Recipes & Tips All Cucumber Lovers Need to Try
Ah, the cucumber. We all know cucumbers are good for you; just one contains most of the vitamins and minerals you need in a day, like Vitamin B, Iron, and Zinc. But did you know they can actually help with skin inflammation? Or that you can use them to make a killer cocktail? As it turns out, cucumbers are kind of the superhero of vegetables, and using them in your favorite recipes is just the tip of the iceberg.
Ladies and gents, without further adieu, I present our ultimate list of uses for cucumber.
Like I said—cucumbers are most well-known for the part they can play in your diet. Here are some recipes you need to try ASAP:
This is one of our favorite low-to-no carb recipes! It’s light and fresh, but packs a lot of flavor thanks to the curry powder and lime juice. Check out the recipe (and some of our other favorite lunchmeat appetizers) here!
Cucumber Greek Salad
Just the ingredient list for this recipe makes our mouth water; cucumbers, lemon juice, Roma tomatoes, feta, oregano…mmm. Make your own cucumber greek salad with this recipe!
Cucumber, Watermelon & Basil Salad
This one just screams summer, doesn’t it? Minced ginger, soy sauce, and rice vinegar combine with cucumber, mango, and watermelon in this recipe for a serious flavor explosion. Use this recipe to try your own cucumber, watermelon and basil salad.
Blackened Shrimp Cucumber Bites
This recipe is light but packs a lot of flavor. Plus, there’s an avocado sauce for the top. Need I say more? Check out the full recipe for Blackened Shrimp Cucumber Bites here.
Spicy Tuna and Avocado Cucumber Sushi
If you’ve never tried your hand at making your own sushi, now’s your chance! For those of you who can’t handle spice, you can alter this recipe to fit your taste, so don’t let the title scare you away. Put your skills to the test with this spicy tuna and avocado cucumber sushi recipe.
Braided Cucumber Sushi Roll
Another take on DIY Sushi, this recipe will make you look like a 5-star chef. See the steps and ingredient list for making your own braided cucumber sushi roll here!
Cauliflower Cucumber and Corn Salad
This is a simple recipe that is sure to earn you a ton of compliments at your next dinner party. There are lots of other ingredients you could add based on your own personal taste, too. Learn how to make your own cauliflower cucumber and corn salad here!
Cucumber, Black Bean, Avocado, Corn and Tomato Salad
Where are my fellow Mexican food lovers at?! This recipe is light, fresh, and packed with lots of flavor. Learn how to make this colorful salad for yourself!
Tomato & Cucumber Gazpacho Soup
Break out of the traditional tomato soup box and give this fresh take a try! It contains bell pepper and hot sauce, so it’d be perfect for helping to clear up those sinuses during the cold months. Make your own tomato and cucumber soup with this recipe.
English Tea Cucumber Sandwiches
I remember watching movies with women having tea parties and thinking those tea sandwiches looked seriously delicious. Check out this recipe for making your own classic English tea cucumber sandwiches.
Baked Cucumber Chips
This one is kind of the ultimate DIY. These are baked to perfection for a guilt-free salty snack you can munch on all day. Here’s a great recipe to make your own baked cucumber chips at home—just don’t be surprised when your batch disappears fast!
Cucumber and Pear Baby Food Puree
Hey, momma! This one’s for you! Your baby might actually enjoy this DIY cucumber and pear baby food puree instead of spitting it back into your face. Try your hand at making your own baby food with this simple recipe.
Cucumber and Avocado with Sprouts Sandwich
If you’re looking for a meat-free sandwich, this one should be your go-to. With goat cheese, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts and lemon juice, it’ll leave you feeling full and satisfied! Make your own cucumber and avocado sandwich here.
Can’t you just picture yourself eating this on a hot summer night? So refreshing! Learn to make your own cucumber sorbet with this recipe.
Italian Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad
Every word in the title of this recipe sounds delicious! Why go for a basic salad when you can have something like this instead? It’s topped with lemon juice for an extra bit of refreshing tang—see the full recipe for Italian avocado cucumber tomato salad here!
Thai Cucumber Noodle Salad
Cucumber pairs so naturally with the flavors found in Thai food, so you just know this recipe will be delicious. Make your own taste of Thai with this Thai cucumber noodle salad recipe.
Cucumber Quinoa Salad
If you’ve yet to discover the joy that is quinoa, you’re seriously missing out. This recipe is good for you—and the quinoa will leave you feeling full (but not bloated). Get your quinoa on with this cucumber salad recipe.
Cucumber Noodles & Garlic Shrimp
Yep, you read that right! Cucumber noodles! In this recipe, you actually make them yourself—which is worth bragging about with an Insta pic! Learn how to make your own cucumber noodles here.
Avocado Hummus, Cucumber, and Pico de Gallo Tostados
The title of this dish alone is a mouthful! Doesn’t it just sound colorful? Make it for yourself with the recipe and instructions here!
Cucumber Coconut Lime Popsicles
I like to call this recipe, An Ode to Summer. All you need to make these is coconut milk, cucumber, lime, and sugar. A.K.A., the good stuff. Make your own cold cucumber coconut lime popsicles here!
Strawberry Banana & Cucumber Smoothie
Few things are more delicious than a fresh smoothie made at home. Start your day with this recipe and feel the power the rest of your day! Make your own cucumber-packed smoothie with this recipe!
Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita
As a strong advocate for margaritas, I very much approve of this recipe. The jalapeno will add a nice amount of spice that you didn’t even know your margaritas were missing. Try the spicy mix for yourself with this recipe.
Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin
This refreshing spritzer is sure to leave you feeling satisfied—and probably wanting more. Get your gin on with this simple recipe.
Spicy Thai Basil Cucumber Cocktail
Just the name of this cocktail makes me feel adventurous! It calls for white rum, cucumber juice, banana pepper, jalapeno, lime, sugar, and basil. (Don’t mind my watering mouth over here!) You can find the directions and full ingredient list for a spicy Thai basil cucumber cocktail here!
Sparkling Cucumber Watermelon Sangria
Who doesn’t love a good sangria for summer? You’ll love the refreshing flavor combination of cucumber and watermelon, plus some fresh mint leaves in this recipe!
Lemon Rosemary Cucumber Cocktail
Honestly, these are 4 of my favorite words in the English dictionary, all strung together. Enjoy the recipe for yourself here!
Cucumber Gimlet Shots
When your gimlet is feeling a little lonely, introduce it to this new fresh BFF. Make your own cucumber gimlet shots by following this recipe.
Strawberry Basil Cucumber Sangria
Sparkling Rose all day, please! You’ll want to sip this sweet concoction on the reg. Check out the recipe for strawberry basil cucumber sangria here!
No, I’m not about to imply that you should wear an outfit made from cucumber…though that would be impressive. Cucumber actually has several beauty benefits—the skin of a cucumber contains a lot of water, but it’s also packed with vitamin C and caffeic acid, which helps soothes irritation on your skin, and it can reduce puffiness and swelling. Check out this tutorial for making your own cucumber face mask, and this video for making scrubs and masks to help remove acne scars. You’ll love how fresh your skin feels—and how good it’ll smell!
Some fitness bloggers even claim that rubbing cucumber slices on your problem areas can help reduce the appearance of cellulite and fine lines because it has phytochemicals that cause the collagen in your skin to tighten up. Who knew?
Did we miss a cucumber hack you think we should know about? Let us know and we’ll add it to our list!