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13 Ways To Use Cucumbers

10. Make Quick Pickles
This recipe for quick crock pickles from Serving Up the Harvest (Storey, 2007) by Andrea Chesman, isn’t quick in terms of brining time (two days to six weeks) but the preparation time is speedy indeed. If you don’t have cucumbers, get creative–other vegetables such as cauliflower, carrots, or zucchini will make just as wonderful pickles! After they have pickled, the vegetables can be stored for up to three months in the refrigerator, bringing a few flashes of summer greediness into the approaching cool weather. See recipe here.

11. Eat Cucumber Salads
You can add cucumbers to a tossed salad, but it’s even better to make a salad of cucumbers. I love to make chopped salads with a base of roughly chopped cucumbers mixed with whatever else I have that needs eating–leftover-produce salads end up being some of the best because you end up with concoctions you may not have imagined otherwise–like cucumber, jicama and pear? Yum.
Cucumber Cashew Coleslaw
Dilled Cucumber and Sour Cream Salad

12. Make Chilled Soups
Because of their high water content, cucumbers make a great low-calorie and fresh-tasting base for chilled soups. The following four recipes are really great. (The Persian one includes walnuts and raisins…very exotic.)
Chilled Cucumber-Mint Soup
Chilled Persian Cucumber Yogurt Soup
Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup
Cucumber and White Grape Gazpacho

13. Try Cucumber Side Dishes
I love the snappy crunch of cucumbers mixed with grains in side dishes, these two are favorites.
Summery Couscous with Cucumber and Mint

Dilled Rice and Lentils with Creamy Cucumber Salad

Do you have any favorite cucumber recipes or beauty formulas to share? I’m sure you do! Leave a comment below.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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1:17PM PDT on Sep 3, 2015

Thanks

2:14AM PDT on Jul 3, 2015

i like my cucumbers very simply, sliced with a little salt and pepper

9:18AM PDT on Apr 25, 2015

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9:16AM PDT on Apr 25, 2015

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6:14AM PDT on Mar 8, 2015

Thank you

6:19PM PST on Mar 7, 2015

Thank you

5:15AM PST on Mar 6, 2015

Great ideas.

@ Patricia H. I did try using cucumbers as a repellent, but it did not work for me. The orange peel is a much better option.

2:31PM PST on Feb 17, 2015

Thank you for the interesting article, I already laid some cucumber slices on my face when I had a light sunburn, the humidity cools the skin, and the minerals help it recover, but most of all I love the old-fahioned recipe for cucumber salad from my mum: cucumber, sour cream, some vinegar, a bit sunflower oil + some herbs, nom-nom, I love it, often make it in summer!!!

10:07AM PST on Feb 16, 2015

very good info, thank you

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