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Some spring vegetables grab the seasonal attention. (I’m looking at you, asparagus!) But the humble cucumber shouldn’t be overlooked as another salad ingredient. With the right recipes, a cucumber’s star power potential is as great as any other green vegetable from the garden.
Of course, you can slice a cucumber and throw it in a salad, but that doesn’t necessarily inspire a trip to the grocery store. However, a recent conversation on the Well + Good’s Cook With Us Facebook group is meant to get you to see cucumbers in a different light.
A member of Cook With Us told the group that their local pantry had given their 18 beautiful pickles – too many to know what to do with them. When she asked other group members how to cook with pickles, there was no shortage of ideas. (You can do so much more with cucumbers than with salad or “spa water”.)
With a water content of 95 percent, cucumber is one of the most moisturizing foods. The combination of water and fiber makes them especially good for digestive health. For fresh pickle cooking ideas, look no further than the list below, direct from the members of Cook With Us.
Creative recipes for cooking with cucumber
1.Pickled cucumbers (also known as pickles)
Photo: The Mediterranean Dish
There are so many things to pickle that you didn’t know could be pickled. But if you have more pickles than you know how to do, several members of Cook With Us pointed out that you can always turn them into pickles. Pickling changes the taste completely, especially if you add anti-inflammatory spices like garlic, bay leaves, and dill.
If you need guidance on how to start pickling, check out this recipe from The Mediterranean Dish which breaks down step by step.
2. Tzatziki dip with cucumber
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Another Cook With Us member shared that she likes to mix her pickles with Greek yogurt, olive oil and dill to make a creamy dip. It’s one that goes well with raw, sliced cucumbers. You can also spread this preparation on sandwiches or as a dressing for salads and grain bowls. Try this recipe from Love and Lemons yourself.
3. High protein stuffed cucumbers
Photo: Emily Kyle Nutrition
You’ve probably stuffed peppers or avocados, but what about cucumbers? “I like to cut it lengthways, scoop out the middle and fill the middle with tuna,” one member said. The combination of protein, healthy fats, and fiber with just these two ingredients makes it the perfect healthy snack. And this crisis is so damn satisfying. This recipe from Registered Nutritionist Emily Kyle, RD, shows exactly how to do it. You can also keep the pulp for one of the other uses rounded up here, e.g. B. for the tzatziki dip.
4. Cucumber juice
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A member of Cook With Us shared their simple recipe for a refreshing summer juice: cucumber, celery, pineapple, ginger, and apples. All you have to do is cut them up, toss them in the blender, and voila – the perfect summer sip on a hot day. Here’s a simple recipe from Feel Good Foodie’s Yumna Jawad.
5. Cold cucumber summer soup
If your repertoire of summer soup recipes starts and ends with gazpacho, you are putting yourself at a serious disadvantage. Cucumbers mixed with yogurt and olive oil are the perfect quick summer meal. Check out the video above to see how to make this delicious cucumber recipe.
6. Smashed cucumber toast
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A Cook With Us member said she likes to mix up her morning toast by topping a whole grain slice of cucumber puree and spices. You still need some protein and healthy fats to get a fully filling morning meal. So add some egg, tuna, or chickpeas to top it off as the perfect meal for any time of the day.
A nutritionist’s guide to the most moisturizing foods:
Are you looking for more recipe ideas? Join the Well + Good’s Cook With Us Facebook group.