Do cucumbers really cool you down? As a veggie that’s more than 90% water (and with practically no calories), at the very least, they’ll keep you well hydrated. Here are some of our favorite recipes for enjoying them this summer. When temperatures hit tropical levels, turn Cool as a Cucumber Soup — an easy, no-cook soup featuring cucumbers and lots of fresh herbs in a refreshing base.
Hummus, Cucumber, and Avocado Wrap is as good for dinner as it is for lunch (or even breakfast, for that matter …). You can use homemade hummus or store-bought; either way, it’s made in minutes.
In Cold Soba and Cucumber Salad, earthy buckwheat noodles mingle with refreshing cucumber, and as an added bonus, these noodles are naturally gluten-free.
Spiralized Cucumber Salad is a fun salad to make with a spiral slicer. Cucumbers become practically calorie-free “noodles,” gently embellished with lime, agave, and sesame seeds.
From Oh My Veggies, Cucumber Mango Salsa is a sweet and refreshing as well as bracing. And easy on the eyes, as well!
Here’s a formula for Quick Refrigerator Pickles that I really enjoy. I like to have these in the fridge as often as possible, as a crunchy, nearly calorie-free snack.
Finely diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers are central to Israeli Salad; other vegetables are sometimes added as well. Delicious served with hummus and fresh pita bread!