Cucumbers are one thing that we are able to grow a lot of. They are very easy to grow, making them one of the more common vegetables that need to be used up to prevent waste at the peak of the season. The good news is that this crisp and refreshing vegetable has many great uses in the kitchen. Here are some great ways to use cucumbers, to help get the most of your harvest.
Ways to use cucumbers
The best way to make the most of your harvest is to use your fresh cucumbers, while they are fresh and crisp. If you have a lot of cucumbers, here are some fun and interesting ways to use fresh cucumbers.
Cucumbers make a great addition to your favorite summer salads. You can even use your fresh cucumbers to make them the star of the show making them the focus of your salad. Add onions, tomatoes, and herbs for a fresh summer flavour. avocado makes a great healthy addition to your cucumber salad. You need to try this delicious Creamy, Cucumber Salad. Maybe you would prefer this creamy, Greek Pasta Salad or this Classic Greek Salad.
Cucumbers are healthy for you, making them a great addition to your favourite fruit smoothies. They make a delicious smoothie when paired with strawberry and kiwi fruit. Cucumbers will also add a light and crisp flavour to your next green smoothie.
For a juicy addition to homemade fruit sorbets or popsicles, try adding cucumbers. They won’t even add a strong flavour. This cucumber sorbet, will really hit the spot on a hot summers day.
You can use cucumbers for flavouring for water. Slice them into thin slices and place them in a glass jar with water and leave them in the refrigerator for a refreshing drink. They go great with strawberries or mint in a lovely, fresh infused water drink. This is also a great way to make sure you are drinking enough water each day.
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Vegetable-based noodle substitutes are growing in popularity because they are so good and healthy for you. You can use fresh cucumbers to make your own cucumber noodles using a spiralizer. These can make a great addition to any of your favourite pasta recipes. These can be served cold with some feta and tomatoes, or used with a classic marinara for a wonderful flavour.
Cucumber sandwiches are a classic summer favourite that comes to mind when you think of old-fashioned tea parties. These can be a great addition to your brunch table or snack tray to help use up an abundance of these crisp refreshing vegetables on a hot summer day.
Do you love salsa but are not a fan of cilantro? You can use chopped cucumber to give a similar cooling effect as cilantro, to your favourite salsa recipe. This is a delicious and unique way to use up some of those extra cucumbers on a hot summer day. You can even use cucumbers as the main addition to your light and chunky salsa instead of as a flavouring if you wish. For a delicious summer salsa, check out this mango salsa.
Cucumbers make great summer sushi. Clear out the centres, add rice, salmon, carrots, cucumbers, avocados, and your choice of sauces for fun refreshing sushi. You can of course, use cucumber for any such combination you want.
Cucumber and watercress soup makes a great summer soup that is cool and refreshing. This chilled soup is perfect for a hot summer day.
Treat Puffy Eyes
As you probably are already aware, cucumber slices can be laid on your eyes. They help with reducing the swelling around the eyes.
Reduce Fever and Headaches
Cucumbers have a cooling effect. When added to cold drinks, they help cool down your body temperature. Slices of cold cucumber can also be placed on your forehead to help reduce fever and cool the body down. Full of vitamins and electrolytes, try eating some cucumber before resting to help with headaches.