You are here
11 Healthy Hydrating Cucumber Recipes
Cucumbers Are Good for You!
Whether you eat them in a salad, soup, or sandwich, cucumbers are a hydrating veggie. They're 95 percent water and a good source of vitamin K, important for blood clotting. They also provide potassium (good for your blood pressure!) and immunity-boosting vitamin C. For your cucumber inspiration, I've put together some of my favorite recipes, including ones from my dietitian colleagues. Enjoy!
Amy Gorin Nutrition
Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip with Crudités
I made this nutritious dip made from Greek yogurt when I recently had friends visiting recently pairs up with cucumbers, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, and snap peas. Between the three of us, we ate up almost an entire plate of vegetables! The best part is that we filled up on fiber-rich veggies and protein-rich yogurt—in lieu of more caloric apps like tortilla chips and heavier dips.
Get the recipe: Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip with Crudités
Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen
Cucumber and Carrot "Noodle" Salad
"Made with a spiralizer, this salad is playful, packed with over 100 percent of your daily requirement for vitamin A, and it's fun to eat—so even the pickiest eaters at your table will want to dig in," say Liz Weiss, M.S., R.D., and Janice Newell Bissex, M.S., R.D., who write the family food blog Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen, and cohost the iTunes radio podcast Cooking with the Moms. "The reason we like to use an English cucumber in this recipe versus a regular cucumber is because it's firmer, less watery, crunchier, and has fewer seeds."
Get the recipe: Cucumber and Carrot "Noodle" Salad
The Nutrition Adventure
"Crunchy, cool cucumber atop creamy feta and ricotta cheese that's sprinkled with truffle salt makes for a fancy, no-cook meal in five minutes!" says Karman Meyer, R.D., blogger at The Nutrition Adventure. She suggests serving this tartine with a side of fruit for a balanced meal.
Get the recipe: Cucumber Tartine
Rebecca Scritchfield, R.D.N.
DIY Probiotic Pickles
"These pickles get their flavor from the bacteria's handiwork during the fermentation process," says Rebecca Scritchfield, R.D.N., host of the Body Kindness podcast. "Fermented foods are great for your health because they are believed to help support the billions of good bacteria living in our digestive tract, helping us create vitamins, digest food, and prevent infection from viruses and bad bacteria."
Get the recipe: DIY Probiotic Pickles
Shaw's Simple Swaps
"This simple salad is easy to whip up and has so much flavor," says Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., C.L.T., of Shaw's Simple Swaps. "The cucumbers are a great way to get extra hydration in while the Greek yogurt dressing is the perfect low-fat, high-protein complement to make this salad a perfect side dish for your summer BBQs."
Get the recipe: Kachumber Salad
Sharon Palmer, R.D.N.
Cold Cucumber Avocado Soup
"I love making cool, flavorful soups as the weather starts turning warm," says Sharon Palmer, R.D.N., author of Plant-Powered for Life. "This verdant green soup calls upon the flavors of cucumber, avocados, and cilantro to make a refreshing, herbal, and lovely soup that can be served as an appetizer at a party or as a starter course for a meal."
Get the recipe: Cold Cucumber Avocado Soup
Salmon Ceviche with Cucumbers and Radishes
"This is a light and refreshing dish, perfect for a summer gathering," says Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D.N., a culinary nutrition expert and owner of Nutritioulicious. "The raw salmon gets 'cooked' in the citrus juices, and I love the combination of textures from the firm fish and crunchy cucumbers and radishes."
Get the recipe: Salmon Ceviche with Cucumbers and Radishes
The Spicy RD
Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho Shooters
"Packed with fiber (7 grams per shot!), these cucumber shooters are a fun way to get your daily dose of healthy monounsaturated fats," says EA Stewart, M.B.A., R.D., owner and blogger at The Spicy RD.
Get the recipe: Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho Shooters
Snacking in Sneakers
Cucumber Scallion Salad
"This cucumber scallion salad makes for a side dish that's light in calories but high in flavor," says Chrissy Carroll, R.D., blogger at Snacking in Sneakers. "Unlike many other veggie salads, this one contains no oil to dress it—instead, rice wine vinegar is used to pull it all together while adding a pleasantly tart taste."
Get the recipe: Cucumber Scallion Salad
Strawberry Cucumber Salad
"This produce-packed salad features low-calorie ribbons of cucumber with bright, ripe strawberries, finished off with a light drizzle of fat-free balsamic reduction, a little tangy chèvre, and some healthy fats from the toasted almonds," says Abbey Sharp, R.D., blogger at Abbey's Kitchen.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Cucumber Salad
Emily Kyle Nutrition
Tuna Salad Cucumber Boat
"Whether you grow cucumbers yourself or pick them up at your local farmers' market, this boat dish is packed with many nutritional benefits," says Emily Cope-Kyle, MS, RDN, owner and consulting dietitian at Emily Kyle Nutrition. "Providing two servings of veggies, this low-calorie, low-carb, high-protein dish helps keep you feeling fuller for longer without the dreaded afternoon crash. Aside from being high in vitamin K, cucumbers may even have some anti-cancer benefits."
Get the recipe: Tuna Salad Cucumber Boat