Let’s be honest: cucumbers are an often underrated vegetable. Made of 95% water, these “cool” vegetables probably aren’t the first thing you think of when it comes to a healthy snack.
However, cucumbers are surprisingly versatile vegetables — especially when they’re used in other unique dishes. Because of this, the real question is: what can I make with cucumbers? The answer: a lot.
Between adding them to sandwiches, turning them into soup, smoothies, and even a sauce (yum), there are countless fun and easy things to do with cucumbers.
There are even countless fried cucumber recipes that are sure to whet your appetite! Not only are cucumbers healthy for you, as they have 16% Vitamin K and 1% protein, but they have such a unique flavor that surprisingly works well with a lot of other foods.
In today’s article, we’re going over our top 24 favorite recipes for cucumbers that you can easily make at home this weekend. Let’s get started!
1. Creamy Cucumber Salad
Creamy cucumber salad is the ultimate summer snack. Plus, it’s a super easy cucumber recipe and quick to whip up.
All you need to do is whisk together some dill, sour cream, garlic, and vinegar in a bowl and toss in some red onions and thinly sliced cucumbers.
Let it chill for two hours before serving. We recommend using English cucumbers because they’re seedless and will be easier to eat.
If you want to add a little more texture to your dish, try adding some greek yogurt. It’s our secret ingredient and will make it so much more creamy!
2. Cucumber Salad
Running late to a party and forgot to prepare something? No worries, whip up a quick and refreshing cucumber salad.
A traditional cucumber salad is very easy to make. All you need are some thinly sliced English cucumbers, a cup of yogurt, freshly cut dill, and garlic.
Toss everything in a mixing bowl, add some salt and pepper to taste, and it’s ready to serve. You can also add a little bit of sugar for some extra sweetness! It’s our secret ingredient.
This dish is not only simple to make, but it’s a definite crowd-pleaser at any get-together.
3. Cold Cucumber Soup
Looking for a crisp and refreshing snack on a hot summer day? Try some cold cucumber soup.
This unique cucumber dish only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Peel, dice, and toss your cucumbers into a blender with some lemon juice, green onion, and buttermilk, and you’re done.
If you prefer, you can also substitute buttermilk for some greek yogurt. Trust us – it tastes just as good!
We also recommend adding a teaspoon of our secret ingredient – Dijon mustard – if you’re looking for a little bit of spice.
4. Cold Cucumber Soup
Why not take a walk on the wild side the next time you make cucumber soup?
Peel and dice your cucumbers like normal and toss them into your blender with some greek yogurt for some extra creaminess.
Substitute the lemon juice for lime juice (our secret ingredient), add some minced garlic and shallots, and you’ve created a brand new cold cucumber soup that will surely elevate your taste buds.
It’s a delightfully refreshing treat you and your family will love during the hot summer months.
5. Garlic Dill Pickles
If you’re looking for easy pickled cucumber recipes, then this recipe is for you. Pickling is super easy once you get started.
Make your brine by bringing water, pickling salt, sugar, and pickling vinegar to a boil and transfer over to a jar.
Then, place the cucumbers upright in the jar, along with some garlic, and let them boil for 10 minutes.
Once they’re boiled, let them sit out for 24 hours and watch as your Kirby cucumbers turn into delicious garlic dill pickles that will make the perfect little snack at birthday parties.
Also, don’t be afraid to add our secret ingredient: chili peppers for an extra kick!
6. Cucumber, Mint, and Lime Refreshers
If you have water, cucumbers, lime, and mint in your fridge, you have all the ingredients needed to make a refreshing summer drink.
Blend all the ingredients to make a puree, toss in some ice cubes, and let it cool off in the freezer.
Once it’s chilled, pull up a chair and relax as you sip this unique cucumber juice recipe.
Make enough to last you a few days, as it’s a great way to start your morning and feel rejuvenated.
It’s definitely one of our favorite fresh cucumber recipes. Want to make your refresher a little sweeter? Try adding some lemon zest to it; it’s our secret ingredient!
7. Easy Pickle Relish
Next time you set out to make some hot dogs, why not make your own relish, too? Relish is super easy to make.
Just remove the cucumber seeds, dice some cucumbers and onions and mix them in a bowl and let them sit for a few hours.
While it’s resting, make your brine by bringing garlic, vinegar, sugar, and turmeric (our secret ingredient) to a boil.
Boil the cucumbers and onions and start combining everything in jars. You’ll be the talk of the town at your next family barbeque.
8. Cucumber Tomato Salad
Cucumbers and tomatoes are the perfect pairings, especially for a summer get-together, which is why they’re one of our favorite simple cucumber recipes you must try!
Slice up these tasty veggies and mix with red onion, red wine vinegar (our secret ingredient), and olive oil, and you’re all set to serve.
To elevate this dish, we also recommend adding in either some parsley or basil. The parsley will give this dish a peppery flare, while the basil will be more sweet and savory.
Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either option! You can also add some fresh salt and pepper to taste.
9. Cucumber Raita
Indian food lovers will love Cucumber Raita. Indian food is usually pretty spicy, so this cucumber dish is usually used as a cooling agent.
Empty a cup of yogurt in a bowl and mix in diced cucumbers, cumin and coriander and stir and you’re ready to serve.
You can substitute the cumin for chili powder if you want an extra kick, as well as fresh cilantro (our secret ingredient) for the coriander.
The cilantro gives this dish a little citrus flare. Make sure to leave some fresh herbs leftover to use as garnish.
10. Korean Spicy Cucumber Salad Oi-muchim
A cucumber recipe that vegans will absolutely love, the Korean Spicy Cucumber Salad Oi-muchin is so simple to make.
You can easily customize this dish by making it as spicy as you want. Mix some sugar, Korean red pepper flakes, and vegan fish sauce in a bowl and toss in some thinly sliced cucumbers into the bowl.
You can also add in our secret ingredient – rock salt – for some additional flavor. The hardest part about this cucumber dish is waiting an hour before serving. But once it’s served, it’s a definite crowd-pleaser.
11. Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwich Rolls
Cucumber and cream cheese sandwich rolls are the sweetest little snack that will wow your bridal shower or party guests.
This is such a simple dish to create, as all you need to do spread some cream cheese on the Lavash bread and top with thinly sliced cucumbers. Just be sure to roll the bread tightly so nothing slips out of the sides.
We also recommend adding a splash of lemon juice on top of the cucumbers for some additional sweetness. It’s our secret ingredient!
12. English Cucumber and Dill Tea Sandwiches
When you think of cucumber finger sandwiches, you might think about royalty, and you’re not wrong.
Simple and easy to make, all you need to do to make this classic cucumber dish is spread some cream cheese on a slice of bread, add cucumbers, and top with a mixture of dill, salt, pepper, and lemon zest.
For an extra kick, go ahead and add our secret ingredient: fresh chives. This dainty finger food will have everyone feeling like kings and queens for the afternoon!
13. Cucumber Curry
Curry is an Indian delicacy that can add spice to any meal. This recipe is a little more involved than the other ones on our list but still just as easy to make.
Throw your spices, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers into a pan and fry for a delightfully spicy dish.
If you’re looking for a little something extra to add to your dish, try throwing in a handful of cashews for some added texture. It’s our secret ingredient and one of our favorite cooked cucumber recipes.
14. Chinese Smashed Cucumber Salad
If you’re looking for interesting ideas for cucumbers, we think this next recipe will be a “smashing” success at your next dinner party.
This Chinese side dish mixes cucumber with other delicious ingredients like garlic, shallot, and soy sauce to create a unique tasting salad that you have to experience for yourself.
If you’d like, you can add our secret ingredient: a few drops of sesame oil for some added flavor. We highly recommend this one for your next get-together.
15. Pineapple Cucumber Salad
This is a unique take on a cucumber salad not yet seen on this list – and one of our favorite cucumber dishes.
A more tropical take on the traditional cucumber salad, combine cucumber, pineapple, lime, and cilantro to make it.
This tropical salad is easy to make and ready to serve as soon as it’s done. It goes perfect with your favorite fruity beverage in hand as you enjoy a tropical getaway in the sun.
If you want an extra kick, add a jalapeno pepper; it’s our secret ingredient.
16. Authentic Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
You have a cucumber in your refrigerator, and you’re asking yourself: “What to make with cucumbers?”.
This easy-to-make homemade tzatziki sauce can be made in a matter of minutes by combining cucumbers, greek yogurt, garlic, dill, and lemon juice and be ready after cooling in the refrigerator for an hour. It’s delicious and the perfect complement to your homemade gyro.
17. Lemon Cucumber Couscous Salad
Lemon cucumber recipes are so delicious, especially this one.
This dish is more in line with a pasta salad than a traditional salad, as couscous is actually pasta made from wheat or barley, although at first glance, it may resemble rice more than traditional pasta.
Mix cucumbers with couscous, lemon, mayo, and a number of seasonings, and be sure to top it with some delicious feta cheese.
Do you want to make your salad sweeter? Add a little bit of honey. It’s our secret ingredient!
18. Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad
The name of this one is pretty self-explanatory but tasty. It’s a cucumber tomato salad that is easy to make.
The hardest part about this one is waiting for it to chill before serving! Blending the flavors of tomato and cucumber while adding some feta cheese makes this a tasty recipe if you’re looking for something quick and easy to put together.
Plus, it goes really well with grilled chicken and a chilled glass of white wine.
You can also add our secret ingredient: sugar. Add 1 teaspoon and mix along with the other ingredients before serving. This gives it a little extra sweetness.
19. Cucumber Salad
There are so many cucumber salad recipes online that it can be hard to choose just one, but this recipe is by far one of our favorites, as it’s another easy-to-make take on a cucumber classic.
Combine cucumbers, greek yogurt, onion, garlic, and seasonings and mix in a bowl for a tasty dish that’s ready in minutes.
Once it’s made, you can serve this one immediately. If you want to add an Asian flair to this dish, you can add soy sauce, sesame seeds, and honey to it (these are our secret ingredients).
20. Cucumber Onion Salad
Are you looking for something a little different for your cucumber salad?
Try this cucumber onion salad. Mix cucumber, onion, dill, white wine vinegar, and sugar to create a tasty salad.
Be sure to let the dressing cool before adding to the cucumbers and onions. For additional cooling, it’s recommended that you allow this salad to refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
We also recommend adding a little bit of honey or maple syrup to this mix to help bring out the food’s natural sweetness. It’s our favorite secret ingredient.
21. Energizing Cucumber Mint Smoothie
This healthy, energizing, easy-to-prepare smoothie gives you the health benefits of eating cucumber with the delicious dessert flavor of mint. Add to it almond milk, stevia, and Booster Powder, and you have a healthy smoothie that makes for a perfect dessert instead of a milkshake.
While the recipe calls for 1 cup of ice, we recommend experimenting with different amounts of ice for different levels of thickness.
A thicker smoothie will call for more ice, while smoother ice will call for less. You could also add our secret ingredient: 1 pear for some additional flavor.
22. Keto Tzatziki Sauce
The Keto Diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet designed to lower blood sugar and insulin levels while shifting the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones.
For this tzatziki sauce, combine cucumber, sour cream, dill, garlic, and lemon juice for a keto-friendly sauce perfect for your Greek flavored dishes, including gyros and pork souvlaki.
This recipe has two different preparations: one for chunky style and one for a more smooth sauce.
We recommend trying these different preparations on different dishes to see what you like best and adding our secret ingredient: two teaspoons of chopped parsley. It’s one of the best cucumber recipes out there.
23. Cucumber Cooler Cocktail
So you’ve had a long day out in the hot sun and could use a nice, cold drink to cap off your night.
This wonderfully tasty cucumber cooler cocktail will keep you cooler than a cucumber.
Mix equal parts Gin Mare, Cava, and a cucumber mix consisting of cucumber, cantaloupe, and salt. Mix with a splash of sugar syrup, and you’ve got the perfect cool drink for drinking on those hot summer nights when you’re out partying with friends.
Try this one out if you’re looking to change up your drink order! You could also add a splash of pink lemonade for a little bit of sweetness. It’s one of our secret ingredients.
24. Low Carb Cucumber Green Tea Detox Smoothie
Are you looking for a detox tea that is low on carbs? This is the cucumber recipe for you!
Clear the toxins from your body with his super healthy and absolutely delicious smoothie made from cucumber, matcha green tea, avocado, and lemon.
The amount of water and ice you add will determine the thickness of this smoothie. We also recommend using stevia to sweeten this beverage to taste instead of using sugar.
Substituting sugar for stevia will keep this smoothie 100% healthy. You can also add lettuce, melons, or even grapes to this blend for some added flavor, all of which we recommend for these cucumber juice recipes. Plus, they’re our secret ingredients!
24 Easy Cucumber Recipes
- 1. Creamy Cucumber Salad
- 2. Cucumber Salad
- 3. Cold Cucumber Soup
- 4. Cold Cucumber Soup
- 5. Garlic Dill Pickles
- 6. Cucumber, Mint, and Lime Refreshers
- 7. Easy Pickle Relish
- 8. Cucumber Tomato Salad
- 9. Cucumber Raita
- 10. Korean Spicy Cucumber Salad Oi-muchim
- 11. Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwich Rolls
- 12. English Cucumber and Dill Tea Sandwiches
- 13. Cucumber Curry
- 14. Chinese Smashed Cucumber Salad
- 15. Pineapple Cucumber Salad
- 16. Authentic Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
- 17. Lemon Cucumber Couscous Salad
- 18. Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad
- 19. Cucumber Salad
- 20. Cucumber Onion Salad
- 21. Energizing Cucumber Mint Smoothie
- 22. Keto Tzatziki Sauce
- 23. Cucumber Cooler Cocktail
- 24. Low Carb Cucumber Green Tea Detox Smoothie
- Choose your favorite Cucumber dish!
- Prepare ingredients according to the recipe.
- Be ready in 30 minutes or less!