Here are 25 easy cucumber recipes to make this summer! The best cucumber salads, appetizers, soups, yummy dips, and pickles! Crisp, cooling, and refreshing cucumbers are low in calories, very hydrating, and high in fisetin, a powerful healing flavonoid.

Our Best Cucumber Salads

Cucumber Salads are at the top of the list this summer. Light and refreshing, with the perfect crunch, they cool and hydrate the body during the hot months.

Asian Cucumber salad in a glass bowl with sesame dressing.

Asian Cucumber Salad

This Asian Cucumber Salad is cool and refreshing and pairs well with many things. It’s vegan and gluten-free and is a nice addition to meals and bowls you are already making!   

Creamy Cucumber Salad in a white bowl with cream yogurt dill dressing.

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad with sliced cucumbers, dill and mint in a creamy yogurt dressing. Cool and refreshing this herby Turkish-inspired summer salad pairs well with grilled meats or fish, or falafels! 

Cucumber Tomato Salad in a grey bowl with dill and red wine vinaigrette.

Dilly Cucumber Tomato Salad

This Cucumber Tomato Salad is fresh and light, made with vine-ripe tomatoes, juicy garden cucumbers, slivers of red onion, and fresh dill, tossed in a red wine vinaigrette.

Korean Cucumber Salad in a bowl with chop sticks topped with scallions, sesame seeds and gochugaru.

Korean Cucumber Salad

Tangy spicy Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim) is crunchy, cool, and refreshing. An easy-to-make Korean cucumber side dish that is healthy and delicious.

Mexican Cucumber Salad in a grey serving bowl with lime.

Mexican Cucumber Salad

This cucumber salad recipe is quick and easy! Made with cilantro, red onion, and lime, it pairs with so many things! Tuck into tacos or Burrito bowls or serve as a refreshing side.

Cucumber Orzo Salad with Lemon & Basil in a bowl with salad utensils.

Cucumber Orzo Salad with Lemon & Basil

Lemon Basil Orzo Salad is located with cucumbers, tomatoes and arugula. A healthy, vegan, pasta salad that can be made ahead for midweek lunches or potlucks. Keep it vegan or add feta! 

Cucumber Nectarine salad in a white pottery bowl with serving spoons.

Nectarine Salad with Cucumber, Basil and Goat Cheese

A juicy Nectarine Salad with cucumber, basil, goat cheese, red onion, and optional Urfa Biber (Turkish Chili Pepper). A simple delicious Farmers Market Salad you can put together in minutes!

Greek Salad in a bowl with feta cheese and wooden serving utensils.

Greek Salad

This Classic Greek Salad is bursting with summertime flavor! Made with vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, kalamata olives, and sheep’s milk feta, this salad highlights the best of summer produce and lets the vegetables shine! 

Vegan Ceviche in a white pottery bowl with avocado.

Vegan Ceviche

This plant-based, Vegan Ceviche is made with hearts of palm (instead of fish) and traditional Mexican ceviche ingredients- cucumber tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and avocado. It is a very easy recipe that can be whipped up in minutes!  Serve it on mini tostadas, with chips or in lettuce cups!

Larb Salad in a bowl with a wooden serving spoon.

Thai Larb Salad

A 30-Minute recipe for Thai Larb Salad, a fresh flavorful Thai salad loaded up with crunchy cucumber, fresh herbs and radishes and tossed in a tangy lime dressing! This can be made in 30 minutes flat! Serve it with lettuce wraps, rice or both! 

Persian cucumber salad in a grey dish with walnuts and herbs.

Persian Cucumber Walnut Salad

Persian Cucumber Walnut Salad and mounds of fresh herbs like mint, dill, cilantro, chives and parsley. Refreshing!

Soba Noodle Salad with tofu and chop sticks in a white pottery bowl.

Soba Noodle Salad

This Soba Noodle Salad is loaded with cucumbers, herbs and other seasonal veggies! For a protein boost, top with savory tofu, smoked salmon, or grilled chicken.  Quick, easy and full of earthy-crunchy goodness.

Fennel Cucumber Salad layered on a white plate.

Fennel Cucumber Salad

Simple, delicious Fennel Cucumber Salad with Dill- refreshing and light, this vegan salad can be made ahead, and pairs well with so many things! 

Ahi Salad in a white and brown serving bowl with chop sticks.

Ahi Salad with Cucumber Ribbons, Pickled Onions and Dill

Refreshing Ahi Salad with cucumber ribbons, pickled onions, dill and mustard seed dressing- a simple healthy tuna recipe that is low-carb, gluten-free, and paleo.

Jicama Salad with cucumber and mango in a grey bowl.

Jicama Salad with Cucumber, Mango, Avocado, Lime and Aleppo

Jicama Salad with Mango, Cucumber, Avocado, Lime, and Aleppo Chile Flakes – a delicious healthy side dish that pairs well with grilled chicken and fish. Perfect for alfresco dining, outdoor gatherings, barbecues and potlucks! 

Watermelon cucumber Salad in a speckled bowl with chop sticks.

Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Scallions and Shiso

A simple delicious recipe for Watermelon Shiso Salad with Cucumber, Sesame Seeds and Scallions – a light and refreshing Asian-style Watermelon Salad that is vegan, gluten-free and full of flavor! 

Plum Shiso Salad with jicama in a white pottery bowl.

Plum, Jicama & Cucumber Salad

A Plum Salad with Jicama and Cucumber, dressed with a flavorful Plum Shiso Shrub. Crunchy, refreshing and light, it’s deliciously cooling on and hot summer’s day!

Scallop Crudo on a black plate with chop sticks.


Scallop Crudo with Cucumber and Shiso… and a step-by-step on how to make Crudo, The Italian Version of Sushi- so simple, delicious, and healthy!

Cucumber Soup Recipes

There is nothing more cooling in the heat of summer than Cucumber Soup! Here are a few of our favorites!

Cucumber Gazpacho in a white speckled bowl with cream and herbs swirled on top.

Cucumber Gazpacho

Cool and refreshing Cucumber Gazpacho with yogurt, cilantro, coriander and lime. Top this with shrimp or keep it vegetarian! So simple and tasty. With a Video! 

Cucumber Melon Soup in a pottery bowl swirled with cream, flowers and herbs

Cucumber Melon Soup

Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup – an easy, healthy summer soup that can be served as an appetizer or light meal. Refreshing and delicious! 

Creamy Cucumber Sauce

Cucumbers are the perfect addition to sauces that tend to cool the palate, perfect served alongside spicy meals, or grilled meats.

Tzatziki in a bowl with mint and dill.


Cooling Cucumber Tzatziki – a traditional Greek cucumber-yogurt sauce that can be made in just 20 minutes!

Raita in a brown pottery bowl with chive blossoms and cilantro.


This is a simple, authentic Raita Recipe—an Indian yogurt sauce with cucumber, mint, and cilantro. Cooling and refreshing, it is served with spicy Indian dishes to help cool the palate.

Fermented & Pickled Cucumber Recipes

Have a plethora of cucumbers growing in your garden? These cucumber recipes are perfect for extending their shelf life!

Pickled cucumbers and other veggies in glass jars.

Pickled Vegetables

These refrigerator pickles can be made with cucumbers, carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, kohlrabi, onions, cauliflower, peppers, asparagus or green beans A simple, delicious recipe that can be used with most any veggie!

Fermented dill pickles in a 1/2 gallon jar.

Homemade Dill Pickles!

How to make Manhattan-style, homemade fermented Pickles with Garlic and Dill!  An easy step-by-step guide to making the most flavorful, crunchy, tangy pickles full of healthy probiotics, with only 20 minutes of hands-on time!

Kimchi Pickles in a pottery bowl with sesame seeds and scallions.

Cucumber Kimchi Pickles

How to make fermented Cucumber Kimchi Pickles in 3-5 days with 20 minutes of hands-on time! Easy to make and full of healthy, gut-supporting probiotics. 

Chef’s Tips

  1. Selecting Cucumbers: Choose firm cucumbers with vibrant green skin. Avoid those with soft spots or wrinkles, as they may be overripe and mushy.
  2. Peeling Cucumbers: For recipes that require peeling, use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. Consider leaving some skin intact for added texture and a pop of color.
  3. Removing Seeds: To remove seeds, slice the cucumber lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop them out. This helps reduce the moisture content and prevents sogginess. Usually the bigger the cucumber the more and bigger the seeds.
  4. Salting Cucumbers: Enhances crunch and flavor while removing extra liquid that can water down the dressing. For salads, lightly salt the cucumber slices and let them sit in a colander to drain for 15-30 minutes before rinsing and patting dry.
  5. Slicing Techniques: Use a sharp knife or mandoline and experiment with different slicing techniques, such as bite-sized chunks, thin rounds, ribbons, or julienne strips, to vary the texture and presentation of your dishes.
  6. Balancing Flavors: Pair cucumbers with ingredients that complement their mild flavor, such as yogurt, vinegar, dill, black pepper, or fresh mint.
  7. Storing Cucumbers: Store cucumbers in the refrigerator wrapped in a paper towel and placed inside a plastic bag to maintain their freshness for up to a week.
  8. Using Leftover Cucumber Salads: Leftover cucumber salads can be transformed into refreshing toppings for delicious cucumber sandwiches, fish or steak tacos, or wraps.

We hope you enjoy these delicious cucumber recipes! Have a favorite? Let us know! Mine are our Asian Cucumber Salad, Cucumber Gazpacho, and Creamy Cucumber Salad! Oh! And of course, Raita and Tzatziki, both staples around here!



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Here is a collection of our 25 Easy Cucumber Recipes to try this summer! Crisp, cooling and refreshing cucumbers are low in calories and delicious in many things: Creamy Cucumber Salad


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  • 2 large English Cucumbers (or 6 Persian cucumbers) thinly sliced (skin on) see notes.
  • 1/4 of a red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, lime juice, rice vinegar or white wine vinegar (more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped herbs -dill, cilantro, mint, Italian parsley, or basil (or use a combo)
  • pinch aleppo chili flakes or Urfa biber– optional


Place all ingredients in a medium bowl, and gently tossing together or stir.

Taste, and sprinkle more salt and acid as needed. You want this to taste flavorful!

Store leftovers in a sealed airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge. 


English and Persian cucumbers have thin skins that are perfectly edible. If you use regular cucumbers peel the skins off.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 61
  • Sugar: 2.2 g
  • Sodium: 196.9 mg
  • Fat: 4.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. Often underrated and overlooked are cooked cucumber recipes, that for some are easier to digest and super tasty. Sautéed, baked, grilled, asian or mediterranean flavors..delicious!

  2. So excited to try the cucumber salads. Boston is incredibly hot right now and these are just what need.

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