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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.