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.


When are cucumbers in season?

Although they are widely available in supermarkets all year round, cucumbers' peak season runs from June to September so they are at their optimum flavour during this time.

Cucumber recipes


Serve this classic Greek dip with grilled meat or fish, or as a dip with pitta and crudités.

A bowl of tzatziki with a flatbread dipped in

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 raita

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.

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Cucumber Kimchi sliced in half with kimchi sprinkled on top, served in a deep speckled blue and grey bowl

Roast radish and peanut salad

Pair cucumber with roast radish in this crunchy veggie salad, tossed in a soy, peanut and honey glaze.

Large plate of radishes, peanuts, cucumber, tomato and spring onions

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!

A plate topped with slices of green cucumber and golden falafels

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.

Smacked cucumbers in a black bowl

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.

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Yogurt and Dill in Two Bowls

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.

Spiced lentil, puffed rice and cucumber salad

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.

Korean Burger Recipe For Bulgogi Burgers with Gochujang

Cucumber and tomato salad

Inspired by the food of Tel Aviv, this crunchy chopped salad comes dressed with a creamy tahini sauce and is a fresh accompaniment to kebabs.

A white plate piled with chopped tomatoes cucumber and herbs

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.

Chickpea Fritters with Yogurt, Green Chilli and Cucumber Salad

Cucumber gazpacho

Cucumber is combined with cornichons, pickled onions and avocado to make a tangy, refreshing soup.

Two bowls of cucumber, cornichon and pickled onion gazpacho topped with olive oil and basil

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.

Smashed Cucumber Recipe with XO Sauce

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.

Omelette Rice Recipe with Pickled Cucumber

Smacked buffalo cucumbers

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

Chopped cucumbers with homemade buffalo sauce and blue cheese

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.

One Pot Swedish Meatballs Recipe With Cucumber Salad

Honey-sriracha glazed meatballs and smashed cucumbers

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

Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatball Recipe

Macedonian tarrator (chilled cucumber soup)

This cold, refreshing soup is popular in Macedonia during the hot summer months, often served with bread and a crisp salad. A finishing swirl of cream balances the tartness of the yogurt and lemon juice

A close up of a bowl of white soup topped with a slice of green cucumber and sprig of dill


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