|I'm nuts about garden cucumbers, and these ate ten of my favorite ways to eat them!|
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 that maybe those cucumber-adverse people have only had grocery store cucumbers. Those overly large waxy creatures are a poor substitute for garden cucumbers, which are loaded with a delicate flavor that I just love. If I can't get cucumbers from my garden I try to use the mini Persian cucumbers that you can buy at Costco, or the European cucumbers that are available all year. As soon as my garden starts producing cucumbers I'm eating them nearly every day, and these are my current top ten favorite cucumber recipes.
The top photo is the Not So Dumb Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, Avocado, and Balsamic Vinegar that was sent to me by a reader named Lisa. That'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.
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.
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.
People who share my love of fresh parsley will enjoy this Cucumber, Onion, and Parsley Salad with Feta.
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!
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.
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.
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.)