healthy cucumber recipes

20 Cucumber Recipes to Keep You Hydrated and Cool This Summer (With Pictures!)


The best time to eat certain fruits and vegetables is when they are in season. This allows you to purchase the freshest organic produce from trusted, local farmers. Now that warmer weather has finally rolled around, refreshing cucumbers are shooting up everywhere!

It’s time to make the most out of these big green veggie tubes, so here’s 20 creative and cool ways to incorporate cucumbers into your everyday meals!

Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Cucumbers contain polyphenols called lignans that can help to lower your risk of breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancers. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamin K among many other vitamins. This vegetable can thus help you avoid many vitamin deficiencies present in the typical American diet. You can find more health benefits of cucumbers here.

Healthy Substitutions

Try to use organic ingredients for each recipe. Also, here are some healthy substitutes you should use for some ingredients found in these recipes:

  • Plain, raw organic yogurt or plain greek yogurt instead of any yogurt

  • Pink Himalayan salt instead of table salt

  • Grapeseed oil instead of canola oil

  • Soy-free fish sauce instead of regular fish sauce

  • Fermented tofu instead of regular tofu

  • Stevia instead of sugar (consult conversion charts! Stevia is very sweet so you won’t need as much stevia as you would sugar!). You can also use coconut sugar. You can substitute icing sugar for these alternatives as well.

  • Raw, organic butter instead of margarine or regular store butter

  • Coconut flour instead of white flour

  • Raw milk instead of your average store-bought milk

1. Cucumber Mint Noodles With Ginger Dressing

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Carbs are a guilty indulgence for many people trying to lose weight. Who doesn’t love a heaping mound of long, stringy pasta goodness? Luckily for the noodle lovers, this carb-free cucumber noodle recipe allows you to enjoy pasta without cheating your diet!

2. Creamy Cucumber Soup

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If you’re looking for a smooth, and light cucumber recipe that will warm you up, look no further! This creamy cucumber soup, pureed with avocado, is sure to satisfy all of your cravings.

3. Veggie Crab Cukes

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Summer appetizers are perfect for by the pool/beach relaxation. This recipe produces a crab and veggie mix mounted on thick cucumber slices.

4. Cucumber, Watermelon and Mango Salad

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This recipe takes salads to another level with chunks of cucumber, watermelon and mango coated in mint and fish sauce. It sounds weird, but it’s very delicious. Give it a try!

 

5. Watermelon-Mint Cucumber Cooler

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For this recipe, a slow juicer is best to have, but you can also use a juicer and blender as a substitute. There’s no better way to cool off when you combine the coolness of mint, the refreshing taste of cucumbers, and the sweet, watery indulgence of watermelon!

6. Cucumber Cups With Spicy Tapenade

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This is another cucumber appetizer to try, this time with a spicy twist. If you like the taste combination of fresh and spicy, you are sure to enjoy this low-calorie recipe.

7. Cucumber Tofu Rolls

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This is probably the most creative cucumber recipe I’ve ever seen! In this recipe, cucumbers are vertically sliced and wrapped around cooked tofu. This is perfect for vegans since there is no animal products in this recipe at all!

8. Detox Flavored Water

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What’s more thirst-quenching than a glass of water? A glass of water with cucumbers in it! The cucumber-lemon mixture in this recipe will not only keep you hydrated, but it will also give your skin a radiant glow.

9. Tzatziki Cucumber Sauce

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Perhaps you’re having friends over and you need a really good dip. You are sure to get rave reviews when you prepare this sauce. Dip your chips or veggies in it or use it as a sandwich/wrap spread..

10. Cucumber Sub

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Cucumbers already have the sub shape, so why not make a sub with it? This will ensure that every sandwich you eat is gluten-free, plus it adds a nice crunch to your lunch!

11. Cucumber-Honeydew Smoothie

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Get out your blender and whip up this treat! It’s quick, easy and delicious with a wonderful tropical aroma.

12. Pickled Ginger Cucumber Salad

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With only 84 calories per serving, you don’t have to worry about over indulging. This is a great weight loss meal and super easy to prepare.

13. Crisp Cucumber Salsa

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Even salsa is susceptible to the cucumber invasion! You will never go back to traditional salsa once you’ve mixed all these flavorful ingredients together.

14. Creamy Cucumber Dressing

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If you grow your own cucumbers and find yourself “drowning” in them, skip the store-bought dressing and make your own! It doesn’t take very long to make at all, and it’s a great addition to all your favorite salads.

15. Cucumber Mint Cupcakes

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Yes! You read correctly. There is such a thing as a vegetable dessert. Now, this is not the healthiest recipe on the list, but it’s certainly a treat you can afford to indulge in every once in a while. Please consult the healthy substitutes listed above.

16. Cucumber Popsicles

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This is basically the cucumber flavored water recipe mentioned above, but frozen and sweetened. What a clever idea!

17. Greek Cucumber Boats

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This is probably one of my favorite recipes in the whole list. I absolutely love the creamy yogurt taste on cucumbers. Share this delicious snack with others or like me, eat it all yourself!

18. Breadless Tuna Salad Sandwich

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Yet another sub-like cucumber sandwich, this time with a tuna salad filling!

19. Chilled Cucumber Soup With Shrimp

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Seafood and cucumbers? Why not! The picture makes it look fantastic, and the light, fresh flavors of both shrimp and cucumber make this a fitting pair up.

20. Smoked Salmon Cucumbers Wrap

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Move over sushi! This recipe uses cucumber in place of sticky, white rice to make delicious fish roles. This recipe has 23g of protein!

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