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Cucumber Mega-List: 15 Super-Refreshing Recipes to Make ASAP

By Lauren Paige
June 4, 2021
Photo Credit: Chelsea Messy Apron

Cucumbers are one of the most underrated fruits, maybe because they’re often thought of as a vegetable? There are so many ways to enjoy crunchy, refreshing cukes and so many reasons you should. For starters, they’re 96% water, which makes them super-hydrating. They’re also low-calorie, low-carb, and a good source of nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, and potassium. Ready to get noshing? Here’s our mega-list of the coolest cucumber recipes to make this summer.  

cucumber appetizers

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Snacks, Apps, and Sides

The easiest thing to do with ripe and juicy cucumbers? Cut them up into slices or chunks, sprinkle with salt, and serve. But, if you’re looking for something a bit more creative, we have a few ideas.

thai cucumber salad

Photo Credit: Jo Cooks

Super Salads

Salads may be cucumber’s regular day job but these flavor and texture-filled dishes are anything but basic. We think cukes pair especially well with Asian flavors, but they also do well with summer melons, like cantaloupe and watermelon, and summer veggies, like corn and tomatoes. 

cucumber agua fresca

Photo Credit: Muy Delish

Drinks & Desserts

Toss your cukes into your morning smoothie — why not? Or turn cucumber into a super-refreshing sorbet. Cucumber cocktails feel just right for summer happy hours. 


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