14 Cool Cucumber Salads That Are Hot Right Now

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Are cucumbers even all that cool? Science says yes. 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. They're crisp, crunchy, and refreshing, so it's pretty obvious why cucumbers are ideal for salads of all kinds. Here are some of our favorite cucumber salad recipes to try.

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Adrienne's Cucumber Salad

cucumber salad with onion and dill

"One word- delicious" raves home cook Tracy C. "What a wonderful side salad for a grilled steak dinner. I prepared this dish a day in advance to let the cucumbers soak in all the 'good stuff'. I threw in a handful of sliced roma tomatoes as well and wow!"

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Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint

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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Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad

Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad

This tried and true creamy cucumber dill salad is still going strong as cooks rediscover retro favorites. Dried dill weed, vinegar, and mayonnaise give this dish tang and a velvety consistency.

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Tangy Cucumber and Avocado Salad

Tangy Cucumber and Avocado Salad
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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 healthy and satisfying salad needs.

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Japanese Cucumber Salad (Sunomono)

Japanese Cucumber Salad (Sunomono)
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"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!"

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Smashed Cucumber Salad

smashed cucumbers in shallow white dish

"This salad is one of my all-time favorite cold summer side dishes," says Chef John. English cucumbers are slightly flattened then combined with sesame oil, sugar, and seasoned rice vinegar.

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Thai Cucumber Salad

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Everything you love about sweet, hot, and tangy Thai food in salad form. If you want to amp up the fiber benefits, keep the peels on the cucumbers.

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Gurkensalat (German Cucumber Salad)

Gurkensalat (German Cucumber Salad)
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You 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."

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Good for You Greek Salad

greek salad in a bowl

If you're looking for a Mediterranean cucumber salad, this is for you. This classic Greek salad combines sweet, juicy, crispy, and salty in a cucumber recipe that you're going to love all year round.

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Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad
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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 flavors.

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Sichuan Cucumber Salad

Sichuan Cucumber Salad
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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."

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Hungarian Cucumber Salad

Hungarian Cucumber Salad

Low-cal, low-carb, and highly refreshing with a zippy vinegar dressing. You'll love that there's not a trace of sugar in the mix.

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Pineapple Cucumber Salad

Pineapple Cucumber Salad
Ann Freele

This could be your signature salad this summer. Sweet chili sauce, sesame oil, lime, and fish sauce give this juicy salad a southeast Asian vibe that is perfectly balanced.

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Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad

Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad
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Sambal oelek is the on-trend chili paste that gives this crunchy salad its spicy bite. Red pepper flakes give the dish an additional kick. Spice according to your heat preference.

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