Crisp and refreshing cucumbers star in these cool recipes.
Sesame, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad
The vinaigrette is made with salty soy sauce, but before serving, sprinkle a pinch of flaky sea salt to add texture to the fresh tomatoes. This is probably the easiest side dish you'll come across this summer, but don't let its ease fool you—it's absolutely packed with fresh, seasonal flavor.
Open-Faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread
Always use a serrated knife, which cuts through the tomato's skin without damaging flesh and losing juice. These savory sandwiches are great for a casual summer cocktail party. Just slice in half to make handling just a bit easier—especially if guests are also juggling a cocktail glass.
Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Cucumbers with Ginger, Rice Vinegar, and Mint
Season with salt and pepper.
Icebox Cucumber Pickles
Recipe: Icebox Cucumber Pickles
Make these classic pickles from Fun, Food & Flowers the night before a picnic or barbecue for a sweet-tart side.
Creamy Basil-Black Pepper Cucumbers
Prepare and chill for up to 24 hours before serving.
Flank Steak and Cucumber Salad
Recipe: Flank Steak and Cucumber Salad
This steak recipe shows off Asian flavors with chili paste, lime, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
Mini Crab Cakes with Pineapple-Cucumber Salsa
These crowd-pleasing mini cakes make impressive small bites for your outdoor party.
Cucumber-and-Sugar Snap Salad
Recipe: Cucumber-and-Sugar Snap Salad
Almost any raw veggie works in this cucumber salad. Try using bell peppers, jicama, or fresh corn kernels.
Salmon-Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Recipe: Salmon-Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Make pretty mosaics with our all-purpose cream cheese spread and layering method. Salmon and cucumber make for a refreshing and delicious pairing.
Tomatoes, meet a new best friend.
Recipe: Cucumber-Basil Dressing
Scallion-and-Benne Cucumber Noodles
Slice the cucumbers just until you reach the seeds, but no farther or the noodles become raggedy. Pair with fish or shrimp.
Cucumber Gin & Tonic
Recipe: Cucumber Gin & Tonic
Fresh cucumber and a lime wedge give this refreshing sipper a pretty presentation.
Crisp Cucumber Salad Recipes
Recipe: Tomato-Cucumber Salad
When it comes to finding a healthy way to start a meal, nothing works better than the cool, fresh flavors of cucumber salad.
Cucumber-and-Charred Red Onion Relish
Chop the veggies as finely or coarsely as you like; spoon over grilled meat.
Korean Cabbage Wraps with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumber Salad
A robust cousin of Sriracha, gochujang is a spicy-sweet fermented chili paste used in Korean dishes. Here it adds depth of flavor to a Korean-style barbecue sauce. Find it in the Asian section of supermarkets or Walmart.
Recipe: Cucumber-Ginger Limeade
Try this cooler with gin, vodka, rum, or tequila.