Keep Cool with Cucumbers
From sprightly salads to chilly popsicles, here are seven cool cucumber recipes to fall in love with this summer.
This time of year, cucumbers are king. They're first to the summer finish line where they boldly preen themselves in overflowing baskets. I had never been much of a cucumber fan, that is until I discovered a sweet and vinegary Asian cucumber salad. Sliced cucumbers combined with sugar and rice vinegar make a cool, sprightly accompaniment to just about anything from burgers, to casseroles to grilled meats. Of course you can add other ingredients—cilantro, red onion, tomato—but in a pinch this basic trinity does the job.
Another cucumber-ed up salad great for backyard grill-outs is our Israeli Couscous with Mango, Cucumber and Cilantro. The unlikely sweet mangoes tossed with couscous is fantastic. I've come to embrace cucumbers in recipes beyond salads too, from popsicles to limeades, the crunchy and cool summertime staple now has a permanent place on my menu.
—By Jill Melton, Relish Editor
Cucumber and mint are bright fresh flavors in this Thai-style salad.
This refreshing combination, something like a salad-textured gazpacho, makes a fresh, piquant side for a Brazilian black bean plate.
Sweet mangoes combine with Israeli couscous in this summery salad.
Crisp, crunchy and light, this cool cucumber salad recipe is a welcome side at meals following warm spring days spent in the backyard.
Surprisingly refreshing, this summery sip is healthful and delicious.
A five-ingredient salad, beautifully balanced.