How do you feel about cucumbers? I'm always kind of shocked when someone tells me they don't like them, but then I realize maybe those cucumber-adverse people have only had grocery store cucumbers. Those overly large waxy creatures are a poor substitute for fresh garden cucumbers, which are loaded with a delicate flavor that I just love. If I don't have cucumbers from the garden I love the mini Persian cucumbers that you can buy at Costco, or the European cucumbers that are available all year. As soon the weather gets hot I start craving cucumber salads. Back in 2011 I posted ten favorite cucumber salads, but four years later I have a lot more favorites, so I'm updating this post to share 25 Favorite Healthy Cucumbers Salads to Keep You Cool. Hope you enjoy trying some of them!
This Not So Dumb Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, Avocado, and Balsamic Vinegar was sent to me by a reader named Lisa. It's turned into one of the most popular recipes on my blog, so thanks again to Lisa for sharing this great idea of a tomato-cucumber-avocado salad dressed simply with balsamic vinegar and sea salt.
Al's Famous Hungarian Cucumber Salad (from my friend Al Church), it rocked my world. If you like cucumbers, this salad is not to be missed!
Bulgur Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, Mint, and Lemon is a little bit like Tabbouli, but this time the emphasis is on the tomatoes and cucumbers instead of the other ingredients.
This Chinese Cucumber Salad is simple but delicious and perfect to serve with any dish that has soy sauce.
Effie's Easy and Amazing Cottage Cheese Salad with Za'atar was sent to me by a reader from Israel, and it really is amazing!
It's an old photo that I'd like to re-shoot, but I absolutely love the flavors in this Vegan Tomato Salad with Cucumber, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime.
I think cucumbers and Feta are a match made in heaven, and one favorite salad with that combination is this Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Marinated Garbanzo Beans, Feta, and Herbs.
Another cucumber and feta salad that I've made over and over is this Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Lime, Mint, and Feta.
Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill is a summer classic.
This Quinoa Salad with Avocados, Radishes, and Cucumbers is a combination I could eat all summer long!
People who share my love of fresh parsley will enjoy this Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad with Feta.
Middle Eastern Tomato Salad is a classic combination of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, parsley, and mint, and I've been enjoying this for years!
It's unusual, but this Cucumber Avocado Salad with Tuna, Cilantro, and Lime is a combination that really works!
Another old photo, and one of the more unusual cucumber salads on my blog, but if you have fresh basil you must try this Garden Cucumber Salad with Tuna and Fresh Basil. I could eat this every day for lunch in the summer!
Easy Cucumber Salad with Balsamic Dressing.
Quinoa Tabbouli with Parsley and Mint.
Cucumber and Radish Salad with Feta, Red Wine Vinegar, and Buttermilk Dressing.
I finally got better photos for this Chopped Greek Style Salad with Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers and lately I've been buying those bags of mixed-color peppers just so I can make this.
This Asian Cucumber Salad with Cilantro and Vidalia Onions is another one I've made many times.
Chopped peperoncini in the salad and peperoncini brine in the dressing makes all the difference in this Spicy Chopped Greek-Style Salad with Peperoncini.
Spicy Shrimp and Cucumber Salad with Mint, Lemon, and Cumin.
If you like Thai food, you must try this Wake-Up-Your-Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad that I first made back in 2006. This is one of my favorite side dishes for any kind of grilled chicken.
There are a lot of summer ingredients in Fattoush, the middle eastern bread salad that's so delicious, but cucumbers are essential for this salad.
A new favorite salad with cucumbers is this Spinach and Kale Salad with Greek Flavors and Feta-Lemon Vinaigrette.
And last but absolutely not least, this Tomato, Cucumber, and Radish Salad with Yogurt and Tahini Dressing is my attempt at re-creating a salad I enjoyed in Chicago with my blogging friend Lydia.
How do you feel about cucumbers? If you have a favorite cucumber salad, please share what it is in the comments. (Links from other food bloggers are welcome for this post; please inspire us with your favorite salad that uses cucumbers.)