How to Make the Most of Your Garden Crops- Cucumber Edition

Our kids LOVE cucumbers. It is their #1 go-to snack. So naturally, when planting our first vegetable garden, we bought a few cucumber plants. Little did we know that they would THRIVE and we would be faced with a new dilemma. What the heck do you do with so many cucumbers?! One can only consume so many dipped in hummus or tossed in a garden salad. “We should have planted zucchini!” I exclaimed, because I know there are so many different ways to cook with it. Little did I know that these savvy people had already come up with incredible solutions to our cucumber conundrum.

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Sure to impress, these vegan cucumber avocado rolls from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken are far easier to make than they look.

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The Housewife in Training Files had me at strawberries, and then cucumbers, and then feta, and then poppyseed dressing…  perfection.

A refreshing and crisp salad with spiralized cucumbers, juicy strawberries and feta salad all topped with a fruity poppyseed dressing!

This simple, refreshing cucumber noodle salad from The Healthy Maven only uses 7 ingredients- most of which you already have in the pantry!

Get ready to detox winter with this Healthy Cucumber Noodle Salad with Avocado Dill Dressing. With spiralized cucumber and a creamy avocado-based dressing, you'll be begging for this salad side recipe all spring and summer long!

This innovative cucumber & cantaloupe salad from Lori’s Culinary Creations will surely tantalize the tastebuds!

Cucumber & Cantaloupe Salad with Capers and Fresh Mint  l  www.lorisculinarycreations.com  l  #CIC #salad

This incredible basil, chive, cucumber and corn salad from Sumptuous Spoonfuls will surely be a crowd pleaser  at any summer soiree.

Basil Chive Cucumber & Corn Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cucumber #corn #basil #salad #recipe

The Midnite Baker may have cornered the cucumber market with these two tasty recipes!

                           Creamy Cucumber Salad | bakeatmidnite | #salad #cucumbers #recipe       Half Sour Pickles | bakeatmidnite.com | #pickles #cucumbers #recipe

This delicious tomato, cucumber, avocado salad from Green Valley Kitchen makes great use of all of the season’s colorful tomatoes to accentuate the cool cucumber.

One of my FAVORITE summer dishes! Tomato, cucumber, avocado salad. So colorful, flavorful and easy too !

My favorite thing about going to a spa is the cucumber water. Try this extra flavorful version from Krystal’s Kitsch.

Drinking water is more fun when it's infused! This easy recipe combines a few of my favorite flavors along with ice cold water. Drink up!

This colorful and zesty Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad from Ceara’s Kitchen will be the perfect addition to any meal. You could even treat it as a salsa on top of chicken or fish.

Mediterranean Cucumber Tomato Salad

One of my favorite soups is a classic gazpacho. Here’s another awesome summer soup- chilled cucumber avocado soup from Pickles & Honey. It is nice and creamy, made with only real, wholesome ingredients.

One of my favorite summertime soups!  I love that this recipe has no cream or yogurt... wonder if it still tastes creamy?

This marvelous cucumber mango salsa from Oh My Veggies is the perfect accompaniment to any grilled dish. Throw it on top of steak, burgers, chicken, fish, or just your classic tortilla chip for a refreshing burst of flavors.

Cucumber Mango Salsa

Put your garden cilantro to use as well with this flavorful cilantro-lime cucumber salad from The Food Charlatan.

Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad

No foodie roundup is complete without a festive beverage! Check out this creative recipe for a Cucumber Martini from Happy Hour Projects.

You can also find all kinds of non-food related uses for cucumbers such as beauty secrets and cleaning products here or here!

Stay tuned for my next garden round-up – those tomatoes are not far behind!  What crop would you like to see a round-up for?

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24 thoughts on “How to Make the Most of Your Garden Crops- Cucumber Edition

    • strollersavvy says:

      This is our first year and we are loving it! We have done tomatoes in pots in the past, but this year our garden is keeping us well nourished! Good luck next year!

  1. Jenni S. at MamaPlusOne says:

    I’ve been on a major infused water kick lately and that infused water looks like a must-try! Thank you for this awesome roundup of recipes– I know my friends are going to be gifting me cucumbers and these are some fun ideas.

  2. Jessica says:

    Oh my! I love cucumbers and the only thing I can ever think to make with it is salad. I pinned this and I would love to attempt to make at least half of these before summer is over. Great list, everything looks delicious!

  3. sue says:

    I too love cucumbers so thank you for all the awesome suggestions on what to do with them. I will often make cucumber water and stick it in my fridge to enjoy throughout the day. I’m doing some research for a blog post on summer drinks and evidently a popular drink in india in the summer is a cucumber cooler (sadly without any alcohol)

  4. Stacey says:

    I have never grown cucumbers. I had no idea they grow in such large bunches – kind of like zucchini!. Great recipes – I love the looks of the salad!

    • strollersavvy says:

      Yes- they are crazy. And they hide! You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to miss a foot long cucumber, but we seriously have to search for them!

    • strollersavvy says:

      I would love to try kale, lettuce, etc. next year. We tried a lettuce mix but did it too early and it tasted like horseradish. Blech.

  5. Pam says:

    I love cucumbers! I had no idea there were so many different ways to use them. Thanks for sharing this list. I’ll have to remember some of these. 🙂

    • strollersavvy says:

      If you have a small space or a deck, try earth boxes. We used them in our townhouse and had amazing results.

  6. Mickey says:

    I thought the cucumber noodle salad looked amazing! Who knew there were so many different ways to use cucumbers! I say your post on Instagram ( we follow each other) and I thought I would make a visit. I would love for you to follow me at my blog http://www.mybashfullife.com/ its new and I could use a few followers! Have a great week. xoxo Mickey

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