Cucumber and mint are common cocktail ingredients, but this one is a little more unusual thanks to the addition of delicate rice wine vinegar and shiso, a mint relative that's often used in Asian cuisines.
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Cucumbers might make you think of salads and pickles, but they're excellent as the main ingredient in stir fries as well. Exposed to the wok's intense heat, they become silky smooth with a juicy, meaty bite. In this easy recipe, they're paired with spicy ground pork.
Pickled in a solution of water, white wine vinegar, sugar, a bay leaf and a couple of allspice berries, these cucumbers from Marcus Samuelsson's new cookbook, Marcus Off Duty, are super basic and spot on. The paper thin slices of cucumbers, salted and rinsed, stay miraculously crisp, and are perfect for sandwiches, salads, or as a stand-alone side.
Loosely based on Middle Eastern tabbouleh salad, this easy make-ahead salad combines grape tomatoes (sweet and ripe any time of year) with cucumber, parsley, mint, and quinoa for a bright and refreshing make-ahead salad that's hearty enough to serve as a light meal.
These ground lamb patties from Nigel Slater's newest cookbook, Eat, are boldly seasoned with black mustard seeds, garam masala and green onions, with a good handful of sesame seeds for nutty crunch. Pressed very thin and fried until crisp, they have the savory addictiveness of a salty snack, but enough substance to make a meal.
Cool cucumbers and herbal Green Chartreuse make for a savory, intriguing spin on the frozen daiquiri that's wonderfully refreshing.
You hear cucumber-yogurt soup, and you might think of slim-waisted, still-hungry women sipping delicate spoonfuls. Diana Henry's version in A Change of Appetite is less 'ladies who lunch' and more Elaine Stritch singing "Ladies Who Lunch:" ballsy, dynamic, and unexpectedly complex.
This recipe, from Diana Henry's new cookbook, A Change of Appetite, is not for the faint of heart. A garlicky, slightly sweet marinade with a whopping two-thirds of a cup of spicy grated ginger does not leave the chicken thighs wanting for any flavor, I'll tell you that.
A quick and fresh appetizer or side dish, these grilled eggplant rolls get some Greek love thanks to an herbed-packed blend of yogurt and feta. Diced fresh tomatoes and cucumbers add a little contrasting crunch to the creamy filling.
Sure, whole-wheat pasta is healthy. It's also tasty, offering a bit more "chew" than the refined-starch variety. That extra texture is a plus in this chilled salad, which mixes grilled zucchini, briny Kalamata olives, tomatoes, salty feta, and basil, all of the ingredients dressed in a simple vinaigrette.
In this simple recipe, farro is simmered with onion, garlic and carrot to impart flavor. Then, it's combined with a host of fresh ingredients: juicy tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs, all of which are tied together with red wine vinaigrette, pine nuts and crumbled blue cheese.
Cucumbers and celery add a cooling vegetal note to this tart and refreshing tequila cocktail.
A simple mix of muddled cucumber, gin, and Aperol makes for a cooling and refreshing cocktail.
Cucumber and fresh dill work wonderfully with Hendrick's gin and lime juice in this refreshing cocktail.
This drink—made with cucumber, fennel, celery, and green pepper—is very refreshing.
Savory and spicy may not be the first characteristics you'd expect in a juice, but once you try this combination you may not be able to kick the habit.
Andy Ricker opens his new Pok Pok cookbook with a series of variations on papaya salad. These are the beating heart of his namesake restaurant, providing its inspiration as well as a sweet and sour bridge between the range of complex savory dishes. This particular salad, made with cucumbers instead of papaya, is a cool and refreshing twist.
A quick Japanese-style rice vinegar cucumber, perfect for serving with rice or stuffed into Pork Belly Buns.
Super fast gazpacho. The key is layering and salting the vegetables above the bread so that their exuded juices get sopped up before blending.