10 Healthy, Hydrating Cucumber Recipes
Crazy for Cucumbers
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
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.
Cucumber Sesame Noodles
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.
Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup
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.
Watermelon Cucumber Slushie
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.
Spiced Chickpea Cucumber Salad
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.
Mint Cucumber Lemonade
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.
Cucumber Melon-Infused Water
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.
Cucumber Radish Salad with Fennel and Caraway Seeds
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.
Avocado, Jicama, and Cucumber Salad
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!
Gazpacho Cucumber Bites
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.