by Erin Marissa Russell
Facing a pile of cucumbers harvested from the garden and wondering how your family will eat them all now that you’re tired of them in garden salads or sliced raw as a snack? Nothing to worry about—Gardening Channel has your back. We’ve combed through all the recipes out there that use cucumbers to present you with this collection of the most unexpected, the most recommended, and the most delicious cucumber recipes on the web. Don’t let your haul of homegrown cucumbers go to waste when there are all these great ways to serve them.
Cucumbers are healthy, hydrating, and super low in calories, so you can eat as many as you want without worrying about your waistline. Their clean flavor and crisp texture makes them the perfect ingredient to binge in the summer when you can’t even think about heating up the house to cook.
Think Outside the Box for Cucumber Condiments Other Than Pickles
Of course you might decide to pickle some of the cucumbers you grow, but there are other ways to use cucumbers in condiments to enhance lots of dishes. Chop them into salsas, blend them into smooth and creamy dips, or whip up a Greek tzatziki. The possibilities are just about endless.
Don’t Be Afraid to Serve Cucumber in Soup, Hot or Cold
It may surprise some readers to learn that cucumber is just as tasty cooked and served warm as it is ice-cold, but it’s true. Many of the soups below are served chilled, but there are some warm cucumber soups to try as well. Take a look at the ideas listed here to see which recipes strike your fancy.
Serve Cucumbers in Classic and Imaginative Salads
Don’t worry, you won’t find any plain-Jane salads on this list. The salad recipes in this section call on flavors from around the world or partner cucumbers with unusual ingredients (like grapefruit!). We’ve included some traditional American recipes that feature cucumber as well, so you’re sure to find something to suit your family’s palate.
Start Your Next Meal with a Cucumber-Centric Appetizer
These appetizers go way beyond sliced cucumbers sprinkled with seasonings or drizzled with vinegar. You’ll find a Mexican take on ceviche called aguachile, lots of seafood bites, and Vietnamese summer rolls—with meat or without. We can’t think of a more appetizing way to kick off your next dinner (or better dishes for a party or potluck).
Feature Homegrown Cucumber in Delectable Sides
Cucumber’s light flavor makes it a perfect canvas to spice up, and it’s just as tasty when preparation is simpler and streamlined. That’s why the cucumbers your garden produces make excellent side dishes, no matter what’s on the menu. Take a look at the sides below that feature cucumbers to see which ones will pair well with your family’s favorite main dishes.
Whip Up a Batch of Cucumber Rolls
Cucumber rolls are the latest thing going, and they’re a great way to serve your harvest of cucumbers. No, we’re not talking about sushi rolls (although those would be good, too). These cucumber rolls, sometimes called cucumber roll-ups, have thinly sliced cucumber wrapped around all kinds of tasty fillings for a variety of delectable small bites. Just take a look at all these options.
Partner Cucumber with Meat for Tasty, Unique Main Dishes
Cucumber kind of has an “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” thing going on. It seems like we eat lots of cucumbers as garnishes, sides, and salads, but these tasty veggies hardly ever get to be part of the main event with the meat on the plate. All that is about to change—peruse the recipes below for inspiration.
Homegrown Cucumber and Seafood Are a Natural Match
The delicate flavor of cucumber is a perfect partner for the subtle flavors of all kinds of seafood. No matter what kind of fish or shellfish your family enjoys, you’ll find a recipe here pairing that fish with cucumber. Read over the recipes in this section for some ocean-flavored inspiration.
Yes, You Can Make Desserts with the Cucumbers You Grow
It’s true—cucumbers can be part of a delicious dessert. While you wouldn’t reach for these veggies first when you’ve got a sweet tooth, their moisture and understated flavor make them just the thing to add to all kinds of sweet treats. Don’t believe us? You don’t have to take our word for it. The recipes in this list will show you what we mean.
After bookmarking your favorites from the recipes in this article, you should be well prepared to put a major dent in this season’s bumper crop of cucumbers. That said, you may find you have one or two left over even after you’ve tried the new ideas out. First things first: To maximize their shelf life, don’t store cucumbers in the refrigerator, despite what you may be used to. Don’t forget that you can add cucumber slices to all kinds of drinks and cocktails, and the juice blends like a dream with other vegetables and fruit, too. Finally, follow the link here to learn 27 more ways to use up those cucumbers that don’t necessarily involve putting them on a plate.
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