18 Cucumber Recipes That Refresh

18 Cucumber Recipes That Refresh

Cucumbers don’t just hydrate u2014u00a0there’s more to this nutritious treat. Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin C and fiber| not to mention silica| which is responsible for healthy tissue| bones| and skin. Luckily| Summer is the perfect time to enjoy this refreshing veggie. Check out these 18 cucumber recipes that will help you beat the heat!

u2014 Additional reporting by Aemilia Madden

| Chilled Cucumber Mint Soup

Detox and cool off with this doubly refreshing (and detoxifying!) cucumber mint soup recipe.

| Cucumber Caprese Salad

Summer crops are full of tomatoes and cucumbers| so make the most of these nutritious treats with a cucumber caprese salad recipe.

| Sweet and Sour Cucumbers

The perfect complement to a sunny outdoor barbecue? Thinly sliced cucumbers| lightly pickled in sugar| vinegar| and dill. This recipe for sweet and sour cucumbers will stand up to all your grilled meats and veggies while still being a light and refreshing side.

| Roasted Chickpea and Cucumber Salad

Chickpeas are a dieter’s friend; the high-fiber| high-protein beans help keep you full without all the calories. Try them in this light but filling salad: roasted chickpea and cucumber salad recipe.

| Cucumber Seaweed Salad

Seaweed is a very good source of many nutrients| like iron and manganese| as well as important vitamins. Try this cucumber wakame salad recipe the next time you’re in the mood for an Asian-inspired snack.

| Veggie Crab Cukes

Want a low-carb appetizer option? Top thick slices of cucumber with a creamy (yet vegan) crab concoction| like blogger Vegan Feast does with this recipe for veggie crab cukes.

| Cucumbers With Cooling Greek Dip

Don’t reach for the ranch dressing the next time you want to jazz up your veggies. Make this tzatziki-inspired Greek ranch dip instead. It uses Greek yogurt to cut calories and cuts down on salt by adding flavor with fresh herbs and spices.

| Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup

A chilled cucumber and avocado soup is perfect for any Summer day; not only will it help you cool off and hydrate| but also the ingredients will help you feel your flat-belly best. Get the recipe for chilled cucumber avocado soup here.

| Southeast Asian Tomato Cucumber Salad

Impress your friends at your next potluck by bringing over this light and simple tomato cucumber salad that will serve as a healthy option on the picnic table.

| Mango Cucumber Watermelon Salad

For a fresh spin on a Summer salad| mix sweet fruits with refreshing cucumber and jalapeu00f1o for a savory fruit salad with a deliciously spicy kick.

| Moroccan Cucumber Salad

This deliciously simple cinnamon and citrus cucumber salad is a refreshing and slightly sweet dish that is great for snacking or as a healthy side to lighten up a Summer meal.

| Sesame-Soy Cucumber Salad

Beat the Summer heat with a crunchy and flavorful salad that is a great way to enjoy traditional flavors of Chinese cuisine without the extra calories.

| Cucumber-Mint Gin Cocktail

Skip a high-calorie frozen drink and sip on a refreshing cucumber cocktail instead.

| Watermelon-Mint Cucumber Cooler

If you live for green juices| this hydrating cooler is a refreshing and healthy way to sip your daily doses of antioxidants and vitamins.

| Cucumber Cups With Tapenade

For a light appetizer that tastes rich and delicious| snack on these cucumber cups with tapenade. Each serving comes in at under 90 calories!

| Vegan Cucumber Tofu Rolls

For a protein-packed snack that will leave you feeling full for hours| try these vegan-friendly cucumber tofu rolls.

| Cucumber Water

Make the most of cucumber’s anti-inflammatory properties by tossing a few slices into your water. This simple drink will keep you healthy and hydrated all Summer long.

| Cucumber Quinoa Salad

This refreshing cucumber quinoa salad is a little like a heartier version of tabbouleh; packed with fiber| protein| and vitamin C| it’s an ideal light lunch for a hot day.