Fresh Cucumber Recipes to Feast on All Summer
Cucumber Radish Slaw
We bet you already have all the ingredients for this summer slaw in your cupboard or growing in your garden. A super-simple vinaigrette helps fresh cucumbers and radishes shine in this bright side dish that screams summer.
Spicy Fermented Pickles
Cross pickle spears off your grocery list—it's so easy to make your own at home, and you can use up all those extra summer cucumbers. To make these pickle spears unique, we tossed in a dash of red pepper to give each bite a little spice.
White Cucumber Sangria
Summer just isn't complete with a cool glass of sangria. If you want an extra refreshing version to sip on sweltering days, this recipe with white wine, cucumber slices, and honeydew melon is sure to hit the spot.
Spicy Watermelon Salad
Tantalize picnic and potluck-goers alike with this stunning watermelon salad. Tiny cucumber wedges frame fresh watermelon cubes, while a sprinkling of serrano chile slices give this salad heat and a pretty dotted pattern. You definitely won't be taking any leftovers home with you.
Chicken with Basil Sauce & Cucumber-Radish Slaw
Cucumbers, radishes, and broccoli sprouts make a fresh and delicious side salad for the chicken breasts in this dish. A simple vinaigrette made from lemon juice, olive oil, and salt really helps the fresh veggies shine.
We knew these smoothies had a healthy dose of cucumbers, but we would have never guessed they're hiding cauliflower too! And thanks to honeydew melon and fresh mint leaves, you'll won't taste just how veggie-filled these green smoothies really are.
Banh Mi Vietnamese Sandwiches
This isn't your usual cucumber sandwich. For one thing, it's loaded with pork tenderloin, red pepper strips, and zesty Asian chili sauce. Cucumbers give these bold sandwiches a fresh crunch.
Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta
Who says salads have to be all about leafy greens? Cucumber slices and honeydew melon star in this potluck-worthy dish, while red onions and dill are delicious supporting players.
Mini Souvlaki Skewers with Fennel Yogurt Dip
Crunchy half cucumber slices, juicy grape tomatoes, and seasoned pork loin make these mini skewers the perfect summer party appetizer. For even more deliciousness, be sure to dunk them in a Greek yogurt, fennel, and cayenne pepper dip.
Cucumber Bruschetta with Grilled Shrimp & Crab Salad
Step aside, tomatoes. Cucumber bruschetta is here! Grilled shrimp and crab meat take over the role of toppings, while fresh cucumber slices provide a crunchy base for these bite-size appetizers.
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with Lemon-Cucumber Relish
Grilled chicken may seem like this recipe's main attraction, but the lemon-cucumber relish is the real star. Combine fresh-from-your-garden cucumbers and tomatoes with onion, lemon peel, lemon juice, and garlic, then spoon over chicken for a fast and fresh supper.
Cucumber Party Dip
This dip has a double dose of cucumbers—as part of the dip itself, and as slices, which are perfect for dunking into this creamy recipe. We know it's tempting, but remember: No double-dipping!
Sweet Potato Quesadillas with Cucumber Relish
Even though summer is all about grilling out, sometimes we want an easy, meatless meal. Luckily, these quesadillas are here to satisfy our cravings. Don't worry, even though they're loaded with veggies and topped with a cucumber-radish relish, you'll still find plenty of gooey cheese inside.
Usually gazpacho is all about tomatoes, but not this recipe—cucumbers, avocados, spinach, and celery all play a role in this chilly veggie-filled soup.
Cucumber Lime Guacamole
How could we possibly make guacamole better, you ask? By adding fresh cucumbers, of course! A splash of lime juice and refreshing cucumber slices turn homemade guacamole into a summer cookout star. Your taste buds will thank you for this.
Tofu Spring Rolls
If you've ever had spring rolls before, you know they're not complete without a few crunchy cucumber sticks. And if you've never tried making your own spring rolls before, this recipe is a great place to start! All you need is five ingredients and 20 minutes.
Brats with Cucumber-Blueberry Slaw
That's right, you can use garden-fresh cucumbers even when you're grilling! Give plain grilled brats a super summery makeover by topping them with a refreshing slaw made from cucumber slices, blueberries, and fresh herbs.
Get your cocktail glass ready—we found your new favorite summer drink! This cool-as-a-cucumber drink is the perfect combo of sweet and spicy, thanks to pineapple juice, jalapeno peppers, and cucumber slices. And it has a boozy twist of tequila, of course.
Cucumber-Watermelon Freezer Pop
Adults and kids alike will love these freezing ice pops when the weather heats up. Your kids can grab these sweet watermelon pops on their way out the door, and you'll appreciate that these treats need just two ingredients to make. Go ahead, tuck one away for yourself in the back of the freezer. We won't tell.