bowl Recipe This classic recipe stars ahi tuna marinaded in a flavorful poke sauce, rice, and lots of veggie topping ideas.
- Simple Chickpea Salad Make cucumbers into a 5-minute fast lunch! The perfect healthy plant based desk lunch or quick fix dinner.
- Mediterranean Couscous Bowls This Mediterranean bowl recipe is a fast weeknight dinner, featuring couscous, chickpeas, tomatoes and cucumber, and a creamy tahini sauce.
- Favorite Chopped Salad This salad will amaze everyone around the table! Homemade Italian dressing and crisp veggies combine into one extraordinary salad.
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Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.