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Cucumber Recipes That Are Refreshing

We hope you enjoy this selection of cucumber recipes that we’ve found from around the web. 

Some we created, and some we researched for their uniqueness or simplicity, and others we made that we just love to eat and share.

Our favorite cucumbers are English cucumbers. They are seedless with a thinner skin and ridges, which is why they tend to arrive in stores wrapped in plastic. 

Not great for the environment, but they are pretty fragile. Can’t wait till we can find a way to get more of what we need wrapped in seaweed sheets or something

I also love baby cucumbers, aka mini cucumbers, gherkins (aka cocktail cucumbers), and just the average kind, which is in the gourd family, believe it or not.

It just occurred to me that I’m not sure if a cucumber ever gets ripe, or is unripe, or if something is ever “wrong” with my cucumber. I always refrigerate them right away, cut into them whenever I need them without thinking too much about whether it’s ready.

Hm, further research is required. Are they “born” such a dark green? I will report back. 

Until then, enjoy our list of some recipes that feature this easy to grow, easy to care for, inexpensive green veggie with high water content, crisp outside and tender inside. 

Not in the mood to make a darn thing? Wash your cucumber and cut slices for dipping into hummus, bean dip, or our crazy delish Crack Dip!

These are one of my favorite Saturday lunch ideas. They are light and simple but also delicious.

Sometimes if I am looking for an afternoon snack, I will make one of these and take it back to my desk.

I prefer these on soft white bread but rye bread is also a popular bread for them. Also, cut your cucumber slices as thinly as possible. 

Hot Tip: Use a mandoline slicer to cut your cucumber.

This cucumber salad is quite easy to make. The ingredient list feels a bit long at first glance but they are mostly basic pantry ingredients.

Do note that this is recipe that’s got a lot of liquid. So you may want to serve it in a small bowl on or alongside the plate.

The recipe calls for red onion but that is me adding a Southern flair to the recipe. 

The traditional version of German Cucumber Salad calls for white onion. But I shy away from raw white onion these days. 

It is just a bit harsh to me but feel free to use it if you have it. Sweet Vidalia Onion is always a winner too. 

When reading this recipe article take particular note of the tip about drying the cucumber slices first. It really does help with the recipe.

This is a recipe that we eat in our house multiple times a week. We make this so often that there is almost always a container of it in the fridge. 

This quick pickled cukes recipe is so easy to make and it goes with so many other dishes. 

We serve these as a side to baked salmon and put them on burgers. It is insanely versatile. 

You only need four ingredients for this recipe. You need cucumber, vinegar, sugar and salt.

This cucumber tomato salad is so simple to make that it only has a few steps. 

Wash the veggies. Then cut the veggies. Then combine the ingredients and toss.

Yep, that’s it folks.

The best part about this recipe is that there is no wrong way to make it. You can cut your veggies in any way that you want.

I do believe that fresh basil really makes the recipe but if you can’t find any, dried basil will be fine.

Infused water is all the rage. It is refreshing and a nice change from plain, ordinary water or “sad water” as I call it.

Our cucumber water of course has cucumber and water but our other ingredients are a teaspoon of sugar, lemon and Tajin. Yep, Tajin, that lime and chili seasoning available in most supermarkets in the U.S.

This combo makes for a lime-scented, refreshing cucumber water that isn’t ordinary.

This cucumber avocado soup should be served chilled. So when planning out your meal do keep that in mind because it will need time to chill in advance of serving.

This is a very creamy, vegetal soup. It is a fantastic opening dish for a cookout or a steak dinner.

It is unique and your guests will be surprised by it. So if you are looking for a super creative soup this one is worth considering.

This is a crisp and crunchy salad. In this salad you get the nutty crunch of the peanuts and crispness of the cucumber all in one.

The garlic dressing is made out of soy and rice vinegar.

This is a unique cucumber recipe that combines flavor and texture.

This is a bright salad that screams summer but can be eaten year round. 

The  combination of lemon and herbs along with cold shrimp and cucumber make this a refreshing cucumber salad. 

You can serve this with toasted crostini or on buttery crackers. 

It is a versatile salad and you could even toss it with a cooked bowtie pasta.

This is a Pico recipe that has added crunch because of the cucumber. It is a bit different than your average Pico De Gallo recipe.

You only need cucumber, tomatoes, onion, cilantro and lime. If you want to add a bit of heat you could mince of some jalapeño as well. 

You can it this with crispy chips such as your favorite tortilla chip or you can serve it on top of some pork tacos

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This couscous salad would be a perfect side dish for a cook out. It is recommended that you serve it cold. 

With just a few ingredients it is surprisingly flavorful. The feta cheese and lemon combined together provide a zesty tang to this cucumber salad.

It is recommend that you use English cucumbers for this recipe and fresh parsley.

This is a fun cucumber appetizer. Instead of using a bagel you serve the yummy bagel toppings on a cucumber.

Cucumbers make excellent bread replacements and this will be fun to eat. The cucumber still adds stability for the toppers and a bit of crunch when you bite.

The cream cheese compliments the cucumber perfectly especially when you add in all of the herbs and seasonings.

The bottom line

My top pick from the list is numero uno: Cucumber Sandwiches. 

They are easy to make, as filling as you want them to be, and you can customize them with different seasonings to your taste. I enjoy them open faced, but as a normal sandwich they make great finger food at teas and luncheons.

The exotic thing on this list that I haven’t yet tried is avocado and cucumber soup. I love both of these in salads, and separately but in a soup? I’m not sure about that one. 

If you try it, let me know in the comments how it turns out for you.

Want more? Here are 12 Cucumber Appetizers that includes cucumber boats!

11 YUMMY Cucumber Recipe Inspiration

11 YUMMY Cucumber Recipe Inspiration

We have listed out 11 cucumber recipes with crisp, refreshing cucumber from drinks to appetizers.


  • Cucumber sandwiches
  • German cucumber salad
  • Quick pickled cucumbers
  • Cucumber tomato salad
  • Cucumber water
  • Cucumber avocado soup
  • Asian cucumber salad
  • Cucumber shrimp salad with lemon
  • Cucumber pico de gallo
  • Cucumber couscous salad
  • Everything but the bagel cucumbers


  1. Pick one or two recipes.
  2. Buy the ingredients.
  3. Make the recipes.
  4. Enjoy!

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