10 Refreshing Cucumber Salad Recipes to Keep You Cool

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10 Refreshing Cucumber Salad Recipes to Keep You Cool

Jun 4, 2015 //

A crisp, cool cucumber salad on a hot day is the ultimate summer refresher. These cucumber salad recipes show just how versatile this ultra-refreshing ingredient is. Keep it simple or make something more elaborate – the world is your cucumber.

1. Grandma’s Cucumber Salad

(Recipe From LaurensLatest.com)

Cucumbers, onion, bell pepper, garlic, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper come together for this super refreshing cucumber salad. This is a great salad to make in a pretty jar. Bring it to a picnic or serve it up on a hot summer day. You can practically taste summer in every bite.

2. Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta

(Recipe From FiveHeartHome.com)

The Mediterranean diet boasts the best of both worlds: it’s extremely healthy with bold, delicious flavors. You may feel indulgent eating a salad like this, but really you’re doing your body and your health a big favor. Fresh veggies, good fats, fresh herbs, flavorful cheese: everything you could possibly want in a salad is right here in this recipe.

3. Cucumber Dill Greek Yogurt Salad

(Recipe From SheWearsManyHats.com)

Remember those delicious cucumber sandwiches you had at that one fancy tea party you went to? This is like that but in the form of a salad. The creamy dressing may seem unhealthy, but don’t be fooled: it’s made with low-fat Greek yogurt and rice vinegar. This is a simple dish to whip up as either a side or a snack.

4. Tomato, Cucumber and Avocado Salad

(Recipe From GreenValleyKitchen.com)

One clue that you’re about to eat a really healthy meal: many of the colors of the rainbow are represented. Mix orange and red cherry tomatoes and you have yourself a vibrant salad that’s as good as it looks. The avocado and feta in this recipe give you healthy fats while filling you up, so you’ll feel absolutely satisfied after eating it.

5. Basil, Chive, Cucumber and Corn Salad

(Recipe From SumptuousSpoonfuls.com)

If you’re looking for something that’s less traditional but still has all the markings of a classic summer salad, here’s the recipe for you. Consider this refreshing salad the perfect side dish for your next BBQ.

6. Asian Cucumber Salad

(Recipe From CookbookMeals.com)

If you’ve been to an Asian restaurant lately, you may have noticed this as a side dish on the menu. Skip the restaurant version and make your own instead. It’s simple and requires only six ingredients. If you have a mandolin, now is a great time to use it.

7. Summer Berry Cucumber Salad

(Recipe From OhSweetBasil.com)

Does it get any more refreshing than a salad that combines cucumber and strawberries? This salad epitomizes fresh summer days. You'll get huge bonus points at the potluck if you take the extra time to artfully layer the cucumbers and strawberries in a bowl. It doesn’t get any prettier – or tastier – than this.

8. Gluten-Free, Sweet and Sour, Thai Cucumber Pasta Salad

(Recipe From PeasAndCrayons.com)

Do you have a spiralizer? Now’s your time to shine. By making noodles out of cucumbers and carrots, you’ll create a healthy base for your salad. Then add other healthy ingredients like chickpeas, green onion, cilantro and seeds, to make this dish a nutritional powerhouse. But don’t worry: it’s as delicious as it is healthy. 

9. Broccoli, Grape and Cucumber Salad

(Recipe From NatashasKitchen.com)

Salads that mix sweet and savory (like grapes and broccoli) produce bold, delicious flavors. Add some cool cucumber to the mix and you have a salad that’s bursting with fun flavors and textures. A creamy dressing and crunchy sunflower seeds round everything out.

10. Cucumber Onion Salad

(Recipe From Dinner-Mom.com)

Sometimes you just want to keep things simple. What could be simpler than a recipe with only four ingredients? There’s a lot of versatility here: feel free to prepare your cucumbers however you choose, from sprializing to slicing to chopping. Keep this in mind as a quick side dish to throw together for an impromptu picnic.

Kristen Forbes

Kristen Forbes is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon who enjoys hiking, running, vegetarian food, and intuitive eating. She is always on the lookout for innovative recipes, fun workouts, and new ideas for taking care of her body and mind.

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