Cucumbers, 5 Ways

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

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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Comments (1,086)

  1. Karla says:

    I keep it simple: sliced cucumbers sprinkled lime juice, chili powder, and salt!

  2. Kelly says:

    I make a cucumber and pasta salad that is great and makes a ton. Also make a quick cucumber salad with cucumbers, Italian dressing packet and Mayo. We make it all the time and it is great!

  3. Amber says:

    Peel and cut cucumber into thin/medium slices, Put in a jar with half full vinegar and the rest water. store in the fridge for a few hours and eat up! very delicious.
    If you like the vinegar taste you can do what i do and do 2/3 of the jar with vinegar and the rest with water.

  4. Chrissy says:

    Cucumbers and sour cream with salt and pepper! YUMMY!!!

  5. Mr carbless says:

    I am a diabetic but love sandwiches. I use a cucumber to make a sub sandwich. It replaces the bread.

  6. shelley says:

    I was trying to recreate one of my 92 yr old nana's cuke salads just the other day. She no longer remembers how she made it. I added sliced cukes, sliced red onion, some red wine vinegar, a bit of mayo and a bit of sour cream and some dill. I had no fresh garlic at the house I was making it so just added powder. It was yummy!

  7. bless says:

    thinly sliced and dip on tomato catsup,yummy!

  8. sheila benz says:

    Benz olive oil pickles 1 gal cukes sliced thin unpeeled. 1 .5 TBL yellow mustard seed, 2TBL black pepper corns, 1.5 cup olive oil, 1 cup water , 1,5cup pickling salt. mix mustard seed pepper corns oil water salt. shake to combine. fill jar with slices. pour mixture over, fill with apple cider vinger. refridgerate 5 or 6 days before eating.

  9. Beverly says:

    Peal cucumber, slice (not too thick), add them to a bowl of yogurt, add dill, stir, then add salt a little at a time to taste, This simple dish was served to me by some Middle Eastern student friends as part of a dinner back in the 70s and I have loved it ever since.

  10. angela says:

    "pico d gallo w cucumbers " mexican style"
    just mix:
    ~slided cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, 1 jalapeno pepper, salt, spoon of olive oil, lime juice w herbs, or oregano…. mmmm delicious

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