Cool as Cucumbers


Here are some delicious ways to use cucumbers. (photo credit:

As the weather gets hot and the temperatures soar, cucumbers can help cool you down and fill you up.  What could be better than a cool cucumber salad to balance out the hot desert evenings that are a staple of Arizona in June?  This cylindrical member of the gourd family is native to India and Southern Asia which means it grows really well in hot conditions.  And since it is almost 90% water, it is a deliciously hydrating treat that will help you beat the summer heat.

Cucumbers are currently in season here in Arizona which means you should be able to find locally grown “cukes” at the farmers market or the grocery store.  To help you find ways to get more cool cucumbers onto your family’s plate this month, here are some great ideas for how to use them and where to find them right here at home.

  1. Armenian Cucumber Salad
  2. Cucumber Sandwiches
  3. Fresh Cucumber Salad
  4. Melon Cucumber Salad
  5. Tzatziki Sauce
  6. Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties
  7. Cool Cucumber Sandwich
  8. Garden Pasta Salad
  9. Greek Orzo Salad
  10. Thai Cucumber Salad
  11. Tangy Cucumber and Avocado Salad
  12. Cucumber Cocktail
  13. Indian Cucumber and Yogurt Salad
  14. Tomato, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
  15. Cold Cucumber Soup
  16. Chinese Cucumber Salad
  17. Watermelon Cucumber Salad
  18. Red Onion and Cucumber Salad
  19. Pesto Rubbed Baked Salmon with Smashed Cucumber and Green Apple Salad
  20. Mexican Cucumber Martini
  21. Spiced Beef Kabobs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
  22. Mango Cucumber Rice Salad
  23. Cool Cucumber Salsa
  24. Couscous and Cucumber Salad
  25. Korean Cucumber Salad
  26. Smoke Salmon Sushi Roll
  27. Israeli Salad
  28. Fresh Cucumber Carrot Salad
  29. Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Cucumber Relish
  30. Snap Pea Cucumber Salad

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