20 Refreshing Dishes with Cucumbers
Crunchy and refreshing, cucumbers are the ultimate summer bite. Enjoy them in these sides, cool soups, and more
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Cucumber and Noodle Salad
Intensely flavorful Chinese sausage is worth seeking out for this salad. If you can’t find it, bacon also pairs well with the sweet cucumbers and peanut dressing.
Recipe: Cucumber and Noodle Salad
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Yogurt drinks are popular across the Middle East and South Asia. We like ours with puréed cucumber and herbs, plus a spritz of club soda. If the cucumber peels and seeds are tender, they don’t need to be removed.
Recipe: Cucumber Smoothies
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Grape and Cucumber Gazpacho
This riff on Spain’s classic tangy-sweet “white” gazpacho is made with Persian cucumbers, which are tender enough to use peel and all. (If you can’t find them, substitute peeled English cucumbers.) The drizzle of olive oil at the end brings the flavors together, so use the best oil in your pantry.
Recipe: Grape and Cucumber Gazpacho
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Baked Salmon with Tarragon-Glazed Cucumber
Cooked cucumber? Trust us. A little heat makes it slightly creamy and helps it soak up the gently seasoned pickling mixture. Thin-skinned cucumber is a must here for its tender texture and bright color.
Recipe: Baked Salmon with Tarragon-Glazed Cucumber
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Cucumber Mint Spritzer
Make the cucumber mixture ahead of time and top it off with ice and club soda (or even Champagne).
Recipes: Cucumber Mint Spritzer
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Sweet and Sour Cucumber and Red Onion Pickles
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Lettuce, Basil, and Cucumber Salad with Goat Cheese
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Chilled Cucumber, Avocado, and Yogurt Soup
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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
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Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Cucumber Salad
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Mediterranean Shrimp Salad in Cucumber Cups
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
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Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Salad
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Market Salad with Corn, Beets, Fennel, and Cucumber
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Turkish Cucumber and Mint Soup
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
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Cucumber Potato Salad
The yogurt makes this salad creamy while the dill adds bursts of fresh summer flavor.
Recipe: Cucumber Potato Salad
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Black Bean Soup with Avocado, Orange, and Cucumber
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
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Sesame Shrimp with Cucumber-Soy Salad
We put the shrimp on the skewer tail first so that you can cook them on the grill, then easily remove and eat the shrimp. The cucumber salad is cool and refreshing.
Recipe: Sesame Shrimp with Cucumber-Soy Salad
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Grilled Lemon-Dill Salmon with Cucumber Salad
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This simplified version of Spanish gazpacho is a light, refreshing way to use the very ripest tomatoes.
Recipe: Tomato-Cucumber Gazpacho
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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