Whipping up some side dishes for a barbecue?
You can make this tangy, creamy salad up to eight hours before the first guests arrive. These homemade beauties, which require only five minutes of hands-on effort, blow packaged pickles out of the water. Keep a stash of these quick pickles in the refrigerator; they're also delicious on burgers or chopped into a chicken salad. Slather this paprika-spiked mayonnaise underneath the chicken's skin for a moist, flavorful dinner straight from the grill.
A sprinkling of fennel fronds dresses up simply seasoned salmon. Chicken and chickpeas bring a double dose of protein to this minute meal. This creamy, cheesy corn puree is an indulgent, unexpected pairing for cayenne-spiced pork chops.
This vegetarian salad is packed with romaine lettuce, lentils, barley, carrots, olives, cucumbers, onions, and goat cheese. All that's missing is the kitchen sink. Step aside, ketchup and mustard. Just three ingredients, that's all you need for this elegant canape: Serve with dry martinis for a surefire crowd-pleaser.
Kirby cucumbers are brined in a vinegar solution and a homemade pickling spice made with black peppercorns, yellow mustard seeds, allspice, and cinnamon. Cucumbers feel the heat in this out-of-the-ordinary side dish -- they're roasted with butter and cream and finished with fresh horseradish, lemon zest, and dill. Fresh ginger adds just the right amount of heat to this smoothie bowl made with pureed apple, mini cucumbers, fennel, and avocado.
Top with more cukes and avocado and a handful of pepitas for crunch.
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Cool cucumber, sweet pineapple, and fresh mint make this sparkling concoction a contender for the most refreshing drink of the summer. Try spiking it with pisco for happy hour. You can make this creamy chilled soup up to a day in advance. Top with cracked black pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, and fresh mint leaves just before serving.
Mustard seed, celery seed, and fresh dill pack a flavorful punch in this versatile brine. Use it not only for cucumbers but also for green beans, pearl onions, fennel, carrots, cauliflower, and more.
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Gussy up a classic margarita with diced cucumber and the fiery Asian chili paste known as sambal oelek. Green juice has nothing on this refreshing smoothie made with honeydew, English cucumber, fresh mint, lime juice, and honey. Try our antioxidant-packed Cucumber-Blueberry Smoothie next.
Crisp cucumbers and fresh herbs offset the sweet caramelized Vidalia onions in this summer pasta dish perfectly. This refreshing Mexican-inspired slaw substitutes crunchy jicama and cucumber for the usual cabbage. Cucumber and Radish Crostini.
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This crisp salad gets its summery flavor from a slightly sweet vinaigrette speckled with poppy seeds. It's delicious on its own or stuffed into a pita. Cucumbers and celery add crunch without calories, while tuna contributes protein.
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Toasted pita brushed with garlic and olive oil replaces the usual croutons for a delicious Middle Eastern twist.