10 Crunch-tastic Cucumber Salads That Take No Time at All

updated Jun 16, 2022
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There’s a lot of refreshing cucumbers recipes perfect for hot summer days, but this time of year, I cannot seem to get enough cucumber salads in my life. Their cool crunch is always the refreshing bite I need with a summer meal, whether I am grilling, making a simple summer pasta, or even just ordering in a pizza. With such a mild flavor, cucumbers are a chameleon of a vegetable. They can be kept simple with nothing but oil and vinegar, dressed up with sour cream and herbs, or even paired with unexpected matches like pineapple.

If you’re a fan of cucumber salads as much as I am, it’s worth keeping this collection within close reach. No matter what you’re making for dinner right now, one of these 15 recipes is sure to complement it nicely.

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Salt and Pepper Smashed Cucumber Salad
Made with just salt, pepper, and a homemade vinaigrette, this just might be the easiest cucumber salad you'll make this summer.
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Tangy Cucumber Salad
This light, fresh salad of quick-pickled cucumbers and chopped fresh chives is perfect any night of the week.
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Japanese-Inspired Cucumber Salad
Inspired by sunomono, this summery cucumber salad is crunchy, refreshing, and swimming in delicate umami notes.
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Buttermilk Cucumber Salad
This tangy spin on the classic creamy cucumber salad still has all the zip and crunch, but incorporates elements from raita and tzatziki, other cooling cucumber-and-dairy dishes.
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Cucumber Caprese Salad
This simple variation of classic Italian caprese salad adds cool, crisp cucumbers to the equation.
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Sour Cream and Dill Cucumber Salad
This classic cucumber and fresh dill salad is tossed in a tangy sour cream dressing.
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Shaved Cucumber and Fennel Salad with Olives and Feta
Cucumber salad gets a Mediterranean-style twist for a simple salad that's bright, fresh, salty, rich, briny, and crunchy.
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Pineapple-Cucumber Salad
This quick and refreshing salad features chunks of juicy pineapple and crunchy cucumber, all tossed in a chili-lime dressing.
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Herbed Smashed Cucumbers
This Greek-inspired salad takes crisp cucumbers and tosses them in a creamy, herb-packed yogurt dressing.
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Salt and Vinegar Cucumbers
What's great about this tangy cucumber salad is not only can it be made ahead of time, but it's also better that way.
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Avocado and Cucumber Arugula Salad Recipe
Feel free to turn this vibrant salad into a meal by topping it with grilled chicken, shrimp, or salmon.
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Smashed Cucumbers with Turmeric, Coconut, and Peanuts
Turmeric-spiked coconut oil travels into the nooks and crannies of smashed cucumbers, while toasted coconut flakes and peanuts add a welcome crunch to the mix.
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Taiwanese Cucumber Salad Recipe
Rice vinegar and mirin are flavor stand-outs in this crunchy, cold salad.
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Mizeria Recipe (Polish Cucumber Salad)
This twist on mizeria swaps in creamy, tangy labneh for the sour cream, resulting in a flavorful, refreshing side dish.
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Tangy Cucumber Avocado Salad
Crisp, refreshing cucumbers and creamy, buttery avocado are tossed with cilantro vinaigrette and quick-picked red onion in this vibrant salad.
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