Smashed Cucumber Recipe with XO Sauce

Easy cucumber recipes

Make the most of cucumbers with our easy recipes. Add to salads and sandwiches, or use them to make creamy raita and smacked cucumbers

Looking for cucumber recipes? Want the best smacked cucumbers or cucumber soup? Try our ideas below, then check out our tomato recipes and courgette recipes.


Cucumber recipes

Cucumber raita

This gently spiced raita is a speedy dip that looks fancy. Serve it with warm pittas for a great nibble or starter. The cool flavours of mint and cucumber pair nicely with creamy yogurt.

Cucumber kimchi

Do you love kimchi? Check out this quick and easy recipe for a mini cucumber version. Packed with punchy peppery gochugaru and fiery ginger, these fermented cucumbers are ideal for a summer bbq.

Cucumber kefir and falafel salad

Drizzle falafel, avocado and cucumber salad with a kefir, lime, garlic, dill and mint dressing. It’s a great way to use up any leftover homemade kefir!

Smacked cucumbers

By ‘smacking’ the cucumbers in this Sichuan side dish, you create more rough surfaces – all the better for soaking up the zingy pickle.

Chilled cucumber, dill and yogurt soup

This creamy chilled cucumber soup is simple to make and ready in just 20 minutes. The aromatic dill works perfectly with the subtle cucumbers – a perfect summertime starter.

Spiced lentil, puffed rice and cucumber salad

A vibrant, nourishing salad made colourful with pomegranate seeds, red onion, cucumber and coriander. There are lentils for added protein, too.

Bulgogi burgers with quick-pickled cucumbers

Korean gochujang paste adds a chilli kick to these beef burgers, served with pickled Lebanese cucumbers and shredded cabbage for extra crunch.

Chickpea fritters with yogurt, green chilli and cucumber salad

The zesty cucumber salad goes beautifully with these lightly-spiced chickpea fritters – a quick, low-calorie lunch.

Smacked cucumbers with cheat’s XO sauce

Jazz up cucumber salad with this simple recipe, tossed in our cheat’s spicy seafood sauce. Make this easy side dish for your next dinner party with friends.

Rice-stuffed omelette with pickled cucumber

Give your basic omelette a lift with this quick and easy idea, packed with cooling cucumbers, crunchy spring onions, shredded carrot and fiery ginger.

Smacked buffalo cucumbers

Check out our recipe for buffalo smacked cucumbers – their cool crunch tempers the hot buffalo sauce wonderfully.

Scandi meatball bake with cucumber salad

Make our all-in-one Swedish meatball traybake for easy summer entertaining, served with dill, cucumber salad and crusty bread.

Honey-sriracha glazed meatballs and smashed cucumbers

Serve punchy pork meatballs with refreshing smashed cucumbers and sushi rice for a quick, flavour-packed meal.