19 Cucumber Recipes to Keep Cool With All Summer

Too many cukes in the kitchen? These cucumber recipes are just for you.

Vicky Wasik

Cucumbers, whether fresh or pickled, show up everywhere: layered into sandwiches, tossed into salads, and added to plates as garnish, sometimes cut into fanciful shapes or adorned with decorative edging. They're also a favorite of backyard gardeners, for both their ease of growing and their abundant nature once they start producing. Still, they strike me as underappreciated: How often do we stop to really savor the cucumber's sweet, grassy flavor and refreshing crunch?

To give this crisp summer vegetable a chance in the limelight, you can, of course, incorporate it into all manner of salads—a fully loaded Greek salad or a soba salad with seaweed and cucumbers is a good place to start. But that's just the beginning, as you'll see from the collection of recipes here, which includes cucumbers smashed and dressed in vinegar, stir-fried with pork, topping burgers, and wrapped in smoky grilled eggplant.