10 Things to Do With Cucumbers

Cucumbers are one of my favorite things about summer. They’re cool and easy to use and you can even grow them in space! (Don’t worry, the ones in the Local Box are from closer to home than that.) Still, unless I want to eat refrigerator pickles all summer I need to figure out what else I’m planning to make with all the cukes that come my way this season. Here are ten ideas:

1. Add thin slices of cucumber to a pitcher of water and refrigerate. After a few hours, voila! Refreshing cucumber water.

Cucumber Water© Quinn Dombrowski.

2. Make a Lean Green Smoothie by blending together a sliced cucumber, 3 cups of chopped honeydew melon, 3 cups of ice cubes, and a handful of fresh mint. Garnish with mint and a slice of cucumber.

3. Let the kids help make Cucumber Raita. Kids can grate half a cucumber and mix it with 8 ounces of yogurt and a sprinkle of garlic powder. Grown-up should slice the remaining cucumber, plus additional veggies such as radishes, carrots or squash. Dip the crudite in the raita for an inexpensive, healthy summer snack.

4. Sandwich sliced cucumbers and cream cheese between slices of rye bread for pretty Cucumber Tea Sandwiches.

5. If you get tired of drinking cucumber water, switch to these Cucumber Basil Mojitos.

6.  Add chopped cucumber and a teaspoon of dried dill to your favorite salsa recipe for Cucumber Salsa. (Here’s a good place to start if you don’t have a favorite salsa recipe.)

7. Garnish something with Cucumber Flowers.

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8. Use your cukes and some apples to make this exfoliating sugar bath scrub. Drink some cucumber water while you’re in the tub and place some chilled cucumber slices over your eyes for a complete spa experience!

9. Prepare Ellie Krieger’s recipe for Light Cucumber Salad with English cucumbers, red onions and fresh dill in a tangy sweet vinaigrette.

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10. As soon as local watermelon come into season, use them along with cucumber to make Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles.

About Kathryn

Kathryn fell in love with Greenling as a Local Box customer in 2010, and she hasn't missed a delivery since! These days she works in Sproutreach for Greenling, spreading the good word about local food to everyone in Central Texas. Kathryn is the voice behind Greenling Central Texas' Local Box meal plans, events, and the recipes that accompany Local Box deliveries each week. In her spare time, she serves as the Vice President of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, and she is an aspiring Bikram yogi.

2 comments
Kathryn
Kathryn

Hi Dale! Blogger Kathryn here-- I haven't seen any watermelons at the market or in the Local Box yet, just musk melons. I'd love to know which farmers have them available so that I can get in on the action!

dale K
dale K

Number 10 -when watermelons come in season?,where do you guys live?
Here in Austin,I have been eating water melons now for 3 months,seedless of course.