5 New Things You Need to Do With Cucumbers This Summer

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Updated Aug 16, 2019 @ 12:29 am

By Sheela Prakash

Cucumbers are 96% water, so it’s no wonder it’s a vegetable we reach for without hesitation when hydration is on our mind throughout the hot summer months. 1 cup, with its peel, also contains just 16 calories and is a good source of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, and potassium.

Slicing cucumber into salads or snacking on sticks with dip are the most common ways to enjoy them, but that’s just the start when it comes to their versatility. Load up on this refreshing veggie this summer by enjoying 5 new ways to incorporate them into your meals.

Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich from Mommy’s Kitchen

This isn’t the ho-hum cucumber sandwich you’ll find on pretty plates at afternoon tea. This hefty vegetarian sandwich is packed with thick cucumber and avocado slices along with sprouts, lettuce, and plenty of herbed goat cheese, all on whole grain bread.

Cold sesame cucumber noodles
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Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles from PureWow

Your zoodles may have some competition: These ginger sesame-dressed cucumber noodles are extra crisp and cooling and become a light meal when topped with cubes of baked tofu.

Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad from This Healthy Table

Double down on hydration by pairing cucumbers with fruit that’s equally as water-rich. This salad combines cucumbers and juicy cantaloupe for a colorful salad that tastes of the season.

Cucumber elderflower gimlet
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Cucumber Elderflower Gimlet from Cookie and Kate

No one said you simply had to eat cucumbers to get your fill — why not drink them, instead? This simple cocktail features fresh cucumber juice, gin, sweet elderflower liqueur, and tart lime juice.

Cucumber Sorbet from The Little Epicurean

Or turn them into an unprecedented dessert that’s arguably the most refreshing way to end a summer meal. This 3-ingredient sorbet calls for nothing but cucumbers, lemon juice, and sugar — garnish scoops with fresh mint leaves to add one more cooling element.

5 New Things You Need to Do With Cucumbers This Summer