10 Easy and Essential Cucumber Recipes

updated May 1, 2019
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A platter of cucumber dill salad
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It’s hard to beat the cool refreshment cucumbers provide. The water-packed veggie is not only wonderfully crisp, but its mild flavor also makes it incredibly adaptable to all sorts of flavors and ingredients.

These 10 recipes show off the vegetable’s versatility, and are so easy that they can be thrown together for just about any occasion.

Everyone needs a go-to recipe for summer cookouts and potlucks, and this fresh and creamy cucumber salad is absolutely the answer.

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These extra-refreshing “noodles” are a wonderful bed for a piece of seared salmon or even some smoked salmon. If you don’t happen to have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler to shave the cucumber into thin ribbons.

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These spiced cucumber sticks are probably the most ubiquitous of all street foods in India. The spice mix, chaat masala, is a mixture of a slew of spices, including coriander, cumin, and fennel.

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This salad is wonderful served with dollops of ricotta or crumbled feta, so feel free to use whichever one you prefer or happen to have in the fridge.

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Smashing cucumbers allows for them to soak up more dressing in their flesh (it’s also pretty fun, too). Here, they’re tossed with a Greek-leaning lemon and yogurt dressing along with plenty of dill and parsley.

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Instead of tossing the cucumber peels in the garbage, use them to make this ingenious spread. The peels are chopped and folded into softened cream cheese and Dijon mustard before chopped watercress and prosciutto are added to the mix.

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Cucumbers are as deserving to be on your plate as they are to be in your cocktail. Here they give a classic gin and tonic an an extra-refreshing twist that makes it all too easy to sip on.

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This simple, quick-pickled cucumber salad actually tastes better the longer it sits, so feel free to make it the night before you need it.

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This traditional Indian condiment is cool and creamy and delicious on just about anything. Try it over grilled fish or roasted vegetables, or tucked into sandwiches.

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These savory, nutty cucumber noodles keep well for a few days, so it’s worth making a double batch to enjoy for lunch and dinner throughout the week.