We include products that we believe will be useful to our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. PlateJoy, Inc. is owned and operated by Healthline Media. Here is our process.
They are a wonderful addition to any diet and a much-loved staple in home gardens, producing plenty of fruit with minimal maintenance. In addition, they are often sold at farmers’ markets and included in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares.
If you have an abundance of cucumbers and are wondering what to do with them, then look no further.
Here are 12 ideas for ways to prepare cucumbers, plus a few of our favorite recipes to get you started.
Breakfast may not seem like the most natural meal to add cucumbers to, but there are many ways to enjoy this hydrating fruit first thing in the morning.
1. Breakfast classics
In particular, cucumbers are a staple of breakfast in some parts of the world.
Many Mediterranean cultures regularly use fruits and vegetables for breakfast, while some cultures in China combine cucumbers with eggs.
To start your day with cucumbers, try:
2. Cucumber Smoothie
Cucumbers have a fairly mild taste, so you can easily add them to all your favorite smoothies. Otherwise, try one of these recipes that highlight cucumbers themselves:
3. Cucumber yogurt parfait
You can easily make a cucumber yogurt parfait savory or sweet.
If you’re in the mood for something hearty (and have a little more time to spare), try this yogurt bowl with cucumber, melon and chickpeas or this one which contains beets and pistachios in addition to cucumbers.
Try this for a sweet version strawberry cucumber breakfast yogurt†
If you’re looking for an easy way to add something green to your lunch, cucumbers are the way to go.
4. Cucumber sandwiches
You may already like adding cucumbers to vegetarian sandwiches or on top of traditional cured meats like ham and turkey. You may also be familiar with classic cucumber sandwiches that combine creamy cheeses with this crunchy, crunchy fruit.
If you want to make cucumber the highlight of your sandwich, try swapping bread for cucumber.
You can even try cutting a single cucumber in half, scooping out the inside, and wrapping the interior with your favorite sandwich ingredients to mimic a sub sandwich, such as this recipe suggests.
5. Cucumber Kimchi
Kimchi is a Korean dish made from fermented vegetables, garlic, ginger and chili peppers. It is nutritious and packed with beneficial probiotics.
It is often made with cabbage, but cucumbers are also commonly used in kimchi.
Here are a few cucumber kimchi recipes to try:
6. Cucumber Salads
There is a reason why cucumber salads are one of the main ways to enjoy this fruit. They are fresh, quite easy to make and packed with flavor.
If you’re tired of the usual dill or tomato combinations, try one of these:
7. Cucumber Noodles
Replacing traditional wheat or grain-based noodles with spiralized vegetables is an easy way to cut down on the carbohydrates and calories of your meal while adding extra nutrients like vitamins and minerals.
Cucumbers are a great spiral vegetable because of their naturally long shape.
If you have a spiralizer at home, you can easily make recipes like these:
8. Cucumber Soup
Especially in the heat of summer, a cool cucumber soup is refreshing – and pleasing to the eye with its bright green color. In addition, cucumbers are the perfect partner for summer herbs such as basil and coriander.
Cool off this summer with one of these cucumber soup recipes:
9. Stuffed Cucumbers
Cucumber boats are a great vehicle to pack in extra veggies, grains, and protein.
Pickles, drinks, and chips are other fun ways to eat cucumbers.
Arguably one of the most popular ways to enjoy this fruit is in the form of pickles.
Not only are pickles a fresh, crunchy, low-calorie snack, making your own is also a great way to store cucumbers if you have a large batch and need to store them before they go bad.
Here’s a recipe for a classic dill pickle it does not need to be canned, but will stay fresh in the fridge for a few weeks.
You may also be interested in this Mediterranean recipe for pickles that is flavored with coriander, bay leaf, and jalapeños.
11. Summer Drinks and Desserts
Cucumbers are in their bloom during the peak of summer. They’re already quite refreshing, but you can add them to desserts and summer drinks — both alcoholic and non-alcoholic — to cool them down.
13. Cucumber Chips
Cucumbers are known for their crunch when fresh or pickled, but they also work surprisingly well as dried chips.
You can make your own cucumber chips with a food dehydrator or in your oven.
Both methods take a few hours between preparation and cooking, so cucumber chips may be best if you have a large batch of cucumbers.
Cucumbers are a healthy, refreshing fruit. You can enjoy it in meals, snacks, drinks and desserts throughout the day.
If you want to experiment with new ideas, try one of the easy cucumber recipes above.