If you’re looking for a refreshing summer salad, you’ve come to the right place. Today, I’m sharing some of the best cucumber salads in this roundup of 35 Cool Cucumber Salad Recipes.
Here’s part 3 of 4-part cucumber recipes series and it’s all about cucumber salads! And just in case you’re wondering what’s so great about cucumbers, head to the 20 Cucumber Drink Recipes post to see the nutrional benefits of cucumbers.
Best Cucumbers For Salads
Honestly, there are a ton of cucumber varieties and the type you use is personal preference. Cucumbers fall into slicing and pickling types. But for salads, my choice would be the English Cucumber (hot house cucumbers) because of the thinner skin, fewer seeds, and sweet mild flavor compared to other types.
Of course, recipes for cucumber salads vary widely, so use what is called for in each specific recipe. Each recipe in this roundup will specify what type of cuke (cucumber) to use and what works best for the recipe. Many recipes will also give a cucumber substitution if the one in the recipe can’t be found.
There are various methods on the web on how to store cucumbers in the fridge. The Kitchn did a cucumber storage showdown and tested 9 methods of cucumber storage. Lucky for me, one of the top two ways of keeping cucumbers fresh for two weeks is exactly how I store mine!
My favorite way to store cucumbers in the fridge is to wrap them in a paper towel and place into an airtight plastic bag. Note: Make sure to push out all the air in the bag. And the second best way to store cucumbers was in a plastic bag with a spoon! I’ve never tried this method, so I’ll just have to take The Kitchn’s word on this one.
Mixing crisp Persian cucumbers, snow peas, and radishes with fresh herbs like parsley and dill brings out the best qualities of each component. If you think salad greens are boring, wait until you taste how well they're able to transform this recipe.
This cucumber finger lime salad is a sensational and fresh tasting combo that will make you feel alive. This salad is exploding with zesty juicy flavor that will have you coming back for more. It's a wonderful summer salad to serve at your next dinner party.
Tomato Cucumber Corn Salad is a vegan Mediterranean-inspired summer salad that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. The balsamic vinaigrette elevates the cucumbers, corn, and sweet onions in this colorful vegetable salad.
Sometimes when you are looking for a quick, easy, and yet refreshing salad to go with a main course, the best choice might be a fruit-and-vegetable salad. This strawberry cucumber salad is easy to make and the two most important ingredients stand out both in terms of flavor and color.
This cucumber tomato salad with sliced cucumbers, fresh tomatoes, sliced red onions, in a red wine vinaigrette, makes a fresh and flavorful salad. And with its Mexican twist, it's the perfect cucumber side to serve with other Mexican-inspired summer dishes.
Chickpea Cucumber Avocado Salad with a citrusy herb vinaigrette is loaded with healthy fats and plant-based protein. It's delicious and the perfect side dish for any meal or a lovely light dinner when craving something small. Note: dressing has avocado oil, rice vinegar, and maple syrup.
A cucumber salad is a great way to enjoy cool, refreshing flavors without overly heavy meats or cheeses. In this easy recipe, delicate cucumbers are paired with tomatoes, creamy avocado, and protein-packed chickpeas. Note: dressing has olive oil, red vinegar, and mustard.
This Sweet and Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad is an easy, healthy, and light side dish that takes cucumbers from bland to fabulous. Slightly sweet and spicy, garlicky, and fresh, it’s surprisingly addictive yet very healthy (vegan, Paleo, and refined sugar-free).
If you're looking for a refreshing, light salad to add to your roster, this Watermelon and Cucumber Salad is the perfect choice. It's packed with flavor and literally bursts with color, making for a very pretty presentation.
If you love pickles, you'll love this Dill Pickle White Bean Salad (there are two whole cucumbers in this). The pickle flavor comes from the dill dressing that coats cucumbers, white beans, bell peppers, and pumpkin seeds.
Pomegranate molasses and green chilies flavor this 'no oil' cucumber salad. The addition of peanuts and fried shallots gives it a wonderful crunch and texture. Note: peanuts can be substituted with melon seeds.
I don't know about you, but I love easy recipes that taste great! This is the one and only pineapple cucumber salad recipe you're ever going to need. Once you make it this way, you'll never go back. Note: Pairs great with grilled meats.
Take advantage of summer grilling with this grilled sweet pineapple and cucumber salad. Coated with a spicy peanut dressing it's a delicious way to complement your next barbecue or summer party dishes.
This Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad is an impressive yet easy side dish or appetizer that's sure to impress. Smashed cucumbers are coated in an incredibly delicious sweet-salty-spicy-tangy sauce. Refreshing, easily made, and the perfect accompaniment for barbecues this summer!
This super simple cucumber salad takes only 4 ingredients and lets the cucumbers take center stage. All you need is an English cucumber, sugar, dill, and white wine vinegar to create this crisp summer salad.