When the heat is on, cucumbers are your best friend. These cool, crisp veggies are perfect for keeping you refreshed and satisfied during hot days. You can enjoy them in all sorts of ways—light snacks, refreshing drinks, or tasty side dishes. From classic cucumber salads to creative new recipes, we’ve got a long list of cooling cucumber ideas that will help you stay as cool as a cucumber this summer

Close-up of a cucumber roll filled with salmon, cream cheese, and garnished with dill and red pepper flakes. Toothpick holds the roll together, surrounded by scattered spices.
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Cucumber Melon Salad

Cucumber melon salad on a plate with a serving spoon.
Cucumber Melon Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Cucumber melon salad, with pickled onions and sweet cantaloupe, is a great summer salad. It pairs well with grilled meats and is refreshing on hot days.
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Cucumber Gazpacho

Cucumber gazpacho in bowls with crumbled crackers as garnish.
Cucumber Gazpacho. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Cucumber gazpacho made with avocado and cashews is a creamy, chilled soup. Highlighted with lime, basil, and mint flavors, it’s perfect for refreshing yourself on hot summer days.
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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy cucumber salad with pickled red onions in a white textured bowl.
Creamy Cucumber Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This creamy cucumber salad with quick pickled red onions is a healthier twist on a classic. It’s a perfect summer salad for any cookout, bringing coolness to hot days.
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Serrano Cucumber Margarita

Serrano cucumber margarita with black salt rim.
Serrano Cucumber Margarita. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Inspired by a trip to Mexico, this serrano cucumber margarita is both spicy and refreshing. It’s a great drink for cooling down during happy hour on hot days.
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Keto Cucumber Bites with Tuna

Keto Cucumber Bites with Tuna. Photo credit: Low Carb Africa.

These cucumber bites with tuna are an easy appetizer or fun snack. Great for hot days, they are perfect for parties or potlucks and come together quickly.
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Cucumber Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

Cucumber Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing. Photo credit: Vindulge.

This creamy cucumber salad is a great side for grilled meats. With fresh cucumbers and a tangy dill, vinegar, and yogurt dressing, it’s a refreshing choice for hot days.
Get the Recipe: Cucumber Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches. Photo credit: Art of Natural Living.

Cucumber tea sandwiches with cream cheese and dill are perfect for afternoon tea, luncheons, or garden parties. They are a cool and easy-to-make option for a hot day.
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Kimchi Cucumber Salad

Kimchi Cucumber Salad. Photo credit: Flavorful Eats.

Kimchi Cucumber Salad is flavorful, crunchy, and fresh. It’s great with rice bowls or as a spicy side for Asian-themed meals. Easy to make, it’s a cooling choice for warm days.
Get the Recipe: Kimchi Cucumber Salad

Mast-o Khiar (Persian Cucumber Yogurt Dip Recipe)

Mast-o Khiar (Persian Cucumber Yogurt Dip Recipe). Photo credit: Urban Farm and Kitchen.

Mast-o Khiar is a Persian cucumber, walnut, raisin, and yogurt dip. It’s fresh and balanced, great with bread or as a side to grilled meats, and ready in under 15 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Mast-o Khiar (Persian Cucumber Yogurt Dip Recipe)

Korean Cucumber Salad

Korean Cucumber Salad. Photo credit: The Art of Food and Wine.

This simple Korean Cucumber Salad is easy to make and a great spicy side dish. With just 15 minutes of hands-on time, it’s perfect for any meal on a hot day.
Get the Recipe: Korean Cucumber Salad

Mango Salad with Avocado and Cucumber

Mango Salad with Avocado and Cucumber. Photo credit: Cooking Gorgeous.

This colorful Mango Salad with Avocado and Cucumber is ready in just 15 minutes. It’s a great side dish for summer cookouts, picnics, or potlucks.
Get the Recipe: Mango Salad with Avocado and Cucumber

Cucumber Mojito Recipe

Cucumber Mojito Recipe. Photo credit: WonkyWonderful.

A Cucumber Mojito is one of the most refreshing cocktails. With mint, lime, and cucumber, this rum drink is perfect for cooling down on hot days.
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Cucumber Smoothie

Cucumber Smoothie. Photo credit: SoSmoothie Recipes.

This cucumber smoothie combines the coolness of cucumber with pineapple and apple juice. It’s a refreshing drink for hot days, using only three ingredients.
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Easy Cucumber Carrot Salad Recipe

Easy Cucumber Carrot Salad Recipe. Photo credit: Mary’s Whole Life.

This crunchy cucumber carrot salad is a light and refreshing side dish. Tossed in an Asian-inspired sweet and savory dressing, it’s great for any meal on a hot day.
Get the Recipe: Easy Cucumber Carrot Salad Recipe

Cucumber Pico de Gallo

Cucumber Pico de Gallo. Photo credit: Wholefood Soulfood Kitchen.

This cucumber pico de gallo adds a refreshing touch to the classic recipe. With cucumber, lime, and jalapeno, it brings authentic Mexican flavors and is perfect for hot days.
Get the Recipe: Cucumber Pico de Gallo

Tzatziki Cucumber Salad

Tzatziki Cucumber Salad. Photo credit: Golden Bear Mama.

Tzatziki Cucumber Salad is a favorite at our house! The yogurt and cucumber flavors go well together, making it a refreshing and cool choice for any summer meal.
Get the Recipe: Tzatziki Cucumber Salad

Shirazi Salad (Easy Persian Cucumber Salad)

Shirazi Salad (Easy Persian Cucumber Salad). Photo credit: Glenda Embree.

Shirazi Salad is fresh and herbal, with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and fresh herbs. It’s bright and great for hot days.
Get the Recipe: Shirazi Salad (Easy Persian Cucumber Salad)

The Best Healthy Cucumber Salad

The Best Healthy Cucumber Salad (Fresh and Easy). Photo credit: My Chef’s Apron.

This healthy cucumber salad is easy and refreshing. Made with crisp cucumbers, olive oil, and lemon juice, it’s a simple yet great addition to any summer meal, ready in minutes.
Get the Recipe: The Best Healthy Cucumber Salad

Everything Bagel Low Carb Cucumber Rolls

Everything Bagel Low Carb Cucumber Rolls. Photo credit: Vigor it Out.

These everything bagel cucumber rolls are a great snack or appetizer. Packed with flavor, they’re perfect for your next party and are easy to make.
Get the Recipe: Everything Bagel Low Carb Cucumber Rolls

Cracker Barrel Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad

Cracker Barrel Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad. Photo credit: CopyKat Recipes.

Cracker Barrel’s Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad is a light and easy side dish. Full of fresh cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and onions, it’s perfect for hot days.
Get the Recipe: Cracker Barrel Cucumber Tomato and Onion Salad

Cucumber Rice

Cucumber Rice. Photo credit: This Wife Cooks.

Fresh cucumber, garden herbs, and fluffy rice dressed with a tangy vinaigrette make this a refreshing dish. It’s great for a light meal on a hot day.
Get the Recipe: Cucumber Rice

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad. Photo credit: Savory Experiments.

Fattoush Salad, with marinated vegetables and grilled flatbread, is a great way to enjoy fresh flavors on hot days. It’s a bright and refreshing choice.
Get the Recipe: Fattoush Salad

Asian Cucumber & Peanut Salad

Asian Cucumber & Peanut Salad. Photo credit: Just Gimme Fries.

This Asian Cucumber & Peanut Salad has a hearty peanut dressing and is topped with roasted peanuts for extra crunch. It’s a refreshing and flavorful dish for any hot day.
Get the Recipe: Asian Cucumber & Peanut Salad

Salmon Avocado Cucumber Roll Ups

Salmon Avocado Cucumber Roll Ups. Photo credit: Picnic Lifestyle.

These Cucumber Roll-Ups with smoked salmon and avocado are elegant and refreshing. They make a great appetizer or light meal for hot summer days.
Get the Recipe: Salmon Avocado Cucumber Roll Ups

Tex Mex Cucumber Boats

Tex Mex Cucumber Boats. Photo credit: Spabettie.

Tex Mex cucumber boats, filled with a tasty quinoa salad, are a fresh and flavorful option for lunch or dinner. They’re perfect for warm days.
Get the Recipe: Tex Mex Cucumber Boats

Easy Cucumber Tuna Kimbap (Oi Chamchi Gimbap)

Easy Cucumber Tuna Kimbap (Oi Chamchi Gimbap). Photo credit: Beyond Kimchee.

Korea’s favorite Tuna Kimbap with crunchy cucumber is easy to make and perfect for picnics, road trips, or lunchboxes. It’s a light meal that’s great for hot days.
Get the Recipe: Easy Cucumber Tuna Kimbap (Oi Chamchi Gimbap)

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