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Healthy Cucumber Recipes and Cooking Tips

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Japanese Cucumber Salad

This Japanese inspired cool, crisp salad is as elegant and well balanced as it is simple.

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Quick Pickles

Here's a way to make better-than-store-bought pickles in under an hour. The secret is pouring the hot vinegar mixture over slices of cold, crisp cucumber. These pickles have the perfect balance of sour and sweet—though closer to a “bread and butter” taste, they still satisfy the vinegar-loving pickle crowd. In our humble opinion, there's no reason to ever buy another jar of pickles.

» Quick Pickles

Tropical Cucumber Salad

Combine cucumber, avocado and mango with a salty-sweet dressing for a taste of the tropics.

» Tropical Cucumber Salad

Cucumber & Black-Eyed Pea Salad

An easy salad to serve with grilled chicken or steak for supper or on a bed of greens for a satisfying lunch. Substitute white beans or chickpeas for the black-eyed peas if you prefer.

» Cucumber & Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Creamy Cucumber Soup

There's no reason to only use cucumbers raw—they are wonderful sautéed then pureed with avocado for a silken-textured soup that's good warm or cold.

» Creamy Cucumber Soup

Seared Scallops with Sautéed Cucumbers

Sweet sea scallops pair beautifully with lightly sauteed cucumbers. Try adding a handful of julienned snow peas to the cucumbers, for extra crunch. Serve simply with crusty bread or a few boiled new potatoes.

» Seared Scallops with Sautéed Cucumbers

Salmon & Cucumber Mini Smørrebrød (Smørrebrød med Røget Laks og Agurker)

Crunchy cucumber, fresh dill and gravlax top thinly sliced rye bread for a delightful Danish appetizer. Smørrebrød which translates in Danish to "buttered bread" are endlessly creative open-face sandwiches, meant to be eaten with a knife and fork as a light meal. Here we make appetizer-size smørrebrød, perfect for entertaining.

» Salmon & Cucumber Mini Smørrebrød (Smørrebrød med Røget Laks og Agurker)


While the cucumber isn’t known as a nutrition powerhouse, it does provide a small amount of fiber, minerals and vitamins—particularly vitamin C (about 6 percent of the Daily Value per cup). But perhaps its most important nutritional contribution is refreshment: at 95 percent water content, a cup of cucumber slices is nearly as thirst-quenching as a glass of water. Just thinking about cukes makes us feel cooler.

If your cucumber repertoire is limited to tossing slices into green salads, here are some simple inspirations that reach beyond.

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Healthy Cucumber Recipes

A refreshing salad of cucumbers and roasted cashews makes a...
This cold cucumber-dill soup has a surprisingly seductive...
There's no reason to only use cucumbers raw—they are...
An easy salad to serve with grilled chicken or steak for...
Pureeing vegetables into a salad dressing is a great way to...
Pick up rosemary, cucumbers and lemons to concoct this...
Tame the heat of curries with this cool sauce, or serve it...
Raita is cucumber-yogurt sauce used in Indian cuisine as a...
This garlicky cucumber-yogurt salad is delicious served...
A refreshing accompaniment to a main course of meat or fish...
Crunchy pita chips make the perfect base for this ultra-...
Raita, a traditional Indian condiment consisting of...
The cumin-and-coriander rub in this grilled chicken thigh...
You can substitute dill, cilantro or basil for the mint in...
This Japanese inspired cool, crisp salad is as elegant and...
This salad combines cucumber and jícama with a sweet-sour,...
Here's an example of everyday simplicity taken to...
Oak leaf and baby romaine lettuces are so tender they'...
While slowly fermented cabbage and pungent garlic are the...
Here's a way to make better-than-store-bought pickles...
Serve this tart, parsley-dominated tabbouleh at your next...
Sweet peaches or nectarines, lemon and a kiss of ginger and...
Turn fresh rosemary, cucumbers and lemons into grown-up...
Crunchy cucumber, fresh dill and gravlax top thinly sliced...
Seared first to add color and flavor, the salmon is then...
Sweet sea scallops pair beautifully with lightly sauteed...
This sesame chicken and noodle salad couldn’t be simpler to...
A bright accompaniment for grilled fish or shellfish.
Good imported olives in a sophisticated dressing make...
This refreshing, healthy strawberry-cucumber juice is also...
Fresh wedges of tomato, thinly sliced onion and sliced...
Associated with India, tandoori cooking, a high-heat...
Combine cucumber, avocado and mango with a salty-sweet...

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