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Cucumbers are the ideal summer ingredient. Mild in flavor, packed with juices, cool, and crunchy… Cucumbers can be eaten on their own or can be transformed into some amazing dishes that utilize their unique traits.

There are many types of cucumbers out there, differing in size, shape, seeds, and skin. I prefer to use English, or Hothouse, cucumbers when I cook. They are big, juicy, and entirely edible. English cucumbers are perfect for salads, sauces, crudité, and even cocktails because of their thin, sweet skin.

Cucumbers can be found across North America, Europe, and Asia, inspiring dishes from many kinds of cuisine. While most people know that your basic pickle was once a fresh cucumber, there are other dishes where the presence of the cucumber is less obvious. You might not even know that the flavors in some of your favorite foods are anchored by the subtle taste of cucumbers. Tzatziki sauce and gazpacho would taste completely different if it weren’t for the cucumbers used to make them.

So grab your cucumbers and try some of these delicious recipes from around the web.

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Lamb Chops with Cucumber-Dill Sauce

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It’s hot right now here in the Bay Area, so I created this cool and refreshing spring cocktail to beat the heat.

Cucumber, cilantro and lime combine to give this drink a mild flavor that makes it great for barbecues, pool parties … or just chilling out.

I have been seeing more bars offer cucumber cocktails, and I say it’s about time! You may even want to muddle some cucumbers into the drink. This would go well with spicy foods. I may make a kicked-up version of this cocktail using chiles!


  • 1.5–2 oz white rum (depending on how strong you want it)
  • 1 oz cucumber-cilantro syrup*
  • Frozen cucumber and lime slices
  • Crushed ice
  • Club soda


Fill an old-fashioned glass one-quarter full of crushed ice. Then add the cucumber-cilantro syrup and rum. Top off with club soda. Put in frozen cucumber and lime slices. Garnish with lime slice and sprig of cilantro.

*Cucmber-cilantro syrup
½ cup fresh cilantro
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
juice of 1 lime
¼ of a medium cucumber, chopped

Boil the water, adding sugar and ½ the cilantro. Let cool, then put in blender or food processor with the lime juice, cucumber and rest of cilantro. Refrigerate until ready for use.

* I know cilantro is a love-it or hate-it kind of herb, and I happen to fall into the “love-it” camp. If you hate it, you can try this same recipe with another herb. I would suggest mint, basil or rosemary. Let me know how it turns out, if you try that!

Cucumber skin is perfectly fine to eat but if you don’t like it, you can peel it off. Although, cucumber salad requires thinly-sliced cucumbers as much as possible, and with that, you won’t even notice the skin if you did it right. Just make sure to wash the cucumbers properly.

The next time you plan eating salad, try this Cool-as-a-Cucumber Chicken Salad Recipe. It is a healthy alternative in case you don’t have enough time to prepare food for yourself. You can prepare your chicken, veggies, and dressing a night before and mix it altogether whenever you want to. Instead of unhealthy ready-to-eat meals, why not try this quick and easy recipe? It has the nutrients you need to keep up with your daily activities!

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The Coolest Cucumber Recipes for a Chilled Out Meal

This melon, mint, and cucumber smoothie is healthy and refreshing and can be made in no time.

These vegetarian Vietnamese summer rolls are filled with rice noodles, avocado, carrots, and cucumber. Enjoy them as an appetizer or light summer main course.

Fresh mint emphasizes the cooling elements of this crisp spring or summer salad. It's perfect for a light lunch on a hot day or a cooling contrast as a side to your dinner.

Sweet pear compliments cooling cucumber and celery in this juice that gets its zing from fresh ginger.

A chilled cucumber soup gains extra flavor and tang from yogurt. Roasted beets make a beautiful and filling garnish.

Soaking the onions for this light, fresh salad makes for a milder flavor.

Try this sorbet with cucumber and celery that's spiked with gin &mdash this is sure to be a hit.

With a mellow flavor and perfumy aroma, this duo of supreme hydrators is rich in vitamin C and potassium. Cucumbers are also a good source of silica, a trace mineral that strengthens connective tissue.

These dainty tea sandwiches are spread with chive butter and layered with prosciutto and cucumber slices.

The smooth texture of avocado gives chilled soup a thick consistency, making heavy or sour cream unnecessary avocado can similarly stand in for butter or cheese in a sandwich.

This cool and refreshing limeaid looks lovely and is incredibly refreshing it pairs easily with a light lunch and is elegant enough for a special occasion.

This creamy dip is great on pappadams (crackerlike flatbreads). Crisp them in a microwave or an oven before serving.

The flowers are blooming so that means that it's time to start enjoying some delicious green recipes - you can start with this cool cucumber and dill soup.

Load up on warm-weather recipes and ideas from Martha Stewart and prep your kitchen for the coming heat wave:

Delicious Cucumber Recipes

Fruit and Cucumber Salsa – This is a delicious combination of fruit and veggies in one delicious salsa.

Cucumber Salad Pizza – Cucumbers on Pizza? You’re going to want to make this one!

Garlic Ginger Carrot and Cucumber Quick Pickles – Another pickle recipe but these have a delicious twist!

Cucumber Salad Wrap Recipe – Try making a wrap for lunch instead of a salad! Change it up!

Cucumber Salad Recipe – There’s nothing like a simple refreshing cucumber salad in the summer.

Pineapple Cucumber Salad – Who’s tried pineapple and cucumber together? You’ll want to see this one!

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches – The perfect sandwich for a girls party!

What do you make with your cucumbers? One of my favorite salads of the summer is an easy Italian Pasta salad that I load up with veggies including fresh cucumbers. It’s delicious!

Cool As A Cucumber Salad

I wish I had a garden. We are currently renting, so I’m not wanting to put in the effort needed to mess with the backyard and try to put in a temporary garden. I tried that last year and after a hailstorm that took out half of my tiny little plants, I just gave up and let it all go to waste. So here I am, gardenless.

But if I had a garden, I would grow tons of tomatoes, cucumbers (especially the little pickling cucumbers), herbs, garlic, onions, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, any berry, salad greens, chives, oh the list goes on. We had a peach tree once, and that was amazing. We have an apple tree but it never flowers. There’s a cherry tree down the street in someone’s front yard and the only thing stopping me from picking every single one is my conscience. Because if my stomach had any say, I’d have buckets of cherries right now.

Luckily, we live near great farmer’s markets, and I have access to all this from local farmers at a decent price. Soon, I’ll be making my own pickles, one of my most favorite things to do. There is nothing like a homemade dill pickle.

Another favorite is a cool cucumber salad. Oh hey, look, I just happen to have a recipe here for a cucumber salad. What a coincidence. You know what I didn’t mention above that I’d grow in my garden? Dill. I forgot about dill. You need to dill to make pickles and cucumber salad. Since I don’t have fresh dill, I buy the freeze-dried stuff in the produce department. I also use it to make Paleo Ranch Dressing, so I always have a couple bottles of it on hand. It’s good stuff.

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