3 Cool Cucumber Recipes to Keep You Sane

“…cool as a cucumber in a bowl of hot sauce”
–“So What’cha Want” by The Beastie Boys

The old idiom “cool as a cucumber” has been overused for certain, but not without good reason. Sure the flesh of a cucumber is seemingly always cool to the touch (unless you cook it, but who would want to do that?), but cucumbers have inherent cooling and hydrating properties. Besides being loaded with water, potassium, and electrolytes, they are also very rich in vitamin C and caffeic acid, both being compounds that help prevent water retention on hot and punishing days. And unlike some other greens that hold less appeal, cucumbers are as versatile as they are delicious.

Cucumber Water

As easy as it sounds: Just thinly slice up half a cucumber and drop the slices into a pitcher of ice water and stir. You could add some fresh mint leaves or a bit of fresh citrus, or simply enjoy as is. It is a tremendous way to cool down and hydrate.

Related: 5 Summer Drinks to Keep You Cool

Cool Cucumber and Mint Soup

Peel, seed and chop three cucumbers and put them in a blender along with about 2 cups of whole milk yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard, and 1/3 cup of chopped mint leaves (adding a few basil leaves is nice as well). Add salt and pepper to taste and blend to puree. Chill soup overnight and then serve with some mint leaves on top.

Here’s another recipe for: Cold Cucumber Soup

Japanese Cucumber Salad

Peel and seed two medium cucumbers and diagonally cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. In a colander toss the cucumbers with salt and drain 30 minutes. Rinse cucumbers to get the remaining salt off and pat dry. Mix cucumber slices and 1 tablespoon natural sugar, then toss cucumbers with about a 1/4 cup of rice vinegar, about a tablespoon of soy sauce. Then with scissors cut seaweed nori lengthwise into thin strips and top when ready to serve.

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215 comments

Cindy M. Dutka
Cindy M. D8 months ago

Cucumber water is awesome. Been drinking it for years. Will definately try the soup. I have been looking for a good recipe. Thank you so much. Great reading.

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Sue Magee
Sue M8 months ago

The soup with mint and yoghurt sounds interesting - thank you

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyer10 months ago

Soup! Wow.

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Angela K.
Angela K10 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Wendi M.
Wendi M11 months ago

Always hated Cucumbers but I am going to try them again can't hurt right ;)

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S Gardner
sandy Gardnerabout a year ago

SOUNDS DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing the recipes!

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Carole R.
Carole Rabout a year ago

Thanks. Love cucumbers.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

TYFS.

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Nina S.
Nina Sabout a year ago

tyfs

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Elisabeth Hansson
Elisabeth Habout a year ago

Good. tyfs

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