Green Salad with Pickled Mushrooms, Cucumbers, Onions, and Pecorino
If you're a robust and flavorful salad that is essentially its own side dish, look no further! This salad uses a simple vinegar pickling method on cucumbers, onions, and mushrooms that brings a bright and punchy presence to the salad's base of greens and salty pecorino cheese.
Make-Ahead Marinated Cucumber Salad with Radishes, Dill, and Shrimp
This medley combines sweet veggies, savory shrimp, and fresh herbs into the perfect summer pack lunch. Let it refrigerate overnight for a stronger tangy marinade flavor, then take it with you to the office or the great outdoors (if you're lucky enough to have a picnic planned).
Grilled Salmon with Thai Cucumber Basil Salad
Thai cucumber salad brings a punch of flavor to this simple salmon recipe, with a lime, fish sauce, garlic, and sugar dressing that gives both cucumber and fish that classic sweet-sour-salty Thai taste.
Herbed Cucumber Radish Tea Sandwiches
Though teatime may not be a part of your daily routine (unless you're really fancy), it's hard to resist these classy little sandwiches. Refreshing cukes, radishes, and herbs strike a perfect balance with creamy butter and cheese, providing a light snack that is well worth the prep.
Grilled Strip Steak with Creamy Yogurt Sauce and Tomato-Cucumber Salad
If you want to enjoy a nice thick cut of beef this summer, there's no better way to accompany the steak's rich and juicy flavor than with a light and crunchy salad. Naturally, a combination of cucumber, tomato, parsley, and yogurt does the trick, but good olive oil will be the real secret weapon for your salad.
Asian Cucumber, Celery, and Avocado Salad
Half crunchy, half creamy, all green; this salad plays with texture and flavor while keeping it simple. With savory and spicy character from ginger, garlic, basil, and jalapeño, this simple salad is anything but boring.
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce and Greek Salad
Cucumber's supporting role here showcases it's versatility in both sauce and salad. Salted cucumber is just one of the many flavors to enjoy in this quintessential Mediterranean dish.
Cucumber and Mint Salad
Whether you eat it as a light bite or a side, this simple salad will remind you what summer really tastes like. The cucumber crunch, raw onion, and cool mint taste will be a big hit at any cookout or picnic.
Kibbeh and Cucumber Salad
Cool yogurt and cucumber paired with torpedo-shaped meatballs make a great quick brunch. Complete this Middle Eastern favorite with some mint tea (hot or iced) and enjoy!
Quick-Pickled Cucumbers with Rice Vinegar
Quick-pickling is a handy trick for a number of dishes. Just use vinegar, water, and sugar on some cucumber for the perfect pork belly companion in steamed buns.
Though this salad would obviously be a nice snack on its own, the ability to enhance your shawarma or falafel experience is its real raison d'etre. Honestly, any leftovers could work atop the sandwich or main of your choice, satisfaction guaranteed!
The yogurt-cucumber combo is a hit across cultures for a reason! This Indian sauce is ideal for cooling down any spicy main it accompanies, but also packs a little cayenne and cumin spice of its own.
Sweet Cucumber Relish
This sweet and tangy relish, a classic condiment at any cookout, is easy to make on your own with onions, bell peppers, and cukes (of course). The pickling is a quick and easy process, and the result is good for canning or eating right away.
Sweet and Spicy Pickle Relish
If a sweet and spicy combo is more your style, this recipe using red chili flake should do the trick. Instead limit your relish use to the realm of hot doggery, try it on any that you could imagine eating with pickles (which should be almost everything).
Fresh Watermelon and Cucumber Juice
Watermelon and cucumber are two fruits (yes, really) with remarkably high water content, which makes this gently flavored smoothie equal parts hydrating and delicious. Mint and lime, cucumber's best friends, make an appearance here to round things out.
Buffalo Green Juice
This savory drink may sound strange at first, but the spicy buffalo sauce and fresh greens make this a healthy and exciting green juice. Think of it like gazpacho without the tomato, or hot wings without the...wings...
Cucumber-Basil Lemonade with Lemongrass
Okay, so it's summer and you probably need to cool down. Lemonade is already an old standby, so why not get creative with refreshing flavors like cucumber, basil, and lemongrass?