PART OF Summer Grilling

59 Cool Cucumber Recipes to Make This Summer

Few things are as refreshing as cucumbers on a hot day, and that's a good thing because these crisp veggies are abundant during the summer months. We have gathered our best cucumber recipes from our users that include everything from salads to refreshing beverages

Creamy Cucumber Salad

"After reading the reviews, I decided to tweak the sugar and vinegar per my own taste. I thought it was awesome — eating some leftovers right now.”

-Tanya D.

Marinated Cucumbers, Onions & Tomatoes

“This recipe is from Womack House, a long-ago country kitchen in Fulshear, TX. It tastes like summer!”


Cucumber Sandwich Filling

"Oh man, this makes the best cucumber sandwich I have ever tasted. I've been wanting to find a good recipe since I had a cucumber sandwich from this pastry shop. This recipe beats the other one hands down. I love the creaminess of the filling.”

-Jeanette G

Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad

"Yum! Made just as written. I just microwaved the vinegar mixture in a glass measuring cup until the sugar and salt are dissolved. It was really delicious.”

-Maven in the Making

Cucumber & Onion Salad

"Ah, this is it! My mom used to make this when I was a kid. It was one of those recipes I never got from her. This is my first year growing cucumbers and I've got more than I can handle. I made this salad according to the recipe and this is it. Takes me back for sure.”


Indian Cucumber Salad

"Simple refreshing salad that works well with my spicy tikka masala recipe. I have to agree with another reviewer that there is something missing — more on the sweeter side. Next time, I may add honey instead of sugar, carrots and green pepper.”

-Cristina Barry

Cucumber Salad

"This is a classic Polish recipe. However, you are leaving out the most important step! After the cucumbers are sliced you must get as much water out of them as possible! You can do this by laying the cukes out on a plate with another plate pressed on top of it. Leave that in the fridge for at least one hour. If you don't do this, your salad will be watery and yucky!"


Weight Watchers Sweet-Hot Marinated Cucumbers

"I've been eating these since I was a kid and my mom made them. We always had them with with the addition of thinly sliced onions and a sprinkling of celery seeds. The celery seeds add a lot of flavor. I make them in a big pickle jar I saved and they don't last long!"


Cucumber Cilantro Pasta Salad

"I didn't have lime juice on hand so I made it with lemon juice instead — it was delicious! I also threw in half a diced red bell pepper and added half a tablespoon of olive oil to the dressing. It was very nice, light and fresh!"


Thai Cucumber Salad

"Oh, this was so good! I multiplied the recipe eight times to take to a large outdoor party and kept the salad in a large bowl placed in an even larger bowl of crushed ice since it was an outdoor party and the temps were over 90 degrees. This was the second side to disappear from the buffet table (out of about 14 or 15 dishes) and I received tons of compliments on it. The flavors were awesome, tart/sweet dressing with the crunch of the cukes and carrots and peanuts. I'm so glad that I chose this particular recipe to make!”


Nat's Cucumber Cream Cheese Bagel

"Cucumbers and cream cheese naturally go so well together, so to put both on a warm and toasty bagel is genius! This recipe makes a very tasty snack or even lunch. As recommended by another reviewer, I served it with some tomato slices. I enjoyed the bagel both with and without the tomato. A sprig of parsley prettied up the plate."


Light Cucumber Soup

"I made this recipe with plain soy yogurt instead of sour cream and vegetable broth in the place of the chicken broth (vegetarian style); it was very very delicious!”

-p malley

Smoked Salmon in Cucumber Cups

“I broke up the salmon into very small pieces and mixed well to use it as a dip and I sliced cucumbers to use as chips. No salt needed since the salmon was already pretty salty and I used European style sour cream because it's thicker than regular sour cream. Excellent flavor!”

-Pickles McGee

Ultra-Easy Chilled Cucumber Soup

"Ultra good, too! Very easy and a great way to get those cucumbers used; just let it chill for a while, and you’re all set! I used a veggie broth and a bit of low-fat sour cream — thinned out with a bit of broth — instead of the half and half. Dotted the top with some Tabasco sauce. Thanks for the recipe!"

-Andi Longmeadow Farm

Cucumber, Wasabi & Fresh Ginger Salsa

"Very tasty! I had to hide it from my fiancé so I could enjoy it myself! Great flavor —not too hot, but full of wasabi flavor. I devoured it with tortilla chips.”


Cucumber & Cream Cheese Appetizers

"I made these for a wedding reception this weekend and everyone raved over them! At the suggestion of a previous reviewer, I did as they suggested and didn't add the entire envelope of Italian dressing mix, only adding to suit my taste.”


Cucumber Sauce for Gyros

"I just tried this sauce to go with some gyros I made and it is really a wonderful sauce. I am leaving a review because I wanted to share a tip for the sauce that I ended up using. Being that it is winter, I could not find a decent cucumber in our local store, but I do grow the herb called ‘salad brunet.’ It is not a well-known herb, but when it is fully mature, the leaves, that look like parsley, taste like cucumbers. I substituted 1/4 cup of the chopped leaves instead of the cukes and no one could tell it did not have real cukes in it!”

-Chef JenR

Cucumber & Garbanzo Bean Salad

"What a great summer salad! So light and refreshing. A great make-ahead dish when you are having a crowd over. Everyone loved the combination of ingredients. I especially liked the garbanzo beans mixed in with the cucumbers!”


Salad Shiraz

"This is an Iranian staple, and yet I would change up the recipe slightly. This is how we traditionally had it in our household. Instead of lemon juice, I would use the juice of two freshly squeezed limes, and two tablespoons of freshly chopped basil (Persian Basil preferred). And a tablespoon of dried mint. Be generous with the salt."


Ethiopian Tomato & Cucumber Salad

"Excellent and refreshing salad, and authentic too. I spent a month in Ethiopia in 2009, and their salads tend to have sharp, sour flavors. I made half a batch, but the full amount of dressing so it's ready for the repeat salad I will make tomorrow.”

-Leggy Peggy

Watermelon & Cucumber Salad

"I added feta to this salad so it was a bit of a hybrid of the two first watermelon salads on Delish! Great way to serve the flavors of summer!"

-Joycee Troyer

Buckingham Palace Garden Party Cucumber Sandwiches

“What a refreshing little treat. I used basic items I had on hand for these. I had a thinly sliced loaf of very soft white bread, a hot house cucumber, good European butter and dried spearmint. The mint is definitely the finishing touch, even in dried form.”


Albanian Tomato Cucumber Salad

"I ate this for a light supper in 96-degree heat today. I left out the green pepper, as I had none, and added a cucumber fresh from the garden! Delicious and healthy too!”



"As a Bulgarian I would say: make it as it is. Do not fry the garlic — it's a healthy and delish recipe. Why ruin it? And do not blend it. But that's just me. It is my all-time favorite soup.”


Szechuan Cucumbers

“Easy and delicious too! I halved the recipe easily.”


Cucumber Boats

"These were very nice. I salted the cucumbers a little before adding the filling and they were pretty tasty. Very pretty on the plate.”

-Sarah in New York

Cauliflower & Cucumber Salad With Sour Cream

"I loved this salad! I used red bell pepper with one tablespoon of balsamic and one tablespoon cider vinegar with a little bit of sugar to take the edge off the vinegar.”


Cucumber Nachos

“Wow! I was not expecting to love these so much! I could have eaten the whole tray myself. I’d used plain Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. So delicious!”


Stuffed Cucumber Cups

"Yum! Perhaps the cucumbers in my area are small — I made a 3/4 batch (18 cups) and needed two. Be sure to toast the walnuts for extra goodness. Use more green onions! While pleasant and creamy, it's kind of bland, so I add half a jar of minced garlic and a few tablespoons of Italian seasoning."

-Fanged Menace

Cucumber Vegetable Salad

"I took this to a party. There was none left in the bowl after the party. Everybody liked it. It is really colorful. I used parsley instead of cilantro."


Cucumber Gimlet

"Super refreshing drink that feels straight from the garden, especially if you're growing cucumber out there."

-Kate Richards

Watermelon & Cucumber Gazpacho

“This is wonderful! So fresh and vibrant. We had this for lunch and then kept the leftovers for lunch the next day. This is such a great gazpacho; will definitely make again!”


Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho

"I love this soup! I did tweak it to make it AIP-compliant (no seeds or nightshades), so I cut the chili and paprika and added one clove of smashed garlic, some finely diced ginger and a handful of cilantro. So wonderful and so easy! Once I cheated and added 4 shakes of coriander powder and a shake of fenugreek — to die for. I also use iced water so it is instant chilled soup."

-Victoria J.

Sweet & Sour Watermelon Cucumber Salad

“Wow! This was a remarkable recipe — will continue to make over and over again. It is such a shock as a combo. Loved it!”


Julia Child's Baked Cucumbers With All Variations

“At last a recipe with cucumbers that is not a salad! As this is a 1961 recipe, I had to tweak a little. I used the long English cucumber which needs no peeling (and with tiny, soft seeds). This was not available in 1961.”


Mast-O Khiar

“The mast-o-khiar I had in Iran had no raisins or dill in it, so that was something new for me. I liked the addition of green onion and walnuts . Thanks for sharing a yummy dip.”


Grandma Varga's Hungarian Cucumber Salad

“This is the way my Grandma Vajda used to make her cucumber salad. This recipe is excellent and very refreshing during our hot summer months.”

-gale 57

German Cucumber Salad

"I can't stop eating this salad. I think it tastes better the next day. I've been eating it on avocado toast and can't get enough. Wish I would have made a double batch.”

-Lucky in Bayview

Japanese Cucumber Salad

"Love this salad. I always used to order it at sushi restaurants, but it's so fast and easy, I now make it all the time at home. I doubled the recipe, using about a teaspoon of sugar, and it was just right. Also, I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce (lower in sodium and soy free) — this is a great summertime side-dish."


Crisp Cucumber Freezer Pickles

"This is a great recipe! I have been using this same recipe for years. It's hard to believe that the cucumbers stay crisp after they have been in the freezer. For those of you who like creamed cucumbers, just drain a little of the juice off and add salad dressing. Mix and enjoy!”

-Joanne Johnson

Refreshing Lemon & Cucumber Water

"I didn't think I'd like this, but I do! I will definitely be making this again. Very refreshing."


Cucumber Relish

“Made this a couple of weeks ago. It has the thumbs up from everyone who tasted it. One comment was ‘mmm, you can make this again!’”

-Jeanette T.

Indonesian Cucumber Salad

"Nice and spicy. I used brown sugar substitute to keep the sugar down and I thought I still had some chili paste but no! So, I used sriracha chili sauce. Now I want to try it with the original ingredient to see which has the best heat and flavor. Another keeper. I loved that it didn't create a bunch of liquid.”


Apple Pear Cucumber Salad

“I made this for Friday supper. I was alone so adjusted the measurements. I loved this salad. It was so delicious. Because I had all the ingredients on hand I could follow the recipe exactly. It filled me up.”


Candied Cucumber Rings

“These are beautiful, crunchy and flavorful. They make a wonderful addition to any meal. The recipe is clear-cut and easy to follow. I didn't have any alum, so I didn't can them, just refrigerated. I also cut the recipe by a third since that's all the cucumbers I had. Definitely a keeper!”


Macrina's Orzo Salad with Cucumber & Feta

“Just made this for the second time and it was once again delicious. I sautéed some chicken in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper, then shredded it and added it to the salad for some extra kick and a little protein.”


Cucumber Orange Water

"This is very good and pretty!”


Cucumber, Bean Sprout & Red Onion Salad

"This is everything you could possibly want in a salad. Quick and easy to prepare. Cheap. Great taste and light and crunchy. A perfect summer side in every way.”

-Kiwi Kathy

Tomato, Cucumber & Avocado Sandwich

"This is super! Very good mix of veggies. I didn't have the alfalfa sprouts, so I left those out. It was still a great sandwich for lunch today! I'll make this again with the alfalfa sprouts!"


Chilean Cucumber & Carrot Salad

"I had to make this for a social studies fair. I had to make a poster about Chile and a Chilean dish and had only one night to make the food. This was a simple recipe that everyone enjoyed, and I got an A+ on my assignment."

-Amelia L.

Afghan Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad

"This recipe will only be as successful as the quality of the ingredients used. Colorful and delicious salad that included a variety of heirloom tomatoes. Goes with so many different main dishes. Will make again soon before the heirloom tomatoes are merely a distant memory.”


Refrigerated Cucumber Pickles

"Simple, straightforward goodness. I store mine in glass."


Creamy Cucumber Dressing

"This dressing recipe is out-of-this-world good! It's great on crispy salad greens or used as a dip for fresh veggies, I also love it on fish in place of tartar sauce. I used it on a macaroni salad I made over the weekend (in place of mayo) and we couldn't get enough of it!”


Mango Coconut Cucumber Salad

"One statement for this salad: delicious!"

-Norahs Girl

Garlic & Dill Pickled Cucumbers

"I made this recipe because it had a few ingredients. It turned out better than anything I could have bought. Tastes great even without the garlic. Simple and easy to prepare."

-Um itani

Cream of Zucchini, Carrot & Cucumber Soup

“This soup was delicious and very easy to make — highly recommended!”


Cucumber Dill Pasta Salad

“Great idea for lunch! I made this last nite and brought with me to work today. Easy, filling — on the lighter side. I added a pouch of tuna to this and that worked really well — beefed it up a little bit.”

-Southern Bug

Cucumber Melon Cooler

"Wonderful and fresh tasting. I will also definitely make this again!”


Karpathian Cucumber Boats

"Yum! This was so good, even though I left out the cayenne! I used dried dill and scaled the recipe down to one cucumber.”