Cucumbers, 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, August 3, 2012

cucumbers
This time of year farmers’ markets and backyard gardens are overflowing with cucumbers. There are so many ways to eat these crunchy and refreshing veggies — here are 5 favorites.

Tangy Pickles
Whether you prefer sweet, sour, hot or mild – you can adjust the flavors any way you like when you make your own.
Recipe: Homemade Pickles

Creamy Sauces
Cucumbers give texture and unmistakable freshness to this classic Greek sauce.
Recipe: Tzatziki

Easy Brunch
This simple, yet elegant recipe has only a few ingredients– fluffy egg whites and delicate smoked salmon, topped with a cucumber salad.
Recipe: Egg White Omelet With Cucumbers and Smoked Salmon

Seafood Salad
Cukes and mint are culinary best buds, tender shrimp and fresh lemon round out the recipe.
Recipe: Shrimp Salad With Cucumber and Mint

Spicy Cocktails
Blended cucumber, chili powder and vodka make for a memorable cocktail. Try it out at your next summer dinner party.
Recipe: Mexican Cucumber Martinis

Tell Us: How do you like to munch on cucumber?

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  1. Foodie5 says:

    Peel and seed the cucumbers, cut them into 1" x 3" sticks. Make a Dill dip with fresh dill, light sour cream and yogurt. Refreshing!

  2. I LOVE CUCUMBER TO THE MAX.

  3. Bondansyeule says:

    In a Hendrix + Lillet Martini!!

  4. crzblue says:

    Sliced in cold water with ice or a limeade. I am enjoying a glass of limeade with cucumber slices.

  5. Kate says:

    I made Emeril's pickles and they were awesome! I'll have to try that other one linked too, looks really versatile which I enjoy. Tis the season to be pickling, jammin' and canning. Delicious!

    http://katefromscratch.com/2012/08/06/sweet-and-s

  6. Carla says:

    Braised, a la Julia… perfection!

  7. Colleen says:

    Cucumber and Onion Salad

    4 cups thinly sliced cucumbers
    1 cup thinly sliced onions
    4 teaspoons salt
    2 tablespoons water
    2/3 cup sugar
    ½ cup white vinegar

    Put the cucumbers and onion in a glass or plastic bowl. Sprinkle the cucumbers/onions with salt and water. Put in fridge for 2 hrs. After the 2 hrs., drain but do not rinse the cucumbers/onions. Sprinkle the cucumbers/onions with the sugar and vinegar. Stir entire mixture until sugar is dissolved. Let stand for 1 hr., stirring every 15 minutes.

    Notes:

    I use only about 1/3 cup of Vidalia onion instead of 1 cup of onions.

    There is still a lot of liquid at the end of the recipe – I use a slotted spoon to serve.

  8. Bill Deal says:

    Hollow-out halves of cuke, fill with blueberries & feta cheese, balsamic vinaegrette ( mint is optional)

  9. Brenda says:

    II love agua de pepino just put 3 to 4 cucumbers ,wather and sugar and if you desire som mentlives
    My English is so bad sorry …

  10. Hayley says:

    Cut thick, topped with a chunky guacamole , and clover sprouts. Yum. Love them pickled too!

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