15 Cool Cucumber Salads That Are so Hot Right Now
Cool as a cucumber salad.
Are cucumber really all that cool? Yes, says science. Given that they're about 90% water—and water doesn't absorb as much heat as air does—the inside of a cucumber is cooler than the outside air temperature. Add in the fact that they're crisp, crunchy, and refreshing, and it's pretty obvious why cucumbers are ideal added to salads or all on their own. Here are some of our favorite cucumber salad recipes to try.
This classic cucumber tomato salad recipe helps you use up some those juicy tomatoes you brought home from the farmers' market. You'll want to sop up all the tasty juices that accumulate at the bottom of the bowl.
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This tried-and-true creamy cucumber dill salad is still going strong as cooks rediscover retro favorites. Tip: After the cukes, onions, and salt have been sitting together for 30 minutes, put them in a colander and rinse them well in the sink to wash away the excess salt.
Sliced cumbers are salted and rinsed, then tossed with sliced red chile peppers in a sweet sesame oil and ginger dressing. "Some of my all-time favorite ingredients in one bowl!" raves ofedaisy. "I've made it twice this week, and it's fail-proof."
"We thought this was a nice mix of sweet and tart," says Kotopolo. "I used rice wine vinegar and it worked out nicely. I would recommend this as a side salad or an afternoon lunch!"
Everything you love about sweet/hot/tangy Thai food, in salad form. If you want to amp up the fiber benefits, keep the peels on the cucumbers.
Vitamin-rich cucumber teams up with avocado's healthy fat to form an A-team of delicious nutrition. A citrusy splash of lemon and lime is all the dressing this extra-healthy and satisfying salad needs.
You'll make this traditional German cucumber salad with sour cream, vinegar, onion, and dill. Sprinkle with ground paprika for extra kick and color. "We must all have the same German grandma," says stjchurchcook. "I have been eating this salad for years. It is one of my favorites."
If you're looking for a Mediterranean cucumber salad, this is for you. This classic Greek cucumber salad combines sweet, juicy, crispy, and salty in a cucumber, tomato, feta salad that you're going to love all year round.
Cucumber and watermelon team up for summer's juiciest salad. Onion, feta cheese, mint, and lime join the party, too. Reviewers recommend a little fridge time to bring out its best.
"When I lived in Korea, I was shown this Korean Cucumber salad, made with cucumbers, green onions, and sesame seeds. Goes good with Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef) from this site!!" — grneyedmustang
Chelsea, who created this Chinese cucumber salad, says, "This salad is spicy, light, refreshing and packed full of flavor. Sliced cucumbers are tossed in a hot and spicy dressing. Serve as cold starter."
"By crushing our cucumber before we cut it, we produce flavors that un-smashed cukes can't," says Chef John. "When you crush the cells in a vegetable, as opposed to cutting cleanly through them, certain compounds get mixed together, which can result in a significantly different flavor."
Low-cal, low-carb, and so refreshing with its tangy vinegar dressing. You'll love that there's not a trace of sugar in the mix, either.
This could be your signature salad this summer. Sweet chili sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, and lime give this juicy salad that Southeast Asian vibe everyone's craving these days. And why not?
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Sambal oelek is the on-trend chile paste that gives this crunchy salad its spicy bite. That, and a fiery pinch of red pepper flakes. Add a little or add a lot, because some like it hot.
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