Crunchy and refreshing, cucumbers are the ultimate summer bite. Enjoy them in these sides, cool soups, and more
We riffed off classic bread-and-butter pickles, adding the unexpected tastes of lemongrass and coriander.
Recipe: Sweet and Sour Cucumber and Red Onion Pickles
Chilled cucumber soup gets revisited with this easy but highly flavorful twist to the classic. It can easily be made ahead,
just chill until ready to serve.
Recipe: Chilled Cucumber, Avocado, and Yogurt Soup
This salad has a fresh crunch and spicy kick. Try it on its own as a first course, or serve with grilled chicken or fish.
Recipe: Mango-Cucumber Salad
Yogurt gives tang to the grilled chicken and adds creaminess to the refreshing salad without adding lots of calories.
Recipe: Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Cucumber Salad
Short on time? Whip up this crowd-pleasing appetizer in just 25 minutes. Shrimp with lemon, parsley, and garlic echoes classic
shrimp scampi, but here it's a cooling salad.
Recipe: Mediterranean Shrimp Salad in Cucumber Cups
Chef Maria Hines of Tilth suggests pairing hot with cool. Top fish just off the grill with a refreshing salad.
Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Salad
Roasted beets and a crisp medley of raw vegetables make a beautiful composed salad. Add rotisserie chicken or smoked trout
and you can call it dinner.
Recipe: Market Salad with Corn, Beets, Fennel, and Cucumber
This yogurt-based soup — similar to cacik — is seasoned with Aleppo pepper, a chile grown in Syria and Turkey that has a smoky note.
Make it a meal: Add falafel or baked pita chips.
Recipe: Turkish Cucumber and Mint Soup
The yogurt makes this salad creamy while the dill adds bursts of fresh summer flavor.
Recipe: Cucumber Potato Salad
This Southwestern-inspired soup hits all the right notes: solid protein from the beans, crunchiness from the cucumber, creaminess
from the avocado, a sweet hit of acidity from the citrus, and a hint of spice.
Recipe: Black Bean Soup with Avocado, Orange, and Cucumber
We put the shrimp on the skewer tail first so that you can easily cook them on the grill, then easily remove and eat the shrimp.
The cucmber salad is cool and refreshing.
Recipe: Sesame Shrimp with Cucumber-Soy Salad
Western salmon meets Scandinavia in this light, refreshing recipe, bursting with lemony zing and fresh, green dill.
Recipe: Grilled Lemon-Dill Salmon with Cucumber Salad
This simplified version of Spanish gazpacho is a light, refreshing way to use the very ripest tomatoes.
Recipe: Tomato-Cucumber Gazpacho
Believe it or not, this salad improves after a few hours in the refrigerator. The dressing works its way into the peas, cucumbers,
and radishes, the flavors meld, and the vegetables become sweeter.
Recipe: Icebox Salad
Make the cucumber mixture ahead of time and top it off with ice and club soda (or even Champagne).
Recipes: Cucumber Mint Spritzer
For an element of surprise, spread basil purée on the plate, rather than tossing it with the other ingredients. This also
helps keep the salad crisp.
Recipe: Lettuce, Basil, and Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese