This refreshing vegetable is perfect for summer, not only because it's in season (duh), but because it's low in calories and adds instant crunch to any recipe
Crazy for Cucumbers
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Summer means fresh produce is hitting farmers markets everywhere, but before you go straight to the strawberries and local honey, make a pit stop to pick up some in-season cucumbers. Light and refreshing, cucumbers are 95 percent water, so they're insanely hydrating. Plus, one cup contains just 16 calories. You could fill up on cucumber spears all day, but we'd suggest trying these creative cucumber recipes that make for the perfect light summer meal instead.
Cucumber Yogurt Raita Salad
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Your next picnic definitely needs this creamy Cucumber Yogurt Raita Salad. Raita is a traditional Indian side dish made with yogurt; this version pumps up the ratio of veggie to yogurt so the crisp cucumber really stands out. Spices like ginger and cumin add rich flavor and color.
Photo: Deb Perelman/Smitten Kitchen
Cucumber Sesame Noodles
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Cucumbers were practically made to be spiralized, and proof is in this Cucumber Sesame Noodle dish, which makes for a fresh alternative to pasta. A spicy sesame sauce makes things a little more interesting.
Photo: Freckled Italian
Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup
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Cold soup is perfect for the warm-weather seasons. Whip up this gorgeous green Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup in your blender, no stove or stockpot required.
Photo: Allons Eat!
Watermelon Cucumber Slushie
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Who needs ice cream when you can have a frozen treat this delicious and healthy? This Watermelon Cucumber Slushie taps the natural sweetness of watermelon and the refreshing flavor of cucumber for a perfect guilt-free dessert, drink, or snack.
Photo: The Crunchy Chronicles
Spiced Chickpea Cucumber Salad
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This Spiced Chickpea Cucumber Salad stars chickpeas, cucumbers, and juicy grape tomatoes, so it packs in plenty of filling fiber. A lemon-y dressing with sumac gives the dish zing.
Photo: Naturally Ella
Mint Cucumber Lemonade
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Take a sip of this Mint Cucumber Lemonade, and you might feel like you're on a spa retreat. Tart lemons, fresh mint, and juicy cucumbers turn H2O into a delicious hydrating elixir.
Photo: Rachael Adele
Cucumber Melon-Infused Water
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This ultra-refreshing Cucumber Melon-Infused Water is simple to make and, no, you're not alone if the name reminds you of a certain old-school body product scent. Enjoy it on the hot summer days ahead to stay hydrated.
Photo: Lean Mean Kitchen
Cucumber Radish Salad with Fennel and Caraway Seeds
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This Cucumber Radish Salad with Fennel and Caraway Seeds is packed with fresh flavor. Dressed simply with oil and vinegar, it lets the veggies do most of the (delicious) tastebud talking.
Photo: The New Baguette
Avocado, Jicama, and Cucumber Salad
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Crunchy cucumbers and jicama are a great texture combination with creamy avocado. Even better, this Avocado, Jicama and Cucumber Salad is vegan and gluten-free!
Photo: Lively Table
Gazpacho Cucumber Bites
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Sliced cucumbers transform into edible serving pieces with these Gazpacho Cucumber Bites. Their tomato-y topping is inspired by gazpacho, the popular Spanish chilled soup.
Photo: A Mind "Full" Mom