15 Creative Cucumber Side Dishes
Perfect for adding a fresh bite and extra crunch to any meal, cucumbers are a delicious way to get more vegetables onto your dinner plate. These cucumber side dishes range from classic marinated salads to tasty international recipes, like tabbouleh or gazpacho. And since cucumber is easily found year-round, you'll be able to add a little green to your plate no matter the season with these unique cucumber side dish recipes
Hungarian Cucumber Salad
"Great salad to make when you have a ton of cucumbers coming out of the garden," says recipe creator Michelle Berger. "Let it sit for a few days in the fridge and it's even better! Great make-ahead dish for BBQs and parties."
Utilize summer produce like cucumber, honeydew melon, and avocado in this creamy soup. Since it's no-cook, you'll be able to keep your kitchen cool while whipping up this dish.
Mexican Cucumber Salad
Marinated Cucumber, Onion, and Tomato Salad
"I love this recipe because it is delicious and refreshing," says Lisa Lou. "It is an added bonus that it is very quick and easy to make too."
Sumac, a lemony spice found in specialty or Middle Eastern grocery stores, is the secret ingredient to this tangy salad. The standard salad fare — lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber — is made heartier with the addition of toasted pitas.
Tangy Cucumber and Avocado Salad
Get all your favorite flavors from guacamole, but in this refreshing salad form. Crisp cucumbers pair up with creamy avocado, tangy lime, and fresh garlic.
Spicy Asian Cucumbers
Marinated in a super savory blend of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil, these cool cucumbers get quite the fiery kick from red pepper flakes and chili oil. If you want less heat, reduce the amount of or eliminate the pepper flakes.
Persian Cucumber Yogurt (Maast-o Khiar)
Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad
Mediterranean Potato Salad
Picnic Marinated Summer Slaw
Reviewer Caroline Botti says, "This summer slaw is delicious! It has a sweet and sour taste, and is super easy to make!" If you like your slaw a little less on the sweet side, some reviewers suggest starting with a lower amount of sugar and adding to taste.
Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad
The key to this creamy salad is salting the cucumbers ahead of time. This draws out excess moisture and fixes the common complaint of cucumber salads being watery.