10 Tasty Ways to Use Cucumbers

Corey Williams
·2 mins read

Looking for ways to use cucumbers this summer? Your search ends here. These easy and refreshing recipes will make you feel as cool as a … well, you know.

1. Salad

Photo: Kate Schwager
Photo: Kate Schwager

One of the easiest ways to use cucumbers is also the tastiest. Slice ‘em up and toss them with some lettuce and other veggies for a refreshing summer meal.

Get the recipes: 30 Light and Healthy Cucumber Salad Recipes

2. Pickles

Photo by Rebecca Firkser
Photo by Rebecca Firkser

It’s easier than you think to make pickles at home. Keep a jar in your fridge at all times for any pickle-related needs that may arise.

Get the recipe: Quick Cucumber Pickles

3. Soup

Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Food Styling Karen Ranken; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Food Styling Karen Ranken; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Move over, gazpacho—there’s a new cold soup in town for summer. Loaded with fresh flavor, pureed cucumber is a great way to get around firing up your stove on hot days.

Get the recipe: Creamy Watercress-Cucumber Soup

4. Kimchi

Caitlin Bensel
Caitlin Bensel

Get your daily dose of probiotics with fermented cucumbers. Our recipe takes about a week but, trust us, it’s worth it.

Get the recipe: Cucumber Kimchi

5. Sauce

Tzatziki sauce, anyone? This cooling Greek sauce, made with yogurt and cucumbers, goes perfectly with just about everything.

Get the recipe: Tempeh Gyros with Tzatziki

6. Dressing

Once you taste it, you’ll want to top all your summer salads with creamy cucumber dressing.

Get the recipe: Creamy Cucumber-Avocado Salad Dressing

7. Cocktails

Caitlin Bensel
Caitlin Bensel

There’s nothing like a refreshing cocktail to cool off on a hot summers’ day. Try a cucumber-based drink next time you want to mix things up.

Get the recipe: Thai Cucumber Collins

8. Smoothies

We love a good green smoothie, but there’s only so much kale we can take.

Get the recipe: Cucumber Smoothies

9. Salsa

Caitlin Bensel
Caitlin Bensel

If you’re one of those people who can’t stand the taste of cilantro, you could achieve a similar cooling effect for salsa with chopped cucumbers.

Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken With Cucumber-Melon Salsa

10. Sandwiches

Photo by Lauren V. Allen
Photo by Lauren V. Allen

Is there anything classier than a cucumber finger sandwich? We think not.

Get the recipe: Fancy Cucumber Sandwiches