12 Amazing Cucumber Salads Around the World
People are bonkers for suddenly trendy cucumber salads this summer, but guess what? This refreshing side dish has been around forever, with variations coming from all over the globe. Here are a few of our top-rated cucumber salads that have rich histories in faraway places, along with suggestions on what to serve alongside those beloved recipes.
Hungarian Cucumber Salad
Just five ingredients in this gem, plus salt and pepper, it's super easy to put together in the morning for dinner that evening because it soaks up the marinade the longer it sits.
Israeli Tomato & Cucumber Salad
The bright flavors are driven by citrus, olive oil, and mint, making this salad a brilliant complement to succulent grilled meats.
A Greek classic, which offers a creamy tang from yogurt without the heavy calorie count of sour cream. This goes so well with foods cooked over flames.
Thai Cucumber Salad
Spicy Korean Red Pepper Cucumbers
This one's like Kimchi 101, a fresh, not fermented preparation. The chili-infused dish relies on gochujang for heat. That's the way popular Korean paste is made from chili, fermented soy beans and glutinous rice.
Mexican Cucumber Salad
Tastes like summer on a spoon, combining corn, sweet onions, colorful bell peppers and chopped cukes, seasoning the veggies with garlic, cumin and red pepper flakes.
Cucumbers, green onion, and red and green bell peppers are tossed with a tangy dressing of rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and fresh cilantro for a refreshing salad with a kick. Adjust the heat to your liking by adding or subtracting the amount of red pepper flakes.
Arabic Fattoush Salad
"Fattoush is one of the most well known Middle Eastern salads and a standard dish on the 'mezza' (small dishes) table. It's a colorful tossed salad with a lemony garlic dressing, and if you've never made a single Arabic dish, this is a delicious and healthy place to start." —Sonja Taha
Gurkensalat (German Cucumber Salad)
"A traditional German favorite that I have loved since I was a child. This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. Substitute cider vinegar for a different flavor. I prefer to leave the skins on the cucumbers for more texture and flavor, but they can also be peeled prior to slicing if desired. Flavor is best when marinated for several hours before serving." —hisunbeam
Mizeria (Polish Cucumber Salad)
Thinly sliced cucumbers are salted and drained, and then dressed with dill, sour cream, lemon juice, and a pinch of sugar and pepper. Reviewers say don't forget to let the cucumbers drain thoroughly before adding the dressing.
Tomato Cucumber Kachumbar
"Kachumbar is an Indian-style salad that is served on top of curry. Fresh herbs and lemon add a tangy crunch that lightens even the most intense gravies." —Gina Milanese