Recipe Ideas for Cucumber Snacks That Are Ridiculously Hydrating
Each Recipe Is As Cool As a Cucumber
Whether you eat them in a salad, soup, or sandwich, cucumbers are a good source—about 18 micrograms per cup, according to the USDA—of vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting. Cucumbers also provide plenty of potassium (good for your blood pressure!) and immunity-boosting vitamin C. For your cucumber inspiration, consider these healthy cucumber snacks, smoothies, dips, and more—all of which are also super hydrating and, added bonus, dietitian-approved. You're sure to dig 'em. (Related: Top 30 Hydrating Foods)
Southwestern Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip
This nutritious Greek yogurt dip pairs seamlessly with cucumbers, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, and snap peas. Beyond the healthy, hydrating cucumber, you'll fill up on fiber-rich veggies and protein-rich yogurt. Try this cucumber snack in lieu of higher-cal apps like tortilla chips and heavier dips. (Although they all don't have to be heavy. Check out these healthy chips and dip for more smart snacking.)
"Crunchy, cool cucumber atop creamy feta and ricotta cheese that's sprinkled with truffle salt makes for a fancy, no-cook meal in five minutes!" says Karman Meyer, R.D., blogger at The Nutrition Adventure. She suggests serving this trendy toast with a side of fruit for a balanced cucumber snack or mini-meal.
Cucumber Yogurt Salad
"This simple salad is easy to whip up and has so much flavor," says Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., C.L.T., of Shaw Simple Swaps. "The cucumbers are a great way to get extra hydration in while the Greek yogurt dressing is the perfect low-fat, high-protein complement to make this salad a perfect side dish for your summer barbecues." (Related: The Ultimate List of High-Protein Foods You Should Eat Every Week)
Cold Cucumber Avocado Soup
"I love making cool, flavorful soups as the weather starts turning warm," says Sharon Palmer, R.D.N., author of Plant-Powered for Life. "This verdant green soup calls upon the flavors of cucumber, avocados, and cilantro to make a refreshing, herbal, and [is a] lovely cucumber snack that can be served as an appetizer at a party or as a starter course for a meal." (Like this cold soup? Then you'll love these 20 twists on gazpacho.)
Salmon Ceviche with Cucumbers and Radishes
"This is a light and refreshing cucumber snack that's ideal for a summer gathering," says Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D.N., a culinary nutrition expert. "The raw salmon gets 'cooked' in the citrus juices, and I love the combination of textures from the firm fish and crunchy cucumbers and radishes." (See also: 5 Ways to Cook Salmon In Less Than 15 Minutes)
Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho Shooters
"Packed with fiber (7 grams per shot!), these cucumber snacks are a fun way to get your daily dose of healthy monounsaturated fats," says E.A. Stewart, M.B.A., R.D., owner and blogger at The Spicy RD. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds a pop of freshness and a pinch of salt that brings these superfood shooters together.
Cucumber Salad with Scallions
"This cucumber scallion salad makes for a side dish that's light in calories but high in flavor," says Chrissy Carroll, R.D., blogger at Snacking in Sneakers. "Unlike many other veggie salads, this one contains no oil to dress it—instead, rice wine vinegar is used to pull it all together while adding a pleasantly tart taste." (Related: 3-Ingredient Salad Dressings You Can Whip Up In No Time)
Strawberry Cucumber Salad
"This produce-packed cucumber snack features low-calorie ribbons of cucumber with bright, ripe strawberries, finished off with a light drizzle of balsamic reduction, a little tangy chèvre, and some healthy fats from the toasted almonds," says Abbey Sharp, R.D., blogger at Abbey's Kitchen. Not a fan of almonds? Swap in one of these 10 healthy nuts and seeds for an equally satisfying (and delicious!) crunch.
Tuna Salad Cucumber Boats
"Whether you grow cucumbers yourself or pick them up at your local farmers' market, this boat dish is packed with many nutritional benefits," says Emily Cope-Kyle, M.S., R.D.N., owner and consulting dietitian at Emily Kyle Nutrition. "Providing two servings of veggies, this low-calorie, low-carb, high-protein dish helps keep you feeling fuller for longer without the dreaded afternoon crash. Aside from being high in vitamin K, cucumbers may even have some anti-cancer benefits." (Up Next: High-Protein, Low-Carb Foods That Dietitians Love)