From pickles to smoothies, these are some of our favorite ways to use cucumbers. 

By Corey Williams
August 04, 2020
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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 

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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. 

2. Pickles

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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

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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. 

4. Kimchi

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. 

7. Cocktails

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

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. 

10. Sandwiches

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

Get the recipe: Fancy Cucumber Sandwiches